Summer Soaps: Part 3

July 2, 2018

The last two are blends I put together. I like them. They’re fresh and summery.

Watermelon-Lemonade

Of all the soaps this one didn’t go right. I forgot the white layer.  Realized it after I poured it. Oops.  Then the fragrance accelerated VERY quickly and it was challenge just to get it in the mold. It smells good and looks fine, but I’m bummed that it didn’t come out perfectly.

The watermelon start off with a fruit blend of melons, peach and strawberry with a hint of vanilla. Followed by the aroma of a freshly squeezed juicy lemon.

Strawberry Lime

I was going for a lady bug look here. It didn’t come out perfect, but I think it’s at least distinguishable as a lady bug when you look at it.

This refreshing fragrance is an accord of Kaffir lime, Japanese grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon; middle notes of bergamot and strawberries; sitting on base notes of brown sugar and oakmoss. Combines with vine ripened strawberries.

 

 

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Summer Soaps: Part 1

June 25, 2018

I have to say I really liked how all my summer soaps turned out this year.  They were A LOT of work (more work than I anticipated for some), but worth it.

Raspberry Lemonade

I love this design.  It is a lot of work to make the embeds, but the end product is so pretty! And the colors!  The little bit of “neon yellow” just makes me smile.

This fragrance oil is the mouth-watering combination of ice-cold lemonade, sweet, juicy raspberries; with a unique twist of natural lavender and white musk.

Grapefruit Mint

I didn’t think I’d love this scent as much as I did.  In fact I’m making a small batch for myself (as I put coffee grounds in this soap thinking it make a good gardener’s soap and I dislike scrubbies in my soap ha!)  This design was a good amount of work too, but worth it in the end.

Grapefruit and Mint is a super refreshing and sophisticated summer fragrance. It starts with ripe, tangy grapefruit fused with garden-fresh mint. Hints of lavender and rhubarb add depth and complexity to this fresh fragrance. Citrus essential oils enhance this bold scent, while mint, thyme, and bergamot essential oils give it an herbal counter to the punchy, juicy grapefruit. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including Grapefruit, Mandarin, Orange, Lemon, Thyme, Bergamot and Buchu Leaf.

Top: Grapefruit, Rhubarb, Mint
Middle: Lavender, Rose, Apple
Base: Vanilla, Clear Musk

Peach Magnolia Raspberry

This has a fruit punch design because there are so many fruits in the fragrance (even if the name doesn’t indicate it.)  I was pleased how the six color swirl came out. I was afraid it might blend and get murky looking, but the colors stayed separate.

This fragrance oil is a blend of  Lemon, Grapefruit, Peach Nectar, Raspberry, Pink Tulip, Soft Jasmine, Magnolia, Wild Honeysuckle,  and Sheer Musk.

 


Mermaid Soaps

April 24, 2018

I don’t know what made me want to make these. I’m sure I saw someone post one and it probably caught my fancy and I thought they’d be fun to make.  Whatever the reason, I was browsing online looking for a mold and came across the mermaid tail molds…and next thing I know I’m making mermaid tails.

I spent a couple days sketching ideas for how I wanted to make the mermaids and ultimately had three designs I wanted to try and a couple that were a variation of the original designs.  Some of these turned out great others I really didn’t like. Ultimately there were two designs I’ve decided to go with moving forward.

Here’s a peak at the process and the trial and errors of making mermaid soaps.  It’s safe to say I got a little obsessed with these fellas.  They just make me smile and I can’t help but want to make more and more!

Look at these tails!

Design 1: Swimming in the Ocean (rectangle)

I used multiple techniques for these and I really liked them.  It’s one of the designs I’m going with.

Design 2: Color base and Oval Mold

First off, the color morphed and I really hate the color it became.  Second, the fragrance accelerated and I couldn’t get the swirl on the top I wanted.  Third, I just didn’t like the appearance or shape at all.

Design 3: Piping Ocean Foam

I think if I had a bigger rectangular mold these would have worked better, but there just wasn’t enough space for everything to work. Too much of the tail got covered.

Design 4: The Beach and Ocean

I loved the beach look of these. They’re more work to make and definitely a bit of a pain to do the sand (though I love the end result).  These and Design 1 are my two favs!

 

Just Tails

Then I created little three packs of just tails.  I love the bars, but I also could stare at the tails all day long!And I had fun with the packaging!  The mermaid “sayings” on the back just make me smile!


Glycerin Rivers…after the fact!

February 23, 2018
I just picked up on an interesting occurrence with glycerin rivers. This has happened before, but I just made the connection. And guys I’m so totally fascinated by this!
I made heart embeds with Titanium Dioxide (TD). They did not have glycerin rivers in them after saponification. Three days later I added the embeds into my soap. I gel (as intensely as I can by insulating in blankets) my soap. This batch heated up pretty well. After almost 24 hours it still had some residual warm coming off it. (I didn’t measure the temps that the soap reached, but you have an idea how hot it got and stayed to still be warm almost 24 hours later). When I unmolded and cut the soap all my white hearts (which looked like the small soap sample in this picture before I embedded them) had major glycerin rivers.
This happened AFTER the soap had saponified (the hearts were three days old at this point)! This has happened many times before I’ve just only made the connection now.
 
I do a water discount about 1:1.9 ratio. So not as steep as some discounts, but less than the normal 1:2 to 1:2.5 water ratio that generally causes the higher probability of glycerin rivers.
 
Making the assumption that glycerin rivers form when soap goes through a gel phase and particles of color pigment gravitate and stick to the greasy, water-repellent tails of the soap molecule while leaving the water-soluble heads of the molecule without pigment, I wouldn’t think glycerin rivers could form once the lye-oils had already (saponified and) become soap.
I know I created an “ideal” situation for the formation of glycerin rivers with a higher water content, prolonged gel phase, with a slow cooling. But to happen to oils that had already saponified!
I find this utterly fascinating!  Has anyone else had this happen?  Could I really heat the embed up enough in the new batch of soap to cause it form glycerin rivers?  

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!

 


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!