Rooibos feather / ghost swirl

Here’s my entry for the October Soap Challenge: This soap is made with rooibos tea, vegetable oils and butters (olive, coconut, rice bran and sunflower oils plus shea butter) and lye – that’s it!  No colourants, additives or essential oils, just plain rooibos soap. Making of rooibos soap …. When I read about Clara Lindberg’s “ghost swirl” in her blog a … 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

“Pretty in Pinks” – spinning swirl

Here’s my entry for the April Soap Challenge Club: While looking at soaping videos on YouTube a few weeks ago, I came across this video of an Asian soapmaker doing the spinning swirl – and was both intrigued and inspired!  I had a clear vision of the soap I wanted to make, and mentally set aside the Easter long weekend to try it.  … Continue reading

“Earl Grey” butterfly swirl – January Soap Challenge Club

January started out busy, and got busier ….. so I was really worried that I’d miss the deadline to upload my attempts at the butterfly swirl!  But I managed – and here’s my entry: Time pressures were only part of my problems this month though, because I made 2 batches and then had a very tough decision to make – because I … Continue reading

Spoon swirl – Soap Challenge, December 2014

 Here’s my entry for the December Soap Challenge – the spoon swirl: I’ve seen videos of the spoon swirl and really marvelled at some of the results, but I never actually tried it until now ……  That’s why I love doing these challenges!  The spoon swirl is actually a simple swirling technique compared to some that we’ve taken on in the challenge club, so … Continue reading

“Soap Landscape” – Stormy Skies

This month the soap challenge club theme was the in-the-pot (ITP) swirl, and here is my entry: My idea for this soap was to create a “soap landscape”, with green hills, a blue/grey sky and use white and 2 shades of grey to achieve an effect that looks like dark thunder clouds.  To be sure that the bulk of the soap … Continue reading