donderdag 21 februari 2013

100% olive oil soap

Oil: extra vierge olive oil
Liquid: water
Additives: green, red and white clay
Scent: lavender essential oil
Method: CPOP, after pouring the soap into the mold I put it in the oven for 5 hours at 75 C.

zondag 17 februari 2013

Green clay soap

Oils: olive, coconut, palm, castor, shea butter, wheat germ
Liquid: water
Additives: green clay powder
Scent: FO childrens room (violets & peonie)

And the ever expanding bowl of mini soaps:

zaterdag 16 februari 2013

Beer soap

Oils: olive, coconut, palm, wheat germ, castor, flax seed
Liquid: beer from local brewer Kasparus
Additives: annatto powder, yellow clay powder
Scent: essentail oils fir tree and ceder

Teeny tiny soap bunnies

Aren't they the cutest! They'll go on top of my next soap loaf.

Lavender soap

Oils: olive, coconut, palm, wheat germ, flax, sesame
Liquid: lavender tea
Additives: alkanet powder, cacao powder, TD, dried lavender
Scent: FO lavender and EO lavender

maandag 11 februari 2013

Oil infusions

On our window sill I keep my olive oil macerats. I use them for things like salves, lip balm, crèmes, herbal soap and for cooking. 

Currently macerating (if that is indeed an English word): St. Johnsworth, plantane, field horse tail, sweet woodruff, rosemary, rose petals & rose hips, and a mix of nettle, horse tail & plantane for my three herbs soap.  

zondag 10 februari 2013

Rosemary soap

Oils: olive (rosemary infused), coconut, palm, sesame, wheat germ, castor
Liquid: strong brewed rosemary tea
Additives: green clay, spirulina
Scent: essentials oils rosemary and Chinese mint

The color didn't turn out as green as I hoped. These pictures do not represent the color very well, they are slightly greener than they look.

zaterdag 9 februari 2013

Three herbs soap

Oils: olive (plantane, nettle and field horsetail infused), coconut, palm, castor, sesame
Liquid: strongly brewed plantane-, nettle- & field horsetail tea
Additives: Heilerde (German healing clay)
Essential oils: eucalyptus and camphor

Mini soap and embelishments

A bowl full of mini soaps.

And embelishments waiting to be used.




Tomato soap

Oils: olive (calendula macarat), coconut, palm, sesame, castor, wheat germ
Liquid: water
Additives: tomato puree, red clay powder, thyme leaves
Scent: tomato leaf fragrance oil

Tomatoes contain lycopene which is known to be an antioxidant. It is said to reduce large pores and acne and clear up dull skin. I don't know if it works like that in soap but the color sure is nice!

donderdag 7 februari 2013

Goat milk & honey soap

Oils: olive, coconut, palm, wheat germ, hemp, castor
Liquid: raw goat milk
Additives: white clay powder, yellow clay powder, honey, TD
Perfume oils: apple blossom and a touch of lemon

My first honey soap failed because I tried to speed up the curing by placing it in the oven. It overheated and got holes. The colors were really nice though and it's still good soap.

This time I put my honey soap in the freezer for 22 hours to prevent gelling. I was doubting wether to put it in the fridge afterwards to let it warm up slowly but decided to risk it and keep it at room temperature afterwards. The soap oozed some water which later was either evaporated and/or re-absorbed. The colors aren't as bright as the gelled honey soap.

It smells nice although I do prefer to use EO's myself for scenting my soap. You never know what they put in those PO's.

Coffee soap

Oils: olive, coconut, palm, wheat germ, castor
Liquid: strong brewed coffee
Additives: white clay powder, instant esspresso powder, TD
Perfume oils: coffee and vanilla

When I took it out of the mold I wasn't too happy. I tried swirling it but the coffee PO made it harden really fast. This didn't look very promising. But they turned out alright. I should really mix the TD better though.

Echinacea soap

Oils: olive infused with echinacea, coconut, palm, hemp, wheat germ, castor
Liquid: extra strong echinacea tea
Additives: white clay powder, alkanet powder, TD
Essential oils: lemon grass and juniper

zaterdag 2 februari 2013

Dog shampoo bars

Oils: olive 40%, coconut 35%, castor 15%, shea butter 5%, hemp 5%
Liquid: sea salt dissolved in water
Additives: Dead Sea mud, sea salt
Perfume: rosemary, tea tree, lavender, ceder essential oil

On the curing rack: goat milk soap

Oils: Olive, coconut, palm, wheat germ, shea butter
Liquid: raw goat milk
Additives: honey, white clay powder, yellow clay powder (veins), TD
Perfume: unscented