Yesterday I made a big batch of one of my best selling soaps – Old Rose. It’s a white soap with rose petals stirred into the mix. They turn brown/black in the finished product, but next to the white soap it’s a beautiful look. I top it off with rose buds. It makes a really lovely bar of soap and the scent is divine. It isn’t the “old lady” rose that so many are. It is awesome to watch people pick up a bar and give it a sniff – they generally close their eyes and take a second smell. The compliments are huge – and many folks buy multiple bars.
Here it is, after “cooking” in the mold for 24 hours. I’ll cut it either later tonight or tomorrow – and when I do I’ll update this post with the photos of the bars as well.
I’ve also been experimenting with body scrubs and finally I’m happy with the “recipe”. I do 3 types – salt, sugar, coffee. The salt and sugar ones I generally scent. The coffee one I leave smelling like coffee! My scrubs aren’t goopy – they have enough oil to make them easy to use but not so much that the salt, sugar or coffee are swimming in them. I can scent them with essential oils or fragrance oils. My green tea soap is a hot seller so my first batch is green tea. The photo pretty much sucks – I’ve got to get off my lazy bum and get the light box made so I can do proper product photography. But at least you’ll get the idea…
Today I’ve spent most of the day in the kitchen making soaps. I’ve made a really big (10 lb!) batch of tea tree soap. This one is my #1 seller, which surprises the heck out of me. I think it’s kind-of stinky. BUT, it has amazing properties so it goes quickly. I’ve also made a batch of soap which is scented with orange essential oil and I use poppy seeds as an exfoliant in it. At the request of Eldest Daughter I’ve made a 1lb test batch of a men’s soap combining leather and earth. Hope it turns out – it sure did smell good! I’ve made a 2lb batch of spearmint/rosemary essential oil soap with rosemary “leaves” in it. The oils are cooling now for one test batch of Christmas scent and a test batch of something called “spellbound”. Then I’ve got one more small custom order to make – almond. It’s been a long day!!
After the soap batter is mixed I put it in a mold (generally wooden), cover and insulate with a lid, towel and pillow (hence the pillows all over the dining room table!). The soap sits for 24 hours and then I can uncover. Depending on how “dry” it is, I can cut it. When I lived in the desert I could always cut the soap into bars after 24 hours. Here – where it is so humid, I’m finding I need to wait an additional day or two. (Not an easy thing when you are impatient like me! LOL)
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