8.15.2013

cucumber cantaloupe

More in-the-pot swirling...this time with two colors (I've always done one color).  The orange and green colors would have popped more if I had used titanium dioxide in the uncolored part, but I don't own any...would you believe that?!  I also used less oils than last time, because I wasn't sure if the scent would stick.  The bars just aren't as thick as the Georgia Peach ones, where the scent faded...and those ones still don't have much of a smell, bummer.


The good news is that the Cucumber Cantaloupe is sticking nicely so far.  It's not overly strong either, but it's there...and it's a very nice summer scent!  I had plenty of time to do the swirling too...there's high oleic sunflower oil and sweet almond oil in there, which helped with the working time.  I did get a lot of ash though, even with spraying the top with alcohol.  It must be the fragrance (I'm guessing) because my recipes are fairly the same and when I do get ash, it's minimal.  Oh well, my trusty planer took care of that!

19 comments:

  1. No titanium dioxide?! :D That is my favorite colorant.
    But the soap looks natural and smoky and I like it. And I´m glad that the scent did not fade this time.

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    1. Thanks! I know, you would think I'd have titanium dioxide, but I've just never ordered it, lol. I plan on getting some though! :)

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  2. I like the look of them too, they look so summery, and that smoky look is especially suitable for these warm and dark nights in August. I've been wondering what is this rubbering alchohol you use against ash and cracks? I don't know what that is in Finnish or if I could get any from our stores.

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    1. Thanks Signe! The type I use is 91% Isopropyl Alcohol, and I get it at walmart...it's by the First Aid products, or might be by the pharmacy.

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  3. It is so girly, dreamy soap,Kalla! I can't imagine this fragrance combo,I've always been a little suspiciuos about vegetable scents, but as you're describing it summery, I'm already a fan!
    Would like to see more pictures of your soaps,Kalla, you're so 'skimpy' with showing them.
    And, I need to tell, I always admire your nicely planned and bevelled soaps, they look so neat and pro!

    Rubbing alcohol is isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol) and here, I can find it at my supplier's, not at the stores, but it's more expensive then ethanol (ethyl alcohol), which can be bought at dugstores!


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    1. Thanks so much, Maja! I'm the same way with vegetable scents, but this one is really nice...the cantaloupe sweetens it up. To sort of compare, I've tried Aloe Vera & Cucumber(NG) before, but didn't care for it...at least not in soap. It's more of a candle scent in my opinion, but then again, I prefer sweeter scents.

      I'm sorry about being "skimpy" with my pictures, lol! Lately, I just can't get any to turn out, so I go with the one "good" one to post on the blog. I have one little window where the light is good, but if it's cloudy out, I have to go outside and even doing that doesn't work sometimes. I'm sure the neighbors must think I'm strange, seeing me with a camera and a plate of soaps..and turning in different directions to get the best light/angle! :D

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  4. Lol, the way you're describing yourself taking pictures to Maja totally cracked me up, because I think my neighbors must think the same thing about me!

    I love the way this soap came out Kalla, soft swirls and perfect colors for the fragrance!

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    1. Thanks Christine! Hee hee..so I'm not the only one then?! :D

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  5. My neighbors know I'm strange LOL! Who spends all day at the beach inside making soap! Your soap does look soo creamy and I love the way you finish them...so professional!

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    1. Thanks Gloria! I'm kind of jealous, lol..I wish I was near the beach!!

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  6. I agree with Maja. I love how your soap looks very neat and pro. Very elegant. I did not use TD at the start, but after trying it, I really liked it, but I use it sparingly, still allowing some of the natural color to come through.
    It looks like all of us can relate how our neighbors must think we are strange! Lol! :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, SoapJam! My soap planer/beveler is responsible for making my soaps look neat and cleaned up...one of the best purchases I have made! :)

      lol, I feel better knowing other soapers can relate! I actually got caught snapping pics one day..but thankfully it was the neighbor who made my molds. I heard someone say "How do you like your molds?" behind me..turned around and he was getting in or out of his vehicle, don't recall...but I'm sure I looked silly (I sure felt silly)!

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  7. Your swirls are so pretty and delicate, Kalla! Great job! Cucumber Cantaloupe sounds like a wonderful summer scent.

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    1. Thanks Jenny...it's a perfect summer scent! :)

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  8. Your soaps look always so perectly done, Kalla! I am impressed( I know I have already said it lol) by their delicate look. I am intrigued by the fragrance you used, it sounds interesting.

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    1. Thanks Natalia..that's ok, I don't get tired of hearing it, lol! :D I think the fragrance is intriguing..a combo I wouldn't expect, but it's really nice!

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  9. I love how the soaps turned out! Also, sometimes I'm slow to notice things like blog changes, since I do much of my blog reading on my phone, but I really love the format you have now as well as your name!

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    1. Thanks so much Chrissy! That's ok, my blog format has changed quite a few times actually..the backgrounds are what I get bored with easily, lol.

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  10. Your soaps are so regular and smooth! It is a strong incentive to keep working hard in order to reach your precise crafting experience!

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