Monday, 24 September 2012

The most beautiful soap I have ever made!

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I have been having so much fun recently making soap and with this particular batch everything went right! I was unable to stamp it, though, as it went very hard very quickly. Good thing I cut it earlier than I normally do. I did this because my impatience/ curiosity got the better of me and I really wanted to see what the soap looked like.
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Happy Heritage day to all of you out there.

Riverlea Soap

Monday, 17 September 2012

Can you believe it’s re-batch? A tutorial



it is not often that I have a bad batch of soap. In fact I have only had 4 in 5 years. 3 Of them have been in the last 2 months. So with these “bad” batches I decided to make rebatch. I love the consistency of this batch and the unmelted flecks in it.

Swirl used for rebacth

This is what the soap looked like before I made it into re-batch. Really pretty! But alas when I cut it is was crumbly and hard, a sure sign that something had gone wrong. So it got grated and remade.


  • Grated Scraps:           1177.5    gr   
  • Water:                         28.6    gr   
  • BaseOil:    Castor       18.2    gr   
  • FO:    FO of choice     37.0    ml  


  • Prepare your mould ahead of time.
  • Take the grated soap and place it in a microwave jug or heavy duty plastic bucket. It’s going to get very hot.
  • Take all your wet ingredients, except the Fragrance oil and pour that over the grated soap.
  • Place the jug/bucket in the microwave and microwave the mixture on 50% strength for 5 minutes.
  • Take it out and see if it has started to melt. If not do another 2 minutes on 50%. This is not an exact science and all microwaves are different so you will have to eyeball it.
  • Place back in the microwave on high for 1 minute. You should have a melted mass of soap. If it is not all melted then keep going in 30 second bursts until it is all melted. You are looking for Apple sauce like mixture. Unfortunately no picture is available.
  • You may need to add more water if it is really thick. Don’t add too much though as your soap will be very soft and you will have to wait for the water to evaporate from the soap.
  • Once the mixture has cooled slightly add your fragrance oil and mix really well. Pour into your mould and leave for a few hours or over night.
  • Once it has cooled down and set  you can cut the soap and if it is hard enough


Riverlea Soap

Monday, 10 September 2012

Mantra Swirl–A CP tutorial

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You can see the video on making this here.

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Monday, 3 September 2012

How to Make Bath Fizzies from Martha Stewart

How to Make Bath Fizzies from Martha Stewart: The instruction on How to Make Bath Fizzies appeared in the Holiday 2006 issue of Martha Stewart Living, but now is available on her website. All it takes to make delicately scented tablets is a little mixing, some gradual spritzing, and a few minutes of molding. When you're finished you'll have dozens of effervescent treats in a variety of shapes and colors that will scent and soften bath water as they bubble. They make great stocking stuffers or party favors to give out at bridal or baby showers. They make great gifts for all the ladies on your list, including mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and grown-up nieces. Experiment with colors and scents; mix yellow and red to make orange, for example, and try blending lemon with lavender.
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