Dragon’s Blood

March 27, 2017

This is a really popular scent. I’ve never made it before.  I don’t know why, but some how it just never made it to the top of my list.  Then I saw a really cool stamp and I was like I should make this soap!  And there you have it.  I made it more because I wanted to use the stamp, but that’s okay!

This mysterious, alluring blend is difficult to describe. With warming notes of amber, incense, Madagascar vanilla and patchouli, our Dragon’ s Blood Fragrance Oil is lightened up with layers of romantic notes such as rose, jasmine and lilac. Finally, our sensual, deep blend is topped off with the colorful, light touches of blood orange and grapefruit.

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Fall Soaps: Pumpkin Lager w/ Beer

September 29, 2016

I’m a pumpkin fan…especially when it comes to pumpkin and baked goods!  This is probably my favorite pumpkin scent of all the pumpkins I’ve tried in the past years and of the ones I’ve made this year (which include: spiced pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and pumpkin lager).  Of course I had to make this soap with beer :D.

Wholesale Supplies Plus describes it:

A seasonal malt blend of fresh picked pumpkin, nutmeg and finishing notes of fermented warm vanilla.

So yummy!  This is another one that I knew would morph. I added orange mica to it so the soap didn’t become dark brown but has that orange hue to it.  Then I stamped it with a like orange mica and it really pops!

Prior to discoloration:

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I actually think the soap looks better fully cured and with the darker brown orange.  It makes the stamp stand out more.

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White Sage & Sea Salt

March 18, 2016

Swirls, embeds, and stamping…three techniques in one soap!  It makes for a lovely soap.

White Sage & Sea Salt: An inspiring blend of fresh sage and trendy sea salt backed by white washed driftwood will transport you to a place of natural harmony.

Top Notes: Lemon, Mandarin, Sage, Sea Salt
Middle Notes: Beach Juniper, Jasmine Vines, Island Gardenia
Base Notes: Weathered Driftwood, Cedar, Musk

I love stamping soap and I do it so rarely I couldn’t help but make another similar design (to Sweet Tea) so I could stamp again.

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Sweet Tea Zing

February 24, 2016

Can you say WOW that’s bright pink!  I used a really small amount of pink too and it still was WOW! I love it.  I love it even more with the pink-gray-white combo.  I’ve had a tea cup stamp that I’ve been wanting to use for ages and this soap’s design was totally designed around that stamp.

Sweet Tea Zing: this fragrance starts with the relaxing indulgence of sipping sweet tea with a zest of lemon, drops of honey nectar with the extra zing of cardamom.

Top: Earl Grey Tea, Lemon, Bergamot
Mid: Honey, Cardamom
Base: Mint Leaves, Green Tea Leaves

I like it.

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Stamping Soap

February 15, 2016

Stamping Soap

Stamping soap is super easy and can create a really cool looking soap!  There are two key tricks to remember when stamping soap: 1) Don’t use too much colorant.  2) Stamp just after you cut a batch.  The rest is really up to your imagination.

Let’s get started with a step by step walk through!

Step 1
Make your batch of soap.  When you make your soap think about the stamp you are going to be using.  Is it a large stamp that will fill an entire bar?  Or is it a smaller stamp?  Is it square or rectangular or some other shape?  The shape of your stamp should dictate your design.

Example Small Stamp
Honey Bee
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Example Vertical Stamp
Flowers with Embedded Cube

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Example Full Bar Stamp
Solid Bar/One color

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Step 2
Prepare your color and stamp.  Spoon approximately 1 teaspoon of mica (or other colorant) onto a sheet of wax paper.

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Note on Colors: I love to use micas.  Their shimmer and sparkle always make the soap look just a little extra special to me.  I also find micas stamp the best for me.  You can use other colorants though.  Oxides and pigments work, but I find they can be a little harder to get a clean smooth/uniform stamp with sometimes.  Titanium Dioxide works, but can be very difficult to stamp cleanly.

Note on Stamps: There are different types of stamps: Rubber (commercial or hand carved), acrylic, and metal.  From experience I find that the rubber stamps work best.  Their surface area is typically larger and they hold the colorant to them.  That said I have stamped soaps with metal and acrylic stamps reasonably well.  There’s just not as much color stamped on the soap with them.

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Step 3
Cut your soap.  Lay it on a flat surface.  Gently tap your stamp in the mica.  Make sure all the flat surfaces are covered.  You want a thin layer of mica on the stamp. Too much and you won’t get as clear a stamp/imprint.  If you have too much colorant on the stamp gently tap it on your work table to remove some of the excess mica.

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Step 4
Firmly (and evenly) press the stamp into the soap.  Play around with the pressure you need.  Too little and you will get a light or partial imprint on the soap.  Too much pressure and you could distort the detail and leave deep marks in the soap.

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For each soap you stamp reapply a layer of mica to the stamp.

These are some examples of different stamps I’ve tried. Some have worked great and others not so much.

Acrylic Stamp: As you can see there’s really not much color on the stamp part.  What did transfer was the color that was on the outside of the stamp.  Another lesson you can learn from this picture is I used the wrong size stamp for this soap.  I really needed a stamp that was more square shaped to fill the entire black space.

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Titanium Dioxide: I’ve never had a huge amount of success when using TD to stamp soaps.  This one isn’t awful, but it definitely lacks any type of wow factor too.

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Activated Charcoal: This is still (to this day) one of my favorite soaps.  The charcoal stamped the soap so nicely and it just pops!

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Neon Pigment: This stamp is a hand carved stamp. I find they don’t quite have the same ability as commercial stamps when stamping soap. You have to be a bit more meticulous when stamping with them.  I used a neon colorant here which made it even harder.  I love this stamp. I don’t get the crisp clean detail as I would from a commercial stamp but it’s still a pretty stamp.

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Small Stamps: I love this honey bee stamp. Worked out perfectly on my little travel soaps.

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Fondant Mats = Creative Soaps

August 1, 2014

I’d been wanting to try using a fondant mat to make an imprinted soap for a while.  I bought the mat to do so about six months ago.  I only just recently used the mat to make soap.  It’s really quite easy to make.  I bought the mat.  There are many places you can find them online. I got mine through Wilton.

matI then cut the mat up into two pieces to fit my mold.  I did a piece for the bottom and one for the top.  You could probably make pieces for the sides too if you wanted too.  I made my soap, poured it in.  And then after 24 hours just peeled the mat off and cut my bars.

Very simple to do, and gives you a pretty soap.

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Beer Soap: Green Irish Tweed

March 5, 2014

Fragrance: Spicy-sweet blend of French verbena and lemon, a green Florentine iris and violet leaves, and sublime notes of Mysore sandalwood and ambergris.

Technique: Beer soap, soap stamp (dusting in mica)

Pictures:

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Every time I’ve made beer soap the soap has gotten really dark, so this time I decided to work with it and do a white stamp on top.  And of course this time it didn’t get any darker than what you see in the picture 😛 …guess that’s how it works sometimes.

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And despite trying to get the bottle to photograph I couldn’t get my camera to focus 😦