Here she is in her full glory! For my fellow soapers, she may look a little different than your typical tiger stripe technique. That is because I found (by accident) that using basically the same technique, but overlapping the stripes with a thicker batter yields a bar that looks more like authentic animal stripes. The pattern is a little more random, with slightly more organic lines.
I used a little white soap to swirl on top with the purple and peach. The fragrance is called "Peach Magnolia Raspberry"~ It's a very fresh fruity fragrance and it smells divine! I used this particular fragrance based on its reviews. I had never used it before, so I personally wasn't sure how it would behave, but I worked very nicely. I used this particular color combination simply because it fit with the fragrance and it was something I'd never used before!
I ultimately named this one TIGER MAMA! Mainly because tiger moms are bold and fierce, but so gentle with their young. Also, Mother's Day is coming up! I hope you liked my behind the scenes look at how I made this. Take a look at the Great Cakes Soapworks blog to see all the challenges I will be undertaking this month! I'm so excited for the next one... I've never done it before!
Ok, so this post is going to be a little different... it's part of a soap challenge hosted by the Great Cakes Soapworks maiden, Amy Warden. The challenge can be found HERE. The first challenge is a technique called "Tiger Stripe". I have actually done this one before, which you can see on the Emerald bar on the gemstone line page, so I was excited to do it again! The following is my semi-tutorial on how I made the latest tiger stripe, scented with Peach Magnolia Raspberry from Nature's Garden.
First of all, this is the mold I used. It is a custom built mold that will hold 25 ounces of oils (a little over 2 pounds of soap in total). I lined it with a first layer of wax paper, then parchment paper over that. Since the soap batter will be a little thinner, I wanted to make sure this mold didn't leak.
I then pre-mixed my colors while my oils *gently* melt in a double boiler. The lye is already mixed and cooling off (sorry I forgot to take pictures of these steps). I wanted to make one color a purple-pink color, and the other a peachy color. In the cup on the right, I have Ultramarine Violet mixed with a little water and neon pink in the little cup in front mixed with a little glycerin. I will add this after adding the soap to the purple to get the hue of pink I"m looking for. The peach is actually a neon citrus color that I will add a little at a time to get what I'm looking for.
Here I have mixed my oils and lye together with some silk and kaolin clay. This is very very thin trace, as I had to stop for a second to snap the picture. I did NOT add the fragrance yet, because despite the reviews of it behaving well, since I've never personally tried it, I like to add unknown fragrances after color to make sure it behaves. If not, it's easier to move to plan B when colors are already mixed. This recipe is high olive and a little coconut. That way, I have plenty of time to play (provided the fragrance behaves!)
Hey, it behaved! This is the picture after adding fragrance and blending color. The batter is still at very thin trace, so I stick blended a little more to make it a bit thicker. The purple is more purple than pink, which is fine and I think the combo looks pretty good! The peach turned out wonderful. I put aside a little white (little cup in front) to have some contrasting swirling on top.
Unfortunately, all the photos my husband took of me pouring the batter into the mold turned out bad... my hand and the cup were always in the way, so you couldn't see anything anyway. BUT, what I like to do with tiger stripe is, make the batter a little thicker, and rather than keep pouring a line over the last line, I kind of overlap each stripe across the mold. I don't do it methodically though, it's sort of random overlapping in order to achieve the random stripe effect on a tiger. I will find out how this one turned out once I cut it :) But again, I used the same technique on Emerald. In this picture, I was a little heavy-handed on the left side with the white, so there is a bigger blob on that side than I wanted.
This is the first swirling pass I made. I used a basic chopstick and moved up and down against the stripes in the above picture. As you can see, the white blob is dominating the left side. Let's see if we can fix that....
Bah! Well, I tried. It still looks good though, and I got more of the peach to mingle with the swirl so that it's not so white. For this swirl, I just made several curly-q's from left to right on the top half, then from right to left on the bottom half.
It smells very very nice.... quite fruity!
Well, that's it! I have to let it rest for 24 hours, then I can cut it and take pictures. I have to work the day job tomorrow, so pictures may not happen until evening. Have a good night!
Today's post is going to be short... I've been working like crazy these past two days for the upcoming craft show AND stock to replenish the table at my consignment store. Sunday, I made 3 batches of soap, two of which are hot processed and will be ready in about a week. The other looks just like the other two batches that are marbled, except this batch is purple, white, yellow, and black. It smells like white tea, and looks amazing! I don't have a picture yet, I was in a bit of a rush yesterday, so I didn't have time to take one. The picture above is a batch of Cocoa Butter Cream... it made a LOT of cream, so I have plenty for the show and a big tester jar. Today, I was bookin' it making a gigantic batch of olive oil lotion. So, I'm a little tuckered, and my husband has been eager to remind me of how I've been neglecting him. LOL
I won't be able to make much or update much during this week because my day job is going to demand a lot of my time. And then... Easter! So anyway, more in the pipeline in the future!
