Friday, 30 March 2012

Soaps Away!

At the beginning of the the week i decided i was going to try my hand at Cold Process Soaping. If you follow me on Face Book you will have seen that i have made soap before but the Cold Process is a totally different method and one I'd been a bit scared of to be honest.

So i have spent quite a few hrs researching different recipes and ingredients and i decided to go with a recipe from a brilliant book i have recently purchased called A Green Guide to Natural Beauty by Karen Gilbert.

To say I'm really pleased with the results is a bit of an understatement, in fact I'm amazed at how well it came out.

I used a combination of Sweet  Orange Oil & May Chang Essential Oils and it smells deliciously fresh and citrusy.

In the mould

I read that Cold Process can really fade colours so i made sure i used a strong Orange and when it was first in the mould i really wasn't sure.


After making it you need to wait until it firms up enough to cut it so i waited over night


I also had a little left over soap so i made a mini loaf which i can give to friends and family.


Before i started making my own products i had no idea there were different types of soaps. This one contains Coconut Oil, Sunflower oil and olive oil but you can use all types of butters and oils to vary the end results.

The only downside of making CP soap is the fact you have to wait about 6 weeks before using it which for an impatient person like me is hell.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely weekend. PS these are not for sale they are all for meeeeee and a few family members xx

17 comments:

  1. They look amazing! Like little slices of cake :) Well done on your success and onwards and upwards :) Lush had better watch out :)

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  2. Fabulous, they look good enough to eat :) Jude xx @jadlgw

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  3. Aww that's too bad that you don't ship to Canada!

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  4. Wow, so pretty! How come you have to wait 6 weeks before using it? x

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  5. omg looks fantastic and better than the Lush soaps!

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  6. very nice was writing more but pressed the buttons. Would it be an idea for layer soap with different smells in each layer ? Valroma

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  7. Thanks so much everyone xx

    Saz: The butters and oils take time to saponify and if you use it before that time the lye can burn or irritate the skin. They call it curing.
    Ive been told its well worth the wait though so time will tell x

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  8. 6 weeks?! That's such a long time. Bet you are counting down!
    xx

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  9. They look good enough to eat! They look so amazing x

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  10. Wow, they look fantastic :) I got Karen Gilbert's book just before Christmas and have read it cover to cover. Just haven't had time to actually make anything yet. I think I just have to stop thinking and do it! x

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  11. This is awesome! I am addicted to shopping for handcrafted soaps recently...the one that you created is so lovely..

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  12. Oooh they look so good, well done you honey. Can't wait for your post on them, i hope they're worth the wait xxx

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  13. Nikki it is truly gorgeous!

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  14. It looks (and sounds) amazing...!I wish I had the skills and patience to do sth like that!! :)

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  15. Thanks so much for all your lovely comments girls x

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Thankyou for all your comments, i appreciate each and everyone xx