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I have just made up the batch of lavender soap and may I just say....

Though toxic waste green/yellow again, as before, it is also the best batch I have done yet? I doubled it this time, for one thing, hoping for a bigger batch once I removed it from the mold. This is also the first batch I've done that I've had my new immersible mixer from my mom for. At the end, I also added the lavender essential oil just before pouring it.

Oh my! It traced beautifully. So excited. It was so thick and gloppy when I poured it into the mold and I can't wait to see how it turns out.

I also lined the mold this time, first time doing so, so it will be easier to remove & cut when the soap is still soft. I hope.

Cross posted to: [community profile] soap, [community profile] simply_soap & my personal journal.
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[personal profile] lauredhel2011-12-04 03:12 pm
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Soap! Soap! Soap!

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 brambleberry.com), 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

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lauredhel: freshly made soap in the mould (soapgeek)
[personal profile] lauredhel2011-06-19 12:30 pm
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Soap Erotica Of The Day

These incredible column-swirl soaps are by Sergio at Jabones: Alquimia de las plantas. The first reminds me of those fascinating cutaway pictures of the Earth's internal structure that I used to pore over as a kid.

soap bar in rainbow colours. They are poured/swirled to look like a cutaway of concentric spheres of colour.

a whole lot of the rainbow column swirl soaps, in many colours and configurations of swirlies.

For the secrets on how this soap is made, check out Sergio's video. Others have been trying it out - Lovin Soap has a roundup.

Vicodin soap by Karine Ka of Soap Session. For my chronic pain buddies! No fragrance in this one, just a little whisky.

ivory coloured oval soaps. One side has a notch across to look like a notch in a halvable pill; the others side is stamped with VICODIN

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[personal profile] lauredhel2009-05-01 05:47 pm
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Welcome to the Dreamwidth Soapmakers community

Hi everyone!

This community is for soapmakers and prospective soapmakers of all persuasions - cold process, hot process, rebatch, melt and pour, whatever you love. You're welcome to ask questions, troubleshoot, or show off your creations.

I'm mostly a high-olive DWCP (discounted water cold process) soapmaker, though I do a tiny bit of CPOP and the occasional bit of melt and pour. I've been soaping for five or six years now.

Useful Soapmaking Resources:

OzCalc lye calculator

DWCP Water Calculator

Miller Soap

Teach Soap

Aqua Sapone

Diane's Naturally

The Scent Review Board

How to make felted soap

I thought I'd kick off the community just by showing you a few of my latest soaps.


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