What’s Your Favorite Handmade Soap Scent?

A couple of friends and I are busy making up things for an undetermined craft fair (later in the year)…I’m quilting, sewing, printing photographs, and will be making cold-process soap.

Put an order into Brambleberry and received my oils, butters, and lye (figured I can buy olive and sunflower oil here in town).

What’s your favorite smellies for soap?

HINT HINT…I like to make Oatmeal Milk & Honey, Peppermint, and Lavender. But was wondering what other people liked.

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Soapmaking on a state Furlough Day

How I spent my furlough day…hopefully making up some of the money that the State of Nevada taketh away.

Started off Sunday afternoon measuring out oils and butters into four separate baggies…that way I just needed to add the olive oil or safflower oil when needed.

After the SF Giants game I decided to go ahead and make up one batch…Oatmeal, Milk & Honey with Colloidal Oatmeal. UGH! Remind me to run my recipe through Lye Calculator before charging in…I was short 20 grams of lye in my water mixture. Took me ONE FLIPPING HOUR to bring to trace! My arm fell off.

While out this morning, my husband found out that I had the day off and asked for me to go to a thrift store to see if a jacket was still there, I found a hand mixer at the same thrift store! YEAH!

Got back and made up three more batches…WITH ONLY 20 MINUTES to bring to trace! Can I get an AMEN!?!

Lavender ~ not out of the mold yet.

Mayan Gold with rhassoul clay…this is a guy’s soap…that the ladies will love, Love. LOVE! 🙂 I’d have a picture, but it turned out blurry and I didn’t want to go down to the basement to take another.

Black Raspberry with pacific sea salt and ultra marine.

Just to let you know…an Amazon box makes a great soap slab mold! 🙂

Still want to make one more batch…more for myself than anything. I love essential fir with some autumn woods and some green French clay
& sea salt thrown in.

I’ll pretend my salt and fir smell came from here…The Presidio! 🙂

Soon it will be soap making time!

My order from Bramble Berry came yesterday…very soon I’ll be making soap!

Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, and deodorized Cocoa Butter (already had the lye). Just need to go to the store and pick up some Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil and a jug of distilled water.

I have my two favorite recipes from The Soapmaker’s Companion book…which I’ve modified to my liking.

Very soon…all of that will look like this:

Peppermint Tea Tree

Cold Process Soap, Banana Nut Bread, Wool Wall Hanging, and the Yard

Am having a busy weekend…

I decided to use up all of my soap supplies and then shut down shop…there are a lot of soap makers out there and I can’t compete with the melt & pour crowd…I guess the supplies are cheaper with M&P than CP. So I’m going to gear the last batches towards what my family and friends like…that way if I don’t sell them, they’ll be gifts for Christmas! 🙂

So far I have a Spiced Chocolate Caffè, Oatmeal Milk & Honey, and a Fall Apple Crisp. I’m going to do a Christmasy one with fir and spices…and I’m not sure about the last one.

The stupid stick blender blew up on the first two whirls of the first batch of soap…big sigh. So I stirred by hand. First batch took 45 minutes to get a full trace; 30 minutes on the second batch; 1.25 hours on the third. Oy!

Below is the Spiced Chocolate Caffè ~ with unrefined cocoa butter and coffee butter ~ smells wonderful.


Here is the Fall Apple Crisp ~ I used a mix of Red Apple, Apple Mint, and an Almond fragrance oils to come up with this nice smelly soap.

Here’s the mixings for the Oatmeal, Milk & Honey soap ~ I used both ground oatmeal and colloidal oatmeal.

Also made two loaves of banana nut bread…one with dark chocolate chips, the other plain. Both with pecans ~ my favorite.

I’ve been contacted through my webshot’s photo album to make another of an Autumn Wool “penny-rug” Wall Hanging (no pennies though). Started to pull out my tub of wool when I got hissed at…my Maxie was trying to sleep on top of it. So I had to wait a bit until His Royal Pain In the Arse was done taking his nap to see if I had all the wool to make one. Yep…I do. She’ll be a happy camper.

Fall Wool Wall Hanging

Just some pictures I took yesterday afternoon while waiting for friends to arrive so we could walk down and look at all the vintage cars of Hot August Nights (pictures will be in Monday’s posting).

NOTE****Was going to post pictures of the Hot August Nights cars that were cruising last night at Victorian Square in Sparks…but will post those tomorrow.

I Played Hooky Yesterday!

Didn’t even tell my husband…got up at the regular 4:30 am, got dressed…but then said I was going to eat breakfast at home instead of at work.  Then he left for work and I got back into my sweats and dug out my butters and oils to make a batch of soap!  Hee!    He had no clue…I hate when he knows I have a day off as I always end up running HIS errands and never get anything done that I took the day off for in the first place.

So!  I made cold processed Raspberry Lemonade Salt bars and I had an order for Oatmeal Milk and Honey solid lotions and two regular lotions ~ finished all by 8:30 am. 

Here is the Raspberry Lemonade salt soap bars (the box that my friend Sue mailed books in made an EXCELLENT soap mold!) before cutting them.  These have to be cut sooner than my regular soap as coconut oil and salt make for a harder bar.  I used coarse Dead Sea Salts and fine Pacific Sea Salt in this batch ~ along with colloidal oatmeal.  The oils used were Sunflower, Castor, Jojoba, Palm & Coconut.  Butters used were Shea, Cocoa and Mango.  Then I swirled with ultramarine pink.  Berry Berry Pretty if I say so myself!  Smells great too.   This will be ready in about 3 weeks…they cure faster then the regular soap.

I made my first salt bar last year and used Pineapple fragrance oil…came out pretty good. Just couldn’t sell any of it ~ which is ok as I make all my soaps as if I’m the only one going to use it. That way if it doesn’t sell, I’m happy as can be using it. I love the salt bar in the shower…makes my skin nice and soft. Doing wonders on my face too…those “monthly” pimples are gone gone gone! I hate being 41 with pimples! Patooey! 🙂

After 1/2 hour on the elliptical I headed to the Sparks Library to check some silvermithing books that Sue of PERPETUALPLUM recommended for me to read…found those, plus another that looked really interesting.

Speaking of Sue…she sent me four books in trade for some of my soaps, lip balms and room sprays. Received those in Monday’s mail. I really like the metal crafts book…will probably pass on the Tinwork books.

Anyone still do puzzles?! They are so addicting ~ like eating a whole bowl of popcorn. Started one Monday night and worked on it yesterday too. This one is a Charles Wysocki puzzle ~ Hellraisers on Halloween Night…my favorite time of the year! 🙂 It was a .50 cent puzzle from Thrift Depot in Sparks.

Spent the rest of the afternoon out front in the lounge chair soaking up the sun reading JEWELLERY AND SILVERSMITHING TECHNIQUES by Carles Codina.