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1  When you gaze into the soap.... in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RavingRosemary on: October 08, 2011 06:02:02 AM
...the soap gazes also into you?

I made this cold process pumpkin spice soap for Halloween and decided to play with color.  I was hoping for something vaguely macabre and evocative-of-Halloween-ish, and instead ended up with these little jack-o-lantern bars.

I used a standard log mold, and each "face" came out a little different.  This was the most fun (and most surprising!) time I've ever had slicing a soap!

I'm not confident I could ever pull it off again (this guy isn't, either), but they're super cute.  I'm so pleased with the way it came out!
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2  Some winter soaps in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RavingRosemary 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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3  Halloween soaps in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RavingRosemary on: September 29, 2010 05:37:56 AM
I was hoping we'd have a spooky Halloween B&B challenge, but since we're not, and I still want to show off....

Halloween soap!

I'm most proud of the one on the left.  It's my first wine soap.

Made with Two Buck Chuck, of course.  I call the fragrance "wine cellar"--it's a blend of merlot, musk, blackberry and dirt* FOs.  Honestly, the boyfriend and I think it's kind of stinky.  But other people like it, so, who's to judge?
It's "Cask of Amontillado" themed, hence the weird embed... I was hoping it would look like a cell window, but instead it kind of looks like piano keys.  Eh.  Nobody's perfect.

And Frankincensinstein.  Made with chunks of recycled soap... of course.  (I wish I could say I thought of frankincense + Frankenstein myself, but it was suggested by a 12-year-old girl at a show.)

The bath bomb isn't anything special, really.  Just fang-marked for Dracula, scented with Victorian (gothic) rose.

(Though I made a matching one in glitter for Twilight.  Couldn't resist.)

Those are my silly Halloween soaps!  It was such a fun collection to make.  I'm already plotting out next year's....

C&C welcomed!

*YES I BOUGHT THE DIRT FO!!! /soap nerd
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4  Appa throw pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RavingRosemary on: September 07, 2010 06:37:11 AM
I started this back in June as a birthday present for my boyfriend, who's a huge sucker for animals.  He'd just been loaned the entire series of Avatar: the Last Airbender and had, somewhat predictably, fallen head over heels for Appa (the giant flying bison).  So I decided to make him an Appa pillow!  But then we moved, and things were hectic and so... rather belatedly....

A pic of Boyfriend hugging Appa right after I'd finished him, ostensibly for a for-scale photo.

The best thing about Appa (besides his big soft nose) is that he's 100% recycled!  Several t-shirts, men's dress shirts, and a pair of pants were sacrificed to the crafty gods... I also mauled this poor stuffed bunny to get his fur:

Poor bunny.....

Thanks for looking!
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5  Playing with form and color in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RavingRosemary on: July 05, 2010 12:10:57 PM
Hey, loves!  It's been a while since I posted anything new (the life! it explodes!).  But I've been experimenting a bit:

I'm super excited about this one!  It's my "A Midsummer Night's Dream" soap.  Jasmine-scented, very warm and sexy.  (Seriously.  So excited.  This is probably the most technically difficult soap I've done, and I love love love the way it came out.)

Tilted soap!  Shabow!  ("Sense & Sensibility."  It's geranium & chamomile--v. delicate & wildflowery.)

Layered swirls!  Whee!  This un's "Romeo and Juliet"--smells like roses and blood (orange).

Aaaand look who put on her big girl pants and did a batch of HP:

With beer.  Because I'm awesome.  (Patchouli, sandalwood & orange, because that combination is a winner.)

Thanks for looking!
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6  A crumbly kind of salt bar. in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by RavingRosemary on: June 15, 2010 03:00:12 PM
Here I am again, filling the air with question marks.  A few weeks ago, I gave into salt bar envy and produced these....

They're pretty and smooth on the top, but the bottom half of the bar is very rough and sandy looking--kind of crumbly.  I'm pretty sure it's Wrong (though it's visually interesting).  Do you guys think it might be lye heavy?  Too much salt?  I hope they're salvageable, but willing to pitch this batch and give it another shot if I can figure out what I did wrong.


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7  Re: CP/HP Soap Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RavingRosemary on: May 29, 2010 02:34:14 PM

All righty, here we go!

