Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Traditional Cream Soap

100% Pure Traditional Cream Soap
  Hello all, I thought I would talk a little bit about Cream Soap today!
 When I was attending Soap Making School, my teacher taught us to make Cream Soap using bar soaps. It turned out really nice but I then was determined to venture out on my own and learn just how to make the Traditional Cream Soap from scratch (With out the addition of using bar soaps)
 I ended up doing a lot of research but there was just not much out there on the subject. I had tried to join the Cream Soap yahoo group but they pick n choose who is allowed in and who is not and I was denied, go figure. As I kept researching I finally decided to dive in and just do it so that's just what I did!

 Below is a picture of my first cream soap that I made from scratch.

Our Cream Soap is nice and creamy, very luxurious and gentle on the skin, this soap has become all three of my daughters favorite soap. They request scrubs and face washes made with it often. Everybody who tries it just loves it!

 I see there are some really good videos on youtube on cream soap making now, some even with recipes. I also found a great ebook called Cream Soap Naturally (A Reference Guid For Formulators) and purchased it and so glad I did. There is a lot of information in it to be had, so if you are interested in making cream soaps I highly recommend this ebook you can find it at the link below:

 The E-book covers the Hot Oven Method of cooking the cream soap which I have still never done. I always cook my cream soaps in a crockpot or on the stove top. I also give my cream soap a 3-6 month rot period. (The rot period is like giving a bar soap a cure period, it helps it to relax and to get more gentle with time.) It will also get a really nice sheen to it!

 Since making my first cream soap (years ago), I have made many other batches. I am still always tweeking and seeing just what I can and can not do with cream soap making. Cream Soap is very versatile and difficult to ruin.

 You can make cream soaps for different skin types by carefully selecting your oils and your additives. You are only limited by your own imagination.

 Hopefully this post helps somebody out there get the information they need for making and formulating your own cream soap.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Soap Dough Cold Process Soap

Great Cakes Soap Challenge Club 2017

We are making Soap Dough Creations !!!

"My Lil Sheep"

Hmmm, What is Soap Dough you ask?

Soap Dough is a moldable, plyable dough that is made from a specialial formulated Cold Process recipe. Anything you can create with polymer clay (or fondant!), you can create with soap dough. After you create your Soap Dough creation, you give it some time and  it will harden just like any bar soap does.

Ever since I spotted Bea Iyata book "Enchanted Book of Peculiar Ideas and Soap Potions" and purchased it long ago, I knew I really wanted to give the Soap Dough creations a try but then I never got around to it. If you would like a good read, I sugest that you head on over to  and pick you up one. You will be glad you did for sure, it's a fabulous book. I also had to have her second book of "Light and Shadow" as well!

Oh, ok back to the challenge.

Our guest teacher for this months challenge is Tatiana Serko of Creative Soap by Steso. Tatiana is a great Artist, Soap maker and Soap Teaher, that is just to name a few things amoung all the other things she does so well. If you haven't seen Tatianas' work go on over to  her website and check her, she does very impressive work to say the least!

For this Soap Challenge we don't have to create a practical soap, Amy told us to just create whatever is beautiful!

The Guidlines for this challenge were as follows:

1. We were to use a bar of Cold Process Soap that we had already made months earlier and use that as the base for our Soap dough creation. Soap bar was able to be any size or shape that we wanted and we had to make the Soap Dough ourselves.
2. We could use small non soap embellishments (for eyes) if needed.
3. Everybody could submit one entry into voted or juied categories.
4. The Soap entered must have been made after registration for this contest opened.
5. Entry photo must be from one batch only and have neutral background. No props, people in it and the only adjustments that can be made is lighting and color may be made only to the point of getting the best pic of what your soap looks like in real life. No other adjustmentsare allowed.

We could mimic Tatianas' Dragons Eye soap (Which is beyond Impressive) she created for the class but there was no way that I was ready for something like that, so I set out to figure out just what I though I just might be able to do.

I really wanted to create something that was truely my design instead of trying to mimic anybody so the thought process took me like forever. I though of so many things but I decided to try to create a "My Lil Sheep" so thats what I did and this is what I entered into the challenge.

Soap Dough:

For Soap Dough: I used Ronda Scorpios' recipe. It is listed in her Facebook group "Soap by Kick it up a Notch" and on her blog if you would like to give it a try. It's a very good recipe but I had a little problem with it being sticky but I am sure that was an error on my part somewhere. It's very nice soap though!Dusting it with cornstarch would of helped I am sure.

