Thursday, July 30, 2009

Surprisingly productive.

I'm not going to gripe about the weather (right now) but I will say that it has been HOT!

Funny thing about soap and temperature... if you have the temperature wrong... bad things happen.

Have you ever seen a bar of soap sweat before? It ain't pretty. It's natural and all, it's just not aesthetically pleasing to most people. So making soap (and other things that melt really easily) was out of the question for part of this week.

Today, I put together some baby shower favor soaps for a friend of mine. I think they turned out pretty well.

Side view. So important.

My neighbors must think I'm so crazy. Always taking pictures of plates in the yard.

On Tuesday, I made up a batch of Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Soap. I cooked this one up this time so that it can be used right away.

Turned out really nice. - H

Friday, July 24, 2009

You're my favorite mistake...

It was such a great loaf. And sure enough... I sabotaged myself. You heard me. I loved it so much I was afraid to cut it. So I waited. Too long. And the layers split. Boo hoo. - H

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Yum. That's it... yum.

So I've continued to play with my melt and pour soap. Last night... I made a yummy, yummy layered bar. It's amazing.

I afraid to cut it into bars and ruin it. So get this... the top and bottom layers are scented like fresh baked bread, the white layers are cream cheese frosting scent, and the other layers are chocolate espresso scented. This soap smells like those Italian Wafer cookies called Quadratini. - H

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Panda, Peppermint and comparisons.

I had a good soapy day on Friday.

So kids, this is a great picture to point out the differences in soap types. Clearly, the panda is a different kind of soap altogether. It comes from a glycerin base, and although, there's still work involved, it's much less toxic when you're making it. I hate to compare it to fimo... but that's my mental comparison. The polymer clay of soaping, if you will. You can do a lot creatively with it and the end product depends on the individual making it. I make skeleton guys and pandas. There you go.

Now notice there are three bars of green soap in the picture above. The two on the left are a cold processed peppermint soap.

I mixed a lye/water mixture with palm oil, coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil and apricot kernel oil. Then I blend it until it reaches a thickened state.

I do this when the kids aren't around. Once it's the right consistency, I add peppermint essential oil colorant, and poppy seeds for mild exfoliant. then they get poured into molds.

After three days, they look great like in the first image. They come out of the molds and dry out for about 4 weeks. I've tested the pH levels and they're good! They drier your bar of soap is, the longer it will last. And make sure you have a good draining soap dish. Nobody likes a soggy bar of soap.

The soap on the right side of the image was cooked instead of being poured into molds. Hot Process. Once it reached the right consistency and pH levels, I put it into a paper lined mold. It's a pain to mold. It's really thick and sticky... and I have to pound the mold against the floor for a while to get as much air out as I can. I bevel the bars once they're done & they can be used right away. But they aren't as fine grained as the cold processed bar. Still great, just different.

So there you have it. Soap 101. - H

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Eerily Cute.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

I'll explain how this little guy cam into being in a day or so. Those berries are white currants, by the way.

- H

Friday, July 10, 2009


Well, I should be working on a couple of bars of Peppermint soap for a friend, but this melt & pour stuff is all new to me, so I can't help but to play with it.

Cool, huh? I was thinking maybe sometime I'd do a blue shell on a white background. Whoa. - H

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Anybody got any good Orca jokes?

Alright! So my next challenge is Orca Soap! This is unlike the cold process/hot process soaps made from scratch that I'm used to. It's a molded soap using a melt & pour glycerin soap base.

I made a bar last night that was... meh. This morning's attempt turned out much better.

It took a few tries of figuring out what color gets poured when... but I'm really pleased with the end result. - H