I have a hard time staying focused on one hobby at a time. I love dabbling in about 10 projects at once. I currently have soap curing, pallets in the garage waiting to become furniture, spray paint on hand for finishing my deck upcycle, and random ingredients (like Himalayan pink salt) in my pantry waiting to be featured in recipes I have yet to create.
That may make me sound a lot more productive than I actually am. While I have the supplies to make all those ideas come to fruition, I have a bad habit of getting something 75% done and then taking months (if not years) to complete it.
Soap making has been the perfect hobby for someone like me who lacks creative tunnel vision. Once I got the hang of it, I found that it didn’t take much time to make one batch, and when finished, I could leave my supplies alone until I got the next recipe idea. Supplies don’t take up much room, I can finish other projects while the soap cures, and I can formulate recipes based on what inspires me in the moment.
My latest inspiration was orange and tea tree oil. The combination of those two essential oils creates a revitalizing scent that’s perfect for summer, and tea tree oil has antiseptic and acne treating qualities to help keep your skin clean and refreshed.
Do you dabble in lots of different hobbies simultaneously, or do you prefer to focus on one or two things at a time?
Orange + Tea Tree Soap
Makes about 16 4 ounce bars of soap
For the full cold process soap making instructions, check out Tiffany’s beginner’s soap making tutorial.
21.25 oz. olive oil (48.30%)
15.5 oz. coconut oil (35.23%)
4.25 oz. sunflower oil (9.66%)
3 oz. walnut oil (6.82%)
11.75 oz. water
6.25 oz. lye
2 oz. orange essential oil
.5 oz. tea tree essential oil
Follow Tiffany’s soap making instructions here. As always, remember to let your soaps cure for 4-6 weeks before using or gifting.