Birds of Paradise soap – a secret feather swirl

secret feather swirl

Spring has arrived!  And each day the leaves seem greener, and more flowers are blooming.  Such a beautiful time of year which always brings freshness and renewal to mind. The colours I chose for this soap were reminiscent of spring.  I wanted to go with a pale green background, so that the other colours would really stand out.  Sadly I haven’t managed … Continue reading

“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

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

French clay soaps

French Argiletz Clay Soaps

Coloured clays were amongst the first natural colourants I started experimenting with when I started making soap – and I quickly realized that creating beautiful looking soap was only a small part of the appeal of clays.  The major benefit (in my humble opinion!) is in the silky feel and great lather of a clay soap, and how good your skin feels after you’ve used … Continue reading

Lovely lavender!

All Natural Lavender Soap

Don’t you love lavender?  I always have …… right from as early as I can remember.  As a young child (way, way back!!!) I was told that lavender was an older person’s fragrance – but I loved it anyway!  And after seeing the incredible purple fields in Provence many times now, and growing it in our own garden, I love lavender even more. … 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

Neroli and lemongrass – “side-swirled” soap

Neroli and Lemongrass Soap

A couple of months ago I set out to replenish my stock of essential oils (EOs), and as usual added one or two that I’ve not used before to my order – and this time that included some neroli absolute.  So I used my tiny (but costly!) bottle of neroli as my primary inspiration for this soap, and tried to match … Continue reading

Sel de Camargue – a salt soap with Camargue salt

Camargue Salt soap bars

Over the last few years I’ve read a lot about the benefits of salt soap and so many people seem to rave about them.  But until about a week ago I’d never made a salt bar …… In my reading, I’ve learned a few things about salt bars – most notably that you need a high proportion of coconut oil to … Continue reading