Friday, April 29, 2011

Life is like Soap

This is something I had written some time ago.  I thought it was appropriate for this week's Etsy feature...

I have come to the conclusion that life is like soap.

Every single decision counts. The ingredients, the stuff its made of, is critically important. Extra care must be exercised when deciding what stays and what goes. Career choices, partnerships, living arrangements, likes, dislikes.... it all winds up in the enormous pot that is your heart, waiting to be mixed.  If, for some reason, we rush into this selection, the consistency of the mixture does't flow. Is not right. But in reality, the true test of the ingredients comes with the lye.

The lye's job is to break down the ingredients. It melts them and transforms them into a completely new and unique element. It bounds the ingredients to such degree, that they no longer represent their original state. And so it is with life too. As we grow older, relationships bound us, tide us, and leave profound marks. When we get closer to the heat of tests, our souls transform into something we didn't know we were. And all we are left with is patience. Waiting. Letting things settle, and hope that the soap sets.

It is at this point when we decide if the choices were correct. If we got it right in the first try, or if we need to make adjustments. Go back to the ingredients and shuffle things one more time, and try again. This is the true craft of soapmaking. And I believe it is a craft that lasts a lifetime.

We will end up with a soap in our hands. We will enter our own space, in the bath, our own quiet time, and we will try the soap. It is there, you alone with the soap, where you will enjoy the results and smile. In the end, the smile is what matters. The true satisfaction of a well lived life accompanied by the small luxury of a good handmade soap.

Limoncello and Tuscan Rosemary Handmade soap, by TallulahasSoap

Turquoise Stone Glycerin Soap, by TwinDreamCreations

Mmm so sexy! Luxury Japanese Black Kimono, by TokyoFactory

Great idea for party favors-Bridal Shower listing, by DirtyDeedsSoaps

I have actually bought this seller's soaps before... Perfect Rose Vegan, by DeShawnMarie

Simply Lavender Soap, by cocoandlolabathbody

Black Raspberry and Vanilla Goat's Milk Soap, by KcSoapsnMore

For me, handmade soaps are small luxuries that anyone can afford.  Remember to follow the link below the photos and visit these wonderful seller's shops for more information.


  1. What a wonderful selection of talented soapers and their soaps. Thanks so much for including my soap and for starting my Friday off with love and support.
    xo, DeShawn

  2. What a perfect description of life and soap. You blended the two together so beautifully.
    I'm honored to be included with soapers such as these. They are an inspiration. Thank you for the feature!

  3. What a lovely post. You have a way with words.

  4. thank you girls!! your comments are so much appreciated :)

  5. these all look so good! almost edible hah

  6. Awesome looking Soap! Im your newest follower you can follow back at: Thanx!

  7. Isabelle
    I have learnt a few things from this posting.
    I have learnt the process for making soap.
    I have also learnt that you are both an inspired and inspiring Wordsmith.

  8. It's an honor being included here! Your post is awesome!

    Thank you


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