Friday, February 27, 2015

Sundance - In the Pot Swirl

SUNDANCE
 

A Citrusy blend of Yuzu, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Tangerine, Satsuma, warm notes of Cloves and candied Lemon Drops

 
The in-the-pot or ITP swirl is probably my favorite go-to swirling method when I don't know what else to do.  It's difficult for even someone as finicky as I am, to be unhappy with the end results of this method.
 
 
It's pretty darn near impossible to mess up an ITP swirl.  I love changing the direction of the pour between passes.
 
 
It creates all kinds of interesting patterns and swirls and creates a result a bit different from the traditional ITP look.
 
These will be cured and in the shop just in time for Spring ♥

Monday, February 23, 2015

MISBEHAVIN' is finally behavin'

This fragrance has been in a part of Petals Bath Boutique for years!  It's gone through a few name changes (see: Purple Hooters & Pishsalver Potion) and countless design changes. 
 
 
A sparkling fruity accord of juicy strawberries, raspberries and citrus pulp on a bed of soft sexy florals
 
 
The last few changes have been variations that always involved purple and pink.  I settled on the name "Misbehavin" because the colors in first purple and pink batch morphed so badly, that I was angry, frustrated, compelled created a name to match my emotions.
 
 
I think that now I have finally settled on the perfect blend of colorants and a design that makes me happy. 
 
 
Below is a video of this latest batch being made.
 
 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Madcap Handmade Soap

This soap was one of the first batches that I made for my Mid-Winter Release that went live right before Valentines Day.  These are sold out now, but my blog is not just for sharing but is also sort of an online diary of my Soapmaking journey, so I need to log these things in.  I hope you don't mind indulging me as I play catch up!

MADCAP
 An alluring unisex fragrance with top notes of Oakmoss and sensuous Sandalwood supported by Tonka Bean and fresh Citrus on a base of precious Amber and soft musk
 

It's been so much fun playing with my mica's, pigments and oxides.  I've been mixing and blending all sorts of cool colors from almost every supplier, LOL.  I really wish that I had done a video for making this soap.  It was suppose to be a "tiger stripe" swirl, but the batter started to set up and I had to improvise and this was the result. 
 

The colors are teal, purple, white, melon and silver.  I blended to create the silver and melon portions.  I have no name for this abstract design; particularly because I seriously doubt that I could ever replicate it!  I just KNEW that this batch was going to be a botch but the end result turned out better than what I could have ever planned :0)
 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Experimenting with different sizes in my tall skinny molds - Sugar Plum Fairy & Sleigh Ride

Last year, I made the switch from traditional shaped soap bars to the "tall skinny" bars.  I'd seen quite a few soapers with these bars but the it wasn't as popular as it is now and I was having a difficult time finding molds that 1. produced the right size bars  and 2. could allow me to make the quantity of bars that I need for each batch.  Finally, I just decided to have another mold custom made.
 
SUGAR PLUM
Sweet Sugared Plums with a heart of Citrus Zest on a base of warm Vanilla Musk
 
Making soap this way has its pros and cons for me.  One of the major cons, is that I have been having a difficult time creating my swirls in the narrow compartments.   So, my challenge has been coming up with other creative elements that aren't just about "the swirl".  
 
SLEIGH RIDE 
 
 Top notes of Orange Zest with a center of tart Granny Smith Apples on a warm and spicy base of Clove and fresh Mint.
 
I tried to create my own true red by blending merlot mica, hot pink and even a bit of purple.  Meh, I'm not overly impressed.  Not sure it was worth the extra effort.  Good news though, I saw that Nurture Soap Supplies is working on a new an improved "true red" mica for CPers.  Can't wait to try it out.

 
Anywho,  I decided to make them shorter and thicker.  I really like this size as it fits less awkwardly in my hand and they wear down more evenly in the shower.  Now I'm trying to experiment more with colored layers, embeds, etc.  It's still a work in progress ♥



Monday, November 10, 2014

Mayan Gold - ITP Swirling in Layers

I received a bar of soap made with BrambleBerry's Mayan Gold fragrance last year (or was it earlier this year?) in their soap swap.  My mom absolutely LOVED the scent and insisted that I include it in my Winter Release.
 
 
We designed and made this batch together.  I really enjoy soaping with my mom!  So, the design was suppose to be 3 layers of ITP swirls:  Black bottom with gold swirls (gold mica line) followed by a bronze type color with a black swirl (gold mica line) topped with a gold layer with a bronze swirl (dusting of gold mica).  It didn't quite work out like that!!

 
Everything was going fine until the dam in my mold slid out of place causing the layers to be disrupted.  This happened several times as we tried to find things to help reinforce the mold.  In the chaos,  I forgot half of the center layer still in the bowl and poured the top layer.  We spotted the bowl too late and made the decision to just go ahead and add it to the top.  Not quite what we were going for, but we were both quite happy with the outcome.

 
The scent is amazing: A warm spicy blend with notes of Sweet Orange, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Vanilla Bean and decadent Chocolate
It's a tad bit on the masculine side, but I totally think a chic could rock this scent as well ♥

Friday, November 7, 2014

Peppermint Bark Snowfake Wax Melts

One of my guilty indulgences during the holiday season is Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Chocolate Squares.  I've been thinking about making some from scratch this year with my boys.  While browsing the net for recipes, I came across pictures of peppermint bark but instead of the usual broken pieces, they were shaped like snowflakes!  Now, of course, that got my soapy wheels turning.  However, instead of making soap, I though these would be extra cute as wax tarts.
 
 
How delicious!  I'll have to remind myself that these are for smelling NOT for eating ;0)

 
Instead of blending the peppermint and chocolate fragrance oils together, I thought it would be cool to allow the chocolate to start filling the room, then have the mint slowly tip-toe in.

 
So, the base is a super yummy hot chocolate scent, with a white layer of peppermint topped with real crushed candy canes and glitter.  Now, all I have to do is tackle the edible version!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sultana's Dream - learning to create silver in cold process soap

I looooove the color purple (any shade) and I love taking advantage of any opportunity to use it in my soap.  This scent is a duplication of Lush's Sultana fragrance.  I've never smelled the original so I can't say how close this is to it, but it's a really lovely scent that behaved beautifully in this batch of soap.
 
 
A blend of Bergamot and Blackberry leading to soft floral notes of Egyptian Jasmine and Rose on a warm base of Indian Frankincense, Ginger and Musk

 
For the pour, I decided to do what I believe is called a "tiger stripe".  The colors here are purple, silver, lavender and white.  You can't really tell from the pictures but that really is silver between the purple and lavender layers.  Frustrating, yes, I know.  I really wish the camera could have picked up that color and shimmer.  It's so pretty in person.
 
 
To create the silver portion, I used activated charcoal (I'm sure black oxide would work just as well), titanium dioxide and diamond dust mica.  Lot's of diamond dust mica.  It added a very pretty shimmer to what would have been simply light gray.  I'm looking forward to playing with this color blend some more in the future.  I think it's possible to make it pop even more.  I'd really be interested in hearing if anyone else has tried something similar and what your results were.  Till next time...♥
 

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