The clock is tickin’. Soap can take 2-3 weeks minimum for a full curing process. So I had best get to work! This week I’ve been busy making batches of soap for Make It Edmonton show. That means all you make it shoppers will get first dibbs on the new fresh batches of soap!
Soap blends I’ve been making:
- “Lost in the woods” soap – Goes great with the “lost in the woods” man cream. Smells woodsy and even looks woodsy with fresh cedar embedded in the top!
- Citrus burst - I haven’t made this one in a while and I changed it up a bit by adding slices of dried blood orange, lime, and lemon rinds right into the soap!
- Cinnamon deluxe soap – aka “Cinn-of-man”. Guys and girls love this soap equally, so don’t be shy, indulge your senses!
- NEW – Lemon poppyseed. Need I say more?! A beautiful blend of lemon ribboned soap with a top layer of poppyseeds and calendula petals. Soft on one side, exfoliated on the other.
Here are some production pics of me making soap this week. These shots are for the citrus burst soap.
This is what the soap looks after I have blended the lye/water mixture into the oil mixture. It’s pretty runny at this point. With lots of stirring and blending, it thickens up to a point called trace.
Once you get to the tracing stage, you can add in your colourants, essentials oils, etc. But, you have a limited window of time to work in, so you want to get all your materials ready ahead of time.
This is my mixture of natural colourants (alkanet root and crushed cranberry powder + essential oils). This soap blend contains: sweet orange, lime, and grapefruit essential oils. It looks like a dark reddish-orange. It will end up being a lighter orange shade once the soap has cured.
Dehydrated slices of: blood orange, lime, and lemon that will be added to my soap after it reaches trace and has been poured into the mould.
Time for some fun! Once the soap mixture has reached trace, you have a short window of time to have some fun with it like marbling or adding botanicals, etc. To get this effect, I split my batch in two and blend one part with the essential oils/colourant mixture. Then, I pour the two batches together into my mould, to make some fun designs.
Ta da! The soap has been poured and citrus slices embedded in the top. Now, it rests in the wooden mould with the lid on under blankets for a few days. This is what is called the curing process. It takes a few days for it to solidify. The blankets and the wood mould help decrease the release of heat. If it releases it’s heat too fast, it affects the curing process and the soap doesn’t end up being a very good quality.
After the soap has set up enough to be like solid butter, I’ll remove it from the mould and cut it up into bars. No pictures of that yet, as it’s still curing.
Here is a sneak peak of the lemon popyseed. I can’t wait to take it out of the mould!