Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Christmas Gift

A friend at work wanted to be ready for Christmas.   This was what I came up with.  Hope "J" and the recipients will like them as much as I love making soap.

These gifts were made with melt and pour soap.

Oils added were Coconut oil, Olive oil, Rice Bran oil, Palm oil, Shea butter and Castor oil.  Scented with Mistletoe and Ivy fragrance oil and a hint of Peppermint essential oil.

Red mica and titanium dioxide for white.  

Blending the oils, butter and lye solution.

Poured the white base.

Poured the red in the middle at different heights.

Made two more lines on the sides.

Made the swirl using chopstick.

Added the gifts.

I am pleased by the result of this batch.  Everything turned out just as expected.  

Hope you guys like these bars.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tarragon and Bergamot

This batch end up being a huge fail.  Every slice just crumbles the bars.  But I had to finish or toss it out which is a waste since I know I put in good oils and butters into the batch.  I might have soaped at the wrong temperature or measured something wrong.  I will definitely try to redo this batch using the same ingredients.  If it happens again the second time, I will have to blame the fragrance oil.  Some fragrance oil reacts strongly during soaping process.

Oils of Coconut, Olive, Rice Bran, Palm, Shea Butter and Mango Butter.  I was excited to use two butters and had used this recipe before.

Decided to just use green and white for this batch.

Emulsifying with lye and added fragrance oil.

Poured the base.

Poured a middle line of green.

Added two more lines on both sides.

Made a swirl with chopstick.

Came out of the mold all cracked.

This could end up being a personal use unless you guys can suggest of any better use for a cracked soap.

Thank you very much for any suggestions.

Happy Soaping you all.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Lavender Essential Oil

This batch was inspired by a family member who likes essential oils.  

I decided to make this very natural, no added colors or fragrance.  Oils used were Olive Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil and Castor Oil.  I also used two butters,  Shea Butter and Mango Butter and scented with Lavender Essential Oil.

I always love the look and feel of oils and butters emulsifying.

Poured the batch onto the mold.  Just as natural, plain and simple.

 I got an itch and just had to do some artsy stuff.  Using spoon, I gave the top some texture.

Added some lavender buds in the middle.   The buds were added while the soap was still wet in the mold.  I forgot to take a picture of it.
This picture was taken after I unmolded the soap.

Some of the lavender buds are still just loosely attached and came off.  But I like the contrast it gave to the soap.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Chocolate Lovers

Fragranced with Chocolate Lovers, a scent described as a mixture of lemon, orange, bergamot and mandarin, lily of the valley and coriander with notes of sweet chocolate, warm vanilla and musk. 

Inspired by the name of the fragrance oil, I decided to tweak with my recipe and incorporate cocoa butter.  This recipe include Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil and Cocoa Butter.

Since this fragrance oil will discolor the soap to some shade of brown I decided to use that discoloration as the main color of the soap and made swirls of white using titanium dioxide and a combination of red and brown mica for the second color.

Dropped both white and the red brown colors into the main batter.

Used a chopstick to make a diagonal design on the top.

Off the mold.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Baby Giveaways

Baby giveaways scented with lavender and mint fragrance oil.

Coconut oil, olive oil, rice bran oil, castor oil, palm oil, mango butter, 

Oils and butter with the lye and water solution.   As you can see there is a big difference with the color I produced using tea from the previous post.

I decided to use white and blue for the babies' beds.

Mixed the white to the rest of the batter.

Dropped the blue at different sides and depths of the white batter.

Gave the bowl a little swirl.

Poured  the batter into three different molds.

Laid babies onto their beds.

I am happy with the way they turned out.  Hope the people receiving them will like them too.

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