Wednesday, June 15, 2016

More Mosaic Soaps

Two new cold process mosaic soaps in several different designs. Love the creativity that is involved in creating these types of handcrafted soap. This technique allows me to create unique, nourishing and beautiful soaps that are still in a usable shape for sink, shower or bath. 

Scented in Apple, Pear and Champagne with swirls of green, yellow and red blocks alternating with the natural ivory and black blocks and layers. 

Scented in a very pretty, soft and feminine Lotus Blossom fragrance. The swirls of yellow, pink black and ivory nestled amongst the green and black. Four different designs were created from separate batches of green, swirled and black soap.

~ Faith

Monday, May 23, 2016

More Themed Floral Garden Felted Soaps

I really enjoy making felted soap and needle felting a variety of designs on them. These floral landscape soaps have been extremely popular as they are not only functional as soap and washcloth in one, they make wonderful, unique, one of a kind gifts. These soaps are created one at a time and any that are currently available will be listed here in the Etsy Shop

Photo of flowers in my garden   -   Image of flower felted on soap

~ Faith

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Mosaic Soap Tutorial

Mosaic Soap - Scented in Blueberry Lemon

I really love the creativity that soapmaking can bring out and I have seen so many awesome soaps with a lot of piping, surface embeds and unique shapes (especially the food soaps - love making cupcakes). But..... I find people tend to not want to or are confused over using such beautiful soaps and I want my customers to use the soaps that I create. Because of this I am sticking to creating beautiful and unique soaps in usable shapes and sizes. These mosaic soaps perfectly fit this goal.

This tutorial is an experiment in action. Much of it is based on theory and experimentation - please keep this in mind as your results with this technique may very based on formulation, molds and oven temperatures. I consider this a starting point for others to experiment with in design and method.

My base soap is created with 38% hard oils (coconut, palm), 4% butters and 58% soft oils (olive, castor, avocado, etc.). I add sodium lactate at 5 grams per pound of oils and superfat at 5% with close to full water (35 - 38%). You need to fully gel your soap so that it is pliable after a full gel and cooled.

For this design, I alternated a solid yellow soap with an In The Pot Swirl of ivory, blues and purple (with a tiny hint of green). I also used a solid green to separate some of the layers. All pieces were created using the same formulation and created within a few days of the others (so that none of the soap has cured much and hardened).

Color Palette - Yellow Mica for the solid portion
Ivory, light blue mica, dark blue (ultramarine blue and black mica) and
purple mica for the swirled portion

The start of the In The Pot Swirl

Monday, March 21, 2016

Soda Ash - GONE!

A quick and easy way to remove soda ash on fully cured cold process soap.
91% Isopropyl Alcohol, a toothbrush, a bit of scrubbing - no more soda ash. Fully cured bars should be hard enough not to be misshapen by the use of the toothbrush.

My Champagne and Roses Cold process 
with a good amount of soda ash on the top.

All you need is a small spritzer bottle filled wit
91% Isopropyl Alcohol and a toothbrush

Spritz the top with the Isopropyl Alcohol (about 5 or 6 spritz) 

Use the toothbrush to lightly scrub the surface to remove the ash. The toothbrush allows you to get into all the little nooks in a textured surface. Rinse and dry the toothbrush after every few bars.

Wipe dry with a paper towel and no more soda ash!

~ Faith

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Introducing New Bath Bomb Fizzies and Foaming Bath Bombs

After spending time refining my bath bomb fizzy and foaming bath bomb formulations, they are now being introduced and available for sale. Bath bomb fizzies do not create bubbles, but instead release scent and skin loving ingredients into the bath. Foaming bath bombs also release scent and skin loving ingredients but also create a generous amount of long lasting bubbles into your bath. Both types are enriched with sunflower oil and mango butter in addition to sea salts, milks (goat and coconut), cornstarch and even oatmeal to create a luxurious bath experience (each formulation will vary in these ingredients). I use mostly clays and ground botanicals to color these (some colorants can remain on the surface of the tub) too. These new bath bombs are available in both the Etsy shop and the main website. Here is a sampling of what is available.

Lemongrass Calendula Bath Bomb Fizzy
Created with lemongrass essential oil, sea salt, coconut milk, and ground calendula petals

Mango Kumquat Foaming Bath Bomb (created lather/bubbles)
Created with sunflower oil and mango butter

Strawberry Champagne Foaming Bath Bomb
Created with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Lavender Goat Milk Bath Bomb Fizzy
Created with Lavender Essential Oil, Sea Salt and Goat Milk

~ Faith

Saturday, December 26, 2015

New Felted Soaps

I really love to make felted soaps. It is a great way to do something unique and creative with extra bars of soap from a larger batch or to give a new life to wonderful smelling soaps that just are not as visually attractive as I had hoped - it is like a makeover for soap. Below are some of my most recent creations. The felted soaps have been extremely popular - especially the garden and floral themed ones.

Each cold process soap (you can felt over melt and pour too) is first wet felted using carded merino top wool, Romney wool or a wonderful merino and silk blend - some soaps use several wool varieties. Then the designs are needle felted on using the same types of wool for the wet felting. It takes very little wool (about .25 - .3 ounces) to encase an entire 4 ounce bar and even less to create the needle felted designs. 

The design possibilities are endless with these and are a wonderful creative and relaxing outlet. 

~ Faith

Monday, October 26, 2015

Gahhh - failed rimmed soaps and what to do with all those failed attempts.......

Since I spent quite some time trying to figure out how to create a rimmed soap so that it could be reproduced again and again with good results, needless to say, there have been many failed attempts. But, as someone who does not like to waste good soap, there are many ways you can still use the soap from these failed attempts. My most recent failure was just last week when I added too much sodium lactate to the rim soap and it wanted to crack on me. It was till flexible/moldable, but not enough to roll nicely without cracking. Knowing what was coming, I immediately stopped trying to roll it as I knew from past experience not to try to continue on with rolling and forming into the PVC pipe - it just leads to a mess.

Instead, I chose to use individual square silicone molds to create a square rimmed soap. While this can be quite a bit more laborious, the results are great. I take the slab and cut individual edges for each length and height of the mold (mine is 3" x 3" x 1 1/4"). This works for rectangular individual molds too.  Each piece is mitered at the corners or you could just cut them to fit and overlap at each corner. You can even just place rimmed pieces on two opposite sides instead of using all 4. Create a new batch of soap for the inner portion and proceed as usual filling each individual mold with new soap.

Allow to gel and unmold when hardened enough to do so. These will need some cleaning and trimming to look good, but the finished soap is really unique and beautiful.

My original slab (the colors muted a bit after gelling this part)

Square molds with rims cut and formed from the slab.
New soap batch poured into each mold

Finished Soap Cleaned Up and Edges Beveled
Both a full rim (left) and a 2 sided rim (right)

These bars were scented with a pumpkin spice fragrance that I know will turn a bit darker orange than the color shown here as the soap cures. 

Not round, but still a unique rimmed soap.

Other things you can do to reclaim your failed soap rims.

 - Create soap shreds to used in a new batch of soap
 - Cut the rim into long strips to use as embeds
 - If your slab is thick enough, use small cookie cutters to make mini guest soaps
 - Create Soap curls to add to a new batch of soap
 - Create soap balls to use as embeds in a new batch

Some of the above ideas have been used in these soaps below. The two soaps to the right (the embedded soap balls and flower shaped guest soaps) were from the same failed rimmed soap attempt too.

~ Faith