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How do I describe Edith? Passionate is a little tame when it comes to her love for soapmaking. I first ‘met’ her when she called to order a specific soap that MUST contain lavender eo and camwood.
After that, I became aware she was interested in soapmaking and because she was too busy to attend a class, she bought some supplies from me and I customised a manual for her which she said “you wrote this with me in mind”.

In a manner of days she was creating soaps using additives I’d not even tried 😀 She however is not a fan of the 4 to 6 week wait so I wasn’t surprised when a few days ago, she bought a crocpot. This is the first beauty she created with it. ❤

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This soap is reminiscent of a cruise (it reminds her of the sea). Olive and coconut oils make up the base recipe and she added ground oatmel to both portions of soap. Just based on the ingredients I know this will be a very soothing soap as we enter the drier seasons.

All I can say is look out for Edith and her brand Iamzibah

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Hot Process Confetti Soap

I’d like to say this soap turned out just as I imagined it, but that would be an understatement.

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I wanted to make something special for a lady who’s been very supportive of my soaps. She wanted two different batches for variety and I decided on a Confetti Soap for one of them. {and if you were wondering the other batch had poppy seeds for a little scrubbiness and visual impact}.

Instead of grating up the coloured soaps {teal, pink, brown, copper, African black soap} , I decided to crumble them in rough chunks. The last time I grated, the soap noodles melted right into the hot soap, leaving everything a strange muddled up colour. This soap will stay pretty till the last sliver.

I stirred the soap crumbles in right after fragrancing with a blend of Fresh Cut Roses and BRV, an interesting combination in itself. If only I had enough foresight to make enough to keep a couple for myself *sighs*

Marbling HP Soap & Breaking Soaping Rules

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I almost exclusively make HP soap now but I was secretly missing the design possibilities of CP. Then this happened

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This time, I was paying attention to EVERYTHING so I should be able to duplicate this marbling effect.

Also, this is a ‘rule breaking’ soap because it’s 100% Shea Butter. I’ve done 90% before and it made a hard, creamy long lasting bar of soap. In order to introduce some bubbly lather to this soap I added milks, honey and ABS. It worked beautifully.

I’ve left this un-fragranced so it’s a natural smoky nutty scent. Truly yummy and totally guy friendly too.

Hot Process Castile Soap

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A couple of years ago, I decided making Castile soap was just not worth the wait time. I likes the fully cured bars but waiting 6 months to enjoy a soap is just not my idea of fun!

Then I read somewhere that HP speeds up the cure time to 2 months!!! Of course I had to try it out.

The soap was ready to unmould and cut as soon as it cooled – as opposed to waiting days to unmould and then a few more to cut cleanly (my first experience was a sticky tacky mess!!!)

I left the soap unfragranced but it smells so delicate – like fresh olives – and I can’t stop sniffing at it when I walk past my curing tray.

So I’m back on the Castile train…woot woot 🙂

Coffee Honey HP Soap

I came by some good quality ground coffee beans recently and since I no longer have a coffee maker, I immediately thought of making soap with it.

I brewed the coffee by scooping the grounds into tea bags and steeping them in boiling hot water. When the mixture cooled to room temperature, I put it in the fridge overnight.

For this 1kg recipe, I brewed 6 heaping tea spoons of coffee in 330grams of water. That’s strong stuff!!!

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The coffee lye solution turned the creamy batter into chocolate brown (a bit lighter than the picture) which immediately had me thinking about cuppaccinos 😀

Coffee is supposed to help boost blood circulation and it’s touted to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Honey is a humectant that helps keep skin moisturized so this should be a great all over body soap in addition to the coconut oil and Shea butter base.

The coffee and honey scent came through ever so subtly after the cook but the lady I was making this for likes fragrance so I used the closest complementary fragrance I had: oatmeal milk and honey. I think the kitchen now smells like an exotic cafe!

As this soap was going to be just one colour, I decided to give it some interest by using a round mould and giving it a honeycomb effect. I’ve wanted to do this for a while but *inserts excuse*

Here’s how it looked out of the mould:

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Cut:

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All in all I’m quite pleased with how this soap turned out and it’s reinforced my leaning toward making more hot process soap.
Picture update:

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Hot Process Soap

Here it is….my first soap in my DIY tall skinny mould. I’m totally sold on it! 20140717-104808.jpg

This soap is made with Virgin coconut oil and unrefined Shea butter. I added coconut milk for even more lush lather. Pink and poppy seeds for visual interest. Fragranced with a citrusy blend that had my LO sniffing around in the kitchen yesterday and this morning.

Re hot process, I like it more every time I do it. It might just become my ‘thing’ 😀

I made this whole batch for a very supportive friend and customer so I cut them extra chunky. Hope she likes them!