April 5, 2015
I won’t go into the amount of time it took to make this soap. I’m thrilled with how it turned out, but oh my word! Five alternating layers with a mica dusting in between each. I was ready to pull my hair out by the time I finished. It was worth the worth though. I think the soap is stunning.
Pomegranate Cider: hot cider spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. The scent is then punched up with notes of pomegranate and strawberry.
April 3, 2015
Whenever my friend and I get together to do soap pictures we have a little too much fun! This was our table before we started our session. We spent the day driving from place to place to gather the needed props.
We photographed 23 soaps and over 15 different bath products. It was quite the session. We spent more time setting up each shot than we actually spent on taking photos…of course once you’ve got the shot set up the photos are the easy part!
Then came the processing of the (300+) photos we took. We did narrow it down some, taking the best of each product, but still it was quite a marathon photo and editing session!
March 29, 2015
These soaps are small batches that I made while testing new techniques. I have only 8 bars (or less) of each. Pardon the not so great photos. I was a bit rushed when doing the photos.
White Peach & Silk Blossom
White Tea & Ginger
Lavender & Lemon
Red Currant & Thyme
You can find these soaps listed here!
March 24, 2015
I was feeling like making a green soap the day I made this one. Mixed up the greens and swirled the middle layer. Very fun and cool looking soap.
Fun Tidbit: My friend and I were exiting the food store talking about my soaps and what to use a props and we were talking about the Juniper Breeze soap and not knowing what to use when my friend stops and looks down at the median and goes: “I think that’s Juniper.” The entire parking lot was covered with juniper plants ha! We stole a few sprigs.
Juniper Breeze: Lots of pine, ozone, green notes with hints of berry and fruits. A very clean, fresh scent.
March 18, 2015
I love sunflowers. My mom plants them in her yard every year. As I was looking for some new fragrances to try I came across one called sunflower. I thought it’s the dead of winter (and we were in the middle of our THIRD massive snow storm here in New England). I was ready for spring to come. So I purchased the fragrance.
I didn’t know what to do with it though so I went online and searched “sunflower” hoping to come up with some ideas. Came across this photo:
And I thought it’s be really cool if I could create a field of sunflowers! The only way I could figure out how to do it realistically was to pipe them (so much work, but so worth it).
The first layer is brown with coffee grinds in it to create the speckled dirt layer. Then I created the field of “grass” and “stems” and “leaves” by using three different greens and swirling them. Then I piped the sunflowers on top.
This was the result: Field of Sunflowers
Alternate Field of Sunflowers
The first layer is brown with coffee grinds in it to create the speckled dirt layer. The difference in this one is I only swirled two greens and made actually “stems” and “leaves” in the dark green.
It’s a little more realistic. I like the first version better. There’s something about the abstractness of it I just love, but this one is still really pretty too. I’m not as happy with the yellow on this one. It got a little too dark for my liking, but if you didn’t have it to compare to the first I probably would have been happy ha!
March 14, 2015
Last summer I started playing around with an under eye balm recipe. I’d gotten a couple sample oils from the soap conference that were more exotic and too nice to (I thought) use in soap. I was reading one of the blogs I followed that had posted a recipe that used one of those oils and I got inspired to try and create my own “eye butter.”
The first batch worked well enough, but it was not what I was going for. I tried to whip the butter but that ended up no working and it didn’t cool evenly so it was a little grainy and just overall it worked but I wasn’t happy.
I adjusted my recipe a bit and I liked it, but it wasn’t what I wanted. I set it aside when the holidays came (there was no time to do much of anything outside of restocks!). I started playing around again with it in January.
I had narrowed down my trial recipes to one (with two variations). One contained beeswax while the other didn’t. I loved the final results. I’m having some people test it and so far results have been good. Always excited when I create a new recipe to my satisfaction!
The beeswax is a balm (and I really like it…it should hold up well in the summer). The other which has no beeswax I whipped it. And I actually LOVE this one. I’ve noticed that it’s really not greasy either. I’ve been using it on my entire face not just under the eyes.
March 10, 2015
Kenna from Modern Soap Making first posted a tutorial on this technique last year — TUTORIAL. It’s not hard, but it created a cool looking soap. I wanted to try it out, but I wasn’t making much soap then (I’d pretty much made all my soap for the holiday season) and I didn’t have time to just play around.
Two other things had me holding off too:
- I knew it would be time consuming to make.
- I HATE using squirt bottles. They are the biggest pain to clean up and you waste so much soap.
I finally sat down and started to play around with the technique. I used squirt bottles the first time to make. All my frustrations with them came back ha! So, I decided to try make the drops free hand to see if that worked. Then it dawned on me I could just used a piping bag! Free hand and piping bags both worked just as well, and clean up was so much easier!
Here are some pictures of my attempts as I practice this technique:
First Attempt: Forbidden Fruit – I tested out some new micas from Nurture Soap. Love the colors. So bold!
Second Attempt: Pipping bags as opposed to squirt bottles. I think the results are the same for control and consistency and the beautiful part: I dumped the bags in the trash after completing! No cleaning bottles!
Third Attempt: Black Tie Affair (soap for the men!). The insides didn’t quite do what I wanted, but the petal top is cool! I really like these colors together too.