experimenting with natural colors, part 1

Last week I got a big box o’ goodies in the mail from Mountain Rose Herbs, so I decided to do some experimenting with some of them this week. ?I ordered some brightly colored herb powders to try in my cold process soap, and also had a few other things already on hand that I … Read more

more swirly soap – chocolate and cherry and almond, oh my!

So I think I’m finally getting the hang of this ‘swirl in the pot’ soap swirling thing. ?I even managed to swirl 2 colors this time (this is where you ‘ohhh’ and ‘ahhh’). ?This soap was actually inspired by a crafty friend, Stephanie of Robot Pop. ?She has become one of my ‘testers’ and has … Read more

swirly soap!

I’ve been trying (unsuccessfully) to get a swirled soap that I think looks good for a while. ?Every time I do a test batch, something seems to go wrong and it doesn’t swirl. ?It either traces too quickly and is too thick to swirl, or doesn’t get quite thick enough and just blends together. ?I … Read more

natural colorants experiment

2 weeks ago I attended the Lonestar?Soap and Toiletries Soapmakers Seminar in Austin – it was great!? It was a full day of talking about soap, which I don’t get to do very often with other people who actually LIKE to talk about soap.? Lots of great info shared, including an experiment that I participated … Read more

my go-to rita recipe

Everyone has a favorite place for a good margarita.? My favorite local Mexican restaurant, Frescos,?has a really tasty?rita?called the true agave.? Paired with their fajitas, it is just about the perfect meal.? My mouth is starting to water just thinking about it.? Fajitas?and margaritas say summer to me.? So in honor of the rising mercury … Read more

lemon poppy seed soap

I’m excited about my newest soap that is freshly cut and just out of the mold today – lemon poppy seed.? It’s doing time on the soap rack for at least 4 weeks, but I can’t wait to use it.? This was my first successful attempt to use something natural (not a colored oxide) to … Read more

the soap that wouldn't swirl

I’ve always loved how artistic soap can look, and have been trying to successfully execute the swirl lately.? I’ve seen demos, watched YouTube videos on swirling and read countless articles online about the many different ways people swirl, but still I have yet to get it right.? I tried a batch on Friday (smelled really … Read more

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