All the Pretty Soaps

Jul
21

I’ve been playing around with soap lately, trying out different flowers, seeing what happens. Here’s the wild phlox soap.
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Yep, the pretty pinks and purples turned green in the soap. Not all flowers lose their color. Here’s marigold.
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And this is clover on the right, dandelion blossom on the left.
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Dandelion blossom turns the soap darker after time, I’ve discovered. This is dandelion blossom soap, below to the right, after a couple of weeks.
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On the left in the above photo is mint. Most herbs retain color nicely. (And if you grind them finely, they sometimes turn soap a light green.)


This is rosemary soap. (Not green–I didn’t finely grind the herb.)
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Sassafras tea soap–the color comes from the tea.
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This is chamomile soap, and the color here is from the chamomile essential oil itself.
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I’ve also been trying a different mold. I mostly use a regular rectangular soap mold, or Pringles cans for round soaps. The chamomile soap was made using a french bread pan.
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Each well will hold two pounds of soap.
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Of course, there are no end caps. But–no big deal!
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After lining the pan with parchment paper, I used bars of soap (also covered by parchment paper) to prop up the ends until the soap firmed up.
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Soap loaf!
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I like it!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on July 21, 2015  

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  1. 7-21
    1:48
    pm

    I wish there was smell-o-vision!

  2. 7-21
    9:54
    pm

    What do you do with all that soap? Shower three times a day?

  3. 7-22
    10:22
    am

    I would like to purchase some of the sassafras tea soap PLEASE.

  4. 7-22
    10:33
    am

    I sell soap (and candles and jams and jellies and sometimes other things) from the studio, mostly to workshop attendees.

  5. 7-23
    11:56
    am

    Another mold option is PVC pipe cut in maybe 16″lenghts so you can push out from one end. There are end caps available. And to get an oval shape warm the PVC and press to get the oval shape.

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