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11  By Jove, I think she's got it! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RavingRosemary on: March 02, 2010 03:20:25 PM
Soapers and soaprettes, I am proud to present... SWIRLS!

This was done using the swirl-in-the-pot method, with the proper combination of oxide, cursing, and making vain promises to the soaping gods.  It smells like woodsmoke, vanilla, cherry, pine and cinnamon.  I keep thinking of it as "the goth soap."

Prelude to the goth soap:

I think the FO I was using accelerated trace a smidge.  But it came out looking like a stormy sky, which I kind of love (& fittingly, was done with WSP's Stormy Night dupe, which smells like rain-drenched heather & hyacinth--a light, clean floral).

Aaaaand maybe not exactly a swirl:

Scented with an ocean FO and, after a friend complained that it wasn't oceanic enough, a healthy dose of kelp.  So now I've got the verisimilitude down... only trick is finding someone who wants to bathe in seaweed. ;P (BF says it smells like a sushi restaurant.  Some people really love the ocean, right?)


/soap babble

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12  Swirlin' blues (or reds) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RavingRosemary on: February 20, 2010 03:18:47 PM
This is my first moderately successful attempt at swirling!

I'm pretty excited.  I'm still pretty clueless about the whole thing, and my attempts to swirl in the pot inevitably turn into muddled mushes.  Layered this one in the mold and then poked at it with a spoon... hooray!

Other adventures in coloring:

A mint garden soap, speckled with powdered parsley and basil (that I grew, dried, and ground myself--DIY power!)

Aaaaaaaaand a charcoal soap!

The tops aren't actually that grey... thanks, camera.

C&C <3ed.
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13  Beer soap envy in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RavingRosemary on: January 28, 2010 11:19:22 AM
Smitten recently posted some beer soaps (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=334221.0), and I was immediately filled with envy.  Beer!  In soap!  Plus, there was a new scent combo I'd been wanting to try, and so....

Made with He'Brew Genesis Ale, & scented with orange, sandalwood and patchouli.  Mmm, mmm!

I'm really pleased with it, except for the dreaded soap ash....

Does anyone have any tips on how to prevent this junk?  I know you can cut it off, but I know I'll never get these bars to be perfect rectangles again.

C&C welcome.  And thanks to Smitten for the inspiration!
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14  First project post: Cinnamocha soap! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by RavingRosemary on: January 10, 2010 07:21:49 AM
Good morning, Craftsters & Craftstettes!  A few months-ish ago I appealed to your Great Soaping Wisdom regarding the viability of flavored coffee as a scent in soap.  The answer I received (& can now verify) is that no, coffee flavor won't stick around in CP soap.  But it never hurts to try, especially when this is the yummy result:

I skirted away from fragrance oils (was an EO snob until recently, when I made the acquaintance of a heavenly brown sugar FO), so everything in this bar is as natural, save the flavored coffee (hazelnut, which didn't survive the cold process).  This batch was made with coffee, coffee grounds, coffee beans, cocoa powder, cinnamon, & cinnamon essential oil, plus olive oil that I'd infused with crushed coffee beans.  I'm a tea-drinker myself, but man, this is heavenly.

Still working on layering.  I'll get there someday.  Grin

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