Friday, April 11, 2014

New Blog! new Website

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I have opened up my new Website and Blog Home.  Please stop by and visit.  I will be slowly moving my posts to this new home and hope that you are able to still follow my Soapy Stories!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Call Me Flirty

I usually don't plan ahead with the possibilities of color discoloration on my soaps.  There are soapers that use it to their advantage and usually plan on the fragrance discoloration to work with their design.  I just go with it.  I find it interesting to see how a fragrance can play with your pre-selected colors.  Having said that, I do tend to stay away from most of the sweet and sugary fragrances.  I think I have only soaped with Vanilla Fragrance oil once, and I purposely made my soap bars brown.

I did once have a soap batch that turned out very nice out of the mold and as soon as it started to cure it turn a dirty looking beige.  It was pretty weird and kind of fascinating at the same time.

So I was wondering if I should do any type of planning when I decided to soap with my next fragrance: Dreamcatcher (from Rustic Escentuals).  Its a nice light, feminine fragrance.  The vendor does warn about slight discoloration so I thought to add a little more Titanium Dioxide to see if it will lighten it up, and decided to add some yellow, and red mica.

I was surprised to see that it discolored, but not dark, instead yellow.  At one point my yellow and white were just about the same color but eventually the yellow started to pop a little more.


I like how the swirl turn out.  Nice and flowing, and sort of flirty!  



For this batch I decided to soap with full Goats Milk.  Freezing the milk and slowly adding the lye to the frozen cubes.  What I find surprising is how thin my soap batter was.  It took me a good couple of minutes to reach thin trace.  I did not do anything different with my recipe and I wonder if the real cool lye/milk mixture had a lot to do with it.  It may be hopeful with trying the Peacock Swirl once again! :)

I am still working on finishing up my template for my new blog.  I am stalling a bit since I am really pretty nervous about transferring all my post to the new site.  Just thinking about it makes me all jittery!  

Thanks for checking out my blog!

Happy Soaping!
Roxana



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Soap Peeps

I recently came across a very cute post of Melt and Pour Soap Peeps from Soap Deli News Blog.  I thought it was the cutest soaps and I read that she found the mold at a local Target Store.  Well I just could not wait for my lunch hour so that I can escape and go purchase it.   Unfortunately work got  a little crazy and I was not able to go out for lunch.

I was desperate!  so I called in a "life line"...my husband!  I texted him a picture of the mold and sent him off to look for it during his lunch hour.  





Isn't it the cutest mold!  

He bought me two.  One to use for soap and the other one to attempt to bake something in it...yeah right :)

Here are my little peeps!





Once again I got a little carried away with my pink and blue.  They turned out a little darker than I wanted  but my yellow is perfect!!!




I also have some exciting news to share.  I will be moving my blog to a new home very soon.  I decided to obtain my domain name (website name) and I am in the process of building my blog template.

Why did I decided to do this?...well, I guess I just felt that I needed more punishment and a little frustration in my life may not be so bad!  LOL

I tell you,  I am learning so much!!!  I am trying to build it in Wordpress and it's not easy!  I have been pretty consumed and I would think a little bit obsessed in trying to figure out how to set it up.  Cee Gee will confirm that I have gone a little nutty and would send desperate emails in the middle of the night asking over and over again "WHAT WAS I THINKING?!!!", and like a good friend she has calmed me down and very gently pushed me back to my madness :)

She has encouraged me to write a blog about it, and I am really considering it.  It sure has been interesting for sure!!!

But never fear, I continue to sneak in some soaps here and there and I recently made a new batch that I hope to display before I unveil my new page.  In the mean time...

Thanks for checking out my blog!!!
HAPPY SOAPING!
Roxana






Saturday, March 22, 2014

Time for "Fresh"

With our very SHORT Winter exiting and Spring arriving, I am starting to turn to my "green and fresh" fragrances.  Hiding in my closet and waiting to come forward was "Badedas"!  The description of this fragrance is: 
...blend of fresh, invigorating leafy greens & florals, basil, citrus, amber, and musk...

It's a very nice clean and fresh fragrance and I was pretty happy to soap with it.  I thought about the type of swirl to do for this and decided for "In the Pot Swirl".  

My colors: Titanium Dioxide, 24K Gold Mica, Omega Blue Ultramarine, and Hydrated Green Chrome Pigment.  Please applaud me because I finally figured out that "less is best" and ended up not dumping the entire pot of color in the soap mix! :)

As usual I added my favorite Goat Milk and this time decided to add some Colloidal Oatmeal for soothing.  The vendor listed this fragrance as not accelerating, and it actually did a little on me. Even with soaping at a low temperatures.  I was starting to be concerned that I may not  be able to do my swirl since the soap was starting to thicken up on me.  But in the end the results were pretty nice and I was happy with it.



If you look closely the milk really wanted to gel this one.  You can see a little bit of the power circle in the middle.  I even stored it in the fridge overnight.  If I would have left it in the counter it would have definitely gel on me for sure.  Sadly the fragrance is starting to fade.  I did not remember from the comments that it does, so now I will just have to wait and see how long it will hang on for.



I am loving that with the time change I have much more light to enjoy later in the day.  I can take advantage of this when I take pictures of my soaps!

Thanks for checking out my blog!


HAPPY SOAPING!!!
Roxana