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. 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…

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…

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…

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…