Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Time To Catch Up Again! (It's a long one!)

I've been on another soaping spree. Well, several soaps in a row is always a spree for me. :-)

Last week I made a batch of Rosemary Mint Essential Oil Soap with fresh avocado and cream. Many people know that rosemary and mint is a wonderful blend. It smells like mint chocolates to me. Love it! I was hoping to get a bit of green from the avocado but it virtually disappeared. I should have known that.

From there I soaped a vanilla chai fragrance. It is to be more of a cozy, spicy, sweet scent than a straight up chai tea. It has notes of golden butter, shaved coconut, sticky maple syrup, white chocolate tea, vanilla rum, and warm holiday spices. I used a fragrance and also added some cinnamon and nutmeg. Not much, just a tad will do ya! This soap is called Creamy Vanilla Chai and has quickly become one of my favorites visually as I haven't given it a test run quite yet.

I did not upload a making video of the Creamy Vanilla Chai because it didn't come out right. So here is the unmolding of Rosemary Mint and the cutting of Creamy Vanilla Chai:

From there I made a slab soap to try swirling (I've only done a thin slab swirl once before) with this Wild Mountain Honey Soap. It is a honey and wildflowers scent though to me it is heavier on the perfume side. I love it, it's familiar to me. However, it seems to be one of those fragrances that you either love it or hate it. It was so hard to get a decent picture of the swirls. They were a bit mottled but I know now how I could have prevented it.

When I don't achieve the desired affect in my soap that I want, I must try, try again. So yesterday back into the soap kitchen I went. I made a yet unnamed batch of soap to test my swirling techniques and I am very happy with the results! The scent blend is one of lavender flowers, lilacs, and juniper breeze (a BBW dupe) and it's just downright wonderful.

There will be a making video, I just haven't edited it yet. Today I will cut it and the Wild Mountain Honey Soaps. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pink Berry Mimosa

I made this soap last week. The scent is described as 'sweet strawberries, pink raspberries, pomegranate, sparkling cider, citrus fizz, and effervescent mimosa.' It turned out a light peachy pink color and it is topped with pink, yellow, and orange glitter and sprinkles.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Calendula Buttermilk Soap

I thought I would get a chance to take better pictures but since I haven't, I'm going to go ahead and post this one. When I took these pictures last week, it was infinitely cloudy and this was the best I could get. You get the idea. :-)

The scent on this one is so earthy and comforting...and I love my new mold!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Trying Out A New Mold!

I have been so very excited to give this new mold a test run! I have had the dividers for a while but I was waiting for the hubs to build a mold to go around them. I wanted this new bar size for my natural/essential oil soaps. I also have always loved that pillow-y look that the dividers give the tops of the bars.

I had calendula infusing in olive oil so I chose to do Calendula Buttermilk soap first. It is made using 100% buttermilk and an essential oil blend of rosemary, litsea cubeba (may chang), cedarwood, ho wood, fir needle, and anise. The scent is very complex and all the different scents mingle together to make an earthy and comforting blend.

I cannot wait to unmold these soaps!