Soapmaking is so theraputic! I just adore all things soap. I love to daydream and design my next batches, I love formulating them, I love watching videos about soap(making soap and just show and tell), I love soap blogs, and I love to buy soap too! Soap is just my thing. :)
It has been 11 days since my Buttermilk Tea Soap and 20 days since the last time I glittered soap! Oh geez, that is too long for a person that loves soap like I do. I successfully completed Glitter Rehab and now I can move forward. It just so happens that my comeback glittering was with a new glitter. So many people use diamond dust glitter but I just now got some in. I'm in love with it!
I made a big batch and split it in two since I wasn't doing any swirling.
The first part is a remake that I call Sprinkles & Twinkles. The recipe has changed since I last made it a year ago and it looks a smidge different but the general idea of it is the same. It is an unscented soap with some multi-colored jojoba beads mixed in. Thus the 'sprinkles.' On the top of the soap is glitter for the 'twinkles'. I tried something new that I saw some other soapmakers use on YouTube. I sprinkled the top with real cake sprinkles! It's so pretty! I'm a sucker for multi-colored sprinkles on white. PRETTY! I think they'll work fine since I'm not gelling.
With the other part of the batch I made Rainforest Pumice soap. I wanted it to be blue but when I saw how yellow the essential oil blend was, I knew I better just go for a green. I love the green with the grey speckles from the pumice. This is going to be such a great soap for gardeners and for mechanics. My husband could use it today as he replaced the brakes on his car and his hands are covered in grease. I'm not so sure about the essential oil blend. The strongest note I pick up is the eucalyptus. I was thinking it would be a more fresh/ozone type but it's quite herbal and reminds me of a 'sinus reflief' scent. I think once it cures, it will mellow and blend nicely and it should be a wonderful soap for men.
I did adjust my batch a little bit again. This time I added a small amount of unrefined cocoa butter to my regular recipe. This batch also has cream in it. I do miss the cream in my batches without it so I do think I will try to always add a little in every batch.
I'm trying to upload some videos of today's soapmaking to my You Tube channel. It's just creeping along right now but should be available for viewing a bit later this afternoon.
ETA: Sparklebrook on YouTube