Always testing, limits, recipes and life. Soapmaking has been a tremendous journey into the wells of solitude and creativity and incredible cash crises.
I write these books because I had to, because there is so much misinformation and poorly written soaping books out there. I wanted mine to stand up with the best - which is why I wrote them to be the best I can offer and the best you can find.
My dogs, Molly and Dobby (both named for Harry Potter characters), have kept vigil with me on the long nights soapmaking and testing new theories and trying new ideas. They've seen their share of disasters. So have I.
But the journey? Worth it - all the way!
What motivated you to become a soap maker?
I've lived with psoriasis for the latter half of my life, and nothing worked. Nothing. Around the time the psoriasis was beginning, I was also becoming enthralled with home crafted soaps and their colours and scents and incredible beauty (when done right). Still, not all these home crafted soaps worked for me, but some of them did.
I took my first and only soap making class on a February afternoon with fading light in the sky, with the wind howling around the little store where the class was being held. I remember the wind really well. And I was hooked.
From that point on it was a thrilling ride through experimentation and testing different permutations. Eventually I discovered several means of dealing with psoriasis and a host of other skin ailments through the simple use of good quality soap.
My interests in soap making have grown beyond the search for a cure to an ailment. Now I soap for fun, for relaxation, for artistic expression. 3 good reasons to soap, don't you think?
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first fictional short story at age eleven. There was no turning back then. I wrote my first full-length short-ish novel at age twenty-four.
In Beyond Beginners: Advanced Soapmaking for the Rest of Us, author Darren Jorgensen imparts his considerable soapmaking knowledge that will take you from novice or beginner soapmaker to advanced soapmaker. Using all kinds of additives and alternative liquids in his "exercises" Jorgensen will teach you all sorts of advanced techniques. His ruminations on producing and selling soap are invaluable.