Sunday, January 26, 2014


I enjoy reading soaping blogs.  Not only do you discover some amazing soapers but also make new friends.  One of the other things I also enjoy is learning new tips that you pick up from fellow soapers.  I love to add milk to my soaps and mostly always use goats milk in my recipe.  Lately I have been wanting to add colloidal oatmeal.  It can be a little expensive and my supply has been running low so I was trying to figure out how to do it without breaking the bank.  

I tried doing my own but for some reason my grinder does not grind it fine enough.  Imagine how excited I was when I read that you can use Oat Flour and it was just as fine as Colloidal Oatmeal.  I decided to purchase from a local store and try it out on my next batch.  

I was thinking of doing something a little more refreshing this time around.  Get a way from the floral fragrances.  I though about using an aloe fragrance but settled instead for "Satsuma".  The vendor describes it as: wonderful blend of orange, mandarin, mango, peach, lime, jasmine, and orange flowers. 

It has been sitting in my shelf for nearly a year, so I figured it was time to use it :)

Imagine my surprise when I went to cut this soap.  On first glance I swear I had the dreaded DOS (dreaded orange spots).  You get DOS in your soaps when you use oils that are old, expired.  After a short panic (and a couple of very naughty words (= )...I inspected the bars closely and noticed that it was actually Oat flecks that I was seeing.  It turns out that the Oat Flour I used was not fine enough.  I was a little disappointed since I really wanted a nice smooth bar.  My swirl was perfect.  I reminded me of a creamsicle bar...just wanted to eat it!  yet, it had all these flecks!

Oh least it will be a nice exfoliating bar once it's ready to use.  

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  1. Like you, I enjoy reading soap blogs for the same reasons you wrote. :-)
    Satsuma sounds really yummy and your soap represents the fragrance very well. I love oats in soap and I think the texture adds interest.

  2. They look some yummy. The color and swirl are gorgeous and the bars look perfect from here :0)

    1. Thank you Kia! I love your soaps! I was excited to see a post in my blog from you :)

  3. Looks great and I bet it smells refreshing =)

  4. Sorry to hear it wasn't quite what you expected Roxana, but it is very beautiful and I'm sure it still works beautifully. The scent sounds wonderful, very spring-like and your swirls are always amazing.

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    1. Thank you! I am very happy with how the colors are holding up :)

  6. The soap still looks gorgeous, Roxana! Those swirls are beautiful! The oat flour should be a nice additive. Sounds like a great scent, too.

  7. I really like the speckled effect - it looks like it might be gently exfoliating, and the swirls are amazing! I'm a big fan of soapy blogs as well - love the community and the inspiration :-)