Confetti Soaps

In a large box in my garage, I’ve been stockpiling the shavings and end cuts left over from cleaning up the edges of my soaps. Since the box of leftovers and scraps was about to overflow, I decided I needed to do something with those things. We’re talking at least 15 pounds of soap here. Not for the faint of heart!

First, I divided up the shavings, some into like colors, and some into like fragrances. And then came the fun part. I spent some time planning out what fun I could have incorporating all those shavings into new designs and new scents.

After lots of weighing and calculating, I had several plans ready to go. The first soap I made was actually two-in-one. I divided a large loaf mold in half with a piece of cardboard, made enough white base soap to fill it, then divided the white soap into 2 bowls. Into one bowl went some Energy fragrance oil along with scraps of pink, orange, and yellow Satsuma soap (similar citrus scents). Into the other bowl, I added Elements of Bamboo fragrance and scraps of green and tan soaps of various earthy scents like Green Clover & Aloe. I poured both bowls into the same mold, one on each side of the divider. Here are the resulting soaps.

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Energy Confetti Soap

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Elements of Bamboo Confetti Soap

Notice that I also got to practice oil and mica swirls on top of these soaps!? 🙂

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Raw soap with gold mica in oil swirls on top

My next batch of soap was a mixture of lots of bright-colored soap scraps that had been sitting around for quite some time, as well as some pretty recently made soaps. To make sure the older shavings would incorporate into the new soap, I spritzed them with distilled water, mixed, and let them sit to soften for about half an hour before making the new soap. To this batch I added a sample of Black Cherry Bomb fragrance oil, and I colored the base soap an awesome shade of neon pink. I added the shavings to this base, stirred and poured into the mold.

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Other than those pesky air bubbles, I like the results!

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Notice the hot pink swirls on top of the left bar? I experimented with neon pink colorant in oil swirls. Apparently, neon works just as well as mica in oil swirls!

With the remainder of my scraps, I decided to hot process rebatch. It was a hodge-podge of scraps containing some red, black and dark green soaps, but mostly consisting of natural tan-colored soap shreds left from Oatmeal Milk & Honey soap as well as Almond and Vanilla soaps. I put 4 pounds of scraps in a big crock pot on high, added 5oz distilled water, and stirred every 15-30 minutes. After about an hour, the soap seemed a bit dry so I added 2oz of milk and 2oz of water. Some of the larger chunks never melted, while the majority of the small tan shavings did melt. After about 2 hours in the crock, it appeared like the soap was ready to mold. To add more interest, I stirred in some more chunks of red, black, and white soaps, then I added a sample of a different cherry fragrance oil, stirred it all up, and plopped it into my mold.

I thought the cherry fragrance would compliment the strong undertones of Oatmeal Milk & Honey and Vanilla soap scraps, but I was wrong! I also thought the miscellaneous colors would make the soap look more fun and interesting. Wrong again! This one gets the prize for “Ugliest Soap I’ve Ever Created.”

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Is it bad fruitcake or cat vomit? Can’t quite put my finger on it. And don’t want to. Haha!

This rather yucky soap has an awesome lather, though! And with various milk and yogurt soap scraps plus more milk added, it should be extra nourishing.

So what do you do with super ugly soaps that have already been rebatched and still turned out badly???

Just chalk it up as a good learning experience and chuck it, I suppose! Or wear a blindfold and nose-plug while showering. 😀

Thankfully it was all just scraps anyway. Not like I was ruining a large batch of new oils and butters with a fragrance that I absolutely loved! It’s not a total failure. I have actually had success hot process rebatching other soaps, and I’ve come up with other creative ways to use scraps, like this fun embed soap I made a few months ago.

I didn’t end up using all 15 pounds of my scraps, but I sure used a lot of them! Making confetti soaps was pretty darn fun, and I have enough scraps left to make a few more soaps. Here’s to a new day of soaping.



Oil & Glycerin Swirls

I’m back in the saddle, the Soap Challenge Club saddle that is! This month’s challenge (put on by Amy Warden at Great Cakes Soapworks) was to add colored oil and/or glycerin swirls to the top of soap, and…Wait for it…Big surprise coming…

I’ve never done this before!

