At the library I have developed a friendship with a patron. She is a home schooling mom and wanted to learn how to make soap. She has been wanting too do this for a while but was leery of working with lye.
I went to her house this morning and made a batch of soap. She wanted plain soap but then when I was there and talking about soap we ended up making a Honey & Oat soap. I gave her the friend discount and just charged her for the cost of supply. She just wanted a natural soap for her family to use. She has no desire to make soap and sell it.
This was also good practice for me. I have had some other people ask if I could show them how to make soap and now I know that all my soap making stuff will fit in the one tub that I have. Other then the mold that I pour the soap into. It was pretty simple to pack it all up and go.
I had a lot of fun at her house. She has 3 girls and they know I like rocks and we looked at rocks for about an half hour. Each of the kids had a bucket that were full of rocks that they have collected over the year. Yes, I brought over a few of my rocks to show them. Hey, we rock people like to show off our rocks! ( Yes, maybe I'm off my rocker too)
I happen to over hear one of the ladies that asked me to teach them tell another person about her plan on selling soap. She has a sister that has goats and want to go in to business. Hummmmmm..... What I plan on doing is this. I will show them how to make soap. But I'm not going to give them my recipe for soap. Nor am I going to give them all my contacts on where I get my supplies. I had to do my own leg work and I don't want them to compete with me with my own recipe.
The person that showed me how to make soap did give me her recipe and in exchange I took a bunch of pictures for her for a web site that she was going to build. I also told her that I was going to sell soap and would understand if she didn't want to give me the recipe. She and I live way apart from each other so we wouldn't have been in the same market and she was hoping to move and has now done so. ( Moved to SC ) I feel that the lady that I'm going to show soap making too was trying to hide from me her plans.
Am I wrong? Am I being mean?