Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Soap Making - Just Good Clean Fun

About a month ago my husband comes home from work and asks if I had a good day, told me the house smells good and asks how I spent my day ...

This is what our kitchen table looked like about an hour before he walked in the front door.  
The soap making aftermath.

I've been wanting to do some photo tutorials of cold process soap making but everything seems to happen so fast that it hasn't happened yet.  Our kids will be out of school in a few weeks so maybe Michael will help me out by taking pictures of the process, he kinda likes chemistry as long as he doesn't have to help clean up  the mess.

Here's what my soap looks like in the mold.

In this batch of cold process soap I tried using Paprika and Spiulina powders to make my green and orange colors, so far so good.  I'll know more once I've un-molded and cut the soap.  I also tried a few swirling techniques I've learned by watching Soaping 101 & Soapstar videos on You Tube.

Here it is out of the mold about 24 hours later.

And then 24 hours after that.  I decided to call it Arizona Back Country because it smells like the Arizona desert after a gentle rain.

Here's my description of it's fragrance:

Close your eyes and imagine with me for a moment if you will, the aroma of the Arizona desert after a gentle rain.  Picture mesquite trees, tall saguaro cactus, desert sage brush and wild rosemary blended with the earthy fragrance of the desert floor.  

This soap is ready to use and for sale in my Sudz n' Hunni Soaps web store starting today!

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Heather said...

This is definitely something that I have been wanting to try...however, I am a little concerned that I will screw it up and there will be an explosion or something :-) The weighing of ingredients and protective eye wear would be my biggest concerns I think....but I do love cold processed soap! Yours looks lovely!

Unknown said...

This is a great tutorial. Where can I find the Youtube video? Anyway, something to try with my daughter. Thanks for posting to Green Living Thursdays!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Thanks for leaving a comment for me R. Nelson! I haven't done any YouTube videos on soap making - yet =) But here's a link to a step by step picture tutorial with the recipe for you to try: http://www.jans-gonestampin.blogspot.com/2012/12/lemon-green-tea-soap-in-crock-pot.html