Soap

More Soap!

Things have been a little quiet around here lately, but with good reason: I’ve been making soap!

Three soaps
I’ve experimented with soap making in the past, first with melt & pour soap, and then even making my first batch of cold process soap a few months ago. And now I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. I’m still making cards, and have lots of ideas there (though not a ton of mojo at the moment), but  I hope you won’t mind if I share my soap-making adventures here, too.

First cold process soaps

I’m still experimenting with recipes – trying to figure out exactly which combinations of ingredients I like best for my bars – but so far I’ve made a few very different soaps. The best part is that they’re all made with a limited amount of natural ingredients, all of which I can pronounce! This has become increasingly important to me when it comes to skin care, especially because I have some skin sensitivities and allergies that like to cause me trouble from time to time. It also helps that the final hand-made product is just so pretty!

First drop swirl soap

The first in this set of three soaps is a bar made with coconut, olive, palm (sustainably sourced!) and sweet almond oils, shea butter, mica colorant, and what I’m currently calling a “proprietary fragrance blend” (because I blended a bunch of fragrances to get something I like and it now smells fresh and fruity but I’m not yet very good at naming or describing fragrances…). Plus some good old H20.  :)  I experimented with a drop swirl technique for these, and sprinkled a mixture of raspberry and poppy seeds on top.

Blue & fruity soap

I also made this beautiful blue soap with some calendula leaves sprinkled on top. I love the contrast of the two colors! Ingredients for these soaps include coconut, olive,  palm (sustainably sourced!), sweet almond and castor oils, shea butter, mica colorant, fragrance and water. These bars have a slightly citrus-y scent that I love.

Castile soap

The third is a traditional Castile soap which means the only oil used in this soap is 100% olive oil. I followed this recipe. It has an oatmeal & honey fragrance that smells really lovely. I can’t wait to try this one out!

First soaps

My plan is to keep experimenting with recipes and designs and see where I end up. So far I’m having lots of fun, even in the troubleshooting phases!

Let me know in the comments if you’d be interested in seeing more posts about soap!

kimberly

DIY, Soap

DIY Lavender Soap

DIY Lavender Soap

If you’re looking for a quick and easy homemade gift, soap is a great solution. I made these lavender soap for my bridesmaids to include in the gift bags I gave them the night before the wedding. It’s so easy to make, but makes an excellent gift because it’s home made, which I think always gives a gift a special touch.

You will need:

Goat’s Milk Soap Base (2lbs or more)

Soap Mold (any shape, I chose a simple rectangle)

Bunch Dried Lavender (mine came from my wedding florists’ shop!)

Lavender Essential Oil

Double Boiler (I don’t have an actual double boiler, I just created one by resting a bowl inside of a pot with very little water in it)

Soap Colorant (optional)

Lavender Soap Ingredients

Directions:

Cut your soap into small cubes and melt it over medium-low heat in a double boiler. Once the soap has melted completely, remove from heat and stir in your colorant (optional), dried lavender (I used about a handful/maybe two tablespoons worth), and lavender essential oil (about 4 drops), and stir. Pour the soap mixture into your molds and let them cool completely. Once the soap has hardened completely in the mold,  just press the mold and the soap should come right out. *It is normal for the dried lavender to float to the top of the soap.

Lavender Soaps

I used the colorant for some of the bars, for others I did not (one I even did half and half). I also wrapped the bars tightly in plastic wrap to keep them fresh until I was ready to gift them. However, because of the organic ingredients (lavender) the soap won’t keep forever, so use or gift it sooner, rather than later.

Radar sniffing lavender soap

Sometimes I think if I could quit everything and make soap, I would (although I say that about a lot of crafty things). I don’t think Radar would mind.

Let me know if you try making your own soap!

kimberly