Two weeks ago I spent a Saturday morning with Rain Africa at one of my favourite places in Cape Town – the gorgeous Casa Labia near Muizenberg. I was invited along to find out more about soap making at the launch of their new book The Rain Book of Natural Soap Making (R189).
Coincidently I had just been browsing the book in my local book shop not a week prior as this is something I was quite interested in learning about… with my family’s skin issues we spent quite a fortune on natural soap each month (R25 a bar is not to be sniffed at!)
I had a really great morning learning about the process involved, making our own soaps, meeting Bev Missing, the founder of Rain Africa and getting to know a few bloggers I hadn’t yet crossed paths with – all followed by a delicious lunch in the grandest dining room I’ve ever eaten in!
Here are few pics of the morning:
As you can see I left with lots of inspiration to start making my own soap and have already gone past the shops to stock up on some of the essentials – silicone moulds, olive oil and lye. Now all I need are a good food thermometer and I’m all set for my first batch of soap – well after the 6 weeks waiting time. I better get a move on… And one I’ve made my first batch I’ll be sure to share the results with you here!
If you’re keen to find out how to go about making your own natural soap I highly recommend Bev’s new book – it’s got some easy and more complex soap recipes that are tried and tested plus it’s filled with lovely photos featuring creative ideas for creating your own unique soaps.
Buy it here: The Rain Book of Natural Soap Making (R189)
Images: Kathryn Rossiter