I didn't have the ingredients for Tatianas' Soap Dough Recipe #4, but when the ingredience came in I rushed to my Soap Room and made me a batch. Then I came down sick and didn't get to play with it much yet except for rolling it into balls and fiddling around just a smidge. I am loving the feel and the suds of the Soap Dough though!
                                     Tatiana's Soap Dough Recipe before rolling into balls

Tatiana's Soap Dough Recipe after rolling into balls, They are nice White in color, but my lighting was not cooperating with me.

Colors :

I used Activated Charcoal from Brambleberry for the Black face.
Titanium Dioxide for the locks on the body.
Light Blue Mica for the Eyes
Pink Mica for the Bow.

I started my project out with an experimental bar of  un-coloured Ghost Swirl Soap that I just had to make after reading about it on Auntie Clara's blog . Totally love her blog, it's so hard not to spend hours and hours there reading all the interesting, Kool things she does.

I smeared a little soap dough over the un-coloured Ghost Swirl Soap bar and rolled me some little peices of the white soap dough until I thought it kinda looked like locks of wool. Next I glued the tiny pieced down with Distilled water/soap paste mixture, Boy was that ever a lot of pieces LOL.

I then rolled a ball of Black soap dough and formed her head the best that I could.
Then I finished placing pieces of white around the neck, face area until that was all done.
I let her dry for a day, then I gave her a little pink bow on the top of the ear. (Now, that I look at her in the picture though the bow looks like it could of been a bit smaller even)

I had a lot of fun with this project and will be doing a lot more with soap dough in the future. I haven't played with Play dough in so many years so I am a little (ok, A lot) rusty. I guess that just gives me an excuss to play more !  * NOTE TO SELF, Hide this blog post from my Dear Husband !!!

Thank you Tatiana for teaching this class and for the fabulous Tutorial and recipes.
I also want to

Thank You as well Amy for hosting the Soap Challenge Club and all that you do for us, You are totally Awesome! x

Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 Greatcakes Soap Challenge Secret Feather Swirl

March 2017 Secret feather swirl, hosted by Amy Warden

~ All Natural Soap ~

Hello fellow Soapers & all,
Well since I missed the last two challenges, I was determined to get a soap made to enter this month. Sometimes things just get a moving a little to fast and I'm left to wander where did all that time go. Anyway, I'm always up for some fun and learning new swirling techniques!!!

Below are the Soap Challenge Rules for this challenge:

1. Soap must be made in a log mold and made using the Cold Process method.
2. Soap design should feature the secret feather swirl or the reverse feather swirl (or both)
Non-soap embellishments  limited to natural or synthetic colorants and body safe glitter.
We can use additives that enhance the performance or recipe of our soap that may not be seen such as an alternate liquid for your lye solution, sodium lactate, silk etc. but not the texture of the soap.
3. It was our choice  to submit our soap into the all-natural or the synthetic category.
If we entered our soap in the all-natural category, it could not contain any synthetic ingredients at all. 

A list of the ingredients as you would list them on the soap label is required for all entries in the all-natural category.

4. Our soap must be made after the registration has opened.
5. Soap photo you choose to upload to the link-up should feature soap from one batch only and picture should have a neutral background. No people or props in it. The only adjustments that can be made is lighting and color can be made to better represent what the soap actually looks like in real life. No editing photos to alter the soaps appearance.

I decided to make an All-Natural soap

My choice of oils were:
Avocado oil, Coconut oil, Palm oil, and Castor oil.

Additives used:
Sugar, cream, Kaolin Clay, paprika and cocoa powder

Color Pallet:
I used Cocoa Powder for the Brown color and for the Orange color I used Paprika.

Essential Oils:
Orange and Patchouli

Mold used:

BB's Tall & skinny log mold, with handmade cardboard dividers

Secret Feather swirl technique

The “secret feather swirl” - Was named this because the swirl is not revealed until the soap is cut. There are several different variations that can be created  by changing  the colors of the feather and the thickness of the pour

I chose the variation that keeps the feathers all one color.

1. I brought the soap batter to an emulsion and started to soap at around 90 degree F.

2. Poured a little Brown colored soap base into the bottom of my mold
3. Then I put the dividers in the mold so it was divided into 1/3rds.
4. I then poured 2 stripes of orange soap batter, then I poured another layer of the Brown base color over the orange and continued in this manor until my orange colored soap was almost gone. After that I poured a top layer of Brown soap batter.
5. ,I then took my hanger tool (well, gear tie in my case) and pushed it straight down in the middle of the mold (touching the bottom.)  Next I pulled the hanger tool towards me straight across the bottom and straight up the side of the mold and out the top.
6. I then finished the top of the soap loaf, Taped it to release any air bubbles, lightly sprayed it with alcohol and put it to bed to rest.
7. after 24 HRS I cut the soap into bars. I should of waited a while longer though because the soap was a little too soft still and left drag lines.
I am trying to ignore those tiny white spots (Soda Ash)  on the soap bars.

