“Opposites” – a double secret feather swirl

This is my entry for the March soap challenge: The secret feather swirl has been one of my most favourite swirls for a long time, and I’ve tried several approaches to get the abstract and wispy, feathery look that Vinvela Ebony (Dandelion SeiFee) had in her original feather soaps …..  Not all have worked (!!), but I’ve made several batches that I’ve felt … Continue reading

Mosaic Soap – CP and M&P

When I learned that this month’s soap challenge was to be a CP/M&P combination, I knew right away that I wanted to try to make a mosaic soap with coloured embeds.  I felt sure that the transparency of the M&P would add a different dimension to the “tiles”, which would lift the design from being plain into something special. I’ve always … Continue reading

Indigo Ghost Swirl

I’ve been fascinated by the ghost swirl since I first read Clara Lindberg’s posts on varying the amount of water in soap to selectively gel parts of the soap, and seeing her ghost swirl soap was enough motivation to try it!  So I experimented using rooibos tea, and had planned to try the technique with a range of natural colourants to compare … Continue reading

Cosmic Orange Soap – 2 experiments in one!

Making an orange coloured soap with all natural colourants has long been a challenge for me. But in preparation for Christmas this year, I was determined to make another attempt …..  And I’d seen some videos of Tatiana Serko’s cosmic wave soap, so decided to add that challenge to the orange colouring challenge.  Hence the two experiments in one soap! Since I … Continue reading

Rooibos soaps – with honey and with oatmeal

Rooibos soaps

Anyone who has read any of my posts will almost certainly be aware that I’m a big fan of rooibos tea in soap – and that I’ve made many different rooibos soaps over the years.  Including my rooibos ghost swirl soap for the Soap Challenge Club last year: I’m currently using the very last bar (one of the 2 in this … Continue reading

Marbled Citrus – “one pot swirl”

Having successfully made a good entry for the Soap Challenge Club, I decided that for my next soap I wanted to have another attempt at the “one pot swirl” or Japanese swirl. My inspiration for the soap was some pink grapefruit essential oil.  But knowing that citrus EOs don’t stick very long in cured soap, I thought it could be … Continue reading

Épices de soie / Silk Spice – “one pot” swirl

This is my latest attempt at the “one pot” swirl: My favourite of Clyde’s soaps that he’s made using his Clyde slide technique was the green tea and pear soap – and I wanted to get closer to that look (using the one pot swirl) with this batch.  So I watched his video again to see (1) how thick his soap … Continue reading

Jasmine Silk – “Clyde slide” swirl

Here’s my entry into the September Soap Challenge: Background to the challenge: This month we’re setting about mastering a new technique (or is it??!) called the Clyde slide.  I’d watched a video that Clyde Yoshida of Virant Soaps had posted on YouTube on the technique a few weeks ago, before realizing that this would be our challenge for September …….!  And as … Continue reading

Marbled Mantra swirl – August Soap Challenge Club

Here’s my entry for the challenge: I particularly enjoyed the challenge this month, because it’s the first time I’ve EVER been successful with a soap swirl that requires the use of squeeze bottles (huge achievement!) and because I actually learned 3 new techniques in one!  Well, technically I should say that I learned 2 techniques, because I didn’t try the linear … Continue reading

Dandelion Greens Soap

My natural soap journey started with trying different combinations of oils and additives to enhance the properties and/or colour (with some additives) of the soap ……  I’ve successfully used food additives like carrots, honey, yoghurt, cocoa, seaweed and dried hibiscus petals, along with numerous other additives including calendula petals and cucumber.  But I have long wanted to try using dandelion greens, because I’ve read so much about … Continue reading