Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Final Challenge...at least for now

I've found that soap making is one of those experiences where you just never stop learning new things. Perhaps that's why we soap makers seem so obsessed - the reality is that we are just anxious to learn the next thing out there. Amy from Great Cakes Soapworks has pushed my soap making to the next level. I've taken part in 10 of the 11 challenges and thoroughly enjoyed every one of them.

This week's challenge was for an 'all natural' soap. I've been wanting to come up with a new 'spa' bar for my collection; here was the perfect opportunity. Enter avocado and seaweed.
This bar contains tussah silk, olive, coconut, avocado, palm, palm kernel and castor oils along with avocado butter. At trace I separated the soap into 2 equal parts; to one part I added pureed avocado, to the second part I added bladderwrack (seaweed) and spirulina powder that I had soaking in some water. (I had heard that bladderwrack had an unpleasant odour, so I also added lemon, peppermint and rosemary essential oils to the oils prior to adding the lye water.) Then I poured part 1 into part 2, gave it one quick pass with a spoon and poured it into the mold. Not bad...til the next day when I unmolded it.


That unpleasant odour from the bladderwrack - SERIOUS understatement. It just plain STUNK - as in YUCK!!! Oh, how glad I was that I cut back from a 4 pound recipe to a 2 pound recipe! I have never smelled anything so bad in all my soap making days.

That was yesterday. This morning I couldn't smell anything when I walked close to the soap, and when I picked it up to smell it, it's not too bad. I can actually smell the lemon and rosemary, but not the peppermint. And the texture of the soap is really neat. I might actually like this bar after all!




Be sure to check out Amy's blog for all of the other participant's results. Thank you, Amy, for coaching us through so many wonderful soap making adventures. It's been an absolute pleasure to take part in these challenges and interact with other soapers.

8 comments:

  1. Try Neem oil! Then you will have smelled something worst!!! Oh I learned my lesson the hard way with that oil :) I love your EO blend. It sounds downright delightful!

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  2. OMG! I'm afraid I would have thrown it away and not been patient enough to see if the smell disappeared. It's a great looking bar - rustic and healthy looking - like you'd be doing something good for your skin in using it. Your eo's sound beautiful. Orange and lemon are my two all-time favorites. ~Suzy

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  3. Love the color you got with both avocado and seaweed. I bet it will be a fabulous bar and I'm glad the stench went away!

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  4. Lovely colour! The avocado in the soap is for sure my next soap, I have read so much about it and I believe the soap is really 'richer'.
    Nice soap!

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  5. That is one seriously wonderful bar of soap. How good will that be on your skin!!! I have used seaweed before and agree about the smell - awful - but, yes, it does wear off in time. I only use very small amounts now, if at all. Agree about the Neem Oil too, smells ghastly, but makes such a lovely soap, and only use a small amount of that too. Love the rustic look of your soap, my favourites, x Linda

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  6. I love the natural rustic look. I am really looking forward to putting avocado in soap, sounds so yummy. I am glad that the YUCK smell disappeared for you. Isn't it amazing how smells change from one day to the next. Hope it keeps improving for you.

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  7. Sometimes when you think a bar of soap might not turn out, it pleasantly surprises you. I've have had that happen to me (and the opposite) so many times.

    Your soap looks fabulous and there are going to be many people out there that are very happy with it. =)

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