Nov 29, 2011

How I made my Beer Soap

I recently made two batches of Beer CP Soap.











I used SoapCalc Lye Calculator to determine the exact amount of lye and water for my oils. For the first batch I used coconut, olive and palm oil, and for the second batch I used palm, coconut, corn and olive oil.
I used two brands of beer, so one is a little darker than the other.
They both smell like candy. One is scented with anise essential oil, and the other with lemon and orange essential oils.

I mixed beer with lye, and poured it in the oils, and then stirred the lye-beer-oil mixture with the stick blender, in short bursts.



















After reaching trace, I poured the soap in my handmade wooden mold.

The whiter part is colored with white oxide.

 

Nov 8, 2011

Rubber Duckies

I bought some rubber duckies in preparation for a new soap.






















I am not sure if I'll do this:


Or this:



In the meantime:

Oct 26, 2011

Color Swirls and the Cocoa Powder Experiment

I came to love the Basic Four-Oil Soap I from the Soap Maker's Workshop.
It's a soap made with coconut oil, olive oil, canola oil and palm oil.
I added blue, red and green oxide, and activated charcoal for color.
The soap is scented with three essential oils: peppermint, eucalyptus and lavandine.
I love the colored swirls.


For this soap I used a handmade wooden mold, that a friend made for me.



And then there is the Cocoa Powder Experiment. I added cocoa powder to my soap, at light trace, and made the swirl:



Blue Fairy - Pine

This is another variation of the Basic Four-Oil Soap I from the Soap Maker's Workshop,
with blue swirls. I used coconut oil, olive oil, canola oil and palm oil.
I added blue oxide for blue color.
The soap is scented with two essential oils: pine and lavandine.


I played a little with embedds, and here are the results:




Oct 15, 2011

My fifth batch of CP soap - Black and Red Swirl

This is another variation of the Basic Four-Oil Soap I from the Soap Maker's Workshop.
I used coconut oil, olive oil, canola oil and palm oil.
I added activated charcoal for black color and red oxide for green color.
The soap is scented with two essential oils: eucalyptus and lavandine.



This is a handmilled version of the same soap.



Aug 27, 2011

I made CP Castile Soap - 100% Olive Oil

2 days ago I made Castile CP Soap, made out of 100% Olive Oil. I used Lavander and Mint essential oils to scent the soap. It smells wonderful. I added no colorants. The olive oil gave the soap pale yellow / green color.



I was inspired to do Castile Soap after reading about it on LovinSoap.
I used SoapCalc to determine the amount of lye solution needed for the saponification.
I used 1400g of Oil Oil, 5% superfat. I chose 2:1 water:lye ratio.
I left the soap undisturbed for 24 hours. Cutting the soap was like cutting butter.
It is lovely pale yellow / green color.
Curing time for Castile CP Soap is longer then usual, it's 4 - 6 months.
I can't wait to start using it. :)



Aug 3, 2011

Cold Process Soap Packaging - Cigar Band Labels

Here are few pages I found for free Cigar Band Labels:
www.lovinsoap.com
www.brambleberry.com
www.perfumekits.com

I just printed them on a regular paper with my inkjet printer. I think they look great.

Jun 15, 2011

My third batch of CP soap - Forest

This is my third batch of CP soap.
This is a variation of the Basic Four-Oil Soap I from the Soap Maker's Workshop.
I added activated charcoal for black color and green oxide for green color.
The soap is scented with five essential oils: pine, tea tree, eucalyptus, red cedar and bergamot.
I swirled the green and black soap into the basic soap.

Jun 8, 2011

My second batch of CP soap - Meadow

This is my second batch of CP soap.
It's a recipe from The Soapmaker's Companion.
my second batch of soap
Oils used: coconut oil, palm oil and sunflower oil.
For color I used blue and green oxide.
They are scented with lavandin essential oil mixed with a little bit of lemon essential oil. 

This CP soap is much softer then the first one I made.

May 26, 2011

My first batch of CP soap - Just Soap

Few days ago I made my first batch of CP soap.
I made the Basic Four-Oil Soap I from the Soap Maker's Workshop.

my first batch of soap

my first batch of soap with loofah
I used coconut oil, olive oil, canola oil and palm oil.
For color I used cacao powder, coffee grounds and poppy seeds.
I didn't use any fragrance oils.
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