Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lemon Fun!

I was so super duper excited to be able to cut this soap this morning. I really thought it would be next week before it would harden up enough to cut. Woo-hoo!

I love how this one turned only if I could have scented it with fruit loops like I had planned. That would have been perfect!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pink Grapefruit

I'm lovin' the thin layers/lines design! This one turned out especially purty I think.

The teddy bears - also pink grapefruit scent -

The raspberries - these are unscented but from the same batch - I'm not lovin' how these turned out though. I will attempt to do some reconstructive surgery on them later but if that doesn't work, they just might get chopped up somehow. I had plans for these as a topping but I dunno.

Sadly, my Lemon Fun swirled soap is still much too soft to release from the mold. This is one of those times that it would be nice to be able to lift the soap out of the mold using freezer paper. I might have to freeze the loaf to get it out if it doesn't harden up.

Don't be alarmed if I don't have cut pics until next week sometime. I have a lovely weekend planned and may not get to it until then. It will leave us all with something to look forward to. :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Swirlies and Such - 100th Post!

Wow - 100 posts already! I've come a long way baby! :) My soaps have definitely improved since I first started blogging.

Yesterday afternoon I made Lemon Fun soap and Pink Salted Grapefruit soap. Both smell so good and turned out quite pretty.

Lemon Fun - 6 color swirl scented with lemon. It was going to be scented in fruit loops (I'm still disappointed that it isn't) but I had some weird seize thing go on with the fragrance and stabilizer before I added it to the batch so I quick went in another direction with the scent.

Pink Salted Grapefruit - it is mostly cream colored (pale yellow maybe from the essential oils) and has two pink layers and one pale orange layer in the middle, similar to my cool water soap. I topped it with some pink himalayan salt. I just want to get a spoon and dig in to that topping. It's so yummy looking!

I used some of the extra grapefruit soap to make teddy bears with cream(again, pale yellow?), pink, and pale orange swirls.

This crazy warped mold is a raspberry chocolate mold. I put it in the dishwasher and I quite obviously should not have. I heated it up and tried to fix it some but it wouldn't budge. So I used it as is and made it work!

This is my set-up to keep my soap from gelling. I soap at room temperature and then keep it in front of a fan for about 24 hours.

I won't be cutting these until tomorrow afternoon at the very least. So be patient for cut pics! :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Strawberry, Cool Water, & Teddy Bear Soaps

Yippee! I guess I had my groove on when I made these! I'm so pleased with how they turned out.

Strawberry soap - the green wasn't so gray after all!

Cool Water - I'm getting a little discoloration around the edges. The fragrance did not have vanilla or any notes about discoloration. We'll see!

Teddy Bears - unscented and super duper cute!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Yesterday's Soaps

I had a soaping extravaganza yesterday! I just had too many things I wanted to try so I did it all at once. :)

The teddy bear soaps turned out so cute. They have cream in them and are unscented for my kids to use. I think they look like the Downy bear falling into a pile of freshly cleaned towels. The kids should have great fun with them!

This one I used a cool water fragrance and it is such a nice, masculine scent. It is a predominately cream/white soap with a thin layer of blue and a thin layer of green inside. The top kind of looks like waves don't you think?

This one is scented with a strawberry fragrance. I used vanilla stabilizer for the first time. I don't intend to make a habit of using it but I was excited to see if it really works as it is supposed to work. The bottom is pink and the top is supposed to be green. It looks a bit gray against the bright green mold but I think it will be a nice contrast to the pink once seen unmolded.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cutie Cow Soaps

These cute cow soaps I made clear back on September 27th! I used mineral oil on the molds and still couldn't get the soaps out. I finally just forgot about them until a couple of weeks ago when I put the molds into the freezer. Well, I don't get into that freezer too often and so I forgot all about them again until I went to get some egg rolls for lunch. :) I had to really work at it and just about broke my thumbs, but I finally got all the animal soaps out of the molds. Hooray!

These cute cows are my favorites out of all the Critters molds. This soap is an unscented pumpkin and cream soap. It was intended to be a soap for my kiddies to use during the dry winter. They should be good and cured now. I am so excited for us to begin using these.

All of the "critters" hanging out on the curing shelf.

You can see a bit of the carrot soaps in the bottom right corner. The pumpkin and carrot soaps are almost the same color.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Raspberry Latte

This soap smells so yummy. It has a touch of chocolate to it as well. Mmm....makes me hungry!

The tan should darken to a nice brown if the vanilla takes over like it should. It better!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Raspberry Latte Soap

This soap came out exactly as I imagined. That doesn't happen often. I came up with own blend of fragrance oils and this soap smells yum-my! The soap is mostly brown with a thin layer of raspberry pink on top. I sprinkled a bit of red and pink jojoba beads on top of the "whipped cream."