I’ve been making a lot of soap in the last few weeks – testing out new products, trying fun techniques, putting a different spin on color schemes and generally having a creative time in the Soap Lab. I made the soap below with Labcolors (Canary, Tangerine, Red and Berry Red) and the always delightful Pineapple Cilantro fragrance. You can tell that this was a batch that I was playing with some swirling and design techniques on. That’s the bonus of a wide, flat horizontal mold – lots of canvas to play on.
The batch above is such a great reminder about gelling your cold process soap to ensure that your Labcolors get to their most bright potential.
I’ve been completely crushing on the Silicone Cube mold. It requires some soaping TLC to make a recipe that pops cleanly out of the mold with a smooth shine but it’s worth it (read the blog post with a good starter recipe). The technique options in this mold are really wide open (as evidenced by the four soaps above). The soap above is colored using oxides (Pink, Yellow, Titaniuim Dioxide) and Charcoal for the black. I made the design with an In The Pot swirl (video tutorial here) and let the mold do the rest of the work. I hope you’ve been making equally fun and creative soaps this week. I’d love to see them! If you haven’t posted them to our FB wall, please do it (or leave me a link with your blog for me to hightail it over and get inspired!).