Alegna Soap Soaps Behind the Soap Scenes

Behind the Soap Scenes

By Angela Carillo on Wednesday, December, 9th, 2015 in Soaps.
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Come inside and get a behind the soap scenes look at my soap studio.

 

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A view from the front

 

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A view from the side

 

These is my main work station. I make the soaps on the stainless steel table.  I keep my pots, stick blenders and pitchers on a shelf under the table. The shelves above hold my lye, botanicals, micas and essential oils.

 

 

Alegna Soap lye

I keep the lye high on the top shelf

 

Alegna Soap botanicals

The botanicals are on the bottom shelf

 

I have pretty much everything I need within easy access. The base oils (olive, coconut, palm and shea butter) are on a cart that I can easily wheel over. Once the soaps are made I cover them on all sides (underneath too) with a towel and they will sit like that for 24-48 hours.

 

 

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Here I am covering the stop of the soap before putting a towel on top

 

The soap is taken out of the mold and I put it back on the stainless steel table to cut into bars. My cutters are on the shelf next to the lye. I get a drawer, cut the soaps, put them in the drawer and carry them over to the curing racks.

 

 

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Some of my curing racks – my dad made them for me

 

Alegna Soap curing racks

The drawers are lined with screen so the soap gets air on all four sides

 

In this picture you can see some of the soap in the curing racks. My dad made the racks and drawers for me. He lined them with plastic screening so the air flow around the soaps is good. I want the excess water to evaporate from the so they get nice and hard. They cure, undisturbed for 4-6 weeks. I have more curing racks on the other side of the room.

 

 

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My desk

 

Here is where I do my “business” work.  This is my least favorite part of having a business, the paperwork.  You can see behind me where I store the soaps that have cured.

 

So tell me, what do you think? Is there something you’d like to see that I missed?

 

Yours in Gratitude,

Angela

 

 

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