Wish this was my bar - unique and beautiful swirl!
I found this excellent post about pricing handmade soap. We sometimes run into folks who scoff at the prices of our soap bars, but really don't know what goes into the art of soapmaking. Please read this well said, passionate essay - thanks for representing us all, Suzannemarie! And your soap is beautiful!
Hello Friends -
Long time no see! Life sure has a funny way of keeping us guessing, doesn't it? My soaping has really taken a backseat to life in general, but I'm ready to start dipping my toes back in again. Now that my husband and I finally have our house fully to ourselves, I've been able to devote an entire finished room in our basement for my soaping area. It's not fancy, but it's a big space and it's ALL MINE! I can't even describe how excited this makes me, but there's no need - you get it!
Since the first of this year, I've been struggling with my health; eventually anything beyond the daily basics had started to seem way too overwhelming to tackle. We'd adopted a young shelter dog just before Christmas - (Rhett Butler - yes... Rhett Butler! ) but despite how much I loved him, it became too much for me to walk and play with him every day like he needed. Rhett was blessed, as were we, to go to another family with two young girl…
Today I'm sharing a photo of a custom order I created by special request. This is my Golden Honey soap made with locally produced organic honey and beeswax. I use fragrance from Majestic Mountain Sage for this particular soap recipe and it's just perfect for the overall product.
I created this recipe to showcase the natural beauty of the honey, which provides both nourishment and protection for the the skin. The natural sugars create abundantly creamy lather that leaves the skin feeling silky soft. The rich clover honey scent is rounded out with just a touch of almond for a soap that's a luxurious treat to use.
I posted photos of this soap a few weeks ago when it was first cut. As you can see, it has cured to a dark caramel color and the fragrance has really held strong. Although I still tend to struggle somewhat with stamping my soaps, I think this order turned out great with a true country look. I know my customer loved it, and I plan on making som…
Using Rendered Fats - 2016
In giving thought to reducing the amount of palm oil in my soaps, I've been considering experimenting with lard. I will admit, yes, my very first thought was "I don't know...kinda gross!" But I've had some good conversations with other soapmakers in recent months who have had super success with using both lard and tallow. Some, like friend and colleague Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks are making the switch to rendered fats exclusively. While I'm not ready for such an undertaking, I've been curious enough to give it a try.
I spent a day researching and playing around with Soap Calc and came up with a recipe using these percentages:
30% Olive Oil
25% Coconut Oil
15% Rice Bran Oil
6% Castor Oil
4% Palm Kernel flakes (ok..I was still worried they would be too soft without a little palm :)
I used a 30% lye concentration and added 1 TBSP goat's milk powder to make a one p…