I know. You’re shocked, right?! Ok, not so much? 😀

I say that nearly every single month! That’s why I love these challenges so much. I’m introduced to or reminded of techniques that I’d like to try, and I learn something (or LOTS of things) every time.

This time around, I needed to restock on Satsuma soap, so that was the scent du jour. It’s an awesome sweet tangerine scent that doesn’t accelerate trace, perfect for any type of design I want to create (which is why I make something different with it every time I use it)! This was also the perfect opportunity to practice some previous skills learned in the club and use my awesome slab mold.

I created a column swirl soap by alternating pours of uncolored soap, neon tangerine soap, and neon mango mixed with a bit of neon pink. Those colors just seem to be the perfect fit for this lovely citrus scent. Since my mold is so big, I used 2 columns, effectively dividing the soap and giving me 2 different areas to play with when it came time to make my swirls on top!

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Satsuma Soap being poured over 2 columns

On one half of the poured soap, I created what looked like the spokes of a wagon wheel by alternating stripes of gold mica dispersed in oil and pink mica in oil. Then using a bamboo skewer, I started in the middle and spun around the circle in an outward motion, expanding until I reached the outer edges. Then, I wound my way back toward the center between the lines created in the first round.

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Mica in oil drizzles and dots!

On the other half of the soap, I placed drops of gold and pink randomly about, then I drug my bamboo skewer through the middle of the drops randomly as well.

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Complete with swirls!

I went ahead and oven processed this soap, and I cut it just 24 hours after making it. It was a bit soft, but the oil swirls on top had already completely absorbed into the soap. My only mistake was leaving the soap on the counter to find my camera and get my cutting utensils out. One of the triplets got up on a stool and couldn’t resist touching the beautiful sparkles on top! She smudged it around in a few places before I caught her, and she was oh-so-happy with the beautiful pink and gold glitter sparkles on her finger! NEVER a dull moment around here.

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Satsuma Soap

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with how this soap turned out. I would have been perfectly happy to leave the beautiful column swirled soap alone, but adding the mica/oil swirls on top gives it extra interest (which obviously greatly appealed to my three-year-old). The column pour made some really cool stripes throughout each bar of soap, and the scent is amazing! AND, it’s my mom’s favorite fragrance, made just before Mother’s Day (though she’ll have to wait a bit for curing). 😉

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Lots of interesting things to look at here from the stripes running throughout each bar to the glittery mica swirls on top!

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These Taiwan-esque swirls are curvy and fun thanks to the circular pattern.

Because this was so fun, I just had to make a second soap as well! I wanted to make glycerin swirls, too, and I wanted to try my hand at another Taiwan Swirl soap (also a previous challenge technique). My slab mold was already out, and I was feeling inspired.

This Green Clover & Aloe soap was made using uncolored soap as the base with pours of light green and dark green (made by mixing yellow and blue oxides). After pouring the greens from on high, I used a dropper to add gold mica stripes and white stripes of titanium dioxide in glycerin. The glycerin stripes started to separate and bead up almost immediately, which turned into some really pretty swirls. Here’s what the process looked like.

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I was a bit messy with my pours. Oops!

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The glycerin started beading up immediately!

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Vertical swirls being added now.

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The final raw soap just before putting it to bed. Ooooh! So sparkly!

And the result?


Green Clover & Aloe Soap with oil and glycerin swirls

So fantastic! I love the way this turned out! AND, it’s my dad’s favorite scent! So, one for mom and one for dad in the same week. 🙂 Though I’m not too sure how my dad is going to respond to the sparkly tops. Hmmm.

I left this soap in the mold for 2 days as it took longer for the glycerin to absorb into the soap. The oil and glycerin swirls left behind some really cool texture on the soap tops, and the swirls are really feathery and beautiful.

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Here you can really see the textured tops. Deep crevices were left behind when the glycerin absorbed into the soap.

Now I’m left wondering which soap to enter into the challenge! I think I’ll go for the first soap since it’s so bright and cheery. Which would you choose?

As always, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s awesome creations! Thanks so much, Amy, for putting together such great info and connecting all of us together under the banner of learning more about this artistic and fun craft!