Fragrance: A bright blend with strong notes of Yuzu, subtle florals and a touch of citron makes this fragrance an all year favorite.
Fragrance: Spicy-sweet blend of French verbena and lemon, a green Florentine iris and violet leaves, and sublime notes of Mysore sandalwood and ambergris.
Technique: Beer soap, soap stamp (dusting in mica)
Every time I’ve made beer soap the soap has gotten really dark, so this time I decided to work with it and do a white stamp on top. And of course this time it didn’t get any darker than what you see in the picture :P …guess that’s how it works sometimes.
And despite trying to get the bottle to photograph I couldn’t get my camera to focus :(
OKay…I went through my fragrances and finally sorted through all the ones I want and the ones that I no longer need/want/like the fragrance (ha). Anyway, listing the items here. If you’re interested comment on what you want or email me at JenniferSoap@gmail.com (with zip) and I’ll quote you on shipping.
9 Bar Birch Slab Mold $20 (moderate use, a few inserts are a little warped but still gives pretty even bars) It’s this mold from BB: http://www.brambleberry.com/9-Bar-Unfinished-Birchwood-Mold-P5169.aspx Mini Grape Molds (2) – $1.00 each Mini Banana Mold (1) – $1.00 Silicon Strawberry Mold (1) - $5.00 (each strawberry is approx. 1 oz)
Bramble Berry Fragrances
Natures Garden Fragrances
Rustic Escentuals Fragrances
I’ve never done this method before…though I’d been hearing a lot about it and would probably have been tempted to try it sooner or later. Amy’s challenge just made it sooner! I tried it on two soaps this week. I had to make a soap for Bramble Berry’s soap swap. I already knew what I wanted to do for that soap design and it just happened that it actually worked out perfectly with experimenting with a mica top.
I was just going to use one colors but decided it needed to be two (two match the inside). I’m glad I went with two! (Who needs to play it safe first attempt???). Ha, luckily I knew the fragrance I was working with wouldn’t set up too quickly so it all worked out. Lesson learned: A little bit goes a long way! I used a bit too much. The oil does “spread” out as it starts to settled and I ended up losing some of the swirls I had because of it.
Batch 1: Blackberry-Sage Fragrance / Teal-White-Gray Color Scheme
Here you can see the oils moving and messing up the nice swirl (too much oil). I also learned don’t spritz with alcohol. It also affected the swirl making it kind of shift the oils together.
You can see where the spritzing it with alcohol ruined the swirls…kind of made it all blur together.
This soap is going to be submitted to Bramble Berry as part of the Soap Swap…but don’t worry! I made a 10lb batch! So I’ll have plenty of bars left over. They’ll be listed on my webpage in about 6 weeks time!
Then I made a pineapple-mango batch…this was supposed to be a kids soap…but the initial embeds I was making were NOT working so I ended up just dumping it into some of my individual rectangular silicon molds. The color them was black and pink (not exactly “pineapple-mango” colors, but like I said it was supposed to be a kids soap that I ended up turning into a normal batch). Love the fragrance. And I love the design/colors even if they don’t make me thing “fruit.”
One thing I learned is that this fragrance ACCELERATES! (It’s why I had to abandoned the first project). I set aside a small amount that I didn’t add any fragrance to so I could pour it on top and still do a nice mica swirl. Thank goodness I did! It’d have never worked otherwise. It was was too thick. I had some left over and I poured it into a smaller 2lb batch. I tried the mica swirl just to see and it didn’t work!
Batch 2: Pineapple-Mango Fragrance / Pink-Black-White Color Theme
This is what happens when you try it on soap that’s super thick…not really very pretty! These bars will be going to family member anyway as they’re less than perfect. The main batch came out lovely though so I’m happy.
Here’s one cut with the top.
Okay…that’s enough pictures. I just couldn’t narrow down my choices this week! I really like this technique. You can fancy up a soap pretty easily! You’ll be seeing more of it in the future from me!
This is probably my favorite of all my 100% all natural soaps. I started with one of my favorite moisturizing and nourishing recipes then added: goat’s milk powder, essential oil blend (lemon, orange, litsea cubeba, pink grapefruit, tangerine), orange-lemon and grapefruit fruit powder extract, sea clay and rose clay to color it.
This is so strong and amazing! I’ve never had a essential oil fruit blend soap stick so well in a soap. I attribute it to the fruit extracts. Love this soap!
