Monday, November 28, 2022

Soap Week 2: Oooops.... right. I got my soaps mixed up. This is soap #2 the blackberry/charcoal soap.

THIS is soap #3 the oatmeal and honey soap. I got the photos mixed up. I'm trying to keep the posts in order but things come at you fast in soap making and it can be hard to keep up with what's popping out the mold every morning. It's quite the assembly line in the soap room right now. 

I took a few days off for Thanksgiving but last Wednesday's adventure started with silk. I melted a small amount of it in my lye water to give this fig scented soap a bit more "slip". 

It all started out promising. Batch #5 is one of my favorite scents and color combinations. 

Everything was behaving beautifully so I decided to get fancy on the top after the pour. That's when things went terribly wrong. 

Since this was one of my last soaps for the week I decided to make a tutorial on how I do the tops. After doing the initial plopping of colors everything was going fine.

I wanted to show how I take an old knitting needle and drag it around to make the pretty swirls. Usually it works out but this time it didn't. I thought it looked like octopus tentacles so......

...I broke the first rule of soap making which is never to go back in and try to fix a top once it starts to set. It never ends well. I made a real mess of it and no amount of glitter will fix that.

So...I took a spoon and tried to texture it even more and this is what I ended up with. Ugh. What a sloppy mess.....I was kicking myself all day. 

But... after all that fuss and worry it turned out just fine. The top reminds me of a parrot tulip which works with this scent because in spite of being called Fig it really smells floral to me. It's a girly girl soap for sure. 

And...I even got the pretty butterfly effect without even trying. You just never know what you're going to get. That's why soap making is so addicting and I just can't seem to stop... 


  1. It all looks so great! I love the designs that show up and I can just imagine the smell. Great job!

  2. The soap looks great! I bet it smells fantastic, too.

  3. Oh, how pretty! I love the results the 'mistakes' made for the fig soap!!!!

  4. I am loving all these posts as I catch up on some blog reading. I am amazed at what you are making, thank you so much for sharing.