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.

 

Moodboard

 

 

Happy Soaping

Yvonne

 

Piping Soap Tutorial

Another fun challenge, and the best of all – we got to play with different type of piping techniques. I have done a lot of (cake) piping but I have never used Russian piping tips, so I decided to try them for this soap challenge. I chose to do roses with two different rose nozzels. I also used a smal leaf nozzel and a tiny calligraphy nozzel.  The idea was to make a «basket» and fill it with roses. I guess I got carryed away with the flowers, and leaf – well, I had to use all the soap in my pipingbags, or….?

I used a knitting needle to bend the rose petals so they wouldn’t all look the same.

This is my first attempt at soap piping and I must say I enjoyed «slow soaping» for a change.

I used my standard soap recipe and added some beeswax. Soaping at 38 degrees celcius to thick trace, then poured the soap in my pipingbag and put them to rest for aprox one hour. As recomended I didn’t use any fragrance in the flowers. The «basket» is scented with BB’s Black Amber And Lavender FO.

Olive oil 50%

Coconut oil 30%

Sheabutter 10%

Cocoabutter 10%

10 gr beeswax

superfat 5 %

 

 

My entry

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Happy Soaping!

Yvonne

 

 

Rimmed Soap

Time and supplies was not on my side this month. As mentioned earlier, it’s a challenge in it self to get needed supplies for these soap challenges, in Norway. Yesterday, one day before submission close I finally found castor oil… !! I was working until 4 this morning and barely made it…..

This is my 3rd attempt, so I guess it all comes up to make it or break without the Castor oil…..

Amy & Tatsiana, thank you for pouring of you knowledge, again. The great value of know-how is priceless so I hope you can feel my appreciation .

Rim recipe:

25 % coconut oil

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Pink Snow & Frozen Roses Packaging day….

This is my latest entry in the soap challenge club. It didn’t reach the top, but I’m really happy how the soap turned out.

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Thank you for visiting my blog and welcome back!

Yvonne

 

 

Pink Snow & Frozen Roses

It’s time for a new Soap Challenge hosted by Amy Warden At Great Cake Soapwork. For this challenge we are going to make a CP soap with a winter wonderland theme. As usual I’m looking forward to see a lot of beautiful soaps this month. Good luck all!

Blue is an quite obvious color in a winter wonderland theme, so with that in mind I started my research for an alternative option – also, I have been making a lot of blue soaps lately….

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Liquid: The soap must have elements of snow, quite fun since it’s snowing outside, a lot…. I desided to use snow as my liquid –  so, out in the garden with my bucket and shovel….

Color: Have you ever heard of pink snow? ( see picture on my moodboard ). Watermelon snow is snow that is reddish or pink in color, and it can have a smell similar to a fresh watermelon. This type of snow is common during the summer in alpine and coastal polar regions, such as the Sierra Nevada of California. Watermelon snow, also called snow algae, pink snow, red snow, or blood snow, is Chlamydomonas nivalis, a species of green algae containing a secondary red carotenoid pigment (astaxanthin) in addition to chlorophyll. Unlike most species of fresh-water algae, it is cryophilic (cold-loving) and thrives in freezing water ( Wikipedia ). So, now you know why my soap is pink!

Snow: For the snow on top of my soap I used Maldon Sea Salt, and to get that beautiful sparkling snow I added a little bling-bling mica.

For the snow crystals on the rosebuds: I coated part of them with eggwhites and then rolled them in sugar.

For the «snowflakes» inside the bar I made a small batch of soap and while it still was soft I rolled it out and let it dry over night.

FO: BB’s Herbal Essence.

This month I’m going for a «less is more» kind of soap. It’s a sweet bright soap with snow crystals inside the bar. On top, spakling snow and frozen rosebuds.

My entry

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In the mold: the bottom design ( silicone mat ) is collored with 3 Martini Olives mica from MO

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«Ice crystals»

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Colors & Snow

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Snow as liquide

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To avoid draging the top decor throug my soap I cut it sideways

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My moodboard and end result

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An other option….

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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