Back to the soap studio

I made my first batch of soap of 2011 last week, over a month since my last batch. December was such a busy month for me that I didn't have a chance to miss making soap. Over my "break," I made some changes to my soap room--moving things out that I rarely use, rearranging supplies and storage areas to be more efficient, preparing a new cabinet to store my curing soap, and so on. But it's good to get back into my soaping routine. And since it's been a long long time since I shared any pictures, I thought I'd show you a few recent batches....
  Scented with Lovespell, a dupe of Victoria's Secret. I've had a sample bottle of the fragrance oil for a long time and thought I'd finally give it a try. I love it! It was my first attempt at adding the black soap curls. I like the idea, but it needs tweaking. 

 Rain, a clean (soapy?) kind of scent. I'm trying out some new formulas, increasing the olive oil. I'm beginning to favor high OO soaps.

And finally, Black Raspberry Vanilla. My lovely dark pink, made with pink kaolin clay, turned orange with the yellowish fragrance oil. Aren't the swirls crazy? And every bar is different. I've mapped out an idea that I've been mulling over for some time, so in the next few months I'll be making and testing a lot of soap. This will be fun--I'm excited!


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