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Sea Side Peacock Swirl-International Soap Challenge

The June 2013 International Soap Challenge brought The Peacock Swirl technique, a beautiful design with four colors and the freedom to create a unique representation from nature. full-peacock-feathers-web2

Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks introduced a  “new” concept of dividing our soap batter into two separate layers, and scenting only the bottom layer.  Fragrance and essential oils sometime
cause the soap mixture to thicken too quickly or seize.  The Peacock Swirl technique, required as much time as possible to draw out thin ribbons of soap to make the lovely, multicolored design.

I scented my bottom layer with a fragrance oil called Abalone and Sea which smells like a fresh ocean mist.  I also used four different micas to color the upper layer.  My color inspiration came from the ocean and sky, and so this scent was just perfectly fitted for the color scheme I chose.  I must admit, my first batch did not represent the swirling technique very well, because my comb teeth were spaced to close together.  I removed every other “tooth” and the spacing was perfect.  Also,  I wasn’t quite sure how to get the soap out of the squirt bottles at clean-up time, so I threw them away!  For the second try, I soaked the bottles in hot soapy water overnight and with a little work, they were redeemed.

This Peacock Swirl technique was so fun and satisfied the need to  make something beautiful.  Can’t wait to stretch some more! SeaSide Peacock Swirl 1SeaSide Peacock Swirl 2

Castaway Cay Disappearing Without a Trace~Challenge Week 2

Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks has been hosting a four-week Soap Challenge, and this weeks experiment was called Elemental Swirl.  This challenge is a technique of  ITP,  or in the pot swirling, using a layer of warm tones and another layer of cool tones separated by a thin layer of mica.   The inspiration for… Continue Reading

Finding Neem Oil

After making another batch of Wild Geranium Clarifying Facial Bar, I decided to do some more digging into an interesting ingredient in our formula.  Neem oil comes from an evergreen tree which is part of the mahogany family, and is native to India, Africa and other hot, dry climates.  Neem has been coined “the village… Continue Reading

3 Reasons Why Pumpkin is Not Just Your Average Veggie

Excitement is in the air as the nights cool down and the days shorten, here in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region in Upstate New York.   Grape harvesting has started as well as many other crops of late summer and fall.  We couldn’t wait to pull out the Spiced Pumpkin Pie soap recipe and get… Continue Reading