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Lauredhel is an Australian woman and mother with a disability. She blogs about disability and accessibility, social and reproductive justice, gender, freedom from violence, the uses and misuses of language, medical science, otters, gardening, and cooking.

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  1. Helen
    Helen at |

    whoa! This shit is heavy duty. I will look at new-agey people with soap stalls at the market with more respect in future!

    “Front door open for emergency services” is pretty hard core.

  2. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    Wow. I knew you took very special care with your soapmaking setup, but I hadn’t really thought through exactly how much goes into that very special care.

    I bet that, in a possibly counter-intuitive way, having to pay such close attention to what you’re doing with this is actually quite mentally restful, because for a nice while you don’t have any attention to spare for any of that background worry-talk we all get stuck with.

    I used to get that out of my heavy gardening, which I haven’t been doing for the last few years. I should get back into it.

  3. Liam
    Liam at |

    Awesome. I love looking at other people’s work setups.
    That first photograph of the oil melting looks delicious and reminds me of my first job as a fifteen year-old in front of a fast food deep fryer full of chips. (I know everyone else is thinking it too).

    If the oil gets very hot, it takes forever to cool down. For.Ev.Er. I know this. From experience

    And mine, but regularly changing the cooking oil is what underpaid junior staff are for.

  4. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    Gah, at my place if it wasn’t a child it would be a cat getting covered in lye, or just plain oil which would be pain in the bum enough. I think my position is firmly on the sidelines admiring soap makers and purchasing their products rather than trying it myself. A little like glass blowing – very pretty, very dangerous and best left to the experts. Lovely walk through though. Looking forward to parts 2,3 and 4.

  5. lauredhel
    lauredhel at |

    Those would be some expensive chips, Liam – there’s around fifty dollars worth of mango and cocoa butter in that pot, and that’s not even counting the liquid oils.

  6. Helen
    Helen at |

    Pretty weird tasting chips, too!

  7. blue milk
    blue milk at |

    Wow! Huuuuge amount of work, and even though you warned us I was a little disappointed to see that you weren’t kidding about the workload involved. This is a little different to that bread recipe of yours. I am far too lazy for soap-making, it is settled.

    Also, I enjoyed my little ‘shout out’ on behalf of fellow croc-haters.

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