Winter Soaps: Part 3

November 15, 2017

Round 3!

Reindeer Poo

This soap was really popular last year, so I brought it back this year.  I love the color. The name makes me smile.  You have to have a sense of humor obviously!  It’s just cute and fun!

Santa’s Tree Farm

The tiger strip didn’t quite go perfectly. The soap started to get a little thick on my and I wish I’d had a bit more green, but it still looks nice and smell lovely.

Santa’s Belt (aka: Apple Cinnamon)

This soap was a boat load of work.  I really like how it turned out and I learned a lot while making it. I know I can make it look even cleaner next year.  Every time I see this soap I can’t help but smile.

Sugar Plum Fairy

I’ve been having some fun playing around with different ways to achieve swirls.  I like the results I ended up with in this soap!

 

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Winter Soaps: Part 2

November 10, 2017

Round 2!

Gingersnap & Pumpkin

So, the fragrance really discolored this soap. I expected to get discoloration, just not quite this much.  Still looks fine, and smells good, but the perfectionist in me…

Stink, Stank, Stunk (aka: Apples & Clover)

The Grinch soap! I know if you’re on my FB page you’ve seen this soap about a million times now. And you know how much I’m absolutely in love with this soap.  There’s gonna be a bar in my shower very shortly!

Peppermint Fluff

I did my standard Peppermint soap this year, but I added this one too.  It’s a sweeter, less intense peppermint.  The problem with the fragrance is the amount of vanilla in it. I knew it would alter the color and worked my design around it. I do like how it ultimately turned out.

Pumpkin Gingerbread

Another vanilla heavy fragrance that I worked with to make the gingerbread men stand out.  Some of the gingerbread men look a little drunk ha! But it’s a cute soap.


Winter Soaps: Part 1

November 6, 2017

Once again I’ve run out of hours in my day to accomplish all that needs to be done.  I’m grouping together my winter soaps instead of doing individual posts again.  I need more time in the studio right now!  I had lots of new winter soaps, and the return of many favorites. I have to stay I’m pretty pleased overall with this years soaps!

Blue Spruce

I was rather uninspired by this fragrance.  I didn’t know what to do with it so I was like let’s just do a simple two color layer.  Then as I was working it morphed and I added the reverse imprint, mica line, and peppermint leaves to the green.  I’m really happy with how this turned out.  And customers have really been liking it too!

Cranberry Fizz

This was not part of my original line up of winter soaps.  But WSP had a fall fragrance sell and I decided to get some (for next years soaps) and then I ended up smelling the ones I got and pretty much used half of them this year.  I love the colors in this soap!  And it really has a “fizz” smell.  Bubbly and fun!

Fresh Snow

This is actually a standard soap I do every winter it’s so popular, but this year I changed from my more abstract snowman to this cute guy. Found these molds the end of last year and I couldn’t pass them up.

Gingerbread

Sometimes simple works.  I love this layered look with the mica lines between each layer.  It just stands out to me.  And of course it smells yummy!


Fruitopia

July 12, 2017

I apparently was on a color kick this go around when it came to my spring soaps!

FRUITOPIA: a fruit medley of strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and tree ripe peaches squeezed with fresh lemons and essential oil of tangerine warmed by soft woods.

Look at those embeds!  Don’t they make you smile!??!?!

Available HERE!


Amber Noir

June 23, 2017

I love the Black/Gray/Orange theme of it.  Simple and elegant. And I love the scent!

Amber Noir: is a sweet and sultry fusion of creamy vanilla and rich amber with undertones of sandalwood and musk.

Top: Vanilla, Cream
Middle: Amber, Jasmine
Base: Sandalwood, Musk

Available HERE!


The Making of Safari Themed Soap Favors

November 22, 2016

First, let me say I am INSANE.  There is no other word to describe me trying to create animal favors during crazy show season when I don’t have time to do anything but constantly restock for my business.

I was told to just get the rubber safari ducks and embed them in a soap base and use those as favors.  They would have been cute and worked, but they just weren’t what I imagined.  So…out came the notepad as I started to brainstorm and sketch some ideas.

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This image was my inspiration. (I looked at so many safari themed cupcakes in trying to figure out how to make these soaps).

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I would normally make all the embeds first and then make the bases, but I was super short on time and I knew if they were going to have enough time to cure before the party I needed to make them asap.  So I made the bases and then started figuring out the embed pieces I’d need.  Eyes…ears…whiskers…faces…noses…mouths…oh my word! There were a million little different pieces I needed for each different animal.

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These were the bases that I was gonna have to attach a million tiny pieces to…

Once I figured that out there was then the challenge of cutting them all out. I needed an oval cookie cutter that I didn’t have.  So I sacrificed a piping tip and shaped it into an oval.  It worked in my hour of need, but piping tips don’t make good cookie cutters.

Piping tips as a cookie cutter...the brain figures out how to make it all work ha!

Piping tips as a cookie cutter…the brain figures out how to make it all work ha!

All those tiny circles?  Those are the other end of the misshapen piping tip.  Again, not a great cookie cutter ha, but it worked.

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Once the circle were cut I started playing around and realized I could imprint a circle into them and then fill them with a “wet” mica to add extra color.  I also used a skewer dipped in wet mica to make the whiskers marks on the tiger.  THE-MOST-ANNOYING-THING-EVER.  I was ready to pull my hair out.

Was it worth it? Yes.  The added extra touch just makes the soaps, but OYE!!

Because I didn’t make the embeds first I had to “embed” them onto already hard soap.  Which meant an extra step of putting wet soap on one side and then putting it on the hard soap.  Could have saved myself time if the embeds had been done before, but I didn’t know what I was going to need and I was in a crunch for time so the bases had to get done before everything else.

The final step was the piping.  Oh so much piping.

Giraffe: I had to pipe the spots and horns on him.  I love him. He’s so so so stinking cute!

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Lion: Piping his mane turned out so much better than I thought it would.  When all the pieces came together I was in love with him too.  The stringy mane/hair just totally did it for me ;).

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So many different stages to piping the lions. I still had the eyes and mouth left to do once I got to this point. Have I mentioned these were an incredible amount of work?

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Tiger: If I ever do these again I need to find a better way to do the stripes.  It was tedious to do these and it’s not as clean looking as I wanted, but it was the best I could do with what I had.  They’re still cute.

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Gorilla (which was supposed to be a monkey):  There was somr major improvising that went on with these when I started to pipe them.  What I wanted to do wasn’t happening and on the fly I just said…let’s try this and it worked.  I really do think these are cute.  Disaster averted!

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Zebra: The first couple I did were really bad.  It took a while to get the hang of these.  Piping straight or curved lines that need to come out steady and even is a hard hard thing to do.  They’re not bad looking. Not perfect and a few things I’d change next time, but I love them. I especially love the ears.  I happened to have the perfect mini cookie cutter to use as ears and the little pink in them just makes them stand out.

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And there you have it.  My absolute madness…and all this during prime busy season for me when I barely have two minutes for anything outside of the business.

The final soaps:

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tiger

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Cedar & Balsam

November 17, 2016

I changed up the design for Cedar and Balsam this year.  I just was 1) sick of making cubes and 2) frustrated with the extra cure time this soap always needed (for whatever reason it always was extra soft).  And the design had gotten boring to me after three years of using it.  So this year I went to my tree mold and used those to embed in a swirl of different greens/grays.

The first batch didn’t turn out quite as I wanted.  There wasn’t enough of a distinction between the tree green and the batch green.  The second batch I dusted the trees in a black mica and that gave it the distinction I was looking for and I like them much better.

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