Sorry, no picture today :( I've actually been quite busy making stuff. First of all, check out the updated BULK Discounts page. I've added two new categories~ Custom Soap and Special Occasion! I'm really excited about both options, because I'm always getting questions about custom items.
There are also two new soaps (no pictures though) that I have made. One being "Planet Earth", which is the new soap in the planetary line. It is white, with green, blue, and yellow swirls that smells like bright citrus. Very clean! The other soap is finally Ruby! It is burgundy and pink with gold veins and smells like Rosewood Musk. This fragrance is actually a tester that I received from one of my suppliers, and it is awesome so I hope they continue to carry it! It's surprisingly unisex despite the "rose" in the name. I do detect rose, but it is only a subtle compliment to the whole fragrance.
I am currently preparing for a craft show that I am in on April 6th. I've been printing labels all morning, updating the website, and having the HARDEST time choosing what soaps to include in the show. I've make a few more batches specifically for the show, but I'd like to have a vast variety. If you find yourself in the Herrick, Illinois area on April 6th, stop by the Catalyst Spring Bazaar at Christ Tabernacle Church (10 N. Main St., Herrick, IL) and come see me! It's open from 9am-1pm. I'm excited!
I've been busy these past couple of days... On Friday, I went to visit my consignment shop in Missouri and I was pleasantly surprised to see that my table was practically empty! The hostess told me she had just mailed out my check too LOL. However, an empty table means no more sales, so that means MORE SOAP! So, that's a good thing, right? Unless......
You're also preparing for a fundraiser in less than a month! Okay, so I have my plate full right now. It's a darn good thing I like to make soap! I *sort of* have some plans. I'd like to make several batches of African Black Soap in various scents and un-scents. I need to use up my remaining shea butter before my next batch arrives in the mail :) However, I'd like to make more artistic batches as well, as illustrated by Photo 1 above (JUPITER, scented with Lavender Palmarosa) and Photo 2 to the right (SATURN, scented with Almond). I love that swirl pattern so much, that I might make a black/white/purple/yellow batch the same way and call it Neptune! Although, the color array may be better suited for... well, I might change Jupiter and Neptune around (i.e. Neptune is up top now and Jupiter is to come). I have several fragrance oils on the way to me as well, which I'm waiting for to do RUBY. I have this one all planned, but can't execute yet.
Anyway, I also wanted to mention that I may be switching from coconut milk to oat milk in my soap. It's much, much cheaper, and lends such a creamier bar! More details to come....
Good morning! This post I bring to you TWO soaps that I have finally gotten pictures of and are listed on the curing rack. The soap to the left there is VENUS for the new planetary line. She is more photogenic than her brother Mercury right now, so up on the page she goes! I'm still waiting for Mercury to brown out. Seems as though he's wanting to do this in "spots" Still smells heavenly though!
Anyway, to the right here, you'll see the newest addition to the gemstone line, PEARL. I had a little trouble with this one, as some of you may be aware, I had to remake it because the first trial did NOT turn out like I had intended. But, all is well now, and previous pearl is chillin on the curing rack rebatched for me and the hubs while new pearl is already selling out :) and I don't mean like a celebrity.
I have developed a new formula through Venus that I think I really like. From now on (as long as it stays vegan), I am going to be incorporating silk and clay in every bar of soap. I may also include coconut milk in every batch as well. It only costs me pennies, but it brings great benefit to the finished bar. With that being said, RUBY is next on the list. I'm not sure what the fragrance will be yet. I'd like it to be something hot and spicy, but I also need the fragrance to behave while I'm making it (i.e. will not ruin my batch and/or discolor to brown). I'm also going to try to get on a schedule with soapmaking. I've been kind of doing it whenever I feel like it (which is nice!), but I'd like to have a specific DAY that I do it. That way, I have plenty of time to plan and I will not have any other mishaps. Or fewer mishaps anyway. It might be a little hard with my day job schedule, but I will make it work :)
I'm also planning on doing a craft show this year. I'm going to try to get in touch with the folks over in Kimmswick (Missouri) and try to get enrolled in their November craft fair. I know, it's a long way away, but this will be my first fair, and I want to be really ready for it. I'm going to make a whole slew of soaps, separate from the ones I currently have, just to sell at the fair. If any of you find yourself there this year, please find me! (that is, if they accept me into the fair LOL).
Well, that's that and I better stop this wall of text. Later all!