I was describing how I make soap to one of my graphic arts instructors. He said, "Man, it sounds like a science experiment!" It does, too. Safety equipment, precise measurements of ingredients, exothermic reactions. It's all there and way cool.
I've been putting all this equipment to good use, too. Coming up next is Pineapple Cilantro & Valencia Orange and Lemon Zinger. Both smell fab. Ahhhhh....
I used some gold mica to make the yellow color here. It's amazing while wet, and I wish I could keep the transparency that wet soap has, but that's an entirely different chemical reaction. So I take pictures and just enjoy the moment.
You should smell my kitchen! So good!
This one's the Pineapple Cilantro & Valencia Orange. I just close my eyes and breathe deeply.
The Lemon Zinger is amazing too. Again, I used gold mica to make swirls, and they are beautiful while wet, not as dramatic when fully cured. The fragrance is pure summertime ~ lemonade and a touch of sandalwood. It sounds weird, I know, but it works! This is probably going to be a favorite for me this summer.
Just don't tell the other soaps...they think they're the favorite, which they are, just not today.
When I'm creating a new soap, I have a picture in my head of what it's going to look like ~ A white base, with gold mica swirls and mint green to suggest leaves. Then reality hits when the soap misbehaves. I thought about putting this on into the zombie zoaps page, gut it's not quite ugly enough to make the cut.
Titanium dioxide is used to make white in cosmetics, and I use it sparingly in soap to make a whiter base. I use a lot of olive oil in my soap recipe, and it has a darker cast to it, so sometimes TD is necessary. But TD has a tendency to speed things up, as far as soaping goes. And that's what it did, made this soap move quickly. One second it was nice like a cake batter, the next is was soap on a spoon!
Good thing I can move faster than a speeding bullet. I also leap tall buildings in a single bound. Well, more like tall laundry piles in a stuttering trip. Hehe.
This coconutty fragrance is sweet, has a goodly portion of vanilla in it, so I expect it to darken some (though the TD may slow that down). It's got a hint of something like pineapple, but I'm told there is no pineapple in there. Check it out for yourself and see what you can smell. It's truly lovely. Or completely yummy. Or both.
Sometimes things don't always go the way we plan. I like to plan things. Makes me feel like I'm in control. But color in soap can sometimes be like the hair on your head ~ there to remind us we're not really in control after all. ;)
So meet, Lilikoi. Lilikoi is the passion fruit in Hawaiian. Lilikoi is pronounced lil-li-koi, think lil as in slang for little, li as in lick, koi as in the fish (sounds like coy). This li'l girl was intended to be a bold red with deep gold, but she apparently has a mind of her own.
So what does she smell like? Well, the passion fruit is popular in many drinks in Hawaii and certainly not just for adults. The fresh and sweet notes are incredible. If you have never had a passion fruit let me try to explain. Citrus notes like lemon peel have a soft peachy highlight, then juicy raspberries and blackberries sweep the senses and bring in the violet undertones. Vanilla amber takes care of the dry down and you have a passionate thrill right in a bar of soap!
Ask me for a sample with your next order, and I'll include it free!
Yours ever and ever,
Hi. My name is Ana and I'm a coffee addict. Well, I was! That is until coffee and I had a falling out over a small issue of digestion, whereupon I swore off coffee and it sentenced me to worshiping at the porcelain queen for a full day, accompanied by a migraine that would make Thor cry. I have yet to decide who won that round.
Even though I no longer drink it, I still find coffee useful. I use it in my soap! Here's what it brings... Coffee strips odors off your skin. Gently. Fish, onions, garlic, even gasoline are all conquered by coffee, although I admit, when I spilled gasoline on my hands while playing with the lawn mower, I was sincerely skeptical. I reeked! It did take a couple of returns to the sink and soap, but it did work. Amazing!
The soap I make has no added fragrance. That would be counter-whatever... you know. Anyway, it does have coffee grounds and ground luffa for scrubbiness, so if you're mitts are especially grungy (expected when you're cooking!), this cuts right through the goo, and you're clean in no time. I've also designed this recipe with an excess of fats so it doesn't dry your skin. It's a dense bar that lasts a long, long time. Enjoy!!
AnaBanana, the recovering coffee addict.
This is just a tiny, intseee, weentsee little batch (one pound) I brewed up yesterday. I wanted to see how this technique would work for a project I have in mind. I like it! Yeah, there's a few flaws here, but the effect is so nice that I'm going to definitely be working with this some more. I hope you likey too!
Sincerely and ever yours,
Ana lives in a desert in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming with her husband, a ginger-headed daughter, a son, and stinky dog Ana loves creating stuff and sharing her creations. Alas, she's not so great at writing in third person. Ah, well...