Monday, July 8, 2013

Soapmaking is Always a Surprise

Surprise is somewhat of an understatement.  I have something to confess that concerns the two blog entries before this one....The Mantra Swirl is not an easy task for me and my soap recipes.  Here's the thing, I love my soap recipes so much I am determined to make them work with any soap technique.  This is not always possible as I have learned.  
The Peppermint Ice Soap two entries below is the best Mantra I have made.  My second attempt, although came out so much better than I had hoped is still not a true Mantra Swirl.  So this weekend I decided I will give it one more shot.  Why you may ask?  Well, for Amy's Greatcake Soapworks Challenge! After my latest soap session I have decided my first soap will be the entry. In the video below I decided to do a simple 2 color mantra swirl with 1 accent color.  Looking at the soap now you may say to yourself... Mantra Swirl? I see no Mantra Swirl.  This is the reason for my latest entry  That soap was a very big surprise to me..The way it turned out was totally unexpected and I really like it.  If you watch the video you will see exactly where I lost my temper with the soap...all seemed hopeless at that point so what did I do?  I took a hanger to it like mad.  You can now call me The Soaping Mommy Dearest. 
After watching that video...Can you believe this is the same soap?
I do want to add I love doing challenges.  The challenges have really helped me learn so many new techniques and really pushes me to give it my all.  I would like to thank Amy and everyone else that puts together challenges.  If not from learning so much I would still be making just plain old soap ;-)


  1. OMG, I just love how this soap turned out! Those color compliment each other very nicely. =)

    1. Thank you! After watching the video you never would have know..I was not sure what to expect but ended up being pleasantly surprised.

  2. It turned out so pretty and I LOVE that color combo!

  3. Impressive! These colors are perfectly matched!

  4. This was a very positive surprise! You made a super beautiful soap.

  5. Awesome Soap! I love the colors & the name Tiger Fruit. What scents did you use?
    I'm new at CP soap making (9 months) and the second batch I ever tried after taking a couple classes, was a Shampoo Bar with a mantra batter was thicker than yours and turned out to be just three blocks of color: tan, white, & pale was supposed to be green, white & purple!! The mica's I used morphed into nothingness.
    Constantly, my soap batters have come out too thick every time. Finally, I learned that my stick blender was too powerful and invested in a new whimpier one. That helped. Then I learned about emulsified soap - that has been my new best friend, bringing the batter to just the emulsified stage and working with really thin soap.
    I have yet to try the mantra swirl again - but will.
    Thank you so much for the wonderful videos - they are so, so helpful for newbie's like myself.
    Your soaps are beautiful.