It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas…

Soap. I made some. Quite a while ago now, but I’m gradually getting them trimmed up. Sorry about the photos – I can’t find my camera, so these were taken with my phone.

Frankincense & Myrrh. I’m really happy with this swirl!

soap with a red and white swirl

Grass Stain (smells like fresh mowed grass, only better). You can see here the difference between the natural soap colour (a sort of light greeny beige, thanks to extra virgin olive oil and hempseed oil), vs the colour with titanium dioxide added in the Frankincense and Myrrh swirl.

soap with a green and white swirl

Milk, honey, and hempseed oil, no colour added, blend of essential oils:

uncoloured tan soap, one in the shape of a t rex, the other labelled with Mulled Honeymilk label

Lavender rose. I was trying out my new dragon stamp:

pink and blue swirled soap, one with a dragon stamp

Dreamsicle, fragranced with Yuzu and Warm Vanilla Sugar, with mica on top (I just canNOT get mica to photograph well):

orange and brown soap with pink and gold shimmery mica on top

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13 replies

  1. Even my Christmas-hating heart is warmed by that. It’s a pity I can’t use soap or else I’d totally buy some from you. That dinosaur is awesome!

  2. I am not surprised but v gratified to see that your ingredients list includes “cow’s milk”, not just “milk”. It tickles me. 🙂
    The green one looks AND sounds divine!
    RE: Mica
    I have always found reflective surfaces and objects particularly difficult to photograph, especially in a shot with non-reflective items (Maybe diffusing the bounced light with a piece of fabric might help? Am not sure, but looks like maybe the light is a bit bright and direct to really give a ‘sparkle’ instead of plain bright reflection)

  3. Well, a lot of soapers use goat’s milk, and I’ve used human milk before in soaping, so I thought specifying was necessary 🙂
    I don’t know how to fix the mica thing! This light was filtered through a semi-opaque roof on a very wide verandah and also a fabric curtain, in the late afternoon – no light on in the room, no flash. It’s just really hard to photograph ultrafine shimmers. Maybe if I had a gazillion-megapixel camera?

  4. Gorgeous soaps as usual 🙂 The Frankincense and Myrrh swirl is fabulous, no wonder you’re happy with it!

  5. ohh, they’re wonderful!

  6. Do excuse me if there’s already a link somewhere that I’ve missed – my head’s full of cold-virus-infested slime and not working very well – but do you sell these soaps on Etsy or somewhere similar? They look beautiful.

  7. Wow!

    Are there any beginner-soapmaking books which you would recommend?

  8. I’m keen to try making soap too. Your soaps are inspirational, Lauredhel. They have that perfect mix of useful, beautiful, unusual, and homemade.

  9. Reflected light will at least look different if photographed with a polarising filter. I don’t have one yet so can’t try and find something similar to do some test shots on.
    Beautiful soap as always. It’s still hard to go past the dinosoap, but frankincense & myrrh edges past it for the season!

  10. Actually no, there aren’t really any books I’ve been impressed by; and some books considered standard texts have horrifically wrong information in them. Millersoap, Teachsoap, and Aquasapone have higher quality information in my opinion; and they’re free. Check out the resources here at millersoap.

  11. This is an interesting batch to review. I’ve been pretty unwell, so I was less fussy with getting them planed perfectly and bevelled evenly and neatly. I’m working on liking the rougher effect, on the grounds that it looks more “handmade”.

  12. The only possible drawback is that I’d hesitate to take them in the shower, they’re so beautiful!

  13. THanks for the links Lauredhel – It’s similar to the cooking thing, I think; I have plastic pocket display books with printed web pages now rather than buying cookbooks (Zoe keeps the book sales going, anyway! 😉 )

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