Here are examples of three different types of soap created in three different methods.
First up - "Night Queen", a cold process soap scented with the beautiful night-blooming jasmine! Note the silky texture in the body of the soap bar, as well as the textured top....this smooth finish, fine swirls and cake batter-like top is typically indicative of cold process soap.
"Oak Moss" is created in the hot process method. This soap is cooked in a crock pot, the oven or a stove top. Hot process soaps have a distinctive texture, somewhat waxy and usually rustic in appearance.
"Citrine-Topaz Gem Chunk" is created in a collage-like fashion from cut up and melted soap. This is referred to as melt and pour. This type of soapmaking is not considered to be 'made from scratch' like cold process and hot process, but it has certain advantages.
More to come in future blogs about the various methods of soapmaking!
...and a prod from my new Nephew-in-Law prompted the creation of this new soap!
Thieves in the Garden
Thieves in the Garden is inspired by the famous essential oil blend, "4 Thieves". This blend is reputed to have helped combat the plague! It is also touted as possessing the ability to reduce bacteria, fungus, mildew and bacteria when diffused into the air!
I am not making such lofty claims for Thieves in the Garden, but it certainly seems to temporarily ease congestion and hay fever when used in a hot, steamy shower!
Triple-scented with eucalyptus essential oil, rosemary, clove, cinnamon and lots of other goodies, this Angelic Soap has loads of aromatic, spicy notes and is laced with eucalyptus leaves and studded with cloves.
I think it looks like the French cave paintings at Lascaux! I love those paintings!
Head on over to my fellow Texan's blog for an opportunity to win three(3!) of her gorgeous soaps!
Here is the link: http://www.tierraverdesoaps.com/ Simply follow the instructions for a chance to win. Personally, I have been lusting after several of Tierra Verde's soaps for quite some time. I hope that I win!
Formulated in the ancient Ayurvedic tradition from a closely guarded recipe, I have posted two new Rosewater soaps in the shop. For those readers familiar with Ayurveda, these bars will be recognized as Pitta-pacifying cleansers.
There is a creamy smooth bar and a mildly exfoliating type laced with ground almonds and orange zest.
Here is the smooth Rosewater Bar:
Here is the mildly scrubby Rosewater bar:
The Rosewater Cleansing Bars are made in the hot process method and contain cooling ingredients. I have found that this soap performs beautifully on my delicate, sensitive skin.
The soap of sin is actually a bar of good, clean fun - but the aesthetics, the French connection and the scent! Well ... you just have to experience French Vanille Noir for yourself!!!
This is one of those soaps that can perfume a space....and every time I walk by it, it makes me happy! I blended the scent from cocoa butter, and - AHEM!Black Vanilla, fresh French Roast coffee, nutmeg, orange blossom, a little chocolate........and now I need to go to confession.
French Vanille Noir is cold-processed and rich (go figure)....scads of raw, unrefined cocoa butter, coconut cream, and other oils plus skin safe sparkle!
Why not sin a little with this seasonal splurge? What is a little dark, good, clean fun, eh? After all, the days are getting shorter, and All Hallows Eve will be here before you know it!