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« on: December 22, 2010 08:34:43 AM »

Hey everybody!  Sorry I've been a little MIA--Americorps is keeping me pretty busy.  But I'm home on winter break and thought I'd share, belatedly, some winter-themed soaps I made back in October.


This is the winter version of my "Midsummer Night's Dream" soap, inspired by Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening."  I love the scent of this one--fir needle, peppermint, bergamot, patchouli and tea tree EOs give it a spicy, woodsy fragrance.  Bars like this make me want to convert solely to EOs and never look back!  (Too bad bergamot is so freaking expensive....)


This one's all-natural, scented with orange, litsea, cinnamon and clove EOs and colored with red palm oil.  It's delectable, sweet and Christmassy--very much an "I want to eat this" bar.  Num!



This is my first dedicated shaving bar, and I'm mainly proud of the sheer amount of stuff in it: Magic Hat ale, pumpkin puree, shea butter, castor oil and kaolin clay.  Due to No Shave November I haven't given it a try, but, you know...  Wink  This one's scented with warm butterscotch and vanilla FOs.



And the gingerbread bar.  This baby's made with apple cider and scented with ginger, orange, cinnamon and clove EOs.

Thanks for looking! C&C welcome.
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2010 10:40:27 AM »

Can I eat the butterscotch and vanilla one? Please?

Also, what defines a shaving bar exactly?
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2010 04:10:30 PM »

wow these look gorgeous, I am a newbie soaper and use EOs but without any huge success..maybe I am not using enough, but the scent is just not intense enough
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2010 07:24:25 PM »

These are awesome! So pretty, you rock!
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2010 08:09:33 PM »

Aw, thanks everybody!

Can I eat the butterscotch and vanilla one? Please?

Also, what defines a shaving bar exactly?

Ha ha, thanks!  I'm flattered.  And, no.

I'm not sure if there's a real answer, but to me, a shaving bar should give you a good, rich lather (the beer + castor oil) and nourish your skin (shea butter).  People highly recommend clay for added slip, to help the razor glide across your skin.

wow these look gorgeous, I am a newbie soaper and use EOs but without any huge success..maybe I am not using enough, but the scent is just not intense enough

Newbie?  Your stuff is stellar!  It's weird that you aren't getting an intense fragrance, though--I order from Brambleberry and WSP, and their EOs just about knock me over (some more than others--peppermint and the spices are way strong).  What suppliers are you using/how much EO PPO?
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2010 11:41:26 PM »

Looks yummy!! Super job!
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Newbie?  Your stuff is stellar!  It's weird that you aren't getting an intense fragrance, though--I order from Brambleberry and WSP, and their EOs just about knock me over (some more than others--peppermint and the spices are way strong).  What suppliers are you using/how much EO PPO?


aw thanks..my EOs are good and all from reputable suppliers in the UK, I use as much as is allowed in the various soap calculators..I wonder if its the particular oils that I use..the citrussy ones are definitely not as strong once the soap has cured..I made a lavender soap and its hard to tell what it is...perhaps I am expecting them to smell as strongly as soap made with FO
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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2010 06:30:47 AM »

Ooh yeah, citrus EOs are notorious for fading in CP--it's not just you!  I always throw a splash of litsea cubeba EO in with any citrus, and it seems to help fix the scent a bit.  Lavender's pretty weak, too, though I think you're allowed to increase its usage quite a bit.  I'm sorry you're not having success with them--I love EOs!  I feel they smell so much purer and cleaner than even really nice synthetics.
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