Pumpkin Spice

September 2, 2015

I was really disappointed with my pumpkin soap last year.  I made pumpkin cheesecake which had a large amount of vanilla and the entire design was lost cause the whole thing turned dark brown. This year I went back to my Pumpkin Spice fragrance and I planned accordingly for color change.

I make the pumpkins with no fragrance and then less fragrance in the green than brown so it wouldn’t morph as badly.  The theme of this soap was pumpkin patch. I really love how it turned out with the pumpkins embedded on top and vines and leaves piped across the top.

Pumpkin Spice

Dark, creamy, and rich pumpkin with notes of Cinnamon, Cardamom and Nutmeg.

Just poured:
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Cut and cured for 4 weeks.  The colors are good!pumpkinspice2

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Almond Biscotti

August 29, 2015

I have been asked repeatedly over the years if I have an almond soap.  So, last year I made a small batch of almond biscotti soap in the Fall. It sold out in less than a month. I brought it back this year! I changed up the design a bit and I really like how it turned out.  If you like almond this smells just like almond extract to me!

Almond Biscotti

A mixture of toasted almonds, sweet cake flour, and drizzled chocolate.

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2015 Fall Soaps

August 26, 2015

I picked out my fall soaps (most of them) back in February this year.  For all that time I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do design wise.  About a week before I was set to start making them (in the end of July) everything just came together and I figured out what I wanted to do.  Not sure why I was so uninspired this year, but ultimately the inspiration kicked in and I think I have a cool batch of fall soaps this year!  Here’s what I went with! Pictures will follow over the next couple weeks of each soap!

1. Turkish Mocha

It starts with creamy top notes of milk, cardamom, cocoa and a touch of nutmeg. The alluring, complex blend winds down to heady scents of vanilla and honey run, and of course, Turkish Coffee.

2. Almond Biscotti

A mixture of toasted almonds, sweet cake flour, and drizzled chocolate.

3. Pinot Grigio

The main notes to make up this fruity wine scent are sparkling bergamot, peach nectar, apple, Italian white grape, black plum, violet rounding out with supporting notes of warm clove bud.

4. Nag Champa

Renowned for its earthy scent, it contains Juniper, Patchouli and Vanilla, Rose Geranium and Jasmine.

5. Pumpkin Spice

Dark, creamy, and rich pumpkin with notes of Cinnamon, Cardamom and Nutmeg.

6. Pumpkin Lager

A warm blend of Pumpkin Puree, Fresh Ginger, Crushed Nutmeg, Warm Cinnamon, Vanilla Sugar and Sparkling Rum.

7. Spiced Amber Ale

 The fragrance starts with a fresh citrus top note and has a warm, exotic finish.  The base is a wonderful synergy of pine, clove, honey and vanilla.

8. Patchouli Cinnamon

I can’t stand Patchouli, but so many have asked for it! I’ve gotten a large number of requests for different blends. Ultimately I decided to go with Cinnamon. The two scents work together!

9. Oakmoss

Wet and earthy oakmoss with green vetiver, vanilla and nutmeg.

 


Summer Soaps: Part 2

July 17, 2015

Part two!

Pink Lemonade: Everything about this soap didn’t go right!  Oh my word…the imprint on the bottom (you can’t see in this pic), I reversed the white/red layers, the jojoba beads on the top, the stars (which I used the wrong blue the first time I made them that morphed to brown)…This soap really didn’t want to get made this year apparently!

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Juniper Sage: I love this design.  It’s been a long time since I’ve done something like this and I forgot how pretty and elegant it looks.

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Summer Sunshine: I apparently had a thing for doing embeds this year with my summer soaps.  I love the yellow/blue combination of this one.  It’s just really cheerful to me.

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Summer Soaps: Part 1

July 14, 2015

Summer soaps are now here and available.  I like the range I have this year.

The pictures aren’t the best this summer, but time got away from me and I did the best I could with the time I had.

Coconut Shavings:

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Cool Water:

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Grapefruit Bellini: (I love this scent out of the bottle.  Made myself scrubs in it.  It morphs a bit in the soap.  Not my favorite, but then others who’ve smelled it loved it…)

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Double Embed Technique

June 2, 2015

This was the second soap I did for the Saponifier Challenge.  They call it am “Embedded Circle” technique, but I really think it should be called a double embed.  That’s really what it is.  You’re creating one embed and then embedding it into a batch then taking that new soap and embedding it AGAIN into another batch.

I’ve done double embeds many times before.  It’s a massive amount of work for a bar of soap!  That said I love the technique.  I will usually only do it on limited edition soaps (because it is so much work).  When I saw this as a challenge I knew right off I’d be adding my own twist. I had a fragrance called “Seaside Escape” that I had been sketching out different designs for, but hadn’t settled on one I really liked.  The only thing I knew was I wanted a nautical theme.  The challenge kind of solidified everything for me.

Step 1: First I had to make a batch of swirled soap in a circular mold.  I went for a subtle mix of blues/greens that made me think of the ocean.

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Step 2: I had these mini ocean themed cookie cutters.  The problem was that they were only 1/2″ deep.  I had to take the circle embed I made and cut them in my soap cutter twice (so that they were 1/2″ deep and then I had to cookie cut EACH SOAP!  Tedious.

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Step 3: Next I embedded all the pieces into a cube mold I had and poured a white soap around the cut outs.

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(Sorry this isn’t the best picture.  I cut open one of the cubes, so you could see how the white soap filled in around my circles.)

Step 4: Once I unmolded the cubes I put them into a loaf mold and then made a new batch of teal soap to pour around the cubes. I had to do a mica top on it! You all know how much I love that technique.

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The end result:

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Seashell (59)

Totally worth it, but a three day process to make this soap and a lot of work to prep each stage.


Inverted Stamp Technique

May 27, 2015

This technique had been on my to try list for about 6 months.  I even had all the supplies I needed for it, I just never got around to making it!  It was fun.  There are a lot of possibilities with this one and I’ll definitely play around more with it in the future.  I did two batches this go around.  One with a simple criss-cross pattern and one with a weird swirl pattern.

Tools:

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Ginger Patchouli:

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Ginger Patchouli (8)

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Garden Soap (Cool Citrus Basil):

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Garden Soap (10)

Garden Soap (1)

 

 

Garden Soap (14)

 


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