Thank you, Majestic Mountain Sage!

So, I’ve been waiting to share something that is both humbling and super exciting for me in the soaping realm. The Soap Challenge technique in December was the spoon swirl, and…

I WON Sponsor’s Choice!!!

Can you believe it?!?! I really couldn’t!

Here’s the soap I made that won:

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Champagne Sugar Soap made with real champagne using the spoon swirl technique

You can check out all of the other amazing spoon swirl soaps entered into the challenge here.

Tina from Majestic Mountain Sage contacted me after the holidays and graciously gifted me an Amazing Dozen sampler set from thesage.com. She told me that my soap reminded her of handmade paper with leaves and petals and seeds, and it made her want to whip out her stationery and write some notes! Too funny!

It was so much fun choosing which fragrances to get, and even though I know a dozen is a lot, I still had a difficult time picking! I’ve never received a scent that I didn’t like (or LOVE) from MMS! Their fragrances are simply fantastic. I typically only use just 0.25oz per pound of oils when scenting cold process soap, so a 1oz bottle goes a long way!

And this is what I received in the mail a few days ago:

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My handpicked Amazing Dozen sampler kit from thesage.com!

These scents are all so very yummy. I absolutely adore Apricot Freesia, Posh Petals, Napa Valley Vineyard (I feel a red wine soap coming soon), and Juicy Pear. Oh, and Lemon Sugar, and Bay Rum, and … They’re ALL FANTASTIC! I’m quite pleased with my choices, and I am so grateful to Tina and Majestic Mountain Sage for being so generous as the sponsor of the December Challenge Club. Thanks, Tina! It was wonderful to work with you! 🙂

If you’re looking to try out some new fragrances, I highly recommend thesage.com. (And by the way, I’m not an affiliate or anything. I’m just telling you this because I truly love them!) They’re a great company with excellent customer service, and I’ve never had a problem with any order I’ve placed, from supplies ordered to packaging to shipping; it’s just good service.

I would also, of course, be remiss if I didn’t thank Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks for hosting these challenges, working so hard on creating great tutorials, and arranging all of the sponsors and details. She is an awesome soaper that has blessed me and many other soapers all over the world! So, thanks Amy! I truly appreciate you, and I know so many others do as well.

WAHOO! Which fragrance should I use first?!

Another Swirl

Lately I’ve been making soaps galore, and I’m really having fun trying out new-to-me techniques. I find myself browsing through various soap making blogs and YouTube videos late at night after the kids are in bed. Recently, I came across this video by The Soaperstar Celine Blacow where she shows a cool spoon swirl in the mold, which she coins “The Celine Swirl.” (She’s a hoot, by the way! Check out her videos for a giggle.) It’s a pretty simple swirl that has beautiful results, so of course I had to try it out!

This is Sexy Sandalwood soap, made with the simple Celine Swirl. First I poured in one layer of uncolored soap, then I spooned on a stripe of light brown soap, followed by the remainder of the uncolored soap. Then, I randomly pushed a spoon to the bottom of the mold, twisted and pulled up in one gentle motion. I did this throughout the mold, down both sides and intermittently in the middle as well. What fun it was to cut into this loaf of soap. I had no idea what to expect really. The swirls are stunning in person, and every bar is so unique!

Sexy Sandalwood Soap

Somehow it looks as if I used a white colorant in there, but I can assure you that I didn’t! Is it the way the soap heated and gelled, perhaps? The mysteries of soap. And even though I tamped the mold a lot, I still found a few air bubbles throughout the soap. Oh well. The luscious scent and swirls make up for a few small air pockets here and there. I absolutely love this very sexy and unisex scent. It’s one that you sniff once, put down, then instinctively pick back up and inhale deeply. The scent lingers.

Sexy Sandalwood Soap

My husband likes the scent as much as I do. Before he knew the name, he commented on how this smells like a resort. Then I told him the name, and he thinks it sounds like a resort, too. Makes me want to travel. Wait, how exactly does one travel with five very young children??? It’s do-able, but certainly not very enjoyable! Maybe someday… But for now, I’ll have to have a little resort getaway in my own shower.