4.25.2013

plain soaps

I made two "no frills" batches and it was so nice to not have to worry about anything going wrong (seizing, ricing, etc).  The first one is unscented and the other one is with essential oils.

Usually when I make an unscented batch, I use goat milk, honey and oatmeal.  This time I wanted to make it even more "basic"...just oils (and a little unrefined shea butter) and white kaolin clay .  I'm liking the off-white color of it...I'm so used to seeing a caramel color from the goat milk and honey.

 unscented


This next one is scented with sweet orange and spearmint essential oils.  It's not very strong at all...I would describe the scent as being subtle.  Olive, coconut, rice bran, cocoa butter and castor for the recipe...and the additives...kaolin clay, calendula petals and candelilla wax.  I didn't use much cocoa butter and there's no palm in it, so I'm hoping the small amount of the wax helps with adding a little hardness.


sweet orange spearmint

18 comments:

  1. Both soaps are so pretty, Kalla! Sweet orange and spearmint sounds like a lovely combination.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! The scent combo is nice and mild..not very strong, but very nice. I used more of the sweet orange than the spearmint.

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  2. They are both lovely, and I totally agree with Jenny. Sounds like a lovely combo!

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    1. Thanks Laura! I used more of the sweet orange so it's a touch sweeter, but a pleasant combo. :)

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  3. I soooo want to try kaolin clay in my soaps! Both are so clean and pretty Kalla, I love the beveled edge on the goat milk soap.

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    1. Thanks Christine! I really like white kaolin clay...been using it quite a bit lately. Oops, about the unscented one...I should clarify that I did NOT use goat milk or honey in that one. I meant plain as in PLAIN, lol..just oils and clay. I tend to ramble! And for the beveled edge, I used the smaller bevel on the acrylic beveler..I've always been using the bigger bevel, so thought I'd try for a "less" beveled edge. :)

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  4. Both look very nice, Kalla! You made me curious about the EO combination you used!
    Love the unscented soaps too, so simple and luxurious at the same time!

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    1. Thanks Natalia! It's a nice blend..the spearmint isn't overpowering at all, but you can smell it in there. I used more of the sweet orange, so it's more on the sweeter side.

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  5. Even though I love those intricate swirls with vibrant colors I like plain soaps the best for their simplicity. These are gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Marieke! Me too...I love looking at all the artistic, fancy soaps by other soapers...they are so inspiring! But for me, or what works best for me I should say, is to keep things simple. :)

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  6. Your soaps are just so beautiful! I want to use the sweet orange spearmint right now! Looks like the perfect amount of calendula petals in there too. I like the idea of the wax as I've used beeswax before and liked it. I love the off-white color of the unscented one too. I just can't seem to make beautiful rectangle soaps like that!

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    1. Thanks so much! I like the rectangle soaps a lot, but I kind of want to do textured tops again...just need to get one of those tall molds first. I'm hoping the candelilla wax will be just as good as beeswax! :)

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  7. Now, when the challenges are over (and my over and over attempts), I'm getting back to normal soap tracks and checking my wish-to-do list. I've been wanting to add clay for a while,and some of my next batch will contain it for sure. Your soaps are gorgeous,Kalla and I'm sure people appreciate the plain even more than designed soaps. This shape is so good,too!

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    1. Thanks Maja! I love using clays in soap...I only have three kinds right now and would like to get more. I'm enjoying looking at everyone's soaps for the challenges...very impressive!

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  8. I love how pure and simple the no frills soap is! Makes me want to try one with kaolin clay -- if I can find some locally anyway. :)

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  9. Heya, just found your blog! I THINK anyway, lol. some of your posts are familiar. I was wondering if you're a member of Soapmaking forum? Maybe that's where I seen them. Anyway really enjoying reading your blog .Awesome soaps!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! Yes, I'm a member of SMF and Teach Soap forum, although my participation rate has gone waaay down lol.

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