Thursday, July 5, 2012

Two colorful soaps from this weekend

Loaf #1:  My attempt at a true peacock swirl didn't succeed, but I did end up with a fun swirl and some great bars of soap !!  I used goat's milk as my liquid and really liked the creaminess. 
Loaf #2 (pink) was made with a blended fragrance oil of Black Raspberry and Vanilla, Tart Lemon and Pearberry.  It's an olive oil, sustainable organic palm oil and coconut oil soap.
The fragrance combination really sped up trace considerably and I was left with a grainy batter that I wasn't sure I'd even be able to pour into the cups of color I'd already prepared. It was gloppy and certainly not at all smooth.  But, I did the best I could.  I poured and plopped it into the mold and at least I was able to get some definition to my normally flat tops.  

Here are some photos of the two soap loaves.  There was no time to take a picture of the pink soap batter or process as it went to quickly and it was just me manning the camera, but you can see the colors and batter of the "crazy swirl" soap (aka, attempted peacock).  If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.  I WILL get this peacock swirl down !!!  :-D

Here are my colors.  All from The Conservatorie - my first time trying them and I was really pleased with how easily the micas blended and the intensity of the colors. Because I hadn't used their colorants before  and because I needed a LOT of time to figure this one out, I chose to leave this loaf unscented.  I added silk to the lye water and a small amount of sodium lactate just in case it didn't want to come out of the slab mold easily.  

"crazy swirl" in the slab mold - so far, so good

Um, oops.....where'd the peacock feathers go?  What happened?  

Here's the slab after "s" swirling

Kindof a cool soap, despite it not being exactly what I was shooting for. I like it !

Another shot of the soap

The photo is a bit blurry, but here's a close up of the "pink" soap. This is the Pearberry,  Black Raspberry Vanilla and Tart Lemon fragranced loaf. Love that summery smell, despite the fact that it caused my batter to instantly trace and appear grainy.

I put a heart embed at an angle on the top of each bar

Another close up shot - I like the yellow banana pepper on the right !

 This one looks like the Northern Lights - no TD added, so the white is just spots of batter

Well, that's about it until Saturday or Sunday.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope your weekend is relaxing and fun !  xx  Suzy


Traci R said...

I love your 'peacock' swirled soap. What a cool pattern!

Katie White said...

Oh, this looks so beautiful! I just love the fragrance blend! It just sounds divine!

Jenny said...

Both soaps turned out beautifully, Suzy! The peacock swirl soap is cool-looking, and I'm glad that you were able to salvage the pink soap. It's a bummer when the fragrance oil does strange things to your batter and you have to change your plans midstream, but you did a great job. I think the pink soap looks really cool, too!

Suzy Whitten said...

Thanks, Katie !! The fragrance really is nice, I just need to remember that it's fast moving if I use it again. No time to play around :-D

Suzy Whitten said...

Hey, thanks Jenny !! I'm pretty pleased with them. The second one was a little stressful, but I was just glad I hadn't used that fragrance in the first slab mold soap! I gave both to friends last night and they liked them, so I'm a happy girl.

Suzy Whitten said...

Aw, thank you Traci !! I was really hoping I could figure out the true peacock pattern - it looks so easy when you see others do it - but I'm pretty happy with the final result. Try, try again !!