It started with handmade soaps.
I received amazing samples from my friend, Linda. http://nutsrok.wordpress.com/
Just out of curiosity, I looked for information about how they are made. I found a video that showed the process that turns the very basic ingredients into soap.
It is called Saponification, a new word to me.
And there it was. The key ingredient…lye.
I have a scary history with lye.
Flashback to my first and only industrial accident.
It was my first week on a new job with IBM. I addressed it before in “The Madeline Intervention”.
Being that traditional morning person, I always arrived early.
On this particular day, I was also the first to use the ladies’ room.
This was the late 1970’s, and IBM was noted for the classic blue suit as standard attire. I had the equivalent in a suit dress, and wore it proudly with heels and nylon stockings.
I didn’t feel the burn until I returned to my desk. The stockings went quickly, splitting down the middle, followed by the skirt, which became very irritating against the now burning skin on the back of my legs.
The night janitorial staff had treated the toilet seat with lye, and left without rinsing it properly.
I was whisked off to a medical clinic in the building, there was a formal incident report.
I was sent home with some ointment, a voucher for dry cleaning that dress suit, a bit of embarrassment, but not enough to thwart my enthusiasm for the new job.
Since that day, I’ve been very cautious about lye. You won’t find a Lysol product among my cleaning supplies.
And now, I’ve come to a certain peace with it all…thanks to Linda and those beautiful soaps.