Soap Label Info: 

Avocado oil, Palm oil, Coconut oil, Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Castor oil, Cream, Essential oils: Orange & Patchouli, Kaolin Clay, Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Paprika

My thoughts:
1. Next time I will start pouring the soap batter at just the slightest sign of a trace. (to avoid the soap batter  thickening up so much while I pour).
2. It also may have worked out better, had I had a smaller diameter of hanger tool as well.
3. I also would like to get a taller, Tall & Skinny Mold too, I think a longer bar would look great with this technique.

 If any fellow Soapers used a Tall & Skinny mold for this technique, I would love to hear your thoughts.
Over all I am pretty please with my first “secret feather swirl” soap. I don't think it turned out all the bad but needs some more practice for sure. I have found that it's a little more harder than it first appeared.

Have you done a “secret feather swirl” or one of the variations ? If so, I would love to hear about it.

Thank you for stopping by to read my blog and commenting !

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Greatcakes Soap Challenge 2016 - Tiger Stripe Technique Modified

December 2016 - Soap challenge - hosted by Amy Warden

Peppermint Candy Twist

Challenge Rules:

All soaps must be made by the Cold Process method.
The majority of our soap must feature the Tiger Stripe technique. (Amy will be looking for those fine lines)
We  have the option to manipulate the soap after we pour our soap into our log mold but it must still be apparent that there are stripes throughout the soap.
Our soap must be  2 colors or more and cut normally, in vertical slices.
We may submit a photo from (1) batch only with the  only editing being for lighting and color adjustments to best represent what the soap looks like in real life.

Oils Used:

Olive oil, Coconut oil, Palm oil, Sweet Almond oil, Castor oil.

Additives used:

Kaolin Clay, Colloidal Oatmeal

Color Pallet:

White - Titanium Dioxide
Red -  A blend of Merlot Mica + Electric Bubble Gum
Purple -
Electric Bubble Gum and Pink Oxide (I was going for just a light pink and was surprised with the purple)

Essential Oil:


Tiger Stripe Technique:

I lined my log mold, prepared my lye solution and sat it  off to the side to cool.
I heated the oils while the lye solution was cooling, then I added my additives into my oils and mixed them in well.
When my Lye solution was about 85 degree F I started to soap.

I poured my Lye solution into my oils and brought it to emulsion.
Then I divided it out into 3 containers evenly (by eyeballing)
Added my colors into each container and stirred each container to light trace.
I then layered a line of each color down in the middle of the mold the full length of my mold, alternating between colors. When I reached the top, I poured the rest of my white soap batter on the top and evened it out.
Then I took a spoon and  I started manipulating the soap. I tried to only go down about 1/2 way into the mold with my spoon. I just took the spoon put it in the soap and twisted the spoon then put it in another spot and twisted it the opposite direction and continued in that pattern until I went along the whole mold (one side to the other side) and crossed my fingers that it didn't ruin my Tiger Stripe to much.  :)

This is my first time doing the  Tiger Stripe technique.
Since I manipulated it I feel that I should go and make the Basic  Tiger Stripe soon without any kind of manipulation at all.

Thanks Amy for another fun Challenge.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Embeds, Soap Balls in Cold Process Soap

Midnight Lemon Mojito Soap

I thought I would try out a new soap, something different than I've ever done before. Yes, I am always up for a great challenge and always wanting to try new things and continually learn, so here I done it again.
I 've heard so many great things about Activated Charcoal so I knew I wanted to give it a try, so I figured now is as good as a time as ever! Then I thought it might be nice to add a little gray color in there and give it a little swirl,,, So, I did !
I had just rolled some Midnight Mojito soap balls the day before so I thought why not add them as well.... OH, how fun it would be to try to create a soap with some Embeds!
Since Midnight Mojito is a Citrusy scent, I decided to add my lemon Deluxe blend to my Charcoal soap base.  Which I think is a great choice because it smells Oh so good !!!
You know now I just had to add a bit of glittery fun to the soap top, it now glistens so nicely.

I can't wait until these are cured and I can give them a try!

If you have used a soap with Activated Charcoal before, Please leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it and how it feels on the skin.

