Monday, September 29, 2008

Scrubby Soap

Made my first batch today of Scrubby Almond Soap. Has real ground almonds, and a refreshing almond scent. The scent kinda reminds me of a tasty oatmeal.

Along with my scrubby soap, I've decided to test out my new Jasmine fragrance (red hearts).

Still sorting out packaging, although, I do have to say that I am proud of the gift basket I made for Sean's sister's bday (forgot to take piccie... :( )

Ok, so I'll leave you guys tonight with this cute piccie of my cats. They totally hate each other, but the other night, I caught this rare, heart-warming photograph. :)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Saturday Night

My boyfriend got me a wooden 5lb mold for our anniversary, yay!

I have yet to use it, want to get my kitchen cleaned up first, before I set it out.

Also, found the miracle cure for my soap finishes! When I unmolded my soaps, I was leaving oiling fingerprints on the finish. A little bit of arrowroot powder and viola! No more prints. Also, I'm able to slide the soaps into my cello bags without leaving "skid marks".

And to close off the evening, I'll leave you with another product review.
As you all must suspect, I am a Lush product junkie. My newest purchase is a solid perfume called Silky Underwear. Delicious scent, a combination of jasmine (I looooove jasmine) and cocoa butter. One disappointment is that the scent isn't long lasting, but it definitely keeps you reaching into that little tin for more. .35oz tin is $12.35

Thursday, September 25, 2008


I have to say that Fall is my FAVORITE time of the year.  To celebrate the season, I've decided to make autumn-ey smelling soaps.Below is Red Apple.  Smells just like a fresh, crispy, a-pple.  If you look closely, it's speckley.

This next one is Woodland Pear.  It's a transparent bar, scented with a woodsy pear scent.  I just can't stop sniffing it!  Def. my fave scent to date.

Below is Woodland Pear, with a little more color (so it's not
 as transparent).  The heart shapes are great, fitting perfectly in the palm of your hand.  A great guest soap!

Alas, I leave the worst for last.  It's a beautiful bar of soap, but the Guava Leaf-Cucumber scent is awfully strong (I may have let my hand slip a little on the fragrance) and not very popular.  Been handing this out as "freebies".

Well, that's what I have been up to.  Basically, testing scents and colors.  Having trouble with getting the oxides to dissolve completely and also working on re-fining my line as well as packaging.  Stay tuned...

Friday, September 5, 2008

Newest Project

Presenting my new cake soap!

I know, not exactly a good name for it, but an unfortunate chain of events have left me completely exhausted to come up with a catchy cute name, but not too exhausted to post these yummy piccies up:

The scent is a cupcakey, (vanilla, buttercream, cream cheese frosting)with a hint of turkish coffee.

Name to be determined...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Past Projects

Hello again,

Just wanted to post some of my previous soaping projects to counteract the ugliness of my current experiments... LOL!

Crescent Moon Soaps (Lily of the Valley Scent):


Multi-Colored "Flan" Soap (Cherry Almond Scent):


Monday, September 1, 2008

Sunday Night Adventures

God, I'm sooo boring! But here they are, my newest experiments:

Extra Strength Peppermint Soap

Requested by three of my male co-workers, who attest to the peppermint tingly feeling, I decided to give this a shot. Smells pretty minty, so I suspect that it will keep its prized tingly effect. Will have co-workers test (since I have waaay too many soap scraps lying around my kitchen. I have a batch of handmade (below)peppermint soap curing, but I think a lot of the tingly and cool pepperminty feel, got lost in the saponification process. At least it smells like peppermint!

Practice Moon Soaps - Scented w V-Butter cream

I say practice, because I purposely made these incorrectly, couldn't wait for my clear base to come in. Now I see why. The moon detail doesn't stand out at all.

Practice Moon Soap with remelted Handmade V-Butter cream and Melt/Pour Peppermint.

I wanted to see what would happen if I melted the brown vbuttercream in the microwave (like I do w my regular melt/pour stuff). Needless to say I ended up with a burnt mess... (Hmmmm, I guess that's why rebatching actually calls for liquids!) I ended up remelting a new bar in a zip lock bag and dumped it in boiling water. Took forever, and the consistency was not smooth at all (more like lumpy mashed taters!) Anyway, since I had already poured in the moon, I just added this to it and poured some more white peppermint on top, which you can see on the right side and on the back (not picture). The result: An ugly, but peppermint patty smelling, thin moon soap patty.

Vanilla Butter Cream Chunk

Ok, so this is half a bar of my first batch of handmade soap (just cured about a week ago). Lovely lather, great scent. Anything Vanilla, however, greatly discolors the soap (still waiting what the m/p's to see if the change will occur). I wanted to leave this the beautiful beige color that it first started out to be, but when it hits oxygen, it turns into this chocolately brown color. Fortunately for me, they do make a vanilla color stabilizer, so I won't have problems in the future.

Ta ta, for now!