Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Forgive the semi blurry shots on some of these.

Here is a shot of bars from my first four batches and the calico soap ball I made with the shavings from the first three.

From upper left: Arabian Spice, Calico ball (made of Arabian Spice, Black Tea, and Frankincense and Myrrh) and two day old Vanilla Bean.
From bottom left: Black Tea and Frankincense and Myrrh.

I know, fairly boring for the most part. I did three batches before I started to play with color. Let us take another look at that 2 day old Vanilla Bean, shall we?
But wait, it got better. :-)
Here it is after it's cured for about two weeks. I was expecting that deep, deep brown (natural discoloration for vanilla) over most of the bar...it seems I over blended just a tad. Forget I said that and pretend I did it on purpose, ok?

Not going to have pictures for the next couple of batches. The vanilla scared me a bit and I didn't try swirling colors again for a while. Not until I did the batch of Dragon's Blood...and the FO discolored so much you can't even really see the swirl, so I didn't bother taking pictures. (At least it smells lovely, and lathers like a dream.)

Before the soap darkened though, it looked pretty decent, so I decided to try it again. This time I was going for a white background with green swirls. I also played with doing swirls/waves on the top.
Here is the Moroccan Mint, still in the mold. I almost didn't want to cut it. Of course, an eight pound bar of soap would have been a bit awkward in the shower...

Here are a few of the cut bars laid out on my carrying tray waiting for transport from the den into the drying racks in the bedroom (which smells great, by the way.) I didn't get quite the look I was going for; the white wasn't even throughout and the natural cream color of the soap comes through as a vein throughout all the bars. I think I know what happened and it's another "ooops" that I think I might try to duplicate at another time.

I really need to go start that batch of lavender soap. I'm going to try the same technique I used with the vanilla, but with a bit more control this time. *fingers crossed*

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Packaging and Pictures

The new boxes for the soaps should be in by the end of the week. I've got to remember to charge the digital cameras so I can show off the pretties!

I'm not sure if the batch of Vanilla Bean bars have fully darkened, but I think they have. I'm may have been a bit over enthusiastic about doing my first swirl and over blended by quite a bit, so I have dark brown streaks from the few areas that didn't get hit with the mica, a tan/fawn where the scented portion blended with the mica tinted/unscented soap, and an ivory pearl streak from the unscented portion. It's absolutely lovely...but I don't know if I'm going to be able to recreate it without the almost-headed-off-disasters that lead too it.

Pictures coming soon.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

New Blog

For the friends on LiveJournal: Yes, I'm sticking around, and I'm going to keep it "friends only".

This journal is going to be kept in a public view and I plan on posting soap pictures, projects, etc here.

We'll see how it goes.