Secret Feather Swirl

It’s been a while since my last soap challenge so I’m happy to join you for this months’s challenge. We are making the sceret feather swirl, and as usual I look forward to see a lot of  beautiful soaps from you guys. Big thx to Amy Warden at Great Cake Soapwork for another fun challenge.

So, I ended up making three soaps, and the learning was good during the whole process – learning by doing, no exceptions! The picturetaking was a bit difficult. The colors did not come out as they really are. I just can’t get the beautiful green colors to come throug in the pictures….

I had problems with ash inside my soapbars (for the first two batches) so I raised the temperature of my oils/lyewater for this soap, I also warmed my mold to keep my soap from cooling down when pouring. It seemed like a good idea 😉

I didn’t use any dividers – see pics on how I solved it

Soaping at 39 degrees celcius with my std recipe:

10% Sheabutter

10% Cocoabutter

30% Coconut oil

50% Olive oil

5% Superfat

Fragrance: Rosemery EO

This is my entry for this month:

 

 

 

 

Pouring technique: In order to «hold the soapline together» I poured the soap sideways using a squeeze nozzel bottle. I also used the SN bottle ( light green ) along the sides to help the line to stay in place.

 

Colors and tools: Lettuce Entertain & Tahitian Teal from Mad Oils. Squeeze nozzle bottle. The hanger is…. a hanger, with a drinking straw.

 

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Happy Soaping

Yvonne

 

Tiffany Heart Soap

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here so now I just have to share one of my soaps made last year. My Tiffany Heart Soap is one of my soap for the 2017 jewlery soap line. The soap is decorated with gold leaf and scented with BB’s Apricot Freesia FO.

This is a soap where color and scent have found each other. The fragrance is a upbeat blend of fruit and floral so it fits this soap so well.

Enjoy 😊

 

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Happy & Safe Soaping

 

Yvonne

 

Cosmic Wawe

We are doing the Cosmic Wawe in november Soap Challenge Club, hosted by Amy Warden at Great Cake Soapworks. This is a fun and beautiful technique created by the talented Tatsiana Serko. Tatsiana is also this months guest teacher. Thank you once more for sharing of your knowledge, you really are a true artist!

What is a cosmic wawe? This is what I found on the internet: A cosmic wawe is thought to be a space-quake, produced by something big like a supernova, a black hole or the collision of two neutron stars. It’s similar to what happens when something large is dropped into the ocean – it sends a wawe of water across, making tidal wawe and tsunamis. This is only a theory and has yet to be occure to be recorded.

With that in mind I knew I had to go to outer space to see if I could find a cosmic wawe, or a least some inspiration for colors….

As usual I went along with my standard recipe – sometime it’s best to stick to what you know so there won’t be any surprise…. My recipe is a little heavy on hard oils, but the soapbatch behaved well and so did my FO, Grapefruit Bellini, no discoloration or speeding up trace so there was enough time to pour the soap. It’s a 5 color soap and the cobber mica really gave a nice effect – sorry it doesn’t show in my photos.

The soap was placed in layered stripes so I gave the mold a couple of spinnings to achive the «wawe».

I was thinking of doing the CPOP, but the soap ended up in my insulation box over night.

This is my Cosmic Wawe

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Colors & FO

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My inspiration photo is this beautiful galaxy and it’s colors.

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Happy Soaping!

 

Yvonne

Dancing Funnel

It’s been a while since my last soap challenge so I’m really happy to participate this month, and most of all – this is a great technique witch I will be using in my future soapmaking – and of course, I will practise some more….

I took a chance and used my usual oil recipes for this soap, althoug it’s a bit heavy on the hard oils!  I was soaping at low temperature,  35 degrees Celsius, and hand stirring for aprox 30-35 minutes. With no experience with this metod of soapmaking, I took «the spoon test» to see if the oils/lye/water had reached the point of  emulsion. This was a bit out of my comfortzone, working without my stickblender, but I think this way of making soap is a really nice way to work – thumbs up & thanks for the opportunity in this challenge 👍🏼

I managed to keep a light trace during the whole prosess and the soap was wrapped and OP for an hour and then left «to sleep»over night. The FO is just beautiful and acted well during the whole prosess. As you can see the gold mica «got into» some of the browne parts – but, overall I’m happy with the result!

Here is my entry:

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This is my first soap, all natural colored with Bamboo Charcoal/Indigo and a EO blend of citrus too keep the trace under control! My rehearsal soap was so pretty, but the next one… What happend with the Indigo, it turned out browne and then slightly green….?

 

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Happy Soaping

Yvonne

Oriental Triangle

The Soap Challenge Club is making soap using impression mat for Desember challenge. We get to choose either to make an impression mat or to use a premade one, and the focus is the texture created by the impression mat. As you probably can see I used a premade mat.

I’ve been thinking of making a triangle soap for awhile so this is a perfect oppertunity for doing that. A triangle represent the number 3   so I made three designs on three sides and I used three colors in this soap. Research for ideas led me to the Orient…..

This is my entry for this months soap challenge hosted by Amy Warden at Great Cake Soapwork.

 

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Colors: cley and Preppy Blue mica from Mad Oils in the soap. Gold Sparkel mica from BB gave the swirls and some extra sparkle.

Fragrance: Arabian Spice FO from BB.

Mold: made of cardboard lined with cling film, baking paper and overhead sheeds

My soap: 50% Olive oil, 30% coconut oil, 10% Shea butter, 10% Cocoa butter. I poured at a thick trace with the impression mat in the mold.

 

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Happy Soaping & Merry Christmas 🎄

Yvonne

 

 

Tall & Skinny Shimmy

For this months challenge we are doing the Tall & Skinny Shimmy technic. As usual Amy Warden at Great Cake Soapwork is hosting the challenge and Tatiana Serko did a great job teaching us – thank you both 🌹🌹

For me, living in Norway, with limited access to materials and supplies, every challenge has an extra dimention to it because I have to order a lot of stuff from overseas. It is extremely expencive, it takes time and a lot of what I want can’t be shipped to Norway….Soooo frustrating – but here I am again!

I desided to do a blue/green soap and to match the colors I added Eucalyptus, Blue Malee EO.

I know there will be a lot of beautiful soaps, and I’m looking forward to a colorfull challenge this month. Good luck all 😊

This is my entry

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Colors (from Mad Oils) & EO

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My inspiration photo 💙💚💙

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Happy Soaping 😊

Yvonne