I was introduced to Soap Making on a Summer School Holiday by my Grandma when I was around 11.
Grandma grew up on the land and created, fixed, collected, utilized and made do with anything and everything around her. The modern day labels used today like recycled, up cycled, re hashed, pre loved, homegrown, organic and local was something Grandma and many of her generation did and lived everyday. How lucky was I to grow up in this world, where information was passed down, skills shared and people lived simply.
As a result Soap Making was a shared activity between Granny and I. We spent many sunny days collecting herbs and flowers and grating down the old laundry soap bars, for our eventual new soapy masterpieces.
I re discovered modern Soap Making in July 2016 after heading home and catching up once again with Grandma, who turned 99 in July 2018.
Grandma still remembers the times we spent picking flowers and prattling away in the garden like a pair of Dickie Birds and my constant questions about everything.
Reminiscing about the teenage years sent me through a tunnel of "good times" and a nagging thirst to again make soap...So I did!
Grandma at 83 with her cat Meowie