Sunday, 20 April 2014

Recent Soaps

Though I've been silent the past few months, I've probably made a dozen or so batches of soap since the New Year, playing around with design and ingredients:

Lavender EO & Tangerine FO, coloured with graduated layers of sunflower oil infused with alkanet powder and lines of smokey plum mica. 
Bonsai & Citrus Ginger FO, made with homemade oat milk that seriously accelerated trace. I barely had time to complete the design, which is a Taiwan swirl in a slab mold.
A soleseife brine cupcake soap, made with 100% coconut oil and a 20% super fat. The bottom layer scented with cocoa puffs FO and vanilla cream FO, and the top with Japanese peppermint EO. This was my first soap cupcake, and while they look pretty, I don't find them very practical. 
Lavender EO, made with Ariane Arsenault's tilted layers chopstick swirl.
Made with Boysenberry FO and Citron FO, I'm calling this one Berries & Cream. It has goat's milk powder and whipping cream, and smells fruity and fresh for spring. The little dots on the top and in a portion of the soap are cranberry seeds. 
This final soap is a shampoo soap, scented with a blend of Lavender EO, Lemongrass EO, Tea Tree EO and Patchouli EO. It contains lots of extras, including local beer, goat's milk powder, oat protein and silk.
As my soap shelves are overflowing, I've decided to spend some time focused on other body care products. I already make bottled conditioner, but I've ordered a few additional ingredients so that I can try my hand at solid conditioner bars. I've also ordered some Polysorbate 20 so that I can attempt a toner and a body spray. Stay tuned :)

4 comments:

  1. This is great Deidre. All these soaps look so appealing. Can't wait to try some. How do you use the shampoo soap?

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    1. Thanks Lisa :) For the shampoo soap, I rub the bar onto my hair until a lather forms, then rub it in just like shampoo. I follow it with conditioner, though I know some people like to use an apple cider vinegar rinse instead.

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  2. Hi Deirdre! It's great to see you again in blogland. I left a comment yesterday but it looks like it never made it.
    All your above soaps look great! Love the colors and swirls of your lavender and berries & cream soaps, and the graduated layers and earthy look of your lavender and tangerine soap. Your cupcake soap looks cute. It reminds me of frozen yogurt with green tea swirl. I agree, cupcake soaps look pretty but not so practical. I have not tried making myself because I was wondering how one is supposed to use it in the shower. I think it should be cut in half first ?

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    1. Thanks Silvia! I'm not quite sure about the soap cupcakes. I have one at the bathroom sink right now and it's very awkward to use. I think you're right, it might be better cut in half, but then it kind of loses it's pretty appeal. I only made a small batch, so I think I will use the rest as decoration as they smell great ;)

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