Black Amber & Lavender

Some soaps just work perfectly.  I pretty much new what I wanted to do with this soap the instant I read the fragrance name.  Black and purple…it just made sense.  The heart bit came a little later. I wanted to add some white to brighten it up a bit.  I thought the white embed would pop with the black and purple.  Just love this soap.

Black Amber and Lavender: Deep and sophisticated this fragrance blends rustic Amber with bold Parisian Lavender. Combined with these main scents is a mysterious Black Myrrh, dulcet vanilla Tonka bean, and a splash of Egyptian Musk. The fragrance is rounded out with a surprising addition of raw Clary Sage resulting in an earthy concoction with hints of sweetness and pleasing floral notes.

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There are only a limited number of these available.  You’ll find them in the store the end of March!

Day after cutting: This soap was really soft. I didn’t cut it till 48 hours after I made it.  I didn’t discount the water (not sure why I normally always do) and I used a full 4oz of FO for a 5lb batch…which I don’t normally do.  So there was extra water/liquid in it than I normally have.  Now the outside is getting a layer of ash. I know it’ll wash off after a couple uses but it doesn’t look as pretty.  Oh well, still smells good and I’m sure it’ll find some good homes.  Just frustrating.  I only seem to have this problem with ash when I have soft batches…

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9 Responses to Black Amber & Lavender

  1. mijnzeep1 says:

    Wow, love it! So beautiful!

  2. Chrissy says:

    That is really beautiful! I had a Mardi Gras soap I was super excited about that turned out soft and is pretty ashy now, too. Sometimes I try to steam off the ash, but it can be a pretty time-intensive process!

    I love the colors and the embeds – great job!

  3. How pretty! The white really did make it pop and love the layered black and purple!

  4. Love the cute little embedded heart! =)

  5. The Damsels says:

    Thanks everyone! I really liked this one too. And the fragrance is really unique! Love it it all!

  6. Jenny says:

    Beautiful soap, Jennifer! I love the black and purple together, and the white heart embed does pop against the dark colors. I like to use steam to quickly and easily get rid of soda ash.

  7. The Damsels says:

    I’ve never tried steam. How do you do it? I’m not sure if it’ll work…it’s a thicker more cake-y kind of ash. So frustrating…but I’m willing to try anything if I can remove the ash 🙂

    • Chrissy says:

      I just get some water boiling in a pot in the kitchen until a nice, thick steam is generated. Then I use paper towels to hold the non-ashy part of the soap, because it gets slippery, and then I hold the ashy part over the steam for a few seconds to a half-minute or so. I check often, because I don’t want to steam away too much soap, and then I put it on a baking rack nearby to dry while I steam the rest. If the ash is not completely gone, I steam some more. I really like the shiny and smooth texture of the soap that has been steamed – I think it looks pretty cool.

      I heard you can also use the steam from an iron, but I haven’t been able to make that work 😦

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