Hello world!

Welcome! Thanks so much for joining me in my soap making adventures! I only started making soap one month ago, and I’m already totally addicted. I’m hoping to be able to share my experiences as I attempt to make something with my own two hands.

A huge thank you to Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks for starting a weekly soap making challenge. Prior to this challenge, I’d only made 4 batches of soap! Yep, you heard me right! FOUR! I ran across Amy’s blog while researching different methods and recipes, and I instantly felt at home with her and the other soapers that I’ve “met” there. I’m continually inspired by all of their beautiful work and blogs, so much so that I’ve started my own!

I’m up to eight batches of soap now, and we’ve just finished Week 3 of the challenge: piping cold process soap. You can see what I did and what so many others have done here. I’m having a blast trying out different techniques and ingredients, learning and laughing, pondering and occasionally being frustrated. And I especially love to see the beautiful creations of the other soapmakers from around the world! This week’s challenge: using alcohol to make soap. Hmmm…trying to plan out my first batch of alcohol soap. I think I’ll stick with beer to start, and perhaps I’ll try to make my hubby some good shaving soap.

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Here are some pictures of my first attempts at soap.

My very first loaf of soap! 100% Lard for use in laundry detergent

My very first loaf of soap! 100% Lard for use in laundry detergent.

Week 1 Challenge: My first in the pot color swirl. In fact, the first time I'd ever used any color at all!  It's Café Latté soap using cocoa and titanium dioxide to add swirls and "froth" to the top.

Week 1 Challenge: My first in the pot color swirl. In fact, the first time I’d ever used any color at all! It’s Café Latté soap using cocoa and titanium dioxide to add swirls and “froth” to the top.

Week 2 Challenge: milk soap. I made homemade almond milk and added Intense Almond fragrance. I attempted to swirl a bit of white into the batch.  Not super pretty, but smells incredible and has a fantastic lather!

Week 2 Challenge: milk soap. I made homemade almond milk and added Intense Almond fragrance. I attempted to swirl a bit of white into the batch. Not super pretty, but smells incredible and has a fantastic lather!

After seeing all of the awesome milk soaps in the challenge, I felt inspired and wanted to make another! Here’s Oatmeal, Milk & Honey soap made with almond milk and honey with another attempt at in the mold swirling. Turned out delicious!

Week 3 Challenge: piping cold process soap.  These are Blowing Bubbles cupcakes.  I wanted to make something that my four-year-old girly girl would love to use in the bathtub.  Success!

Week 3 Challenge: piping cold process soap. These are Blowing Bubbles cupcakes. I wanted to make something that my four-year-old girly girl would love to use in the bathtub. Success!

A view from above! They certainly aren't perfect, but I had such fun piping soap for the first time!

A view from above! They certainly aren’t perfect, but I had such fun piping soap for the first time!

Thanks for joining me! Stay tuned for more in the weeks to come!

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6 thoughts on “Hello world!

  1. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging – AND soaping!! You’re such a trooper, jumping right in and figuring it all out so quickly! Your cupcakes look wonderful, and I’m so glad you are enjoying the challenges! 🙂

  2. Wow! Look at you. Three “babies”, soaping, and blogging. Congratulations, now you’re inspiring me along with Amy and everybody else. hmmm…I’m not sure I want to blog ….yet! So you’re at 8 batches of soap, and I felt the urge to count mine, so I dug out all 4 of my journals from day 1. My anniversary is coming up soon which will be 7 years making soap….I counted 137 batches @ 30 bars a batch! That means I’ve wrapped a lot of soap…over 4000 bars! Keep it up!!

    • Wow! That’s a lot of soap! And 30 bars a batch! HUGE! My first few were 8 bars a batch, but then I got smart and made a smaller mold so I can test out different recipes and see what I like. I’ve only been doing 5 bar batches for the challenge. And there are definitely some that I’ll be making again in much bigger loaves!
      Thanks for visiting!

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