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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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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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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Valentine’s Day Soaps & Bath Products

February 3, 2014

This year I decided to do some fun Valentine’s Day themed soaps and bath products.

Bath Salts - Salts in a champagne bottle with some cute packaging!  Available in: Lavender, Strawberries & Champagne, and Pomegranate Champagne

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Massage Oil – (Body Oil) A luxurious blend of oils and a touch of essential oil to lightly scent them.

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Lip Balms – I made two special limited edition flavors for February: Chocolate and Strawberries & Champagne

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Check out all the different items under the Valentine’s Day tab on my webpage!

And here’s a look at what didn’t make the cut!  I’ve been wanting to experiment with petit fours/truffles for a while. I thought Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to finally do that.  Umm…yeah I experimented…and that’s about the end of that. Oh my word! Time consuming and tedious…NOT FUN!

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Amazon Lily & Rain

January 23, 2014

And I’m officially playing around with new scents and new designs again!  First one up: Amazon Lily & Rain.

Amazon Lily & Rain Fragrance Oil:  A light scent that smells just like line dried linen.  The aroma is pleasantly comforting with notes of fresh cut grass and pine enveloped by sweet florals.

I got this fragrance to have for March/April (part of my spring line).  I am not a floral person, but I have to say if you like florals this is really nice in the soap.  Bramble Berry’s image on their webpage with this fragrance totally inspired this design!

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I love the purple!  Turned out much more bold than I thought it would.  And then the top layer is an in the pot swirl of white and yellow.  It all worked out perfectly.  Just love the design of this one!

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This soap will be available on my webpage the first week of March!


Seeing Animals in My Soap!

August 22, 2013

Sometimes I feel that soap making can be like watching the clouds.  I used to always try and find shapes and animals and other objects in the swirl of the clouds.  This latest batch of Fresh Snow soap I felt like a kid again finding animals in every slice of soap!

Bat/Bird (depending on how I look at this one I see multiple animals):

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Pumba (Remember Pumba from the Lion King?  I swear I see him in this soap!):

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Dragon (This one is my favorite!):

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There you have it animals in soap!  Do you see them too?

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Holly Swirl Challenge

August 15, 2013

So this month’s attempt turned out much better than last months…but it still had it’s problems.  Mainly me not thinking :-P.  I wanted to swirl blue and yellow…the problem with that was when you mix blue and yellow you get green!  So the color theme didn’t quite end up how I wanted.  That said I still think it’s a pretty neat looking soap.

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I also tried a modified version of the challenge.  I embedded a heart on the bottom and then poured a swirled soap into that (and didn’t do a top layer).  I really liked that soap.

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Two new soaps!  It was fun and I’ll use this technique again for sure!

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Winter Soaps

August 14, 2013

Okay!  I’ve decided on the Winter Soap Line!  The following fragrances will be used:

  1. Holiday Berry
  2. Fresh Snow
  3. Cedar & Balsam
  4. Peppermint
  5. Pumpkin Cheesecake
  6. Spiced Cranberry
  7. Santa’s Spruce
  8. Frankincense & Myrrh (a small batch, but I will bring them back)
  9. Apple Peach & Cinnamon (I think…still on the fence about this one, but I will probably offer it).

I think this is a good selection and I’ve brought back all the popular ones from last year!  Now it’s time to start making them!!!!


Bamboo & White Grapefruit

August 10, 2013

As I was in bed (trying very unsuccessfully to fall asleep) I did what I normally do…think about new soap designs.  I had some extra heart soap embeds I needed to use (I’d had some left over soap and I’d poured it into my heart mold).  I wanted to do something different with them.  Amy’s third monthly challenge had also just been posted and I thought it would be really cool to try and embed the hearts at the bottom of the batch and then do an in the pot swirl and dump that into the main batch (with the embedded hearts).

It turned out really neat!  Not 100% what I was going for but every bar is different and fun!

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