November 18, 2011
Initial Thoughts: Nice deep blue. Love the color.
Results: The soap did stay blue but it lighten up A LOT. I used only about 1/2 teaspoon for 4 oz. of soap so I’ll try adding more next time. I definitely think a strong yellow fragrance would morph this color a bit.
COLOR: Romance Pink
Initial Thoughts: Light shimmery pink. I bought about 6 different pinks (okay maybe 8 :D) Though I have to say I did do a good job picking them out cause there are definite differences between them all.
Results: I think this should be renamed “Romance Peachy-Yellow.” Boy did this one morph (and I used a fair amount of mica for about 6 ounces of soap.)It wasn’t getting dark when I mixed it and was already shifting colors and I just new this one wasn’t going to end up pink.
COLOR: Sapphire Blue
Initial Thoughts: Pretty color, similar to some of my other blues, I actually expected this to be a bit darker because of the name when I ordered it, but I still like it.
Results: All my blues I’ve tested seem to be going “light” no matter how much mica I add. They’re not morphing colors, I’m just not getting a deep rich blue… Still like this color, though I’d be careful using this with a really yellow fragrance oil cause I think the color would morph.
COLOR: Silver Gray
Initial Thoughts: Dark gray in the bag, I figured it’d lighten up in the soap and that I could also make it darker if I wanted by using more mica.
Results: This one did exactly what I expected. I actually really like this color. Next to pink the two are gorgeous together. I’ll be using those two colors together for sure.
November 17, 2011
COLOR: Magic Violet
Initial Thoughts: Deep rich purple in the bag.
Results: I think if I used more (I only used about 1/2 a teaspoon for 4 oz of soap) this color could definitely go darker. I’d be careful about using it with a very yellow fragrance (of course I’m always leery about purple and yellow…they just don’t mix well). Overall it’s a nice color.
COLOR: Peach Luster
Initial Thoughts: Not sure why it’s called “Peach” cause it sure looks pink in the bag.
Results: This color came out exactly like the mica color in the bag. I actually really like it as a pink. Not too light, not too deep. I do think this will morph color wise with some of fragrance oils.
Initial Thoughts: Love this color. It’s that not quite purple…with a little bit of blue.
Results: This color did really well. It turned out exactly like the mica in the bag. And I used this with a fragrance oil (not pictured) and it didn’t morph too much. The fragrance had a slight yellow color to it.
COLOR: Starlight Green
Initial Thoughts: Deep, rich soooo pretty in the bag.
Results: And as I feared it morphed. BIG TIME. I love green micas but for some reason I find they morph when they come into contact with lye. I was so sad that this one did. I love this green. I only added 1/2 teaspoon to 4oz of soap…so I might try it again adding more and see if I get a different result.
November 16, 2011
COLOR: Cambridge Blue
Initial Thoughts: Nice medium-light blue in the bag.
Results: I think if I used more (I only used about 1/2 a teaspoon for 4 oz of soap) this color could definitely go darker. I’d be careful about using it with a very yellow fragrance. I think it would morph this blue.
Initial Thoughts: It’s a fairly bright pink in the bag.
Results: This was much lighter than I expected. I like the pink but I really thought I’d get a deeper pink. I’ll try using more next time (used a little more than 1/2 teaspoon for 4 oz soap). I’d be careful using this one with a yellow fragrance oil too. I think it’d morph more to an orange.
COLOR: Starlight Ruby
Initial Thoughts: Deep pink in the bag. Very pretty.
Results: The power looks more pink than traditional ruby red…but in the soap the color darkened up significantly. I still wouldn’t call it “ruby” but it’s definitely got red undertones to it. I’d won’t use this color when I want pink, but it might be to use in a swirl batch with this being the “dark” color.
COLOR: Violet Silk
Initial Thoughts: Pretty medium deep purple.
Results: The color stayed pretty much true to the original mica. I do think with some fragrance oils there might be a little bit of color morphing (especially a FO heavy in yellow). Other than that though I really like this purple.
November 15, 2011
Initial Thoughts: Really pretty coral color in the bag! I really was hoping it wouldn’t morph.
Results: It did morph. I thought it would. When I mixed it in the soap it became very orange-y and as it cured it lighted a bit, and it definitely has a coral feel to it, just a more muted earthy coral than the bright and vibrant one. Still a pretty color and it’ll work for what I want to do with it.
COLOR: Blackstar Gold
Initial Thoughts: Basic brown.
