Black Raspberry Vanilla (center) - '. . . our version of the popular B&BWs Black Raspberry Vanilla. Top notes blend black currant, grapefruit and mandarin. Middle notes of jasmine, apple and violet laid on a creamy vanilla base.' This is hubby's favorite soap scent, going all the way back to the first time I ever made it. This time the fragrance oil is from a different vendor but it's still basically the same Black Raspberry Vanilla we all know.
Coconut Lime Verbena (right) - '. . . our interpretation of the B&BWs type fragrance of the same name. Fresh coconut, lime and verbena softened by beautiful notes of fresh vanilla.' Probably my sister's favorite, I used to sprinkle coconut on top but didn't have any on hand when I made this. Again, not the same oil vendor I was using 'back in the day,' but still the typical Coconut Lime Verbena scent.
These soaps are cold process goat milk soaps. All use the same recipe, and it is only the effects the fragrance oils have that alter the colors. My recipe is very basic. It's sometimes referred to as 'grocery store soap' because all of the ingredients can be found at your local grocery stores as opposed to more 'high end' soap makers who order specialty ingredients online. I don't do fancy colors or swirls either. I often feel self-conscious about it, that my soaps are cheap and boring ... it's part of the reason I quit back in 2011. But then again, I don't plan on diving back into the business so I guess it doesn't bother me quite as much as it used to.
Back in my early soaping days I did a lot more experimenting with foodie type soaps like the honey-carrot one I made last fall. I'd like to do some of those again, unscented but with things like real avocado, cucumber, mint, honey. There are brown sugar soaps, and coffee soaps. I've never done soap with aloe but would like to try.
There are millions of handcrafted soap vendors out there. I have no intention of trying to get back into the business and trying to compete with them, but if you're ever interested in any of my soaps, just send me a message and we can work something out.
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As for the batches I made last weekend, it will be a minimum of four weeks before they are ready to use. That is one of the downfalls of cold process soap . . . the long cure time. Hot process soap is ready to use pretty much as soon as you've made it. I've never made hot process myself but I have used some and have loved them. They seem to lather better, which I love. One of these days I might just try making some.
The far back row in the pic above is the last six bars from what I made last fall. Those scents include Hansel & Gretel's House, Comforter (Lush dupe), and Christmas Morning. Maybe you can see that they are smaller than the fresh bars? That's because as they cure they actually shrink as moisture is evaporating out of them. My ready to use bars are on the small end, only about 3.5 oz.
So anyway, just thought I'd share some soapy natterings.