Living Ashes
ashes to ashes, dust to dust
Experimentation

So, I thought I would create a small gallery to cover the process of making soap. First, preparing, soaking and testing the ashes. Filtering the resulting lye Saponification with protocells Making soap Coconut oil soap and olive oil soap

Trying to boil the fat out in an open fire… Then moved indoors… Pork Fat as the result:

The potash has been pH tested last weekend. Here are some pictures as results. So…the egg did not float. What went wrong? The Red Cabbage pH-test preparation This was lot of fun. The cabbage gave a lovely color to the

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We discussed the need to come up quickly with a list of material that we will need to be delivered to Helsinki. We have been asked now to provide this as soon as possible such that they can be delivered

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First experiments. Making lye from birch tree ashes with two methods. The process has been started with traditional way of making soap. Or at least in Finland it was common to use birch tree ashes for the lye. First recipe

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Great work investigating the saponification process, Helena. You are right that there are many simple ways of producing the lye and then making soap by mixing this with a source of oil or fat. I have done this myself and

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