100 Percent Shea Butter Soap

012019_32840wp-e1549407121478.jpgAfter making a batch of 100% coconut oil soap, I decided to try another single oil soap just for fun.  I picked shea butter, mainly because I really like it. However, being considered a hard oil, I wasn’t sure how this soap would behave while mixing or how it would perform as soap. I was a bit surprised by both. I made a short video of my process including a lather test.  :) Continue reading

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Coconut Oil Cold Process Soap

6AE332AE-2EB0-46A9-8A13-6BAC75A56984Over the past year, I’ve had several requests to create a coconut oil soap video. This was actually my first attempt at creating a 100% coconut oil soap. I’m actually not a big fan of using a high percentage of coconut oil due to my dry skin issues. However, I used a high super fat to counter that effect and managed to keep this batch from overheating. If you’d like more information, just keep reading for more details and the video. :) Continue reading

Rainy Day Mini Drop Swirl Soap

092018_31746-entryThe Soap Challenge Club is finally back and just as fun, educational, and challenging as ever. The September 2018 challenge was to create a mini drop swirl. If entering the advanced category, soap makers were to suspend drops of soap inside the base soap. After watching the instructional videos, I decided to attempt a soap that reminded me of a rainy day, with clouds above, raindrops falling, and a bluish, dark sky for the background. In my first attempt, the rain drops and ombre sky actually looked okay, but the top mini drop swirl part was lacking the drop…and the swirl. I only had time for one more batch and ended up with the soap you see here. The little drops were really fun to make, and I’ll definitely incorporate them into more soaps in the future. In my post below, I go into more detail about my recipe, my thin base batter causing a cool effect with the drops, and show more photos of the finished bars. I also made a video in case you’d like to see my entire process. :) Continue reading

Confetti Soap

072018_30534wp-e1532726515110.jpgOf all the requests I’ve had on my YouTube channel and blog, creating a soap using my scraps has to be one of the most frequent. I’ve been thinking on it for a long time, trying to come up with some original creative soap using all the bits of leftover soap I’ve accumulated. Unfortunately, the only thing I could think of was a gradient confetti soap. It sort of worked. The one thing I did manage successfully was to prevent gel phase and create the whitest soap I’ve ever made. Very exciting! Well, it is to me, anyway. ;)  If you just can’t wait to hear more, keep reading.  Oh, there’s also a 5 minute video documenting the whole thing. :) Continue reading