Egg & Calendula Shampoo Bar

042017_21025wpIn the Great Cakes Soap Challenge this month, we were asked to create a rustic soap with packaging. What seemed like a simple and straightforward task at first has ended up being one of the hardest challenges for me. I almost didn’t make a soap, but then my chickens gave me an idea. So with their help, some favorite flowers, lard from a local farmer, and a few of my photographs, I created my interpretation of a rustic soap.  :)

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Feather Swirls in Cold Process Soap

032017_20938wpThe Great Cakes Soap Challenge this month was to create a feather swirl in cold process soap. We could make either a reverse feather swirl or a secret feather swirl or both. I decided to do both and intended to enter the natural category. Intended is the key word here. I actually made the soap in time but still managed to miss the challenge deadline. Where does the time go?  Oh well, it was still a lot of fun and gave me an excuse to make a video.  :) Continue reading

CP + MP Soap Video

022017_20737wpI created a very simple soap combining cold process and melt and pour. This soap was going to be my entry for the Great Cakes Soap Challenge (CP + MP Soap) last month, but I just ran out of time and was unable to finish. I recorded the whole process, so I decided to make a video anyway. :)  Continue reading

Indigo & Paprika Cosmic Wave Soap

112016_20420b-wpThis month’s Great Cakes Soap Challenge involved learning a new technique called the Cosmic Wave. My entry soap is from my third attempt at this challenge.  With each batch, I learned a lot about what I was doing wrong and how I might improve. From the consistency of the soap to how much soap I poured at once and how fast, all the little technical details really mattered if a cosmic wave was to be achieved. It was so satisfying when I finally created some cosmic waves in my last batch. The creator of the Cosmic Wave and our instructor for this challenge was Tatsiana Serko of Creative Soaps by Steso.  Tatsiana is so talented and makes the most amazing and beautiful soaps.  Keep reading if you’d like to learn a little more about my attempts at Tatsiana’s Cosmic Wave technique.  I also created a video.  :) Continue reading