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

“Made in Magstatt” – my new soap stamp

French clay drop swirl

As part of my prize for winning the Soap Challenge Club in October, I won a soap stamp made by Alex Kelly.  I’d been wanting to order one for a long time, but there always seemed to be other soaping supplies to buy before I ordered a stamp ….  So it is wonderful to finally have my very own! But … Continue reading

Soap making classes …..

Natural honey soap

I had a great opportunity (or excuse??) to make more soap in December, when a friend visited for a few days so that I could teach her to make handmade soap!  I’d never taught anyone before, and found the experience quite rewarding ….. so thought I’d write a few words about it – and share some photos of the soap we … Continue reading

Melting solid oils with lye – my soaping experiment!!

What I love most about soapmaking is the opportunity it affords to combine science with design and creativity ……  And there’s just SO much to learn; so many soap-making and swirling techniques to experiment with, that I can’t ever imagine getting bored! This post is about 2 experiments in a single soap: a new method to make soap; and an experiment … Continue reading

Terracotta soap – colour challenge, July 2014

A soap challenge with a difference this month – with a colour challenge rather than the usual challenge of learning a new swirling technique.  And best of all, there’s a separate category for natural colourants!  Thanks, Amy! Here’s my entry for this month: I made 3 soaps for the challenge, and found it quite tough to select the one to … Continue reading