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

Friday, July 10, 2015

Seaberry Hadmade Soap

This summer, by customer request, I'm bringing back Seaberry.  This wasn't a soap that I was planning to remake but here it is:
Top notes of marine water and berries with a heart of tropical flowers balanced on a base of white musk
I've been stuck on this design ever since making "Lola" a few releases ago.
So, to change things up a bit, all of the soaps in Petals' Mid-Summer Release are going to incorporate this look.   
The trick is going to be keeping the color combinations cool enough to keep the different batches interesting.  I'm up for the challenge though :0)

Monday, May 18, 2015

The ever elusive COCONUT...

Where, oh where has my coconut scent gone
Where, oh where could it be???
My goodness, coconut has got to be the most difficult scents to achieve in cold process soap.  Notice, you don't see too many straight coconut scented soaps floating around the net.  For me, this has been an extreme source of frustration for years!  I've tried them form pretty much every major supplier and while I love my suppliers for their other amazing fragrance oils, I have yet to truly be happy with a coconut scent from any of them.

Every summer I get a request for a straight coconut soap and every year, I have to say that it's not possible.  Coconut fragrances just can't make it through the rigors of cold process soap.  This year however, I decided to try and tackle the ever elusive coconut.
To start, I made a 3.lb batch of coconut scented hot process soap.  I cut the oaf into bars and once they were firm enough, shredded them with a cheese shredder (sorry, no picture of that step).
Finally, I made a regular size batch of soap and added my coconut fragrance.  Mixed to a nice thick trace and added the shredded soap.  My thought here was that since hot process soap can retain the scent, adding the strongly scented hp coconut soap shreds to the main batch would allow the fragrance to carry through without interference from the cp method.
I added a bit of cocoa powder to the base to create the brown and TD to the top since I knew it was going to go beige on me.  So far (2 1/2 weeks into the cure)  the HP shreds still have their scent.  The rest...meh.  Hubby and I are both getting a mild chocolate scent but not much of anything else.  This was going to be called "coconut cream" but at this point the bars have more of a light toasty coconut type scent.  Most likely there will be a name change coming.
I'm not sure how I feel about this one guys.  I'll do an update later.  A few cp soaper reviews stated that this particular fragrance oil improves with cure and smells like coconut milk once you actually get the bar into the shower. I keep a chunk on my nightstand and sniff it constantly. The scent is definitely present it's just not screaming coconut to my nose. 
Customer feedback will determine whether I give this a go again or not.
Till next time ♥
UPDATE - almost 4 weeks into the cure, the scent has bounced back.  It's like a coconut milk scent.  I don't detect cocoa anymore and am very happy with the results!
FYI: soap-makers, this is Natures Garden Creamy Coconut but I'm sure the process will work with most other suppliers as well ;0)


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