I received goodies from mcook, MareMare, smittenheart, Lique and Nymeria:

I got these two from mcook and I LOVE them, especially the "Shampure."  Can't decide if I love the color or the scent better--mmm!  And the labels are super cute.  My camera totally does not do them justice....

MareMare's came next, and I know pics have been posted of these already, but whatever--they're wonderful and I can't wait to use them.  Red tea & clover and this yummy lemongrass bar.  The green is really to die for.  Def. should not have photographed them on a red rug... but my photo skills didn't affect their fragrance, so we're all good.  Grin

Lique's and smitten's arrived next.  Here's Lique's...

Girl spoiled me rotten with a sweet body butter and these fab soaps.  I feel so smug when I see people commenting on the Valentine's Day post now.  All "oh man, how did you get that beautiful color?"  Well, I get to shower with it.  Booya.  (Though I'm secretly looking forward to the mango one more.  It's heavenly.)

And smitten's!  Another spoiler--three soaps instead of two.  Y'all are making me feel cheap.  Here they are:

I put her business card in the picture because it's so darned cute.  Grin Want to design some for me?  (Just kidding....)
I'm not sure if you can read the labels because of my aforementioned Fab Camera Skillz, but I've got Coconut Lime Verbena, "Cloud Nine," and a beer soap called "Charming, Eh?"  The title of the last made me laugh out loud.
I honestly cannot pick a favorite of the three--they're all awesome.  Smitten, can I ask what the scents of the last two are?  Cloud Nine is especially sublime.  If you mixed it yourself, you're a fragrance queen!

And finally, poor Miss Nymeria's package came knocking, knocking on my mailbox door:

And oh my gosh, was I excited to see it.  Boyfriend is already pushing for me to try the "'poo bar."  I think he just wants me to leave it in the shower.  Wink
The jasmine and the "Beyond the Sea" bar smell incredible, and the labels are super, super cute.  She also made me feel so fancy by wrapping everything in that bag (seen in the top photo).  So professional and just plain, well, nice.  It was such a wonderful package to open.

This has been such a great swap.  Thank you so much to everyone!  I hope you enjoy my soaps as much as I anticipate enjoying yours.  Now to pick which to use first....

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8  Re: Friendship Bracelet Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RavingRosemary on: May 21, 2010 11:48:44 AM
Ha ha, that's a total coincidence!  Though now that you mention it, I can kinda see where you're coming from....

And here are the awesome bracelets I got from my awesome partners!

From top to bottom: A "piano keys" design from purplegirl.  I love the colors so much!  And when I wear it on my wrist, the knot makes it look like a bow tie.  Grin

An intensely, insanely beautiful creation by zombiecakeses.  I am in total awe of her skill.  This is a seriously amazing bracelet!  No relation at all to the summer camp bracelets of old....

A lovely knotted creation from CleanFeelin.  The knots seem Celtic to me.  She said she tried to make it "earthy" and I think she did a great job--these are some of my favorite colors.  Thanks, lady!

And finally, this absolutely gorgeous (and comfy! that's pure cotton, folks!) bracelet from Taraston.  She had it all cleverly knotted so I can take it on and off with no problem--pure genius.  She even included a little "ring or doll bracelet."  So cute!

What a great group!  Thanks, everyone!

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9  Yeah, I made soap out of this cucumber. in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RavingRosemary on: March 17, 2010 06:57:19 PM
Plus... you know.  Lye and oils and some other stuff.  But still.  THERE IS A CUCUMBER IN THERE, YOU GUYS.  I am so excited.

I know I am not the first person on the internet, or even on this board, to make cucumber soap.  But still.  How danged exciting is this?  Answer: pretty danged.

Cucumber puree (peels and all!), substituted for water....

...yields these lovely spring green bars!

Right now they kind of smell like, well, stewed vegetables.  But the fragrance (cucumber mint FO, rosemary & citrus EOs) is slowly coming through as the cuke smell fades.

C&C adored.  Thanks for looking!
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10  Re: Can soap grow mold? in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by RavingRosemary on: March 13, 2010 10:21:04 AM

The flash sort of bleached out the middle bar... but you can still see the Mysterious White Junk.  Is it just odd-looking soda ash and I'm being paranoid?

ETA: the white stuff is only on the tops and uncut sides of the bars--the white bits in the middle are pieces of oatmeal that have been sliced through.

This batch was actually unscented, so naughty FOs aren't the culprit.

What do you think, Soap Sleuths?
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