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DSCN1985crI’m enjoying the art and science of soapmaking and  tried my hand at another soap loaf on the weekend. I incorporated lemon peel and orange peel to give the soap a high exfoliation factor, along with shea butter and avocado oil for their moisturizing properties. This formulation is intended as a soap for gardener’s, or mechanics, or whomever needs a little extra zing to help with cleaning their hands.DSCN1981

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My third soapmaking experiment is heavy on the olive oil, giving it more of a castille-like quality than the first two loaves. This time I scented it with lavender, tea tree and Rosemary essential oils and added a bit of French green clay.

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Soap loaf #2: Lemongrass

DSCN1956crOk, I’m on a soapmaking roll. I made my second batch the other day and I’m very pleased with it. Actually, I think it’s beautiful! I used a slightly different oil combo this time and added lemongrass and a hint of lavender essential oils for scent. It smells amazing! I also included calendula petals and annatto seed powder for texture and colour.

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DSCN1919I made my first loaf of soap the other day and today I removed it from the mold and cut it into bars. I had read about all the things that could go wrong but everything went smoothly. The soap is scented with Geranium and Lavender and coloured with a bit of red iron oxide and blue ultramarine pigments. I debated whether or not to use scents and colouring in my very first batch. I couldn’t resist trying the essential oils and I made a last minute decision while waiting for the oils and lye water to cool to include colourants. It smells wonderful although I went kind of light on the essential oils.  I only used a small amount of colourant and it’s a much deeper hue than I had anticipated. Now it needs to cure and in four weeks it will be ready to use. I’m a soapmaker!DSCN1918

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