After reading and imagining myself on visiting Yuan's workshop for so many months, I was finally there this morning. Before I arrived in Jinshan, I already imagined throwing myself on the grass and making butterfly strokes
We were served more tea and snacks upon arrival
Yuan himself showing us how much stirring needed to make soaps. Stirring itself can take up to 6 hours and temperature has to remain low to ensure essential oils would not evaporate and herbs' efficacies do not dwindle to high heat. One of the reason Yuan soaps are softer than other soaps is also due to the low temperature, commercial soaps are much harder as they are made with high temperature which also result in water and mineral lost.
Soaps balls - great as gifts, for hand wash as well as a decorations. Might be selling these soon as requests from friends have been overwhelming.
While we were listening to Yuan's, these were our backgrounds, workers were busy wrapping and slicing up soaps.
Soaps are then left to dry, some up to 45 to 60 days naturally.
To BE CONTINUED...