I wanted to make a manly soap and wanted to try some of the new silver sparkle mica. Its not sparkling much here because I've used a combination of glycerin and goat milk soaps. This soap is fragranced with Arabian Sandalwood and the colour and fragrance reminds me of a Body Shop soap I used to buy for my Dad. Thanks for looking!
They are all done with the mold filled about 3/4 with Goat Milk soap base and then topped up the rest of the way with Clear Glycerin soap thats been coloured with the mica. Do each soap one at a time to the Glycerin soap will sink through. Thanks for looking!
These star shaped soaps are packaged in a cello bag with a square of decorative scrapbook paper slid in as a backdrop. The paper is cut 3 1/4 by 3 1/4 inches.
The pink snowmen are in the same sized bag, 3 1/5 by 8 1/2, and the paper is cut 3 inches by 5 inches. This is a great way to add some interest & colour to these soaps which are already pretty colourful on their own.
Here are a few quick and unedited shots of the Gem Drops. The picture above is of a bale, hard to see I know. The bales range in price from $49 to $79 and a lot of them are reversable. There is actually only one $79 bale and you will see why at the bottom of the post.
There are a lot of Gem Drops in natural stone, Rose Quartz, Black Agate and White Agate.
And then some other colours as well. The Gems range from $42 to $89. To get started you need a Bale and a Gem. You can add any Gem to any Bale.
Heres is the $79 Bale, it holds both a Jewel Pop and a Gem Drop. The Gem Drop I have on here is $45.00. I also comes in white or grey.
I wish I hadn't cut off the bottom of the keys. They are $89 and both are reversable with a clear stone on the back. There's really cute boxes to go with this jewelry as well.I'll try and post more/better pictures by the weekend. If you made it to the bottom of this post thanks for looking! Hopefully there will be catalogs one day!
Melt 4 squares each of the Purple and White soaps in separate containers. Add 1/4 tsp of fragrance to the purple soap along with a pinch of white mica, gently stir. Divide the goat milk soap between the three snowflake cavities and then do the same with the purple glycerin. Work quickly, pour the goat milk (white) soap into the snowflakes and then pour the purple in top right away, this will allow the purple to sink through. Let this sit, it will take at least 5 minutes. The goat milk soap will get a skin on it that will support the last layer. Melt 5 squares of the purple soap. When the goat milk soap has skinned up enough that you can blow on the soap and it doesn't move you are ready to pour the purple soap, this will be the last layer. Spray the soaps in the mold with rubbing alcohol and pour the melted purple soap to fill the molds up the rest of the way. Let harden at room temperature and then pop them out. You can experiment with different molds and colours, have fun!
A few notes: Don't overheat the soap. If you are using a microwave its tricky to melt small amounts of soap like this without overheating. Use 15 to 30 second bursts and keep an eye on it. You don't want it boiling or even steaming. You can easily double this if you have more molds. If you want both purple layers to be more vibrant, omit the white mica.
From the October newsletter, forgot to post it here!
Recipe is from The Soapmakers Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch
454 grams Coconut Oil
398 grams Palm Oil
595 grams Sunflower Oil
201 grams Sodium Hydroxide
438 grams distilled water
100 grams pureed carrots
(original recipe has 538 grams of water without the carrots)
5 to 7 tsp of fragrance or essential oil
dried calendula (optional) not in original recipe
2tsp honey (optional) not in original recipe
I added all of the sodium hydroxide to the water and then threw the pureed carrots in to the sodium hydroxide solution once it had cooled. I worked at just under 100 degrees. The calendula petals were ground and warmed with the sunflower oil and the honey was added at trace. The soap was scented with a blend of Creme Brulee and Pecan Pie fragrance oils.
The Paisley soap tray is back in stock. A few of these are spoken for but I ordered extra so hopefully I'll have them in stock a bit longer this time. The Op Art tray mold and the four cavity Bee & Honeycomb mold are back too. Yippee! Link to molds.
Mix up your Sodium Hydroxide solution by adding the 206 grams of lye to the distilled water. Throw in the tea bag. While that is cooling, weigh out your other ingredients and melt your solid oils over low heat then add the olive oil. Stir the pumpkin puree and cream together in a measuring cup.
Let your sodium hydroxide solution cool to 90 degrees (F)& remove the tea bag. Gently warm the pumpkin/cream mixture to around the same temp and have your oils the same as well.
When everything is at or around 90 degrees, add the sodium hydroxide (the lye/chai tea mixture) solution to the oils and start stirring. Stir in the pumpkin/cream blend and continue or stir until traced. Once everything is mixed together you can also use a stick blender to reach trace.