Thanks for stopping in and reading and commenting on my blog,

Greatcakes Soap Challenge Cosmic Wave Redemption 2016

Cosmic Wave Redemption

Soap Challenge Club- November 2016

 I was so excited to see that Amy is giving us another chance to do the cosmic wave all over again and make it work and see success. Boy do I ever need this!!! I have this burning desire to get this thing right, so yea I will practice until I get it for sure!
More great news is that since this isn't the competition anymore, there are no guidelines. This totally allows me to try something new, like filling  my Slab mold with the base soap and then creating the Cosmic Wave technique on just the top surface of my soap. Well we shall see how this goes !

So off to my soap studio I go.....

The first thing I did was line my slab mold with freezer paper.
Next, of course since I was only doing the cosmic wave on the surface of my soap top, I had to adjust the ratios of  my contrasting colors to use with my base color.

I decided to use the slow moving formula below for my soap:
Olive Oil   27%
Coconut Oil   30%
Palm Oil   33%
Sweet Almond Oil   10%

6% Super fat    30% Lye Concentrate

 I safety geared up with my gloves and my pretty Pink goggles then I added Silk to my distilled water and stirred it well to dissolve, then I measured out my lye and added it into my distilled water, stirred it until it was dissolved and clear and sat it off to the side to cool.

 I measured out and melted my solid oils, when they were melted I added in the liquid oils.
I then added Kaolin Clay, Colloidal Oatmeal and my Essential oils into my soaping oils and stirred them in well.
When my Lye solution was 88 degree F, I stirred in some Sodium Lactate.

Time to get Soaping !!!

 I slowly poured my Lye down my stick blended into my oils, stirred it a little then gave it a few bursts until I reach just the lightest trace.
Divided my soap batter out for my 2 combination colors (Red in one cup, white in the other cup) poured them both into squeeze bottles. Then I colored my base soap Black with 2 TBS. Activated Charcoal.
I poured most of my Black base soap into my slab mold.
I then grabbed a long spouted container to layer my colors. I put about an 1/8 cup base soap in the bottom then took some red and squeezed zigzags over top of the black, poured in a little more black and then put white zigzags on top of the black and started pouring my top layer very slowly and as close to the surface of the soap as I could. When I ran out of color I would do the same method as explained to fill my container but altered colors here and there.
When I was finished with the pour I (CPOP), Preheated over to
170 degrees F. Put my soap into the oven for 15 minutes and then turned off the oven and turned the oven light on over night.
I ended up with tiny bubbles on the surface of my soap again so I had to plane it some.

What I will change next time I do this technique:

I will only fill my Slab mold half full of base soap and leave more soap for my contrasting colors so that there is a thicker layer of cosmic wave on the top surface. I also had very tiny bubbles on the top of my soap after (CPOP) so I did need to plane the top of my soap some, which took some of my detail off of the soap.
This technique would look much better if it doesn't need to be planed. The next time I do this technique, I will do it without oven processing and hopefully avoid the need to plane it at all. I just haven't found the sweet spot to (CPOP) in my oven as of yet.

Here is another batch of my practice Cosmic Wave soaps !

For this soap I used a 1 cup glass measuring cup and layered the colors in the cup and then poured into my slab mold. The cup was hard to get down low and maneuver in my small mold.

These ones I also ended up with tiny bubbles that I had to plane off  of the top surface of the soap.

I will continue this technique for sure, I am aiming for the really fine lines all over like Tatsiana creates in her cosmic wave soaps.

Thank you Amy for doing a Redemption for this challenge. I sure have had a really hard time with this one for sure. You have helped clarify the technique for me to better understand. 

Thank you all for stopping by and reading my blog ! 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Clyde Slide Attempt

My First Clyde Slide Attempt

One of my all time favorite soap makers, would have to be Clyde Yosheda !
I love his style, how he goes over his color pallets and his unique soaping methods and etc. Yes, I watch all of his videos on YOU TUBE !!!
I have always wanted to try his Clyde slide so I thought I would give it a whirl.

Here it is.....

 Below: Picture of soap top with a little bit of Gold Sparkle Mica.

I used recipe/formula consisting of:
Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil.

When my oils were emulsified, I divided my batter into containers to be colored.

My main pot was my White soap base.
Contrasting colors were:
color #1 - Forest green mica with just a touch of  titanium dioxide
color #2 - Purple mica with titanium dioxide
color #2 - Dark Purple created by mixing Purple mica with just the smallest touch of Blue ultramarine colorant.

Scent: I added Blackberry Sage from Brambleberry, which is an Awesome scent!
By this point my soap batter had thickened a little much (medium trace).
So, I had to pour my contrasting colors in layers into the main pot quickly but I really like the affect it gave.
I will be trying this one again in the near future, with a light trace.

Have you made the Clyde Slide before, If so I would love to hear your experiences if you would like to share.

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