All natural Honey and Lemon soap: powder goat’s milk, honey, honey powder, lime powder fruit extract, and lemon essential oil. I love the smell of this soap: tartness of lemon and the slight sweetness of honey. And it’s 100% all natural!
What is Honey Powder: Honey Powder is natural honey that has been spray dried into a fine white powder. Honey is reputed to have antiseptic and antibacterial properties and can be used to treat a variety of ailments such as cuts, wounds and burns. Its antiseptic properties inhibit the growth of certain bacteria and help to keep external wounds clean and free from infection. As such Honey Powder can be used as part of balms or healing salve. Honey Powder is said to have anti-aging properties. Honey is a humectant, having the ability attract and retain moisture, and to rebuild the moisture level in the skin without making it oily. Therefore, it can be used as a skin softener and in anti-aging products.
What is lime powder fruit extract: Lime Powder is a natural source of coloring and has a sharp, citrus scent that is cleansing and invigorating.
Then in going with the “honey” theme I did a honeycomb pattern on the top and the bottom. I really do like the simplicity of this.
I sell some of my soaps in a garden shop. So last year I made some “garden soaps.” I used one of my more nourishing recipes and I added either pumice or coffee grounds. They went over really well so this year I’m making more.
I had received two free 2oz samples a while back. I had intentionally picked them thinking they be good for the garden soaps. Then I’d also picked up sage & lemongrass specifically for a garden soap. I like the earthiness of these scents.
Sweet Rain: Clean and crisp, this sweet floral rain scent is a blend of peonies, fresh green, tulip, hydrangea and cyclomen highlighted by fresh ozonic spring air.
I used pumice in this soap. I like the pumice. It’s not as rough to me, but it still gives you that extra exfoliant.
Jungle Love: Zesty citron fruit and deep rosewood blend perfectly with wild green willows for this rainforest jungle aroma.
This fragrance accelerate the trace big time! I’m surprised at how this came out cause I thought I might have a disaster on my hands. The fragrance had a really yellow color and I was sure my white would turn yellow, but as it went through the gel phase it just got whiter! This soap has pumice in it for a little extra help to get that dirt off your hands.
Sage & Lemongrass: Tall grasses and soft sage combine to make the perfect out door fragrance.
I used coffee grounds in this soap for a bit more grainy exfoliant. The bright yellow and green were to remind me of what spring will hold! Right now it’s all pretty much brown outside…and white when the snow comes. I’m so ready for spring to make an appearance!
Look for this soaps in my store come mid March.
Here’s the last of the Easter Soaps: Island Orchard. I figured I’ve got a nice mix between the Violet Bouquet, Honeysuckle Hollow and this one. The first two are floral scents so I went with a fruity one for the last soap. I also experimented with the zebra swirl. The first couple attempts I wasn’t happy with but this one I think its fun! I went with yellow and pink…I love those two colors together and I think this soap turned out cute!
Island Orchard: Sweet, juicy peach with notes of pineapple, banana and exotic orchid.
Island Orchard will be available in my store the second week of March! Look for it at http://www.jennifersoap.com
I did this soap to be part of my Easter collection…oh my word if you like strong scents this is the one for you. A review I read said this was super strong and stuck in CP soap. They weren’t lying. I used only 3oz of fragrance for a 5lb batch and my entire house smells like honeysuckle. If you like strong this is the soap for you.
Honeysuckle Hollow: Enticing accords of spice rose blanket the warm blossoms of sun-kissed honeysuckle. Sensually sweet jasmine completes this beautiful floral fragrance.
The inspiration for this soap was this picture. The fragrance was pretty yellow. Usually this pink mica and yellow fragrances work well and this one did (Yay! I was a little worried at first.)
*super big sigh*
Once again vanilla ruins my plans. I really do like this fragrance. I’m not a fan of vanilla but this scent had more to it…there’s an earthiness in it.
Vanilla Verbena: Bright Verbena, Sicilian Lemon, Orange Zest, Jasmine, Creamy Helitrope, Amber, White Musk, Precious Woods
I thought the embeds would be fun and a great contrast to a pretty blue…while the fragrance didn’t affect the pink much (it’s a little darker than the original color) it completely morphed the blue. (I didn’t add any fragrance to the white hearts).
Nothing is technically “wrong” with this soap, but it’s not quite as pretty as I was going for (and after doing all that work for the embeds!)
Will be available in the store about mid-February.