Summer 2016 - Page 2




The Muddy Moose Bath Boutique, a small cottage industry , started out just like you might imagine: as a hobby. I wanted to learn how to make REAL know, using lye and everything. This desire set me on a quest, to learn how to do it the right way. I became, well, obsessed with everything soap making. I would like to dispute the fact that I was obsessed, but my husband would have to say otherwise. So I read and reread soap making books, researched online, talked to other soap makers and joined many online soap forums. Once I had compiled all the proper equipment and had the ingredients, it was time to make my first batch.

So on Christmas vacation one year, my sister-in-law, Cathy, and I set out to do just that. We stirred and stirred and stirred some more and finally that magical moment arrived: trace. This is the exciting stage during the soap making process that you get to add all fun stuff into your soap: herbs, scents, oatmeal and just about anything else your heart desires. Now, I can't necessarily attest to the qualities of that first batch, but we had achieved what we had set out to do: make soap.