Skip to main content

Success and Epic Fail!

I tried out some new fragrance oils over the weekend, as well as tried the CPOP method.  Here's how they turned out:
#1  Green Aloe and Clover by Sweet Cakes
#2  Northwoods by Sweet Cakes
#3  Black Amber Lavender by Bramble Berry
#4 FAIL!  Calming Waters by WSP
No 1 - I was planning to add 2 oz buttermilk and totally forgot, so my liquid was discounted by 2 oz in a 1 pound oil batch!  I was worried it would be ruined, but amazingly it seems ok.  ??  The scent is very fresh and pleasant, and it's pretty hard already, but that's to be expected, I guess. Not sure what will happen during cure time...

No 2 - Love the fragrance and the look here.  Very unisex.

No 3 - My first attempt at CPOP.  It was nice and firm when I cut it.  This fo is expected to darken, so the purple and white colors are not scented.  I LOVE the watching every day for color change.  I like this method, although I've been told it's not to be used with milk recipes.  I'm planning on trying this again.

No 4 -  This seized within seconds - which has never happened to me...I was prepared to attempt a mantra swirl so had a divider in place...batter was plopped and literally forced into the mold.  I made the additional mistake of putting it in the oven as well, not a good idea, as it was a brittle crumbly mess when I "cut" it.  The scent is amazing and strong (I can smell it all over the house) and the soap chunks will be fine to use but not to sell.  I put some of the crumbly ones in a dish in the bathroom - makes a great air freshener!  And, I threw the scrapings from the bowl into a load of towels I just washed and they smell great!  Long story short, this fragrance is wonderful but be warned about using in CP.    :)


  1. I wish there was a scratch n sniff feature on your blog!! Hope you're having a great new year!!

    1. LOL! I'll take that as a compliment :) Thank you for the good wishes, and same to you for 2014!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Oh My Goodness - It's been awhile!

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…

Sweet as Honey

Hey All! 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…

Bubble Party!

Hey All -  I want to share some pictures of the beautiful bridal shower my sister and I put on for my niece last weekend.  I've had the opportunity to make bridal gifts the past few years for my daughter's bridal showers, but "The Bubble Party" was a brilliant idea - courtesy of our bride, Lauren.  She asked me if it was possible to do a "create your own" bath boutique for her bridal shower.  YES!.. And it turned out to be such fun!

Her idea was to have a hands on fragrance bar where her guests could create a personal gift for
the bride, as well as something to take home
for themselves.  I made three batches of CP soap and Lauren chose to make bath salts, sugar scrubs and body butter, with an assortment of fragrance and essential oil choices. We rounded out the theme with sparkling wines and adorable "bubbly" decorations!

This was a party for all ages - both my grandmother and my granddaughter were each able to make something lovely.  (I think I s…