Thursday, February 27, 2014

Second Round of Soap

The day after my Arabian Spice soap disaster learning experience, I tried again.

This time I had spent a lot of time online trying to figure out how people made fun and fancy, colorful soap.  I had food coloring but while you can use it, its not the best.  I went to Michaels and got some actual soap coloring.  I now owned gold, wine and orange colors.

Previously, I had gone through my scents again and picked out the ones I thought probably weren't the best for soap and put them aside. I also was ready to do something more interesting that flat, skinny soap.

I found a tutorial online for making "soap rolls".  This is basically doing what I already had done.  Make really flat soap... Then roll it up like a cinnamon roll before it gets too hard.  The roll is then sliced and you have 1/2 inch curls of soap before you.  These can then be place in your soap mold and another batch of soap can be poured over them.

As you can see, this time I used my Birchbox instead of the larger Glossybox.  I also used better scents!  These are Lemongrass with Orange Valencia swirls!  I secretly am in love with them.  I think they look pretty good for my second try.  I used clear Melt and Pour Glycerin Soap for the regular par t of the bar and the White Base with Shea Butter for the swirls.  You might be able to tell that the top is kind of lumpy and thats because the soap went gloppy as I was pouring.  It got too cold I guess.  I was trying not to  melt the swirls that I had placed in the mold. I have since learned that instead of continuing to pour, I should have just thrown it in to the microwave for ten seconds to melt it again.

It smells SO good!  I added some cosmetic grade glitter to it, too, so it sparkles.  DH wasn't to thrilled about that until I promised him it would not make him sparkle if he used it.  I knew this because the second these were solid, I hopped in the shower to try it out.

So my second time around I learned to be a little creative, that Birchboxes make excellent soap molds (4 perfect bars), and that a little less sparkle will be just fine.

Also, lemongrass might be the best soap scent on earth!

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