Rainy day soap

First of all, Amy Warden at Great Cake Soapworks is back with new challenges – that is good news! Thank you, Amy, I sure missed those challenges, althoug I missed some due to get my webshop up running. Again thank you, this is soooo fun 🤗

For september the Soap Challenge Club are making the mini drop swirl soap. It’s a beautiful technique, and a real challenge to achieve those lovely (rain) drops.

Some of you may have seen the pic I posted on fb… I had a «small» accident in the making of my first soap. My work lamp fell into the newly poured soap/mold! The soaptop was ruined, and everything was a mess, and so was my hair….

Well, a new soap was made on a rainy day (how great is that, having your inspiration right outside the window). The idea was raindrops on a pond, for the soaptop – inside ombre with raindrops, all in the same colour. This was my first time making the ombre and drops technique, and I had so much fun making this soap (except when my work lamp «kissed» the soap…)! As you can see I got a little ash on top of the soap, and also some spots inside the, but all in all I’m happy how the soap turned out.

Ombre: add the colour (mica) little by little and pour soap in the mold between each time.

I kept the design simple so I used my standard soap recipe with a little adjustment, I replaced olive oli with sunflower oil: Sheabutter, Cocoabutter, sunflower oil and coconut oil : 10%, 10%, 50%, 30% . I soaped at 38,5 degrees celsius. As you can see on pictures below I used two sizes drinking straw – that also gave different sizes on the raindrops! Rings «on water» was made by using different size bottle caps  (fragrance oils). Colour is «Preppy Blue» from Mad Micas, and the soap is scented with a blend of Peppermint/Rosemary. My soapmold is from Café de Savon.

This is my entry:

 

 

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In the making….

 

 

Result!

 

 

 

 

My tools!

 

 

 

I wish everyone good luck & thank you for stopping by!

 

Yvonne 😊

 

 

Reklamer

Soap Cottage

In the soap challenge club we are making soap dough for this month’s  soap challenge. Tatsiana Serko, of Creative Soap by Steso, is our teacher and Amy Warden at Great Cake Soapwork is our host.

I had great fun playing around in the making of this «Soap Cottage» – in my soap cottage 😊

The part that wasn’t fun was all the time I spend in my car driving around looking for oils for this dough project. It was just impossible for me to get what was recomended, so I ended up using some of my scented porcelian soaps with kaolin cley – probably not the best, but better than driving around like crazy, and  in all kind of shops asking for oils that no one eaven had heard of….

My soap dough wasn’t anything near polymer cley or like Tatsiana’s dough, but I must say I did behave quite well – with that said it was far from perfect!

In the making and the coloring of the dough I used a rolling pin and added mica while rolling. It was just like making puff pastry, roll, add mica and fold the dough until a nice even result.

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This is not the first time I’m playing with soap dough, but I have always used my soap «as is» in all my soap dough project. In may 2015 the soap challenge club was making soap dessert cakes, and some of my cakes had soap dough elements as part of the  soap. I used a zester to grind my soaps and it worked well.

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This is my entry – my Soap Cottage 🍃🌺🍃

 

 

 

Building a cottage…

 

Tools & dough

 

 

Happy soaping

Yvonne

 

Powderose Soap

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Inspired by last monhs soap challenge and winner I just had to try out the beautiful rosepiping technique. It was not as difficult as I thought, just a lot of work!

Kudos to Snoblove!

 

Happy Soaping

Yvonne

 

Happy New Year!

First of all, congrats to all winners of Amy Wardens Soap Challenge Club throughout 2015 – you guys really raise the bar every month! I also want to thank you for your kind comment and for your votes, I really appreciate it.

In desember I took the 2nd place with my Oriental Triangle, can you belive it?  It’s such a great fun to have a soap in top 3, (or to win sponsors choise ). I have already seen someone making triangle soaps, inspired by my triangle. That makes me happy and I hope to see a lot of triangle soaps in the future too. I think it’s cool if I can inspire others with my work so feel free to ask if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to answer. For me this challenges is all about sharing, inspire and get inspired. I won with my Ebru Soap and got sponsors choise price with my Dessert Soap, so 2015 has been a great soap year for me – again, thank you!

The best wishes for 2016  –  I’m looking forward to the challenges, be inspired and to see a lot of beautiful soaps in 2016.

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Happy Soaping 💙

Pink Packaging Day….

 

 

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Happy soaping

Yvonne 😊

 

 

Coconut Milk Soap

This soap is from last months soap challenge hosted by Amy Warden at Great Cake Soapwoork. The challenge was to replace all water in the soap and to use only natural ingredients. My entry soap was made with red wine, but I also made this soap – with coconut milk.

Color: Infused paprika. The coconut milk gave the color a depth you can’t achive using water.

Fragrance: To scent this soap I used different EO’s of citrus, I think it goes well with the colors – this soap has layers of different colors and a touch of mica bling-bling.

 

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Thank you for watching & welcome back!

Yvonne 😊

 

Red Wine Soap

The soap challenge this month has been an exciting adventure. At first I was thinking of making goatmilk soap but I had problems finding any so I went for coconut milk. I was not happy with the result of this soap, see pictures below, so I ended up sharing saturdays bottle of red wine with my soap!

Red Wine Soap:

The benefit beside getting happy, relaxed – and having a good time sharing a bottle of red with my soap is many: Wine is made from grapes, and grapes are a literal treasure trove for skin nutrients. Resveratrol, found in grape skin, provides you with anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. There’s also a lot of anti-oxidant properties in grapes, not to mention a lot of different vitamins and minerals. Soaps made of red wine also have a lovely lather with big bubbles.

As I was mixing the lye with the wine, (the alcohol content in the wine was cooked out so there was absolutely no alcohol left in the wine when I was mixing it with lye), the color changed imeditly from a blueish red to a more browne kind of red. I was a bit disapointed at first, but seeing the end result, I’m so happy. I got a beautiful, glossy and good smelling soap, and I can’t wait to try it out….

For the light part of the soap I used white kaolin clay mixed with some of the wine. Fragrance: a blend of Patchouli, Ginger & Rosemery EO’s.

This is my entry

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Important; cook out the alcohol before mixing with lye and let it cool down.

Please be careful, do propper researsh before starting – safety first, always!

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Reference:  http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/blog/making-cold-process-wine-soap/

 

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Coconut milk soap

This is my coconut milk soap. I used infused paprika and a citrus blend of EO’s. The natural color is really vibrant, and the soap smells soooo good….

Benefits: Coconut milk is high in fatty acids and vitamin E, which give it cleansing and healing properties, making it ideal for those with dry, sensitive skin.

Important; when making soap with any type of milk, keep the temperatures low by freezing the milk beforehand. I used ice cube trays – allow the milk to fully freeze.

Please be careful, do propper research before starting – safety first, always!

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Reference:  http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/hscg-conference-guest-post-milk-soap/

 

Happy & safe soaping 😊

 

Yvonne