I really love this months’ drop swirl technique and no one does it better than Celine Blacow from Iamhandmade.  I’ve spent hours on YouTube watching Celine’s videos, along with her sidekick Titch Holland, as they create delightful and delicious looking goodies…er, um, soap.  It’s almost as yummy as watching a master pastry chef.

Amy Warden, from Great Cakes Soapworks, stated in her tutorial that the best advice for the soapmaker is to limit or restrict the scent use for the drop swirl technique, to those that will behave slowly and not advance trace too quickly.  The scent I choose was a beautiful lilac fragrance oil that I have experience with.  I tolerate this “love/hate” relationship we have because it has a beautiful, true lilac scent and customers love.  Yet I know this fragrance oil can’t be trusted.  I learned from Celine that you can add this untrustworthy friend just before pouring into your molds and although, like any co-dependent relationship, one learns to work with the pouting, it will submit with a little arm-twisting.

Truth be told, my inspiration came straight from some cabin fever. We have experienced record-breaking cold here in the northeastern United States and we’re still having some subzero nights.  Really now!  It’s the middle of March for heavens sake!  If you love floral gardens, and the anticipation of getting some outdoor time,  a local treat is the Lilac Festival, Highland Park in Rochester, New York.  It was established in 1887 and is a world class arboretum and a great way to welcome some warmer weather.  Some early lilacs will start blooming around here by the end of April and I, for one, can’t wait!  But for now, we can enjoy Bloomin’ Lilac Premium Goat’s Milk Soap.Bloomin' Lilac Premium Goat's Milk Soap


29 thoughts on “Bloomin’ Lilac and the March Soap Challenge”

  1. How pretty is that?? I love the colors and the way the drops go all the way to the bottom! Wish I lived closer to Rochester, NY – sounds like a great festival!

    1. Thanks Amy. On my first try, one of the colors didn’t pass the zap test so I had to rebatch
      the whole thing! Ughh. This time around the swirls came out better so it was all for the
      good anyway:)

  2. I laughed at your comment about your untrustworthy friend! Thanks for the suggestions about working with such fragrances. I love the spring-ness of your colours, and the delicateness of the swirls.

    1. Thanks Lisa! Celine at Iamhandmade is a pro at the drop swirl and her tip with floral fragrance oils was just what I needed.
      I love the scent but it seized many a batch!!

  3. The swirls and colors look really good – and I must confess that I also love lilac! (We have a tree in our garden, and with the warm weather we’ve been having in Europe this “winter”, I expect that the flowers will be early this year ….. Which is no bad thing!)

    1. Hi Debbie. Wow! It’s been warm there all winter? Those beautiful bushes will get an early start!
      Thanks for your kind words:)

  4. Your colors stand out on your white soap:) it’s such a pretty purple, soft & floral, very elegant.

    1. This was my original comment 😉 but I had some network problems so I thought my comment didn’t go through , sorry for the double comments.

  5. Beautiful colors; I love your inspiration photo too, and the lilac festival sounds wonderful too!

    1. Thanks Zahida. Lilacs are so hardy and beautiful here. It was only suiting to dedicate a soap to
      these beauties!

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