Saturday, March 29, 2014

Blueberry Fig Goat Milk Soap

The scent and design of this soap just popped into my head one day. Most of my inspiration comes this way and it's just a quick flash in which I see the soap and can imagine the scent. Usually it happens as I'm trying to fall asleep at night. Sometimes it is when I'm washing my hands with some other soap of mine. I am thankful to have these images! With this one, I even saw the font I was supposed to use. Odd or awesome? :-) I will go with both!

This scent is so classy and lovely. It immediately made me think of something like you would find at Crabtree & Evelyn. It is a delightful blend of fresh picked blueberries, Mediterranean fig, sandalwood, amber, and fresh lemon. Classy I tell you!

I knew I wanted to use full goat milk with this one so I began the search to find goat milk locally. The proved to be harder than I anticipated. Back in the olden days (somewhere around 2008), I could find lovely, creamy, goat milk from locally raised goats at our hometown grocery store. It was packaged in the most glorious glass bottle that has made a fine substitution for a vase over the years. However, I had no such luck in these futuristic, goat-milk-less times. In the end, I had to buy a carton of goat milk at Whole Foods, about 25 minutes away. unromantic. This would be the main reason why I don't use goat milk more often. Anywhoszits, that was quite the story of sourcing goat milk. Snoozeville.

Next step was to freeze the milks. I prefer large, chunky shapes (mine happened to be fun bug shapes) so that it takes longer for the milks to melt. I found that if I work with slushy milks that it melts too quickly and causes more burning. I did not have any troubles with that again this time and the milks were a nice pale yellow. Quite lovely indeed.

I will admit I became overly eager when just 7 hrs later my soap was pulling away from the dividers, and I unmolded the soap without doing a video. DOH! I realized this about the time that I had all the bars lined up just right for a picture. Geez. I was testing a new butter blend and it was just a minor change, but it made the soap a bit harder than usual. The soap was still soft enough that I wouldn't have wanted to cut it, but releasing from the mold was perfect. Anyway, I did make a video showing the unmolded soaps and how I plane and bevel them.

This soap turned out so creamy and lovely. It will be a limited edition and available with my late May listings.

Click on the pic to enlarge it. :-)

Thank you to all of those that commented on my last blog post. There are many that read blogs and I know now that it is worth the effort. So thanks!

Next up...Camo Soap!


DeeDee said...

Hi Holly.

Its 4.20am UK time (clocks went forward last night) Just finished some coursework , and saw your blog posting appear in my inbox. I love Goats Milk soap, and your fragrance choice blueberry and fig. So I couldn't wait till the actual morning to watch this video. I have been making CP soap for only a short time, and blogs like yours are what inspire me to keep going, Wish they did smellovison . Thank you for sharing . Hugs from the UK

creative chaos said...

I have a camo soap also. They are a ton of fun to make! Enjoy!

Patti said...

Finding goat milk just reminds me of anytime I want a certain ingredient and then I have to go to million stores to find it! Very pretty soap!

Holly said...

Thank you! It is really one of my favorites so far! Thank you for reading and watching my videos!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the inspiration! That is a lovely soap and I've loved your blog!