Can You Make Liquid Castile Soap from Bar Soap?


When I was recipe testing for the book I ended up making nine or ten batches of cold process bar soap. That is a lot of soap for a family of four.

Normally, I use Dr. Bronner’s liquid Castile soap in many of my personal and home care products, but faced with a glut of all natural, homemade bar soap, I thought perhaps I could melt down and dilute the bar soap, thereby turning it into liquid soap.

Spoiler alert: this does not work. At least, not the way you are hoping it will. But, it does lead to a different and highly useful home care product called Soap Jelly.
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4 Work Problems of Creative People and How To Solve Them

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It’s official! I’m a “Creative” and I’m not meant for traditional 9-to-5 work. Pop internet psychology confirmed it, and I see no reason to argue. Like an eerily accurate horoscope, this article nailed many of my own work habits, need for flexibility and motivation in my work.

But the article didn’t go far enough. It’s all fine and good to offer up ways for us creatives to have the “a ha” moment or pat ourselves on the back; the trick is to stay creative and still be able to pay the mortgage and buy groceries.
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The Sage Brush Cocktail

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Happy Friday and Happy Spring, my friends! It’s time for a delicious cocktail to celebrate the transition from Winter to Spring, and I have just the one. This Sage Brush Cocktail is the perfect blend of herbal, tart and sweet. It’s one of those cocktails even non-gin drinkers will likely enjoy.

The Sage Brush was developed by Chef Jerry Traunfeld for his second book, The Herbal Kitchen. I have a big soft spot for anything associated with Jerry Traunfeld because I spent some time at his then-restaurant, The Herbfarm, just after culinary school.

Working at The Herbfarm was one of those crazy, I-can’t-believe-this-is-really-happening experiences. I worked with ingredients like maple blossoms and sea beans and quince for the first time. I saw what it takes to keep a world-class restaurant humming. I learned how clean a restaurant should be (impeccably). I did not, however, drink this cocktail. That education-in-a-glass would only come later.

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