Mom and daughter adding sugar to the foot scrub

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Mom and daughter adding sugar to the foot scrub

The foot scrub was a fun project for moms and daughters to create together

This fall has found me teaching both cold process soap-making classes at Kent District Library (KDL) again, and also then a slightly different type of class: DIY Spa. The latter was an hour and a half session where patrons poured, weighed, and stirred their way through the steps of a natural lip balm formula and one for a cool menthol foot scrub. Patrons attended for a variety of reasons, but learning a craft to use as handmade Christmas gifts topped the list with most groups. Last night wrapped up the DIY classes with Byron Center-area residents producing a very fluffy scrub – probably our best ever.

Attempting to fill lip balm tubes without bumping the table

Attempting to fill lip balm tubes without bumping the table

We added a new twist to the balm: stacking our flavor oils. As one participant had bad associations with wintergreen (her mom was a chain-smoker and favored a wintergreen variety), we poured the wintergreen first, then topped it with blood orange flavor. The plan was that she would ditch the tube when she started to detect a minty-ness. As for the foot scrub, the first class (Sorry, Rockford Library) went home with a rather dry (like wet sand) batch, but future classes were more fortunate when we decided to strike-out into uncharted territory, deviating from the formula just a bit.

In any case, I would like to thank Theresa (and lots of other staff who helped me to set-up rooms and took pictures, etc.) of KDL for the opportunity to share my love of handmade items, especially those that you can personalize…that is, maybe use less or no questionable chemicals. Isn’t handmade wonderful?

Lots of oils, butters, and waxes were melted in an improvised double boiler.

Lots of oils, butters, and waxes were melted in an improvised double boiler.

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