Saturday, 29 May 2010

Love in the 'Round'....

Ever done a victory dance in your kitchen? I have... last week in fact...
After spending, on average, up to 4 hours straight stirring soap batters, waiting for them to emulsify together enough to pour into a mould, I tweaked the recipe using different oils and voila!, I now have it down to 45 minutes total!!!! WAHOO!
Hubby walked in on me wiggling my way around the kitchen in soap maker joy, shook his head and walked out again. Some people just can't appreciate a good saponification when they see it...
So, armed with this new, improved recipe, I have been making more and more soap batches and playing with colours.
These are my Vanilla Rose soap balls, but instead of rolling them in rose petals, I swirled pink clay throughout the batter so you get patches of colour and plain white. I'm quite happy with these for my first try.
These ones are a new soap, but an old favourite fragrance - White Tea & Ginger. This time I used a yellow oxide (won't 'bleed') against the white - what I hope to happen, is that as the soap cures, it fades to a stronger white colour and the yellow areas will stand out more and more as times goes by.
On a completely random tangent, but still with the 'round' theme.. this is a dandelion (I think!) that's growing in our back garden. It just looked so perfect that I had to get a few piccies!

4 comments:

hideyo. said...

how exciting! Can't wait to see your newbies at a market sometime soon.

innerearthsoaps said...

4 hours?? You must have the patience of a saint. 45 minutes sounds like a definite improvement! Loving the clay-swirled balls :)

evelouise said...

go Annie! what an improvement... that should surely make you more competitive at the official soap making time trials! New PB I'd say.

Joanna said...

You have patience. Your balls look yummy.

I must use the electric mixer because I have no arm strength for the "stir"...

;)