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« on: December 28, 2009 08:19:44 AM »

I found that once you start soapmaking it's really addictive...so many ideas to try out! I made these two 2-3 months ago and gave away lots for christmas.
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Citrus Soap: I made the lye solution with organic green tea instead of goatmilk (as I usually do) and used a very different recipe involving lots of coconut, olive, safflower and castor oil. It was originally supposed to be shampoo soap but it is too heavy for my hair so I just use it in the shower. Has EO's lavender, litsea cubeba and lemon in it and smells heavenly fresh and lemony, I could sniff at it all day!

Lavender Soap: Used my usual recipe of goatmilk, olive, palm, coconut and grape seed oil with a little extra almond oil and cocoa butter. EO's lavender, litsea cubeba and rosemary and smells absolutely delicious of lavender. It was my first time using color pigment and I failed really badly. It was supposed to be purple but turned out really green  Shocked

At least it smells really good  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2009 08:35:10 AM »

Soapmaking IS addictive. You've been warned!

The lavender bar is stunning; I love the lavender on top. So earthy and lovely. Lavender pigments are strange beasts. They tend to turn greenish or greyish. I've found adding some white pigment in sometimes helps. It's a trial and error thing.

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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2009 09:13:33 AM »

oh i think the lavender bars are beautiful!

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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2009 10:00:50 AM »

Those look great! I love the first bar, looks very rich and creamy!

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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2009 02:31:53 PM »

looks awesome and I love the lavender one..looks so pretty..I'd have issues using it since its soo pretty Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2009 12:01:29 AM »

Thank you all! It's funny that you all love the lavender one  Grin. I was so disappointed at first when it turned greener and greener but that was because I had a nice dignified greyish-purple one in mind when I was making it  Cheesy.  I'm actually surprised the lavender on top still has its color, I expected it to turn brown soon.
It is lovely to use though, goatmilk soaps are always really nice I find.

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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2010 08:30:49 AM »

These are gorgeous!  I'm also a huge fan of your labels.  Did you do them yourself?  The lemons are lovely.

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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2010 11:25:45 PM »

I am loving the Lavender Soap!  Too bad my sister doesn't like the smell, it makes her ill.  I'm loving the lavender that's on top, looks like a winner to me.  Dang, lavender and goatmilk, my two love in a soap.  My sister is such a sucky roommate, she hates goatmilk soap also!!

Maybe in another life time I can use them.  lol.

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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2010 03:35:27 PM »

those are stunning! i love the lavenderbuds on top and your labels look so professional too!

i coulnt help but notice the names were german: i used to live in austria and my friend from there has a hard time sourcing lye. now i suppose you're from germany, but maybe you still have a hint as where to start looking? where do you get your from?
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2010 10:24:40 PM »

Wow, this is a featured project, thanks so much!!!

I'm also a huge fan of your labels.  Did you do them yourself?
Yep, that's just a simple word-template that I made. I use thick cream-colored or yellowy paper for printing. I don't always use my own photos though.

i coulnt help but notice the names were german: i used to live in austria and my friend from there has a hard time sourcing lye. now i suppose you're from germany, but maybe you still have a hint as where to start looking? where do you get your from?
Getting lye can be a bit tricky. I got mine in a pharmacy, which ordered it for me, but I had to try every pharmacy in town before I found one that was ok with it. Most pharmacies in Germany won't sell it to you.
Your friend could have a look here, this page states best places to shop all things soapy: http://www.naturseife.com/Seifenzutaten/einkaufstipps.htm
Also this online-shop has a very good reputation, though not sure if they ship to Austria: http://www.behawe.com/

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