When we moved into our new workshop about 6 years ago we made St. Margaret of Hungary patroness of the Soap Department? Why? Well, from the accounts of the canonization process it seems St. Margaret didn't have too much use for soap! We figured that now that she is in the beatific vision she thinks differently and would look kindly on our endeavors.
This year the Novitiate Sisters received St. Margaret as their patron saint for the year so it seemed a great opportunity to do what we often said we'd do but never got to it — an OPEN HOUSE for the sisters who don't work in the Soap Department. We just received a new piece of equipment as well and were anxious to show it off. More about that in another post!
The following poster was placed on the novitiate door inviting all to the open house. As you can see St. Margaret got a few "enhancements"!
Recreation began a little early and those who could filled up the soap room. Fresh, right out of the oven Madeline's and "Midnight Pomegranate" Punch was served. Sisters gave a try at the L-Sealer (Hildegarde) and Shrink Tunnel (Gertrude). Then 3 teams of sisters choose the mystery fragrance at the table and began creating a soap based on what they THOUGHT was the fragrance.
Three of the sisters had as a partner an experienced soap maker to lend assistance but even she didn't know what the fragrance was! Later in the evening Sr. Maureen and Sr. Denise Marie created a fourth team.
Those of us on the "sidelines" enjoyed watching as much as the Sisters who were making the soap! Sr. Joseph Maria and Sr. Mary John were sure their fragrance was some sort of fire but in fact it was called "Beach Daisies" (Whatever that is!) Sr. Mary Martin and Sr. Mary Veronica decided their soap was bubble gum but it was in fact "Melon Ball". Sr. Judith Miryam and Sr. Mary Jacinta were convinced that their soap was some sort of berry and named it "Merry Berry". They won the competition as their fragrance was "Raspberry Cabernet"
The Sisters all had great fun and admitted they got a new glimpse into the mysteries of the Soap Department and just how it all happens. Each sister left with a complementary lip balm and sample soap of some new fragrances being tested and developed by the Soap Sisters.