Soap Making at The School

The School by Megan Morton

SOAP MAKING AT THE SCHOOL

Raised on stories such as Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables, I have often romanticised the olden days.  Though my mom often laughed and said I would not have survived; having to chip ice off the water pump before pumping water each winter morning, which was one of her chores as a child!  I do not think I would have enjoyed milking cows, or catching a chicken for dinner either.

I explain this as a bit of background as to why I was excited to see on Instagram that Church Farm General Store was bringing their soap making classes to The School.  I had discovered Church Farm General Store through a photographer on Instagram, and was immediately taken with their converted church home and farm in northern NSW.  (You must click on the link below to discover this magical property yourself!)  I also love The School, located in Rosebery, in Sydney's south.  Created by Sydney stylist, Megan Morton, and located within a design precinct, it is a wonderful place to learn from other creatives sharing their craft.

Last Saturday, we enjoyed morning tea (just look at those goodies!) and learned the history and science of making soap.  Much like baking, you have to measure out exact ingredients, watch temperatures and exercise patience.  We made blocks of lavender, rose geranium, and peppermint soap, measured out into recycled Bonsoy containers.  The warm blocks were then carted home to rest for 48 hours, before cutting into bars to cure for a further 4-6 weeks.  Friends and family beware, you may be gifted with soap for the foreseeable future!

For more information on Church Farm General Store, go to: www.churchfarmgeneralstore.com

For more information on The School, go to: www.theschool.com.au

Morning tea of salted caramel macarons and lemon meringue tarts.

Morning tea of salted caramel macarons and lemon meringue tarts.

Morning tea.

Morning tea.

Morning tea
Practicing the ancient art of soap making.

Practicing the ancient art of soap making.

Watching the temperature on the caustic soda mixture.

Watching the temperature on the caustic soda mixture.

Lavender, rose petals, clay: some soap making ingredients.

Lavender, rose petals, clay: some soap making ingredients.

Blending the soap mixture.

Blending the soap mixture.

Work space at The School.

Work space at The School.

Rose geranium, lavender, and peppermint soaps poured into molds (Bonsoy containers), where they will rest for 48 hours.

Rose geranium, lavender, and peppermint soaps poured into molds (Bonsoy containers), where they will rest for 48 hours.

Soap ingredients
Take home treats... bars of Church Farm General Store soap

Take home treats... bars of Church Farm General Store soap

Measuring and cutting bars of soap

Measuring and cutting bars of soap

Waiting game... soap needs to cure for 4-6 weeks

Waiting game... soap needs to cure for 4-6 weeks

All images © Donna Vercoe