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):
Pumba (Remember Pumba from the Lion King? I swear I see him in this soap!):
Dragon (This one is my favorite!):
There you have it animals in soap! Do you see them too?
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.
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.
Two new soaps! It was fun and I’ll use this technique again for sure!
August 14, 2013
Okay! I’ve decided on the Winter Soap Line! The following fragrances will be used:
- Holiday Berry
- Fresh Snow
- Cedar & Balsam
- Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Spiced Cranberry
- Santa’s Spruce
- Frankincense & Myrrh (a small batch, but I will bring them back)
- 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!!!!
August 2, 2013
It’s a good thing I like making soap because that is all I’ve done in the past two months. I’ve had maybe 4 or 5 days in the past two months where I HAVE NOT made soap and those days were typically because I was either at a ll day market (though even then I’d usually come home and make a batch) or had family or teaching responsibilities that kept me away from home the entire day.
I have a dry rack at my parents (for over flow) and it’s currently full! Here are my two dry racks!
(The one row on the bottom that is empty is actually full I just have to cut the soap first then it’ll go in that spot.)
In the past two months I’ve made 1,641 bar soaps/cupcake soaps. This doesn’t include any of the other product I’ve made (bath and body products, popsicles, dryer balls…and I’ve made a ton of those too!) Yes, I’ve been busy. It’s crazy how much things have grown. I’m super excited about it, but it’s also got me thinking about production and how to meet the demand I currently have in the most efficient way possible.
And now I’m off to start on the winter soaps ha! Oh it never ends.
July 17, 2013
A couple months ago I held an intermediate soap class. Debbie came to the class and learned how to do an in the pot swirl. She send me cut pics of her soap and then of other soaps she’s tried since on her own. Aren’t they gorgeous.
Pink & Purple in the Pot Swirl (we used Plum Tea and it set up a bit fast on us as I was explaining things, but it’s still really pretty!)
This is her Sunshine soap with Calendula
And her Pumpkin Goat’s Milk
July 10, 2013
I’ve done the mantra swirl before. I’m not a big fan of it simply because of the set up of having three dividers… I know I find three dividers more work than embeds :D …what can I say. This time I restocked on my Berrywine & Mint. I did two colors in berrywine and one color in mint…the berrywine set up fast and the mint stayed liquid as liquid can be. This is not a good combination for creating a mantra swirl!
The colors are pretty and it smells good! But it’s not really what I’d call a mantra swirl.
(Sorry for the not great pics. Had to take them at night. Life is crazy and I barely have time to keep up with blog posts these days!)
July 2, 2013
I’m going to have a few new soaps to offer in July. These will be my summer soaps (and replace the rapidly depleting spring specialty soaps).
Summer Limited Edition
Coconut (The design is plan–the fragrance oil darken the soap up too much for me to do the stamp I wanted to on it. While they’re a little plain the smell delicious!)
Red Currant & Thyme
Yuzu (This was a small 8 bar batch and two are taken so I’ll just have 6 of these available and will probably only be placed out at my markets.)
Look for these soaps to be available by mid July!
June 27, 2013
Continuation from yesterday! I did two other soaps for West Point. One was a take on my (what’s turned out to be really popular) Embedded Heart Soaps. The other was a simple and clean soap with a mica top that I then stamped “Army Themed” stamps into. I have to say I love these, especially the “Go Army, Beat Navy!”
Embedded Heart West Point Themed Soap:
Stamped West Point Themed Soaps: So these didn’t work out. The fragrance I used (coconut shavings) darkened this soap way too much. I ended up stamping them with my logo, but the rubber stamps dipped in mica just weren’t looking good on this one.
I had to restock my Cedar & Saffron. I’ve done the same technique/colors with this soap for a while. This time I changed up a color though and man when I cut it it made me think Army Camouflage
And there you have it, my Army themed soaps. I really like them. I’m hoping West Point does too. Because this Army Brat would be tickled pink to have her soaps featured in their gift shop!