Orange & Cranberry

April 1, 2014

Fragrance: Freshly squeezed oranges kissed with tart cranberry.

Technique: Embeds

I was less than pleased with this soap.  It just didn’t quite work the way I wanted.  I was playing around with a new way to do embeds.  I made a bunch of round embeds to start.

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Then I cut them in half or left them whole and placed them throughout the loaf.

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Pictures:

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Pink Sangria

March 28, 2014

Fragrance: A refreshing combination of zesty mandarin, raspberry , fresh blueberry and layered sweet sugar crystals..

Technique: Layering Embeds

This technique was really easy and I was surprised at how much I liked the final soap.  I just made a small batch of black and white soap and cut it up in thin slices. Then I made a new batch and embedded the slices into it.

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Pictures:

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Yuzu & Grapefruit

March 24, 2014

Fragrance: A bright blend with strong notes of Yuzu, subtle florals and a touch of citron makes this fragrance an all year favorite.

Technique: Embeds

Pictures:

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Margarita Lime

March 20, 2014

Fragrance: This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a fresh lime fragrance with hints of lemon rinds and fresh greenery. This fragrance oil has high levels of essential oil of lime for a true-to-name aroma.

Technique: Dusted Embeds, MP embeds, Salt Decorative Top

Pictures:

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Berry Mimosa

March 17, 2014

Fragrance: Sweet Strawberries, Pink Raspberries, Pomegranate, Sparkling Cider, Citrus Fizz, Effervescent Mimosa

Technique: Dusted Embeds

Pictures:

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Passionfruit & Nectarine

March 11, 2014

Fragrance: Passionfruit Nectarine – Passionfruit Nectar, Lemon Zest, Ripe Mango, Rome Apple, Plumeria, Juicy Nectarine Slices

Technique: Embeds and Micro Mica Lines

Pictures:

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Strawberry Daiquiri

March 3, 2014

This soap was a part of the few batches I made when I was experimenting with Dusted Mica Embeds. I was attempting a blend of multiple techniques here:

  • dusted embeds
  • embeds
  • and drop swirl

What I wasn’t planning on was the fragrance thickening up the soap.  It was awful, but I just didn’t have enough time to do everything so as I got to the drops it was getting too thick so it’s not as wispy as I’d like, but it’s still a cool looking soap.

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Strawberries & Champagne

February 27, 2014

Sometimes I get the prettiest soaps when I’m not trying (and when I do try things turn out less than pleasing…go figure).  I has some left over heart embeds from a previous batch so I decided to use them up.  I had some Champagne fragrance oil on hand and the embeds were scented with strawberry.  I know the fragrance wouldn’t discolor so I decided to just do a white batch and embed the hearts…nothing to fancy.  The day before I had stumbled over dusting mica on soap (not in the traditional method everyone uses to create mica lines) and I thought let’s try and do this between layers and see what I get.

I LOVE this soap.  I’m going to play around some more with this technique.  It’s not really a dusting of layers between soap like you typically see when creating mica (colored) layers/veins.  It’s more like veins.  I am calling it: MICRO MICA VEINS. (Since they’re a take on the traditional mica vein technique.)

Enjoy the pictures! (I had to work really hard to get these haha…I REALLY needed a tripod when I was taking these…of the 100 plus I took I managed to get a few good ones.)

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Soap Embed Challenge

February 18, 2014

If you know me at all you know I LOVE embeds.  Probably half the soaps I make include embeds.  They’re a lot of work, but there’s just something about the finish soaps that I LOVE!  And so I continue to use embeds.  I’ve been playing around with a new technique:Dusting Embeds.  I’m having so much fun with it.  I didn’t just make one soap for this challenge. I made a bunch.  Here are some of the soaps I made over the past two weeks:

Berry Mimosa: This soap came about because I was dying to make a soap that was gray, black, and pink.  I simply split the batch and colored one half gray and the other black and then dusted the pink embeds in white and embedded those in the middle to separate the layers.  Simple but I really like it.

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Passionfruit Nectarine: This one I was experimenting with my “Micro Mica Veins” technique.  I do like the simplicity of this design.

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Yuzu & Grapefruit: This one was a result of having left over hearts from some other batches.  I was playing about with them and discovered that they looked cool stacked on top of each other and I just embedded them in a simple white base to make the hearts stand out.

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Pink Sangria: All I did here was make a partial loaf of black and white. Then I sliced them into thin strips, made a new batch and embedded the strips into it.  I actually really like how it turned out!

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This one isn’t part of the challenge since it’s got MP embeds in it, but it’s a new soap I’ve made and it’s got embeds so I’m posting pics :)

Margarita Lime: I used both CP and MP embeds in this soap.  I was trying to make it remind you of the drink with the MP ice cube look on top and the salt.  I wanted a contrast between all the green in the soap so I used brown embeds that I dusted in a dark green. I do like how the soap turned out, but I wish I’d made the brown embeds smaller.

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Geometrical Embeds

February 13, 2014

I had some leftover soap from a batch of embeds I was making.    I’d been wanting to try to do some geometrical/vertical piece embeds so I poured the batch into a loaf mold and cut it up in to pieces the next day to embed into a new batch.  The idea’s been going a round a bit.  I have to say my results were less than inspiring! :P  I needed to cut it differently than I did, but when I did I ended up with odd size bars and so yeah…not overly impressed with this one.

Embeds are in the mold and ready:

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24 hours after pouring. I chopped off the excess pieces and cut the soap:

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Final bars:

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