Mother’s Day may be over but our appreciation for mums doesn’t have to stop. Earlier, Spark Math hosted a giveaway on our Instagram page where we asked fellow mums and dads to share what they’d enjoy in a soap-making workshop with their children. We received many heartwarming responses and one lucky mother-child pair got picked to experience an exclusive soap-making workshop courtesy of Soap Ministry. Our winners, Jie Lin and Ri, were at Soap Ministry on 31 May to try their hand at making soap together. Continue reading about their wonderful experience!
It was the first time that Jie Lin and Ri made soap, and they were looking forward to this whole new experience. Before getting started, the workshop instructor Josephine patiently introduced the basics of soap-making. Jie Lin and Ri would be making two layered soaps, and they would go home with 8 to 12 soaps each.
Jie Lin and Ri set off on their first mission: cut the soap base into cubes for melting. This would speed up the melting process, so that they would have a liquid mixture to mix other ingredients in. Ri was determined to cut the cubes on his own. He bravely took up the cutter and was focused on his task. Concentration mode activated!
Bergamot… or not? Customising the colours and scents of their soaps
After the mixture was prepared, Jie Lin and Ri could then proceed to the next exciting step: choosing the colours for their two-layer soaps! They customised the appearance of their soaps by selecting their preferred colours and herbs. Each herb has its own unique health benefit. Red clay, for example, is great for deep cleansing and revitalising the skin. Ri picked orange for the colour and bamboo charcoal for his soap. He even helped to choose a lovely green for his mummy. Jie Lin decided to go with pink clay for her second layer.
It was time for Jie Lin and Ri to pick their scent of choice for their soaps. From bergamot to spearmint, there was an array of fragrances to choose from. The duo had a blast sampling and exploring the wide selection of essential oils. Ri went with sweet orange, while Jie Lin got creative and mixed a few scents to create her own unique blend. The essential oil blends were then combined with the soap mixture.
Time to give it a pour!
After selecting their molds, the next step in the soap-making process involved pouring the soap mixture into the molds. Since pouring the soap mixture was slightly difficult, Jie Lin gave Ri a hand and guided him. It was a sweet moment to behold as both of them eagerly finished the last step of the soap-making process.
A new heartfelt memory made
While Jie Lin and Ri waited for the soap mixture to cool down and harden, the Spark Math team had the chance to chat with them. When asked about how she felt when she won the soapmaking workshop, Jie Lin shared that she was delighted to hear the news. Now that the pandemic is over, she was glad that art workshops were running again. Jie Lin could not wait to go home and use the soaps during bath time, which is Ri’s favourite part of the day!
After 15 minutes of anticipation, Josephine returned with the soaps, and Jie Lin and Ri got to see the fruits of their labour! When asked to describe the experience in one or two words, Jie Lin chose “core memory”. From trying out the scents to pouring the soap mixture, Jie Lin and Ri made plenty of new memories during the workshop.
As both mother and son packed their unique handmade soaps into a bag and bid farewell, they left with huge smiles on their faces. Spark Math is glad to create this special experience for Jie Lin and Ri this Mother’s Day, where they were able to craft many heartwarming memories together. We look forward to bringing parents and children together in our journey of nurturing and educating children.
Interested in making your own organic soaps? Head over to Soap Ministry to find out more about their workshops and the wide variety of handmade soaps they have!