Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pumpkin Soap

I made this pumpkin soap adding a little pureed pumpkin baby food that comes in those little glass jars. I used a pumpkin fragrance and a little tumeric for coloring. A little pumpkin pie spice mixture was sprinkled on top. No other colorant was used. It smells so good and I know some people will not want to wait until Thanksgiving to use it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Bubbly & Blue

I made this soap from a fragrance sample I received and it smelled sort of like Seven Up or Sprite but in a very nice way. It just made me think of bubbles. I used 92 degree coconut oil instead of 76 and it came out very white. I decided it needed a little bit of color so I added a little Ultramarine blue that didn't dissolve but I think it looks great.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Calendula Soap

Calendula often called pot Marigold makes a beautiful soap. I love the way the petals turn the soap a beautiful golden color. I also like the way it makes my skin feel. I make my soap after soaking the petals in the olive oil portion of my formula. I also used Calendula Essential Oil from Essential Wholesale. Since Calendula has such a pungent spicy aroma I masked it with Orange from Sweetcakes.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Peaches & Cream Soap

What do you do with left over cream from a tea party? Do you continue to use it in your tea or coffee and pack on more calories? I think not! I know, I'll make soap with it. How will that turn out? Only one way to find out and find out I did. It came out beautiful, not brown at all. Thanks to information I received at the workshops I attended at the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild Conference this May. I used a peach fragrance from Brambleberry. My soap smells fantastic and has just the look I was going for. I did use a bit of Coral Peach colorant from kangaroo Blue to give it a slight blush.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Just Soap

Soapmakers! We're always looking for the best fragrance, best ingredients and best natural skin safe colorants but I'm wondering if I'm the only one who didn't have a soap that was just soap. No extra emollient oils, butters or additives to make it "better". Just ordinary, made from 3 or 4 basic oils that's kind to the skin, soap. Because we all know that the glycerin will be there, no matter what, and that's what gives our soap it's special qualities...as we love tell our customers.

Since I had to make such a basic soap for my Advanced Soapmakers Certificate Exam with The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild I have decided to keep that in my soap inventory. When I was making it I noticed how fresh & clean it smelled. And to me it was darn pretty when it came out of the mold and smelled even better than when I poured it. I just wanted to share my wonderful new discovery with everyone. Wonder how this will go over at my Farmers Market, where the first thing a customer does is puts the soap to their nose to smell.