Friday, 27 April 2012

not for sale!

I've recently been taking part in some soap making challenges. You will have seen my soap piping experiment in a previous post, which went quite well, and I am happy with how it turned out, but I'd like to try again, and maybe incorporate piped toppings onto one of my existing lines ....'dreamy' perhaps? Anyway, I digress.....this week's challenge is to try a faux funnel swirl, which is a way of layering different colours into your soap, normally done with a funnel, but this way is freehand.



(pic borrowed from Daves wooden soap moulds) funnel swirl set up

With a real funnel swirl, you alternately pour your different colours of soap through a funnel into the mould.  This creates conscentric circles of the colours, and is very effective.  The faux funnel swirl is done freehand, by pouring each colour soap in a pool over the previous colour and so forth. The 'circles' are not so perfect, a little abstract, and also gives a very striking finish

here's my attempt:

I've scented this one with real amber resin, lavender & tangerine essential oils. It smells amazing, fresh & spicy and mysterious. I love it. As it has real amber resin infusion in it, I can't sell these bars*....what a shame, I'll just have to use them up all by myself!

*recipes for the resin are closely guarded by the manufacturers, so no MSDS are available, making it unsuitable for use in products for sale, but fine for personal use.

9 comments:

  1. That looks gorgeous Emma, love the colours and the scent sounds amazing.

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  2. They turned out so lovely, Emma!! It's really too bad that you will have to use them all yourself! :)

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    1. :) I know! it's really a burden, but I'll bear it!

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  3. Beautiful soap Emma! I really love the colors and I've never smelled amber resin in a soap before but have used it to make infused oils for perfume. I bet your soap smells absolutely amazing with amber in it!

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  4. I have never heard of amber resin to be used in cosmetics, but I love the colours. Now to find where I can get some amber resin in Australia, my curiosity is definitely aroused.

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  5. Thankyou both! Amber takes on a whole different personality in soap. It smells incredible, not the same as it is 'raw'. It adds a freshness, a mysteious perfume note, very difficult to explain. I have also blended it with patchouli EO, which is my all time favourite, and I make if for myself from time to time as I can't sell soap with amber resin in :( I use an amber FO instead, which is just not the same!

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