Skip to main content

The "Plop Layer" Method




Coconut Lemongrass!


My first soap batch made in 2015 is cut and curing.  Made with coconut almond milk and shea butter, it's going to be super silky smooth.  I froze the nut milk in an ice cube tray and just defrosted what I needed - worked great! For fragrance I used a mix of essential oils and perfume, each in their individual colors.  I had big hopes for a really cool swirl, but the fo set up waay too fast and had to "plop layer" it into the mold, which accounts for some of the air pockets you see.

The tan color is scented with Coconut Milk Lavender from Bulk Apothecary.  It smells wonderful but the acceleration was a major bummer.  Next time I will add this to the warm oils, before the lye, and see if it behaves any better.  On the upside, it should not discolor much.

The blue is scented with lavender essential oil and the pale yellow is lemongrass eo.  The lemongrass also ran fast for me; hence the plop method!  Although this certainly has a "rustic" look, I know it will be just divine in the bath.

Question for my soap friends - with the exception of lavender, any suggestions for a good blender to go with chamomile?  I've wondered about orange or grapefruit, they both sound interesting.... 




Comments

  1. You know, I have noticed that lemongrass accelerates my soap recipe, too. But it is very popular. I just can't make enough of it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I haven't used it alot, but I do like it blended. I appreciate your comments!

      Delete
  2. What about vanilla extract? I've used chamomile tea and vanilla extract together and the result is very nice.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Marla - That does sound nice! I just learned a bit about vanilla extract and how it can be used...something else to put in my "must try" file. Thanks for posting!

      Delete

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…