It’s been a long time since I have made a hot processed soap, and because I am running low on soaps and need to get some made in time for Christmas gifts, I decided to give an essential oil HP soap a try:
However, before I get to this soap, I wanted to share with you these awesome swap soaps that I received this week from Gordana at Moj Sapun (MySoap):
Aren't they beautiful?! We each had to try something new with this swap and then also send one of our tried-and-true soaps. Gordan’s new soap that she tried was the activated charcoal and carrot juice soap (which is the one in the middle). She also tried a new technique with this soap, the faux-funnel pour. You can check out her post about this soap on her blog here. She also sent a beer soap (the one on the left), which is her tried-and-true soap. I'm really looking forward to trying this soap, because I've heard that the sugar in the beer really adds to the lather. This soap also contains cocoa butter, oatmeal and honey...nice~! The third soap was the loofah soap, which she has embedded into some HP soap...it smells so good too! I'm really looking forward to trying all of your beautiful soaps with these new ingredients I've never tried before. Thank you Gordana, I feel so lucky!
Now, getting back to this essential oil soap. It’s been a long time since I’ve made a pure essential oil soap, so I thought I would try a blend of Palmarosa and Geranium essential oils. I really like this blend; it’s a soft, clean floral with just a touch of green. The palmarosa reminds me of lemons and roses, and the geranium adds a light, earthy note to the blend. I used 2 parts Palmarosa essential oil to 1 part Geranium essential oil. I also wanted to add some interest to the top of the soaps. I had seen a picture of some soap on Pinterest with similar tops, and I wanted to see if I could replicate the tops by blending some mica colors.
Here is the before and after:
This is how I blended the mica colors to get this effect:
The finished HP soap with a blended top:Thanks for reading and have a great weekend everybody!