Results: This turned out exactly how I thought it would. It did get a slight layer of ash to it. I poured thin flat layers (cause I was using these for cutouts) and you can see how the top side is whitish. I also added a fair amount of brown mica to get this color. This is one of those where I little doesn’t go a long way. Also, I used this on a batch of soap that had a very yellow fragrance in it and that affected it a little. I should have added more color and I didn’t so they’re much lighter in color.
Initial Thoughts: Love this color. It’s so pretty.
Results: What you see is what you get. This one mixed with absolutely no color change at all. Really nice color and I didn’t have to use a tone of mica to the get it either!
COLOR: Shimmering Sea Foam
Initial Thoughts: I love this kind of muted green.
Results: The color stayed pretty much true to the original mica. I do think with some fragrance oils there might be a little bit of color morphing (especially a FO heavy in yellow). This one also collected a layer of ash, but again I was just pouring a small flat and thin batch lots of air getting into the mold…but I had poured a little too thick so I cut the leaves in half and the middle is the pretty green!
November 14, 2011
I recently was introduced to The Conservatoire. I was looking for a place to get a wider range of micas and Amy told me to check them out. I went a little overboard purchasing micsa! They have over 250 colors of micas! It was hard to narrow down my choices.
Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be testing each mica in CP soap (with NO fragrance) to see how the colors react with the lye and what color I end up with (as opposed to what I started with). Stay tuned! Tomorrow I’ll post the first four colors I tested.
November 11, 2011
Christmas is fast approaching and I like to try and do something special for our deployed soldiers each year. I know how touch it is to not have your soldier home for the holidays. And I know it’s even harder for the men and women away from home.
So, if you have a soldier that’s deployed and you’d like me to send them a bar (or two, depending on how many replies I get) comment on this post with your name and email. I will then (around the beginning of December) contact everyone for shipping information. I’ll package the soaps up in a nice little gift box and send then soap out on your behalf for your deployed love one.
Just my little way of saying thank you to the men and women serving this great country!
Happy Veteran’s Day Everyone! And thank you to all that have served and are serving!
November 9, 2011
I love these. They’re a little time consuming to make but it’s worth the effort. They’re just so pretty!
November 8, 2011
My mom wanted an all natural soap for gifts for friends. She wanted Peppermint E.O and for it to look festive. I was thinking through my natural colorants and realized I didn’t really have a pink. Then my order from Bramble Berry came in and (I’d totally forgotten I’d ordered it) in it was Rose Clay! Perfect! So I went to work and made moisturizing bars with rose clay and peppermint EO and did an in the pot swirl. I LOVE how it came out!
The top swirled really nicely! Love the different tones of pink I was able to get!
Cut bars! So pretty!
The first bar I cut had a face in the swirl pattern! See it? Made me laugh.
November 2, 2011
Remember about a month back when I got to test out eight mystery fragrances! Well the three that made the cut have been announced and they were all in my top four! In fact my top two made the cut!
Mystery Fragrance #4 was my favorite (I gushed and gushed and gushed over it!) and it made the cut (thank goodness, I don’t know what I’d have done if it hadn’t made the cut! HA! Yeah I’m being overly dramatic!)
Anyway here’s the three that made a cut, their new name and descriptions that will leave you drooling!
Pinot Grigio: This fragrance was a winner of the 2011 SOAP Panel for Fall. It is ideal for wine based soaps and products though stands on its own rather nicely. The main notes to make up this fruity wine scent are sparkling bergamot, peach nectar, apple, Italian white grape, black plum, violet rounding out with supporting notes of warm clove bud. It smells like a very adult, fruity floral grape juice. This scent softens a bit in cold process soap and goes a warm yellow
Bordeaux Blend: This fragrance is designed to be a big, bold spicy red wine fragrance. With notes of tawny port and cognac being sweetened up with lighter softer pinot noir, vanilla and raspberry, Bordeaux Blend is toughened up with spicy notes of cinnamon, clove and vineyard dirt. This fragrance can move quickly in CP soap so be prepared and after a full cure, the spice notes come out more than the grape notes.
Plum Tea: This clean fruity floral has a beguiling soft freshness that one 2011 SOAP Panel Tester described as “autumn rain on flower garden”. After beautiful white tea and damask plum and herb notes, this fragrance is beautifully supported with sweet notes of honeydew melon, quince apple, lily of the valley and chamomile. The fragrance finishes with a touch of black tea to add depth and tamp down on the sweetness.
I think I was the first to order them today…and if not the first, close to it They should get here in a week and then I’ll be making THREE more batches of soaps! They’ll be ready in time for Christmas!