"With enough soap, you can blow up about anything” - Tyler Durden, Fight Club
The smell of lavender is thick in the air, as we package the sticky hand-made soap that Viviana is making. She runs Artesanas de Lilith, she just wants to give people an alternative to the toxic and highly chemical soaps, that are available at the moment.
Her humbleness in this project is startling, she has a discrete way of moving about, when she speaks, her soft and mild voice enthrals you into accepting that soap is dangerous, the industry is evil and hand made soap is the way to go.
Well, at least that's what i felt like when I was hijacked into Chinese child labour like conditions, helping her wrap the bars of soap before going to a flea market to sell them. I always loved Fight Club, as you may know, they use soap production as a cover up to provide capital and explosives to seize “Project Mayhem”.
Just the scientific geekyness behinds it turns me on quite a bit. But I'm also intrigued by the fact that you can achieve the knowledge and wisdom, that will let you produce a high-value/high-use product in the form of soap, and another high-value/high-use product, in form of explosives, that can be sold to Stunt-makers, demolition workers, film crews or whatever.
I met Viviana through Couchsurfing.org, an organization you cannot be ignorant of, no matter who you are, you have to check it out. I was very intrigued when I read in her profile that she lives off of making soap. Finally I could get my Tyler Durden moment and practically understand the production of this magical substance.
She produces the soap in big flat blocks that are then cut into bars. Because there is no chemicals in it, the soap doesn't “stiff up” and has this liquidy feel to it. It smothers our hands, there's semi sticky icky soap everywhere and we're trying to get these plastic wrappers to fit and stick and work with us.
Finally we finish the session and Viviana went on to sell a metric fuck-ton of this soap.
I was supposed to make soap with Viviana, but life, travel and Mexico, has so far come in the way. I hope to get another possibility of making soap with an experienced soap alchymist will present itself again.
The takeaway from this is, that I opened my eyes for spotting opportunities like this, through this Bucket List. I find that it is a very useful tool to commit myself to continue to add flavour to my life and pursue my dreams.
When we have an idea of what we're looking for, opportunities that presents themselves to us become more apparent, and easier to follow.
When was the last time you took an unlikely opportunity as it presented itself to you?
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