lauredhel: soapmaking - swirling the soap (soapswirl)
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I finally got around to trimming some soap I made a fair while back. I thought I'd share a few pics. Most of these were made with Brambleberry fragrance oils (I've lifted their descriptions, all available at, and all are olive-dominant vegetable soaps.

Lily ("This duplication of the lovely pink and white oriental hybrid flower is sweet and sensual."):

closeup of near-white soaps with spiral flower stamps brushed with purple mica

Geranium Patch (rose geranium, lavender, and patchouli essential oil):

dark brown and purple swirled soaps with dragon stamps

Vanilla Lavender, made with Black Amber and Lavender FO ("Deep and sophisticated this fragrance blends rustic Amber with bold Parisian Lavender. Combined with these main scents is a mysterious Black Myrrh, dulcet vanilla Tonka bean, and a splash of Egyptian Musk. We've rounded out the fragrance with a surprising addition of raw Clary Sage resulting in an earthy concoction with hints of sweetness and pleasing floral notes."):

three soaps with a brown and tan swirl

Closeup of the Vanilla Lavender. I'm really proud of this swirl.

closeup of three soaps with a brown and tan swirl

Ancient Sedona ("This fragrance is an Oriental Floral Amber. This sensual, deep scent was named for the famous city in Arizona, invoking days of old and a deeper, richer experience.It opens with green notes of Mandarin Leaf and Orange Blossom. Heart is heady night Floral, Bulgarian Rose and Vetiver. Dry down has sensual notes of Sandalwood, Bourbon Vanilla, Amber, Labdanum and Tonka Bean."). The colours came out just how I wanted.

orange and brown swirled soap with a dragon stamp

More Ancient Sedona:

orange and brown swirled soaps with dragon stamps

Love Spell ("It has fruity sweet notes of Italian Bergamot, White Lady Peach and Strawberry mixed with middle notes of Apple Blossom, African Tamarind and a touch of Damask Rose. The base is Tonka Bean, Coconut Milk and White Musk."):

soap, tannish with a neon pink swirl, and a spiral flower stamp

Sandalwood (these are quite speckled-y from an excess of oven processing):

brown and white swirled soaps. The tops are textured.

Rose soap ("This fragrance is a lighter, pinker rose than our English Rose. It smells like the petite baby roses that come in teensy little planters small enough to fit on your desk."), coloured with pink clay:

pale pink soaps with spiral flower stamps

And all together! (There are lots more in a box - these are just the ones I pulled out for the photos.)

19 soaps ranges on a blue towel. There are pink, pink/purple swirls, white with purple mica flower stamp, orange/brown swirls, brown/white swirls, purple/brown swirls.

Has anyone been soaping lately? Got any plans?

Date: 2011-12-06 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] delladea
Beautiful! I haven't even tried making colored soap yet and I'm in awe of your pretty swirls.

The only soap I've made recently was some lard laundry soap scented with lavender oil. I used it in a homemade laundry detergent recipe and it's been working very well for its intended purpose. It's also good for washing very grimy hands, but tends to dry out your skin if you use it for handwashing too much.

Date: 2011-12-07 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] delladea
This batch I had a superfat ratio of about 5%. I checked my ratio of lye to fat on two different soap calculators and both were very very close to one another. I'm thinking I may have not been very precise while measuring ingredients when I made it.

Date: 2011-12-07 10:31 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] puzzlement
Pretty! Makes me want to take a soapy shower right now.

Date: 2011-12-24 01:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
The vanilla lavender is lovely and I wants it. Note to self, figure out how to make soap without using a mold, because I don't think I can get that swirl effect in the 3D molds I use. I'm sure I can in the cheapass square molds that came with my baby's-first-soapmaking kit, but I don't like using those, they're cheapass.

Date: 2011-12-26 12:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
*nods* Thanks!

Date: 2011-12-25 09:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] raynedanser
Those are GORGEOUS. I love the swirls on the vanilla lavender. Beautiful!

What do you use for the sandalwood? I've noticed (where I am, anyway) that the EO is pretty pricey. Is there an alternative?

Date: 2011-12-26 12:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] raynedanser
Environmental destruction is never a good thing. :/ I would have to double check, but I'm fairly certain the EO I was looking at was farmed.

Oooh, I'll definitely have to check them out. Their sandalwood vanilla sounded fabulous, too!

Can I pick your brain some more? I'm just starting out and would love some pointers if you didn't mind. ;-)

Date: 2011-12-26 12:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] raynedanser
Oh this is a good point, too. :D This time, though, it was specific to one of your soaps - how you got the gorgeous coloring of the vanilla lavender. I get the slab mold (and have plans to get one), but what did you do for the specific colors?


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