Sunday, May 29, 2011

Soapy Weekend

We are having unseasonably cold and rainy weather here in Northern California.  I have to keep reminding myself that it is indeed the end of May.  So as it was raining yesterday, I had a sick child who just wanted to watch movies all day with her sisters by her side, and my husband was out of town, I decided to make some soap!  You'll have to forgive the dull photos in this post.  I don't get the best pictures on these overcast days.  I should get a lightbox set up one of these days, but I really love natural lighting, so I keep dragging my feet.

This first one is rose.  I haven't figured out what to call it yet.  The FO is called baby rose, but I'm not sure if that is what I want to go with. It is a really light and airy rose, not heavy and super floral, and although I have shied away from rosy florals in the past, I really like this one.  I guess that is one of the good things about waiting for soap to cure for 4 weeks, I have plenty of time to think about what to call it. Here is the cut soap.

I have been dying to try this swirling technique.  I know it will take some time to get it just right, but I am pretty happy with my first attempt.  This one is Meyer Lemon and I LOVE this fragrance.  It is sweet lemon that avoids smelling like pledge (I find a lot of lemon FO smell this way to me).

Both of these soaps will be cured and ready to list in the shop in four weeks.

I also made some shampoo bars for my personal use.  Several of the soap blogs that I follow have been trying them out.  I have been thinking about doing it myself for some time, but I was chicken to try it on my thick, course, colored hair.  Finally, after Cocobong posted this recipe and listed all the benefits of using a shampoo bar, I ran out of excuses and decided that I really want to try it out.  I also convinced my mom to try it with me, and since her hair is the complete opposite of mine, it will be interesting to compare how our hair ends up.  So in four weeks (after these bars cure) I will share my experience.  

Finally, although I actually made these first, I made some salt scrubs and bubble bars.  These are both going to take some time to perfect.  Of course I will share the final result when I reach it.

Whew!!  Yesterday was a busy day.  I think I am going to make one more soap today and spend some time with the family.  In a couple weeks, I am going to be selling soap and gifts at the Downtown Tuesday Night Market in Roseville on Vernon Street from 5-9pm.  I hope I will see some familiar faces there.  If it is successful, I will be spending most Tuesday nights there until the end of July.

Here is my soap from yesterday: Cherry Blossom.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Spring Soap

There is nothing like spring to inspire and stimulate creativity.  I have been soaping a lot lately and I have quite a few batches of soap that will finish curing sometime next week.  It is nice that the weather is finally cooperating so that I can take nice photos as well.

Oatmeal, Milk & Honey

Strawberry Lime Mini Cupcake Soap

Strawberry Lime Cupcake Soap

Lily of Valley 

Grapefruit Lily

I also have some Red Apple Mini Cupcakes curing along with one I'm calling Renaissance Fair and a tropical soap (name pending). Am I finished?  No way...stay tuned for more soap!