Sunday, May 20, 2012

Week 9 of the weekly "Soap Challenge".


This week's soap challenge was to make a "Peaked Soap". This is not a new technique for me and after watching the video Amy mentioned by Holly of Missouri River Soap, I decided to try Holly's method. The peaks on the video looked interesting and I would be able to attempt something completely different than my usual texture for the top of my soap.
For my swirl colorant I am using a Green Oxide. The fragrance I chose for this soap is "White Gardenia", I love this fragrance but in a previous batch it did trace fast (as a lot of floral scents seem to do when I use them), so I was mentally prepared to move fast if needed to get the soap into the mold. I chose to do the "room temperature" method of soaping. This method is to get all my oils heated and mixed together and my water/lye solution mixed the night before then when I soap the next day they are both at the same temperature (hence room temperature). Well to my surprise the soap behaved really well with the fragrance and I did not have a fast  trace. I was able to achieve a nice swirl, and the peaks worked out great for the top. This soap was so fun to make, besides smelling wonderful!

I will share some of the pictures of the process and the finished soap. I hope you will all go to Great Cakes Soapworks  and take a look at all the other great peaked soaps.

Next week's challenge: Landscape Soap. I have no idea what a "Landscape Soap" is and just the thought of trying to create a landscape soap seems very intimidating. Well I guess we will see what that is all about next week. Hope you come back and see what happens.

Swirl completed and ready for the top.

Starting the first row of the peaked top.


Row two and everything is going well.


Top Completed ~ Yahoo!!


Soap log out of the mold.


Cut Bars. I love how the swirl turned out.
I am hooked on swirled soap.


This shows the top peaks of the soap.


10 comments:

  1. Wow, what a lovely green and the swirl turned out fabulous!

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  2. The swirl is gorgeous. The color is gorgeous and your tops are gorgeous! Very nice!

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  3. Very beautiful soaps, Margo! Love the swirls and colors. And you used a different method than I've seen to get those awesome tops! I'll have to try that, too!

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  4. Such lovely soaps, Margo!! I think the room temps saved them from setting up too quickly - that was a great idea!

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    1. I think you are right Amy. I use the room temperature method most of the time and so far it has worked well for me.

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  5. Lovely soap, gorgeous tops, and an awesome green...what did you use for the color?

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    1. For the green I used Chrome Green Oxide.

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  6. Wow, great job with everything, swirls, tops!

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  7. Those tops are incredible!

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