Hopelessly Devoted to Soaping

Hopelessly Devoted to Soaping

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lazy Sunny Sunday

Shaving soap cakes
Miss Lulu
Yesterday was a beautiful day spent hanging out at home just doing a little this and that (this is know in our house as "piddling"). Having time to piddle is a rare treat - even our kitty Lulu was enjoying a lazy afternoon.  She loves bags, boxes and even paper, and just can't resist finding a way to get in and get cozy. This is a piece of packing paper that she actually managed to slide into like a cocoon took a nice little snooze while I was putting away some new supplies!  

I've been tinkering with my shaving soap recipe - again.  The previous one is great, but so slow to cure - last time it took almost 8 weeks to really firm up.  So I made some adjustments and poured in a round silicone mold this time instead of the pvc pipe I've been using. I gave the tops a little swirly effect and they really turned our well.  The only thing is I won't be able to stamp these but maybe next time i will leave the top smooth so I can.  The lather is just as wonderful as ever so I'm happy with them.    

While most of my soap is cut in a bar style, I like my shaving soap to have a distinctive, more rustic look. The chunky "soap cake" look seems to be more appealing to men, and also fits easily into a shaving mug.  

What about you?  Do you have a standard size and shape bar you always use or do you like to mix it up a bit?  Many soapers feel the linear approach is best for branding purposes, but I like to try a variety of shapes and sizes. I'd love to hear your opinions!  


  1. Glad you were able to enjoy a lazy Sunday! Your shaving soap cakes look beautiful. Thank you for sharing your techniques =)

  2. Thank you so very, very much! You made my day just now!! I like to write my blog as I would a "soaping journal" to share with other soapers - the failures as well as the success. I think it helps us all. Thank you so much for making the trip to CSW - even in the midst of your personal chaos. It was a very special experience for all of us, and you truly went above and beyond. I hope it's all working out for you and settling down!