;

Three More Soaps

Nov
4

I’ve been doing a lot of playing with soaps in the past couple of weeks. Here are three more. The first one is a cherry-scented soap. I took out a small portion of the soap mixture after it came to trace and mixed in red soap coloring.
IMG_6608
Then I layered part of the plain soap mixture in the mold.
IMG_6609
I wanted random streaks of red through the soap, so I drizzled in some of the red.
IMG_6610
And more of the plain.
IMG_6611
And more of the red.
IMG_6612
And so on, until all the soap was in the mold.
IMG_6613
And this is the result.
IMG_6625
Then I made a soap with lemon pound cake fragrance, which was the base of my inspiration for how I wanted the soap to look–reminiscent of a pound cake. I divided the soap mixture in two parts. The bigger part of the soap mixture, I didn’t use any soap coloring (though it was colored some by the fragrance oil itself–some fragrance or essential oils will add color to soap, and some don’t) and I added about a teaspoon of dried lemon peel. I poured that part in the mold, then added some yellow soap coloring to the smaller part and poured that on top. I wanted to make an effect that was like how a loaf cake will rise in the center when it’s baked. Here, the soap is in the mold, tamped down, with a flat top.
IMG_6630
I let the soap sit about five minutes, enough time to start setting and thickening some. Then I used a spoon to mound the soap up toward the middle, to recreate that “risen cake” center effect.
IMG_6632
This is how it came out.
IMG_6638
And then this one–my favorite, really. I think it’s so pretty. It’s a half and half milk soap–meaning, the bottom half of the mixture (to which I added ground oatmeal) is made with water, so that it will stay light and nearly white.
IMG_6644
The top half is made with milk, and has pieces of oatmeal embedded in the top, which I pushed into the soap lightly, to make it stick, after putting it in the mold.
IMG_6642
I’ve been making a lot of candles also, in matching scents.
IMG_6646
I have four shelves full of product in the studio. I have workshops coming up the next three weekends in a row, then two more in a row after Thanksgiving, until I stop for the year in mid-December.


Winter is my season of (workshop) rest!

Note: I used the same recipe you can find here in my hot process tutorial, only I made these soaps with the cold process method.

Comments Leave a Comment
Share: |    Subscribe to my feed Subscribe
Posted by Suzanne McMinn on November 4, 2015  

More posts you might enjoy:






Sign up for the Chickens in the Road Newsletter

Comments

12 Responses | RSS feed for comments on this post

  1. 11-4
    11:26
    am

    Someone asked but I never saw an answer… will you be selling soap by mail? I REALLY want some of the cherry!!

  2. 11-4
    11:36
    am

    I recently purchased two of Suzanne’s soaps via mail, Sassafras and Honey & Clover. The scents are light and beautiful and the suds are wonderful (I love soaps that make nice suds). I highly recommend them! :)

  3. 11-4
    11:42
    am

    Thank you, Starfish! I do sell soap by mail. Email me at CITRevents@yahoo.com.

  4. 11-4
    11:46
    am

    You are making wonderful Patience Soaps :) Maybe I need to try that route myself! Beautiful outcomes, as I hope for you…as always :heart: :moo:

    Pam

  5. 11-4
    12:25
    pm

    Everything looks YUMMY! (I love-love-love homemade scented soaps and good ol’-fashioned terry washcloths.)

    Your personal references went from “we” to “I”. I sure hope this doesn’t mean that the man who moved in wasn’t the perpetrator mentioned recently. :-/

  6. 11-4
    12:38
    pm

    Boulderneigh–NO! It was not! In fact, that incident involved a woman.

  7. 11-4
    3:50
    pm

    Have you ever tried silicone soap molds? You could make your soaps look like cup cakes! Or apples or ducks or…

  8. 11-4
    4:12
    pm

    Yes, I know about soap molds. I’m not into them. I find non-literal interpretations so much more interesting!

  9. 11-4
    7:17
    pm

    Your soaps are beautiful…looks like you could eat them! You have certainly come a long way from your first scary soap making post. Hoping all is well with you. :heart:

  10. 11-4
    10:43
    pm

    You have been a very busy little beaver!!!

    The soaps look great (almost good enough to eat!!)

    Because of you, I want to practice, practice, practice making more soap.

    Thanks for your posts.

    Keep up the good work!!

  11. 11-7
    1:08
    pm

    I sincerely hope you are on your way to healing and so glad that you are ok. We were victims of a break-in that really was very minor yet it took me a very long time to get over the emotional damage. Not doubt it is much harder when it is violent physical crime.

    But a woman?!?!? that is odd, sadly it is nearly always a male on female violence. I am ashamed to admit I am curious……you may material for another book once the dust settles……

  12. 11-9
    1:10
    pm

    Oh, I’m so glad in wasn’t your man, Suzanne!

Leave a Reply

Registration is required to leave a comment on this site. You may register here. (You can use this same username on the forum as well.) Already registered? Login here.

Discussion is encouraged, and differing opinions are welcome. However, please don't say anything your grandmother would be ashamed to read. If you see an objectionable comment, you may flag it for moderation. If you write an objectionable comment, be aware that it may be flagged--and deleted. I'm glad you're here. Welcome to our community!

Daily Farm












If you would like to help support the overhead costs of this website, you may donate. Thank you!

Sign up for the
Chickens in the Road Newsletter




The Slanted Little House

"It was a cold wintry day when I brought my children to live in rural West Virginia. The farmhouse was one hundred years old, there was already snow on the ground, and the heat was sparse-—as was the insulation. The floors weren’t even, either. My then-twelve-year-old son walked in the door and said, “You’ve brought us to this slanted little house to die." Keep reading our story....



Today on Chickens in the Road


Join the Community in the Forum

Search This Blog



Out My Window

Walton, WV
75°
50°
Sat
62°
Sun
68°
Mon
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

Calendar

October 2017
S M T W T F S
« Aug    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031  


I Love Your Comments

I Have a Cow


And she's ornery. Read my barnyard stories!





Entire Contents © Copyright 2004-2017 Chickens in the Road, Inc.
Text and photographs may not be published, broadcast, redistributed or aggregated without express permission. Thank you.

Privacy Policy, Disclosure, Disclaimer, and Terms of Use

Contact