Just a quick update on some new winter themed felted soap. Each underlying soap is a bar of my cold process handcrafted soaps created from scratch using a variety of vegetable, nut and fruit based oils and butters. Some soaps have added goat or coconut milk too. Each soap is themed to depict several various winter scenes. Enjoy!
You can find these soaps and more available for sale in the Etsy Shop
Two new cold process mosaic soaps in several different designs. Love the creativity that is involved in creating these types of handcrafted soap. This technique allows me to create unique, nourishing and beautiful soaps that are still in a usable shape for sink, shower or bath.
Scented in Apple, Pear and Champagne with swirls of green, yellow and red blocks alternating with the natural ivory and black blocks and layers.
Scented in a very pretty, soft and feminine Lotus Blossom fragrance. The swirls of yellow, pink black and ivory nestled amongst the green and black. Four different designs were created from separate batches of green, swirled and black soap.
I really enjoy making felted soap and needle felting a variety of designs on them. These floral landscape soaps have been extremely popular as they are not only functional as soap and washcloth in one, they make wonderful, unique, one of a kind gifts. These soaps are created one at a time and any that are currently available will be listed here in the Etsy Shop
Photo of flowers in my garden - Image of flower felted on soap
I really love the creativity that soapmaking can bring out and I have seen so many awesome soaps with a lot of piping, surface embeds and unique shapes (especially the food soaps - love making cupcakes). But..... I find people tend to not want to or are confused over using such beautiful soaps and I want my customers to use the soaps that I create. Because of this I am sticking to creating beautiful and unique soaps in usable shapes and sizes. These mosaic soaps perfectly fit this goal.
This tutorial is an experiment in action. Much of it is based on theory and experimentation - please keep this in mind as your results with this technique may very based on formulation, molds and oven temperatures. I consider this a starting point for others to experiment with in design and method.
My base soap is created with 38% hard oils (coconut, palm), 4% butters and 58% soft oils (olive, castor, avocado, etc.). I add sodium lactate at 5 grams per pound of oils and superfat at 5% with close to full water (35 - 38%). You need to fully gel your soap so that it is pliable after a full gel and cooled.
For this design, I alternated a solid yellow soap with an In The Pot Swirl of ivory, blues and purple (with a tiny hint of green). I also used a solid green to separate some of the layers. All pieces were created using the same formulation and created within a few days of the others (so that none of the soap has cured much and hardened).
Color Palette - Yellow Mica for the solid portion
Ivory, light blue mica, dark blue (ultramarine blue and black mica) and
purple mica for the swirled portion
A quick and easy way to remove soda ash on fully cured cold process soap.
91% Isopropyl Alcohol, a toothbrush, a bit of scrubbing - no more soda ash. Fully cured bars should be hard enough not to be misshapen by the use of the toothbrush.
My Champagne and Roses Cold process
with a good amount of soda ash on the top.
All you need is a small spritzer bottle filled with 91% Isopropyl Alcohol and a toothbrush
Spritz the top with the Isopropyl Alcohol (about 5 or 6 spritz)
Use the toothbrush to lightly scrub the surface to remove the ash. The toothbrush allows you to get into all the little nooks in a textured surface. Rinse and dry the toothbrush after every few bars.
After spending time refining my bath bomb fizzy and foaming bath bomb formulations, they are now being introduced and available for sale. Bath bomb fizzies do not create bubbles, but instead release scent and skin loving ingredients into the bath. Foaming bath bombs also release scent and skin loving ingredients but also create a generous amount of long lasting bubbles into your bath. Both types are enriched with sunflower oil and mango butter in addition to sea salts, milks (goat and coconut), cornstarch and even oatmeal to create a luxurious bath experience (each formulation will vary in these ingredients). I use mostly clays and ground botanicals to color these (some colorants can remain on the surface of the tub) too. These new bath bombs are available in both the Etsy shop and the main website. Here is a sampling of what is available.
Lemongrass Calendula Bath Bomb Fizzy
Created with lemongrass essential oil, sea salt, coconut milk, and ground calendula petals
I really love to make felted soaps. It is a great way to do something unique and creative with extra bars of soap from a larger batch or to give a new life to wonderful smelling soaps that just are not as visually attractive as I had hoped - it is like a makeover for soap. Below are some of my most recent creations. The felted soaps have been extremely popular - especially the garden and floral themed ones.
Each cold process soap (you can felt over melt and pour too) is first wet felted using carded merino top wool, Romney wool or a wonderful merino and silk blend - some soaps use several wool varieties. Then the designs are needle felted on using the same types of wool for the wet felting. It takes very little wool (about .25 - .3 ounces) to encase an entire 4 ounce bar and even less to create the needle felted designs.
The design possibilities are endless with these and are a wonderful creative and relaxing outlet.