I tried out one of the new soap molds I found on sale, today. The detail is hard to see, but I love to combine translucent glycerine soap with just an ounce of coco butter soap to give a carved alabaster look.
This is an Asian design with a magnolia in the center, and that’s what fragrance I used.
I guess if it was peach or pink, it could be a camellia or a peony. I’m pretty sure I have some peony fragrance. It was a dear departed friend of mine’s favorite. I’ll have to try that next time.
Friends who have used this kind of soap can attest that it is great stuff for shaving your legs. This cake is mine, but I’ll make more!
I’ve got quite a lot of catching up to do since my blog was hacked about a year ago. I hadn’t posted much for almost a year before that when I started taking care of my mother. I had mentioned some soaps that I had made as favors for my grandson’s third birthday party. Here are some photos:
I bought a “TOOB” of toy sharks and placed them individually in some molds I already had. Then I melted some cubes (4/bar) of clear melt and pour soap in a Pyrex mixing cup in the microwave. I added a drop or two of blue soap coloring, but no fragrance, as some little kids are sensitive.
I didn’t use the usual alcohol spritz to get rid of bubbles, either. I thought the waters should be foamy, so I gave the melted soap an extra stir before I poured it. I filled the molds, leaving dorsal fins and sometimes tails exposed. I confess to making a lot of “dun uh, dun uh” Jaws music noises while I was working! I left the soaps to harden on their own. (You can refrigerate them to speed up hardening, but when they come out of the fridge, water will condense on them, making them wet and slimy. You have to wait for them to dry, so you might as well wait for them to harden at room temperature. I made these in my kitchen, but I have a “soap station” in the basement where I usually work. The cool air down there is perfect for soaping and there’s a dehumidifier that keeps the soaps from “sweating.”)
My husband packaged the soaps for me in clear cellophane bags, and my daughter added them to favor bags for the children. (I’ll see if she has a photo of the favor table.) One father sent my son-in-law a message that the soap was a big hit with his son, and had to be used in the bath that very night!
I’ve been in the basement off and on all day pouring some soaps for Christmas:
I don’t consider myself to be a soap maker. I don’t render lard and add lye like Granny Clampett (though I do sound a bit like her and will probably look like her in 20 years or so, my granny did.) I guess I am a soap molder and mold maker? I make melt-and-pour glycerin soaps and love it!
It reminds me of dyeing Easter eggs, except it smells GOOD! And, if you spill it, well wash it up, it’s soap for crying out loud!
The gold bars are my favorites for Christmas giving. I add just a couple of drops of “gold” liquid color to melted, clear, melt-and-pour soap, followed by 1/4-1/2 tsp. gold mica powder. I love how it looks in the measuring cup as you swirl it around to distribute the powder!
I add “Frankensence and Myrrh” fragrance oil from Bramble Berry
, about 1 ml per bar. I pour my melted soap in my gemstone molds and spritz them with rubbing alcohol. That makes all the bubbles come to the top. If I have any left over, I fill the little blue molds (another story) and make little soap beads!
Because I pour in the basement where it’s cool, I don’t have to refrigerate my soaps to harden them. (They sweat when you do that, and you have to wait for them to dry before you polish and package them.) After a few hours, they’re ready to pop out of the mold and be prepared for giving!
Between the fragrance oil and the gold mica, you have all the gifts for the Baby Jesus, wrapped up in one bar!
Christmas is coming up and I’ve been busy pouring my “Gemsoaps.” I’m filling an order for my friend Ruth in Ohio. I also just received some new Christmas scents and inventoried my old ones. Yum, I just poured an amber-colored “hot toddy!” It’s time to be busy, busy, busy!
I’m working on a new batch of Gemsoaps with summer fragrances. This one is cucumber melon.