Once traced, add the fragrance and essential oils. Mix them in really well. I have a lot of super-heaters in the recipe and it killed me to only use 1tsp of Cinnamon. Things looked like they were starting to separate a little but I just kept stirring and got all the fragrance and essential oils mixed in.
I poured the soap into tray molds because they aren't very deep and I wanted the soap to start cooling before it volcanoed on me. I left it uncovered and it gelled completely. Unmold after two days, cure for three weeks.
The night I sliced the soap there wasn't much colour difference on the sides.
The next night the Vanilla had started to discolour, the speckles should disappear as it darkens. The Chai scented soap on the left is discolouring as well. Hopefully it won't get as dark as the Vanilla.
Recipe (just over 2lbs) in grams
298 Olive Oil
100 Cocoa Butter
169 Distilled Water
100 Cream or Half & Half
1 Chai Tea Bag
2 Tsp Vanilla Fragrance
2 Tsp Chai Tea Fragrance
12 inch long drawer organizer
light cardboard strip cut the length of the drawer organizer
You want the cardboard a few inches higher than the drawer organizer & I covered my cardboard with plastic wrap.
You'l also need someone to hold it in the centre of the mold while you pour the soap on either side.
Mix the lye into the water and set aside to cool. Get your oils ready. When the lye solution and the oils are at 100 degrees, warm the cream with the tea bag to about the same temp. Add the oils to the lye solution and start stirring, then add the cream. Bring to a trace and then split the batch. I took l pound of the soap and put it in a large measuring cup. To one half add the Vanilla fragrance and stir well. Get someone to hold the cardboard strip in the centre of the mold and pour the Vanilla scented soap to one side of the strip. The soap will push the cardboard strip over a bit, try not to let it move to much. Scent the rest of the soap with the Chai Tea fragrance and pour that on the other side of the coardboard. You will have a little soap left over that can go into an individual mold.
Carefully remove the cardboard. To swirl the top, take a wooden scewer and go back and forth across the top of the soap in whatever pattern you like. Be carfeful when you cover it, you don't want to mess up your swirled pattern. I covered mine with some more light cardboard that I had bent into an arc and then a light towel. Unmold after two days, you can slice it a couple of days after that. Cure for 3 weeks.
My sister stayed at a resort once where the daily soup was called Soup A La Garbage, not that it was made with garbage but it was made with leftover bits of stuff, like this soap.
The Paisley mold makes pretty soaps from all your leftover soap scraps. Just weigh out 2lbs of melt and pour soap scraps and melt. I wasn't sure what colour these soaps would turn out to be, I had odd bits of various colours, but I think they both turned out pretty good. If you're not happy with the colour once its melted, you can add a liquid colourant or some mica to adjust it.
There are still a few molds from the latest Milky Way order that I haven't tried out. These bird molds have four cavities with two of each of the designs pictured above. Each soap is 4oz so you can melt 1lb of soap and know thats enough to make four soaps. Like the Breakaway Hearts, you can also cut these into guest soaps and have six different designs. Thanks for looking!
Linked to Kristens Blog Party.
Well its not your traditional Garden Gnome, and I didn't actually create him, but this deer is pretty much a permanent fixture in our gardens (he moves around) this summer. Here he is standing in one of his favorite resting spots, actually, he's just stood up from a lie down. Thats right, he lays in this garden and another one closer to the road. Oh, and he likes to eat too, mostly buds and flowers. Sometimes when he's shy, he'll duck behind a shrub. He thinks if he can't see us we can't see him. You can't see in the picture but directly behind him are some tree lillies. They're about 4 feet tall and getting ready to bloom. I hope he can't reach them because I know from experience that he likes lillies!
I was really happy to get this Bee & Honeycomb mold back in stock. These soaps were a little hard to photograph because I kept them so pale. The bees are filled with Honey soap base and I rubbed them with a little Honey Beige mica. For the background I used Clear soap base with a little Honey soap base melted with it, for just a hint of colour. These are fragranced with Oatmeal, Milk & Honey fragrance oil. Thanks for looking!
Snapped a quick pic of this soap made with the new Milky Way Arabesque tray mold. I still don't have these on the web site, hopefully this week I'll have my laptop back & get it done. This soap is fragranced with Chai Tea. Other supplies: Goat Milk soap base 1.5lbs, Clear soap base .5lb, Cappucino Mica. Thanks for looking!
The new molds arrived this morning. These are two brand new designs. Sorry the Paisley Tray picture is a little fuzzy, its so pretty IRL. So there's these two designs plus the ones on the link to the right. I will put most of them on the site. There are some that are I only got in threes and with a lot of the designs one or two are already spoken for. All of these molds are 10% off from now until July 31 (sale price $8.99)!