Monochrome secret feather swirl

Monochrome secret feather

This soap was one of the batches I made for the Soap Challenge club, which I elected not to submit because I felt that the “Opposites” soap was the most striking …..  But I do love the soap, so thought I’d post a few pictures. The soap was made using my usual slow-moving recipe, and is coloured with kaolin for … 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

Zebra Soap

Zebra Soap

The technique for this month’s Soap Challenge Club is called sculpted layers, where successive layers of soap are poured and “sculpted” to create a design in the soap.  Here’s my entry: This soap was my second attempt at the sculpted layers technique.  The natural colourants I used were kaolin for the white stripes and activated charcoal for the black – although I … 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

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

“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