Saturday, September 6, 2014

Licorice Swirl

 Here's another hanger swirl soap and as I mentioned in a previous post, I decided not to go back and forth with the hanger on this soap. The last two I had swirled across and back and was curious to know how it would look if I just took the hanger across once, and I really like it. I was originally going to have only one layer of black soap but I coloured too much of the soap so ended up with two.  The white soap has titanium dioxide and poppy seeds and the black soap is coloured with some black oxide (mixed with almond oil) and bit of silver/grey mica. Of course, the Licorice scent comes from Aniseed Essential Oil, yum.
 Here's the top, I should have sprinkled on some extra poppy seeds.

The recipe I used and one of my other swirl soaps are here. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lemon Biscotti Soap

 Here's the Lemon Biscotti Melt & Pour soap I was going to make for the last newsletter. I got one made and then decided to do another. For a 2lb tray  mold I used 1lb each of Goat Milk and Yellow Glycerin melt and pour soap, I melted both soaps together. Once melted I stirred in a pinch of bronze mica and 1 Tsp each of Lemon Essential Oil and Biscotti Fragrance oil. The pictures are pretty plain, I just wanted to show how the bronze mica tones down the bright yellow. The soap above is done in the OpArt tray mold. The one below was done in the Paisley tray mold. Tip: If you have trouble getting the mica to mix nicely, spray it with a little rubbing alcohol.
 Soapy group shot below, don't know why the colour looks so different, it stays the same when you cut it. The above photos are more true to life. Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Teak & Sandalwood with Patchouli Hanger Swirl

Had to try the hanger swirl again just to make sure I had it down, please see the post below for recipe and details. This soap is fragranced with a new scent we are carrying called Teak & Sandalwood. I also added a bit of Patchouli essential oil, and the micas I used were Cappucino and Bronze. For this soap and the last one I moved the hanger up and down through the soap across and back. Next time I am just going to go across once and see what a difference it makes. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blackberry Sage Tea Hanger Swirl

I used my own recipe for this soap but all the credit for the technique goes to the Soaperstar video here on You Tube.
Lye/ Water Portion:
208 grams lye
539 grams water
454 grams Coconut oil
398 grams Palm oil
100 grams Cocoa Butter
495 grams Olive oil
Also used 6 tsp Blackberry Sage Tea fragrance oil, Titanium Dioxide and Purple Ultramarine

I blended to a very light trace and then divided the soap into three large measuring cups, I had a little more in the container of soap I was colouring white. So to that measuring cup I added some titanium dioxide and to the other two  I added purple ultramarine colourant. I was working with powders for my colours so I mixed them with a little water first, the extra water also helped keep the soap thin. One container got a little more purple than the other so I would have two shades. This is how I layered the soap: white, light purple, dark purple, white, dark purple, light purple and then white with sort of a mix of all the colours on top. Fragrance was added to all three containers after the soap was coloured.
 Below is a picture of the end of the soap loaf before cutting and at the bottom of the post is a picture of the hanger I used.
So the next two pictures are of what I did with the leftover soap, my loaf mold only holds 3 lbs. I used a 6 inch drawer organizer for the remaining 1lb of soap and poured it as if pouring over a column. You just keep pouring layers in to one spot and pushing the previous layer out. I should have taken a picture of the top before I cut it, sorry.

 And lastly, my hanger, hand bent by me and thickened up with a couple of chop sticks and some tape. Am I high tech or what? Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Wrapping Soap: Coffee Filters + Flowers

Above is a soap I bought because I love the wrap on it. I love the coloured tissue, turns out its a little thicker than regular tissue paper, more like a coffee filter which is what I used to wrap a couple of my own soaps (pictured below). I left one filter white and stamped randomly on the other.
Usually if I wrap with a coffee filter I tape the top flat and cover it with a label. The picture below shows how I tied it with string instead, then you have to flatten the excess down as much as possible.
Below is the filter I stamped. I'm sure you could stamp on a Kraft filter, they would look nice plain too. Lastly I glued all of my layers of flowers etc together and then glued the layered flowers to the soap. Mine look different, I wasn't trying to copy exactly and wanted to use what I had on hand. This would work with bath bombs too and be pretty in a gift basket.  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

White Chocolate Mousse + Green Citrus

I really need to get some soaps ready for fall and haven't used any recipes from my Soapmakers Companion for a while, I don't even think I've used the book this year. I pulled it out and made one of my favorite recipes from the book, named White Chocolate Mousse by the author, because of the quantity of Coco Butter used. Its really a nice soap and I usually leave it white. This time I used some chromium green oxide and yellow lake, both powdered colourants that were mixed with a little rubbing alcohol. For a green citrus scent a blend of Lime, Litsea Cubeba and a little bit of Lemon essential oils were used. The little decoration on top is some mini limes that I sliced and then dried in my oven.
 Recipe by Susan Millar Cavitch
187 grams sodium hydroxide
538 grams distilled water
312 grams olive oil
226 grams jojoba oil
454 grams coconut oil
226 grams cocoa butter
226 grams palm oil

This recipe also calls for an optional 12 grams of grapefruit seed extract. A lot of recipes from this time used to call for this, but I don't recommend adding it. I coloured most of the soap with some chromium green oxide, a small portion is coloured with yellow lake. I recommend adding a little rubbing alcohol or water to these colourants as they are both powders. For the green citrus scent I used 3 tsp of Litsea Cubeba, 3 tsp  of Lime and 1 tsp of Lemon essential oils. Dried lime slices may not be your thing, I think this soap would be really nice without them too.

I filled a 3lb loaf mold and 8 sand dollar molds.

Email with any questions. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Scented Wax Sachets

I've been wanting to try making these for a while. I gave some that I had purchased (from Pure Living) as Christmas gifts and they were a big hit. I used Soy Wax flakes and a little bit of leftover red wax from a soy candle and some Rose Fragrance oil. I melted 85 grams of the wax, it melts easily in the microwave, with the bit of red wax, and then added 2 tsp of the fragrance. I only wanted to fill the mold up to the scallops so I put the extra wax in to a heart in the 5 Heart Mold.

Then I tried some of these scented wax wafers. These are a blend of soy was and paraffin wax so didn't melt so easily. In the microwave, which is what I used, you have to make sure the measuring cup doesn't get hot and explode, so I did 40 seconds and let the container cool and repeated (many times). A water bath would have been the better way to go. Anyway, one of these wafer bars filled one cavity in a 5 Heart Mold.

To make a hole for ribbon or string you need a drill, using a nail will split the wax. I made the smallest hole I could to accommodate what I was putting through. I think these turned out cute and they all smell really good. I'm going to hang a couple in my closet and put the other two on towel bars in the bathroom. Thanks for looking!