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.

mica top embeds

The end result:

Seashell (22)

Seashell (57)

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)

ginger patchouli (26)

Garden Soap (Cool Citrus Basil):

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Garden Soap (10)

Garden Soap (1)

 

 

Garden Soap (14)

 


It’s a Black Tie Affair!

May 24, 2015

Here’s Black Tie Affair–a soap for the men!  I love the colors of this soap.  It just makes me smile!

Black Tie Affair: Sophisticated notes of black peppercorn and leather are carefully crafted with warm woods, patchouli, musk and citrus.

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Now available!  Find it HERE.


Orange Blossom

April 26, 2015

There’s a lot of work that goes into my soap photos.  The set up process takes more than the actual taking and editing the photo sometimes!  This is just one example of what the end set up looked like and then how by manipulating the angle the camera was at changed the whole composition of the soap!

Orange Blossom

SET UP:

set up

END RESULT:

orange blossom

Orange Blossom:  the blend starts fairly sharp and heavy on the bergamot, and calms to a lovely orange blossom heart with citrus notes and just the right amount of sweetness. It is a sparkling, cheerful, summery blend.


Huckleberry Harvest

April 22, 2015

I was in the mood for purple the day I decided to soap with huckleberry.  Part of why I decided to make this fragrance is because I thought it would work well with purple.  I am really pleased with the swirls in this soap.

Huckleberry Harvest

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Huckleberry Harvest: a bouquet reminiscent of blueberry with raspberry, grape, strawberry and peach top notes with a sweet background.


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