Here are a few soaps that you haven't seen.
First up, River Birch. Nice soft colors that reminded me of the peeling trunks of birch trees. This soap contain silk fiber and is so soft on the skin.
Lavender Mint is always a favorite. A bright combination of fragrances that makes for a wonderful wake-up shower. Such a fresh scent. I was so tempted to grind up mint and lavender to add to this soap but resisted the urge. So, this is a great soap for those who don't like a lot of scrubbies in their soap. I do like the crisp smooth look of this soap and the scrubbies would have made it much more rustic looking. This soap also contains silk fibers for a luxurious feel.
These three soaps were so pretty in the mold. Comparing the view of these soaps in the molds with the cut bars above - can you see why I am so impatient to unmold and cut the loaves of soap? I can hardly stand the wait to see what the inside looks like. Drives me nuts to wait. When it comes to waiting to cut the soap, I have the patience of a gnat!
Here are two more soaps cut and curing. I showed these two in the molds on August 7th.
Thanks to you who suggested names for the soap that had the mix of Lavender, Patchouli, Sandlewood, and Sweet Orange in it. Two of you mentioned names that included the word summer. So, I decided to name this soap Summer's Glow (soap on left with lavender buds and orange peel on top). The other soap is Ancient Sedona.
In digging through the stuff in the basement to locate everything having to do with soap, I located my box of soap stamps. Stamping the soap can add that special something to a bar. Stamping works best on bars of soap that don't have a wide variety of colors or design to it. Stamping was perfect for these Pearberry bars with their solid bottoms.
I've also been eyeing the Sea Salt & Lotus Blossom bars with a seashell stamp. Or, maybe a little fish stamp. No, I think I like the seashell better.
My soaps include all natural ingredients except when I use fragrance oils instead of essential oils. Fragrance oils are man-made scents. I like too many of them not to use them. Plus, some of the essential oils are ungodly expensive which makes using them totally prohibitive for my budget. For example, rose essential oil sells for $140.00 per 10 ml. at one supplier. Folks, 10 ml. = .33814 oz. Another supplier offers it in prices that range from $49.00 to $129.00 per 1/8 of an ounce. Considering I use approximately 1.5 to 2 oz. per batch of soap, this would end up having to be a VERY expensive bar of soap! So, what do I do if I want to make rose soap or some other fragrance where the essential oil is too costly? I look for a fragrance oil that pretty much replicates the fragrance. A lot of them are pretty spot-on.
When I add silk fibers to my soap, I put it in as I add my lye to the distilled water. The silk fibers dissolve
in the extreme heat produced as the lye dissolves in the water. What you're left with is silk protein in your soap. It doesn't take much to see a silky luxurious benefit from this addition.
Here you see five tiers of soap curing waiting to be boxed. I love making soap!
And, yes, I still knit! I finished the Clouds of Lace scarf for an upcoming class at Main Street Yarns.
The Garter Stitch Baby Jacket is coming along. The back and right sides are finished and the left side is
almost complete. I plan to cast on and knit the two sleeves at the same time. Then, sewing the pieces together and picking up and knitting the stitches for the collar will finish the jacket off. Oh, and sewing on the cute polymer clay buttons!! At first, I cast on for the 18 month size but it was too big. I ripped out and cast on for the 12 month size. It's still going to be too big so Miss B will wear it whenever!