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Moving back to Toronto a few months ago has put my soapmaking plans on hold, although, I was happy to participate in a couple of small seasonal craft shows in the Upper Beaches. Here are some of my newest soap offerings – lavender, lemongrass, mint and an unscented batch. To me, the art is in the combination of oils and butters but, I’ve noticed again, it’s the scent that attracts people. What are your favourite essential oil scents?

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DSCN2078cr DSCN2082cr2Last week I made a goat milk soap. The lovely caramel colour of the soap looks soothing and nutritious. I wanted to try another skin beneficial food additive – honey – and on the weekend I incorporated it and calendula into a batch. I’m looking forward to trying it, and the goat milk soap, once they’ve cured. Too soon to know yet but I suspect this may end up being my favourite!

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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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