Skip to Content

Category Archives: Savon Presents

April 18, 2012

Savon Presents: Big Top Circus

I don’t know why this soap reminds me of the circus, but it does.  It must be the bright colors :) .   I’ve decided to call it – Big Top Circus.

To continue my youthful theme, this soap is scented with a combination of fresh bananas, grapefruit, kiwi, bubblegum and strawberries. The technique used is Spoon Swirl. It’s a process of slowly layering and swirling color using a spoon. It sounds like a simple technique (and for the most part, it is), but it takes practice to create beautiful swirls, not to mention a fragrance that cooperates. I’ve got some practicing to do.

If you’d like to see other soaps created using the spoon swirl technique, take a look at Celene Blacow’s work.  She is probably one of the best spoon swirlers that I’ve seen.  You can read her blog here or shop her store here.  I have a bar of her Adam & Eve and I love it.

This soap is ready and available, so if you’re interested in owning a bar of your very own please send me a message.  Until next time – bon savon!

April 13, 2012

Savon Presents: Shaving Soaps

On March 28, I posted a ‘Preview’ of my his and hers shaving soaps.  You can read that post here.

I’m very pleased to announce that they are ready for you to try.

 

If you would like a bar of your very own please contact me.

Until next time – bon savon!

April 6, 2012

Savon Presents: Creme Brulee

The Creme Brulee is ready to serve.

On March 26, I posted a ‘preview’ of this project, which you can read here, and I’m happy to report that it is finally ready.

If you would like to own a bar of your very own please feel free to contact me.

Until next time – bon savon!

March 21, 2012

Savon Presents: Confetti Soap

Have you ever lost your mojo?  You know – when you can’t seem to successfully do something that you are usually really good at.  That is how I’ve felt in the last couple of weeks.  I lost my soap mojo – things just weren’t working.

To break the cycle (and regain my mojo) I decided that I needed a fun and simple project that guaranteed success.  I give you – confetti soap.

Earlier in the week I whipped up several bars of different colored soap that I cut or shaved into the soapy chunks and curls you see in the photo above.  Now, my fun (and rather simple soap) needed a complimenting fragrance.  Nature’s Garden’s monkey farts fit the bill.   I know what you’re thinking (no need to say it out loud) – but this crudely named fragrance smells wonderful.  Just imagine everything a monkey would eat.  It is a blend of fresh bananas, juicy grapefruit, kiwi, strawberries, and a touch of vanilla.  It’s sweet, fruity, and my 11-year-old niece LOVES it.

The soap is definitely fun, and the recipe is no joke.  This soap was formulated using olive oil, coconut oil, palm kernel, castor, shea butter and rice bran oil.  It has a fluffy lather and great moisturizing properties.   I’ve already got another project in mind for this recipe.

If you’d like to own a bar of your own, feel free to contact me.

Until next time – bon savon!

 

March 19, 2012

Savon Presents: Mediterranean Swirl

I’m a fan of giving credit where credit is due and I have to credit Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks for this project.

Several weeks ago, Amy posted a tutorial on her blog of how she made her Dead Sea Spa Bar (it’s an excellent tutorial and an excellent soap), and I was really excited to give it a try.  When I first started soaping I was fascinated by all the ‘stuff’ that was available to soap artists and I went a little nutty buying exotic ingredients (I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to do with Tahitian sand).  Dead sea mud was another buy that was just waiting for an opportunity.  Dead Sea mud is rich in natural minerals and has been used for thousands of years to revitalize, exfoliate, and purify the skin.  Interesting trivia:  the Dead Sea was the location for the first health resort.  It’s most notable guest – Herod the Great.

I’m proud to present the Mediterranean Swirl.  This was created using a technique called ‘in-the-pot swirling’.  It’s a fun technique that involves dividing the soap batter, coloring and then pouring it back into the main soap pot.  As you pour into the soap mold the colors swirl together and the really neat thing is that each bar is unique.  In this instance, I left the main soap pot neutral and tinted a second portion white.  I added Dead Sea mud to the third portion which turned this lovely grey color.

When I created the recipe for this project, I wanted to maximize the benefits of the Dead Sea mud by using oils that pamper the skin.  I selected olive oil, wheat germ oil, hemp seed oil, shea butter, avocado oil, almond oil, and several others to provide wonderful moisturizing properties.

I scented with a blend of essential oils including, spearmint, rosemary, and ylang ylang.   As the soap has cured the spearmint has faded back and allowed the ylang ylang to take center stage.

I’m very pleased with how this soap turned out and look forward to working with Dead Sea mud in other projects.

Until next time – bon savon!

 

March 17, 2012

Savon Presents: Guava Gradient

I’m ready for a beach trip – how about you? Imagine spending a few weeks just sitting in the sand, watching the water roll in as you sip a frozen Miami Vice (or your beverage of choice :) ).

Unfortunately, I can’t get away right now – but I can bring a little tropical to my soap making. Take a look at Guava Gradient. (This really needs a better name - any ideas?)

 

The fragrance is a blend of guava, orange, papaya, peach, strawberry and violet. Don’t you just want to drink it? The technique is called gradient. It is a process of layering soap batter from neutral to dark, or green, in this instance. This was the first time I attempted this technique, and it was a lot of fun to do. I’ll try this again sometime.

I even added a little tropical to my recipe with the use of mango butter. Mango butter comes from the kernels of the mango tree – not the fruit itself. It has numerous skin benefits, including softening, smoothing and moisturizing. Mango butter is one of my favorites to work with.

If you are interested in owning a bar of your very own, please leave a comment, and I’ll be in touch.

Until next time – bon savon!

 

March 15, 2012

Savon Presents: Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice. I don’t know about you, but those words immediately make me think of the holiday season; cold temperatures, family gatherings and great food. Admittedly – this soap is out of season, but I was never one to let that stop me.

What makes this soap special isn’t the scent or the swirls – but the recipe.  Pumpkin spice has a heaping helping of pumpkin seed butter, which is loaded with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamins A, C, E and Zinc, all great for skin. Many cosmetic manufactures add pumpkin seed oil and butter to their formulations to reduce wrinkles.

This soap wasn’t without its challenges.  The mixing and pouring of the soap was a breeze, in fact, it was probably the best soaping experience I have had to date.  I was so excited when I finished swirling and ‘put it to bed’ to set up.  Here’s a photo of the soap in the mold.  Isn’t it pretty?

And then I unmolded to find this - glycerin tunnels.  This occurs from time-to-time when working with titanium dixoide and a fragrance with a high vanillin content.

What you see here is soapy goodness – it just isn’t as pretty as the top of the soap :).  The scent has settled to be more spice than pumpkin but I still love it.  If you are interested in owning a bar of your very own just leave a comment below and I’ll be in touch.

Until next time – bon savon!