Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spin, Spin, Spin....

It's Soap Challenge Club time! This time the challenge is to make a Spinning Swirl Soap.

I've been telling myself for a while now that I will NOT buy a slab mold - I like my logs just fine, thank you very much! But sometimes you just gotta have a slab mold. I found a lovely sturdy box that does the job. And I gotta admit - I like it.

For my first attempt I pulled out my white and pink kaolin clays, rose clay, dead sea mud powder and activated charcoal. Then I pulled out my essential oils and mixed up a batch of lavender, mint and rosemary.I was going for a spa type bar.


I guess I got a little aggressive with the spinning - what a mess! I was a little worried about the edges getting muddied and the center not really 'swirling' too well.

(Kudos to all you soap makers who can take pictures during the process! It just doesn't work for me!)

It swirled beautifully, despite my worries.

Spinning Swirl Soap
The difference between the pink kaolin and rose clay is very subtle
After the cut I was rather pleased! Pleased enough to give it another go. This time I used Nurture's purple and yellow vibrance micas and apple martini green from Two Blooms in Victoria for colourants. This bar is fragranced with Blackberry Sage fragrance oil. 
In the mold

This fragrance oil has typically behaved well for me. But it thickened up quicker than I thought it would. I didn't think the swirl moved very well. 

No need to worry - the swirls turned out great!



Again, I was pleasantly surprised when I cut it.
As always, thanks so much for the challenge, Amy! I really like this technique!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A New Challenge

Not having a slab mold I really didn't know how well this month's Soap Challenge Club project would go. The Helix/DNA swirl is a surface swirl that's best showcased in a slab mold.

But I chose to not let that hold me back. I've been wanting to make a rainbow soap for a long while now, so that's what I did. I topped it with layer of white and then added a line of soap in each rainbow colour down the length of the soap. Out came the chopstick and away I went!

Helix Swirl in the mold
Most of the colours were Nurture's Vibrance Micas with the exception of the yellow and blue - they were sample packs from Rustic Essential. For the red and orange I added a bit of oxide to the Vibrance Micas.
Out of the mold - I really like this!
No ash yet - here's hoping it will stay away!
Scented with orange, lemon and litsea cubeba essential oils. This soap makes me happy!!

Another great challenge - thanks Amy!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Time for another Soap Challenge!

I love being part of the Soap Challenge Club hosted by Amy at Great Cakes Soapworks! Unfortunately I haven't had a lot of time this past year to take part, but I hope to change that this year.

January's soap challenge is the Butterfly Swirl. What a great challenge for the first month of the year!

I knew that white and yellow wouldn't provide a huge contrast for a brilliant butterfly, but I was eager to make a lemon soap and I don't mind subtle. So that's where I was headed with this one.

Fresh Lemon in the mold.    

This soap is scented with Litsea Cubeba and 5-Fold Lemon Essential Oils and is coloured with Nurture's Yellow Vibrance Mica and Titanium Dioxide. I was so eager to make soap that I forgot to take pictures of the process!

"I think I see a butterfly!"
This Butterfly is a little bigger.
End to end instead of side by side
I love this swirl!

Gorgeous detail!

 I tried not to deviate from Amy's instructions while swirling with the hanger. The only thing I did differently was to use a regular plastic coated wire hanger, only because I was too impatient (or lazy) to rig up something thicker.

I love the results I got! So much so that I just had to do it again - this time with more colour.

Once again I became completely engrossed in the soap making and didn't take pictures of the process! This bar is scented with Nature's Garden Sweet Orange Chili Pepper Fragrance oil and is coloured with Nurtures Orange, Green and Red Vibrance Micas and Titanium Dioxide.

Now THAT'S a Butterfly!

This Butterfly is a little more exotic!

I LOVE the Butterfly swirl! And I'm off to make another one! Thanks for the great tutorial and challenge Amy!!