My journey to soap making began when I was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006, the summer before my senior year of college. I was treated at the amazing Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in my hometown of Seattle. I underwent chemotherapy, radiation and two stem cell transplants. It was physically exhausting and a very scary time in my life.
I have been in remission since 2008 and as I have continued to grow stronger and healthier I have tried to eliminate potentially harmful chemicals from my life. This led me to start making my own skin care products, including lip balm, lotion, face serums, deodorant and, more recently, soap.
I enjoy soap making because it is both an art and a science. It allows for a lot of creativity and yet it is ultimately a chemical reaction between lye (sodium hydroxide, a very strong base) and fats/oils.