It’s a start of a new year and with much of my soap gone from the holiday rush I am ready to start-up on some new soaping!
With new beginnings comes my constant obsession on tweaking my soap recipe. One can never be too happy! 🙂 Well, at least me!
I wanted to make a harder bar. I was debating on incorporating palm back into my recipe. I rarely, very rarely soap with it. Even as I started to learn how to soap I barely used it. I just wasn’t sure I like having to melt down the palm to make sure all the stearic acid was fully mixed in. I found that to be one extra step to start soaping. Then I started to notice that coconut oil was a little drying for me. So I ended up lowering my coconut oil adding palm kernel flakes.
I really liked what the kernels did to my soap and used it in my standard recipe for about 2 years. Then early last year I thought about going Palm Free and took it out. I struggle the entire year with the texture and feel of my soap. I really did not want to put back palm oil into my recipe. Finally I decided to incorporate palm kernel oil back in. The jury is still out but I so far I am liking the new feel of the soaps.
Here are two that I have made so far this year from favorite fragrance oils:
Cranberry Fig from Bramble Berry. One of my favorites and one of the fragrance oils that I learned to soap with. It’s such a good fragrance. It has never given me any problems and I love the sparkling, crisp, fruity scent. I was trying to come up with a deeper red but ended up using a mica that turned more like a brick-red. As always I need to work on my colors!
The purple was the perfect color and I really liked how the yellow played between the two other colors…I just wished it would have been a deeper red.
The next soap I tried this year was my new First Blush. This one is a dupe of the popular fragrance Pleasures. I love this fragrance! For a floral fragrance it is very nice to work with and the colors have always stayed nice and crisp. With Valentines day coming, this was my inspiration.
I love how the swirls turned out for these two soaps. I used a combination of a drop swirl and the spoon swirl. It looks very pretty.
Now I must tell you that I was so involved in trying to figure out what type of swirl I was going to use that I forgot to add my powder goat milk, kaolin clay and oatmeal! The soap is still as good, but it does not include those nice extra ingredients. It just goes to show that you should always be paying attention when you are soaping!
I hope you continue to stop by check out what I have been up to.
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Happy Soaping 🙂