More lavender soap – with lime this time!

One of my soaping objectives for 2014 is to continue experimenting with colours and swirling techniques – so I made this batch of soap to achieve 2 things:  to see whether I could mix French pink clay with indigo to get a purple colour; and  to try to get very fine swirls of colour using an in the pot (ITP) … Continue reading

Lavender & amyris – mantra swirl

This soap represents a double experiment – as it was a test batch for a new natural colourant, and it would be the first time I’d attempted a mantra swirl. I’ve spent a lot of time  in the last couple of years researching natural colourants that will hold up in cold process (CP) soap, and ideally add to the beneficial properties of … Continue reading

Rosemary & Mint – Taiwan swirl

I was really excited to try the Taiwan swirl for the Soap Challenge this month, because it’s beautiful!  And I thought that it would be the ideal swirl to make some rosemary and mint soap – which has been on my soaping to-do list for a little while now.  I’m really pleased with how the soap turned out, and love … Continue reading

“Rainbow” – a tribute to Nelson Mandela

A few things happened over the last week or 10 days that made me want to attempt the column pour again. Firstly, my rose scented soap worked out beautifully and gave me confidence that I can do this technique successfully! Secondly, a parcel arrived with new natural colouring agents – some long-awaited indigo, and some yellow ochre.  So I was eager … Continue reading

Romantic Rose – Column Pour

I’ve only ever attempted a column pour once before, and couldn’t say it was a success!  So it was with some trepidation that I entered the Challenge Club competition this month …..  But I had just received some new rose Maroc 5% dilution that I really wanted to try out – and I thought that this technique could make for … Continue reading

“Black Olive” Castile soap – inspired by Provence!

Over the recent school holidays we visited friends in Provence for a long weekend – and I came home inspired, as usual!!  Provence must be one of the most beautiful places on earth ….. I’d been meaning to make some unscented Castile soap for a while, but decided that this would be no ordinary Castile.  We’ll be in South Africa in … Continue reading

Kalahari – man soap (adapted dandelion swirl)

So ……I threw caution to the wind, and decided to enter the monthly Soap Challenge Club this month!  The theme is the dandelion swirl, developed by Vinvela Ebony at Dandelion Seifee.  She’s an amazing artist! Because I only use natural colours I’ll have a more limited colour palette to work with than most of the other entrants, so it may … Continue reading