Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Geranium & Ylang Ylang - new cut pictures!

You'll know that I've slowly ventured into cold process soapmaking in the last few weeks - I'm really enjoying it a lot! It's different from my usual method of soaping - glycerine soap - in lots of ways but I find some of the techniques and experiences are transferrable.  For instance, a key thing in any soaping of any kind is prep work ... get all your ingredients weighed and set up, ready to go, so that you're not running around trying to remember what goes where when you're up to your elbows in soap!!!

On Friday evening last, I made a Geranium & Ylang Ylang cold process soap - this one contained Sweet Almond Oil and Cocoa Butter, amongst other things.  I also added a little pink clay but I don't think you can see this at all so I think I probably needed to add more.  Here's a picture of how it looked in the mould, just after I swirled.

And here are the cut pictures - 4 days after they were made.

Straight out of the mould - see how much the colour has changed?
Cut soaps - lovely, swirly tops

Two colours were used - you can see the brighter pink just at the edge of this soap

More swirly tops!

Side view - smooth soap

More swirls - don't they look a bit like caramel shortcake?

Final pic - making soap balls with the leftover trimmings - niccceeee bubbles baby!

So, that's my latest - now I'm thinking what else I'll make.... ideas on a comment please!!!


  1. Lovely texture AND lovely lavender. I really like the thick texture that you were able to achieve on the tops of the bars.

  2. I was trying to go for a pink (as there's geranium in there) but got a sort of tawny mauve but, actually, I far prefer it! I left the soap when I went off to wash up and then came back and it was setting up just nicely thick enough to make the swirly peaks. Not too shabby for a 3rd go! You should do a feature on CP beginners!!! I'd happily be in it LOL! Thanks Anne-Marie!

  3. fabulous Celine! It looks absolutely lovely that there soap and the topping is a delight.
    Well done!

  4. Thanks Tiggy... I'm hoping it's really good to use once cured too. And high compliments coming from a soaper like yourself!

  5. Hi Celine, since you're looking for ideas for your next batch, how about some salt bars? They seem to be gaining some momentum lately!

  6. Ohhh now that's a challenge - I hear they're really hard to make and even harder to cut too. Hubs loves salt bars though so they're on my to do list. I'm not sure how much salt to add to batter but I can check. I'm going to try a coconut milk soap on Sunday probably and then take on your challenge. I'm not if not game for a challenge LOL


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