Friday, September 18, 2015

Sakura Bloom Handmade Soap - Tiger Stripe Pour

Short & Sweet - Since I posted about the tiger stripe pour in my last post, it seemed that I should go ahead and share Sakura Bloom next.  This time, I did actually use the traditional back and forth pour lengthwise from one end of the mold to the other.
Japanese Cherry Blossom, Mimosa Petals, Oriental Woods, warm Vanilla, Tonka Bean and Musk
The pink portion was achieved by mixing neon pink with TD.  For the brown, I simply used my favorite brown colorant: Hershey's cocoa powder.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AvoFresh Handmade Soap - Tiger Stripe

This is such a delightful scent.  The technique I decided to use was a tiger stripe.  However, instead of using the usual back and forth pour down the length of the mold, I poured on just one end of the mold using sort of a modified funnel pour alternating colors with each pour.

The results look quite similar to the tiger strip except that the color pattern in each bar looks completely different from each other where with the tiger stripe, the patterns in each bar tend to be more similar in appearance. 

I suppose that you can also pour directly in the center of the mold to achieve this as well.  The bar in the front was one of the end bars.  It has a very interesting pattern that doesn't quite fit with the other bars. 

Scent: an invigorating blend of Bergamot, Lemongrass and citrus oils
You can't really tell from these pictures, but the white portion has a really nice shimmer!  It was achieved using Snowflake Sparkle mica from NSS.  

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Making & Cutting "Skipjack" - Drop Swirl

My customers have been asking for soaps for quite some time and I've finally had the opportunity to offer a few.  Skipjack is pretty much Bay Rum & Lime.  Very fresh yet spicy.
I decided to try a drop swirl for this one.  It's my first attempt at one.  I'll definitely try this again in the future.  Check out the making video below.
Making & Cutting Skipjack

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Demter & Orchard Grove Hadmade Soaps

For the upcoming mid-summer release, I wanted to try something different and have a continuous theme for all of the soap designs.  I don't know if I'll stick with this, but I it seemed like an interesting challenge for myself. 

A delicious blend of early fall berries, southern sweet tea with a sprinkling of brown sugar and spices

It's difficult to tell in the pictures, but if you look closely, the center has purple jojoba beads. 

Peach and mango purees with golden honey nectar swirled with coconut cream

I don't have a lot to say about these!  The designs pretty much speak for themselves, lol.  I just thought I'd share anyway :0)  Till next time...xx

Friday, July 17, 2015

"Summer Song" Handmade Soap

I've been wanting to try a watermelon scent in soap for years but never really found a fragrance description that appealed to me...until now.
Crisp Watermelon with notes of Strawberry and light florals on a base of Oakmoss, Cassis, White Musk & Vanilla

This wasn't a candy type watermelon at all but more on the fresh side with a touch of florals.  Very wear-able.

I don't know if I loved it enough to bring it back to the line-up next year, but they sold very well.  As usual, I suppose my customers will be making the decision for me.

Till next time. xx

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"Silhouette" Cold Process Soap - Spoon Swirl

In the next few post, I'll be sharing a mix of soaps that are currently on the curing rack as well as a few that are in the web-shop right now that I didn't get a chance to share before.
Fresh Rain and Patchouli with earthen Moss, lily of the Valley and a touch of Blood Orange
For this soap, I utilized the spoon swirl technique.  The spoon has become one of my favorite swirling tools since making the switch to tall skinny molds.

Swirls have been my favorite soap design for years, but I'v struggled for a while trying to figure out how not to get "butterfly" swirls in every batch when using my chopstick.  They were cute the first time but definitely weren't what I wanted to see in every batch! LOL

I'm getting there ♥

Monday, July 13, 2015

Making "Pastel" Handmade Soap

 I was listening to one of my favorite musical artist, Kenny G.'s, album entitled Silhouette, when I was inspired to make a few batches of soap named after a few of my favorite songs.  The next few post will be dedicated to them.  First up, Pastel...

The mouthwatering fragrance of Pineapple, Orange Juice, ripe Raspberry and Lime Zest blended with Vanilla Cream


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