Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New Scents and Swirls

There has been a lot of soap making taking place here lately! Lavender, Peppermint/Tea Tree, Lavender/Orange (which was made just today), and yesterday I did some experimenting with a new scent. Not only that, but I also tried using a natural colorant (cinnamon) and swirled the soap, too. When cutting the soap loaf into bars today, I was excited with the results!


And the scent? So good! The clove essential oil was quite strong when smelling it straight from the bottle, so I wasn't sure what we'd think of it as a soap scent . . . but the experimental combination of peppermint and clove turned out well! And is perfect for fall. :)

12 comments:

  1. It looks great, Sarah!

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  2. What an interesting combination Sarah. It looks very attractive.

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  3. There is something about homemade soap - I don't know if it is the look, smell, or something else - that I have always really liked. Your soap is beautiful (peppermint is one of my favorite soap smells, too)!

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  4. Those soap bars are very attractive to look at, Sarah. And apparently to smell as well.:-) What do you think of them as far as how they feel on your skin; the lathering ability; how long they last; cost versus storebought; and overall general performance? Do yours take several weeks to cure? And do you use lye in yours?

    ~ Betsy

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  5. Oh, they look delightful! I've been busy with a bit of soap making myself, and I love the scents that you have shared of!
    Blessings,
    Shannon

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  6. Your soap looks awesome Sarah! I love the swirls design. Are you thinking of selling your soap? Because in the picture you seem to have a lot of them. Does your family go through them quickly or not so that explains why you have so many?

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  7. It is a bit, Elizabeth. :) I wouldn’t have thought of it, except for seeing a bar similar to it somewhere else. I liked the scent combination so decided to give it a try and it worked!

    Thank you!

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  8. I agree, Anna! And thank you. :) I really like the peppermint scent as well! It’s also an essential oil that blends well with many other scents so it is going to be fun to experiment more with it.

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  9. Thank you, Betsy! As far as how they feel on our skin . . . I haven’t tried these particular bars yet as they need to cure for 4 to 6 weeks, but the other varieties we love. They are much gentler on our skin than regular store-bought soap (not to mention healthier for skin, too!), and we have found them to be great facial bars as well. For several years, I had also had some eczema on my hands, but after switching to homemade soap about 1 1/2 to 2 years ago, I haven’t had any more issues with it. This recipe does have a great lather! I’ve tried others that didn’t have as much so prefer the particular soap recipe that I am using.

    As far as how long they last, if they are in a draining soap dish, they last a fairly long time though I do not think as long as store-bought soap would last as these are a softer bar. The cost is more than store-bought soap, but definitely worth it. :)

    Yes, I do use lye in the soaps I make . . . that’s how ‘real’ soap is made! :)

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  10. Thank you, Shannon! How fun that you have been making soap as well! It's so enjoyable to do, isn't it? And with the vast array of scents to experiment with, it makes it even more so. Enjoy your soap making! :)

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  11. Thank you, Leah! Yes, I do plan on selling the soap, and hope to open an Etsy store once all of the batches I have been making are cured. My goal is to open shop around mid-November! So that’s why I’ve been making all of the soap . . . we don’t go through quite that much just ourselves! :)

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