Twelve years ago, just six (6) months after my baby was born, and four (4) months after my father passed away, I started making handmade soaps.It wasn't because I watched a video on Youtube and imagined that I could do it myself. This was in February of 2004 and I only knew three (3) people personally or through the internet that actually had a Youtube account. I taught myself to create natural handmade soaps from raw materials because my baby would cry every time she had a bath.
I went on a search for books, websites, groups and magazines to learn the art of soap making. Not very many went into detail and none of the lessons were on video during that time. I wanted to know how to make natural REAL handmade soap from scratch without all the chemicals. I wanted to teach myself how to create something that my baby could use, as a matter of fact, my entire family could use. For the last twelve years off and on, I've been trying to teach myself how to create Melt and Pour or Transparent/Translucent handmade soap, again from scratch. This past Sunday I tried again to create the soap, only to achieve another fail. However, this try would have a totally different outcome. Not only would I be able to save the failed batch of melt and pour soap for use. I would find my saving grace in a Youtube video. One posted over two (2 ) years ago.
There she was, this handmade soapmaker who wanted to test a theory about hot process soap. After watching her video I decided to come home on Friday night and try out the same theory. Taking my failed batch of Glycerine/MP/Translucent soap, I went to work. OMG, it worked. It actually worked. My failed batch had become MP and my world changed in that very instance. I tried it again that night, again and again, and again. Every time it worked. The lesson had been learned and learned full well.
What was the lesson I learned?
What was the lesson I learned? Well, that's what I want to share with you.
After 12, almost 13 years, I finally learned how to make Glycerin Soap. Also known as Transparent or Melt and Pour soap. However, that isn't the lesson I wanted to share with you. What I want to share with you is something that is easier said then done. I know you've heard the phrase " Never give up, Never." No matter how long it takes. No matter what your doing. Now matter how big your dream is. "Never give up, NOT EVER".
In my opinion 12 1/2 years is a long time to to try to create something. A long time to believe in one's self and keep going through failure after failure. Only to try again and fail again. Well, not so fast. Failure, though its not an option, is often times necessary. The lesson that I learned after twelve (12) long years of failure, is that if it weren't for that one more failure I wouldn't have gone looking for an answer to why I had failed. I wouldn't have gone to Youtube to search for soapers who had successfully made MP soap from scratch. Think about it. I've been trying to make MP soap on various occasions for twelve and a half years. I used all the same ingredients and a few times I even used a few of the recipes I came across. Though the other soapers I had watched the last few years had succeeded at making their MP soap, I hadn't. Not only that. I wanted the satisfaction of an original formulation. My own creation. Turns out I had been missing the same exact thing every single time I tried to make this type of soap. Turns out, I had ALL the ingredients needed to make a successful batch of MP soap. The universal reason why my attempts always failed was that I didn't use enough of that one main ingredient.
From the tested theory of the soaper on the Youtube video, and my willingness to test the same theory, I was able to trace my issue to that one main ingredient and turn my lack of knowledge and the failed outcome of my process into a success and in the photo above your seeing a photo of my first successful batch of Glycerin/Transparent/Transulcent/MP handmade soap, from scratch. This lesson was a long time coming. Its taught me a very valuable lesson. One that means more to me than I can possibly say. It didn't come easy, it didn't come fast, and it didn't come without hard work, trials and alot of the same error. One more try. One more chance. One more day, no matter now long it takes. Don't give up, not now, not ever. Don't ever give up on your dream. You don't know when that one more try will be the try that becomes a success. I'm a witness.