My neighbor brought me all her soap-making stuff, so I was able to begin this afternoon. I particularly needed her scale, as mine hasn't arrived yet in the mail. I tried to line my wooden soap mold with parchment paper, but it didn't work well. Did you know that NO TAPE IN THE WORLD will stick to parchment paper? I guess that's why we bake with it; nothing sticks to it. Well, anyway, finally I remembered that I had this mammoth sized rubber band that I confiscated once from my teenaged boys, who were trying to wound each other with it. I looped it double, and it fit snugly around the box -- tada! Still, the paper was bulgy and bulky.
So while they were cooling, I decided to pick sage leaves off these stems. Anna cut them for me from the patio. The cold was about to zap them. I wonder if sage is a good soap ingredient?