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I make a ton of different soaps.  I hate to limit myself!  I do stick to the same basic oils and butters, but I love to change up scents, whether or not I use coffee, tea, or beer, maybe milk, or even a pureed vegetable!  I also have a tallow recipe I make upon occasion, though in limited quantities at the moment.

A fellow crafter and friend really enjoyed my tallow soap but wanted to try a different scent so I let her sniff through my samples and she narrowed in on one she liked.  Now, in just a couple more weeks she will have her very own soap loaf!

Her mom also requested a particular scent to be made into soap as well as a body creme, though she didn’t necessarily want an entire loaf.

It was a ton of fun making a custom order and knowing the customer will love their new soap and get enjoyment out of it.  Customizing a soap isn’t hard, but sometimes customers are impatient and not willing to wait for the cure time needed.  If you can, try and see if you can convince some folks to order a customized soap loaf.  Around the holidays selling whole soap loaves is not uncommon.  Some customers prefer to cut and package the soap themselves to give to friends and family.  Saves them some money and saves the soaper packaging time!

Here are some photos of the two recent custom soap orders I completed:

The oils in the Crisp Apple Rose soap are yellower than the Apple Orchard tallow soap.

The oils in the Crisp Apple Rose soap are yellower than the Apple Orchard tallow soap.

Adding colorants to the crisp apple rose scent.

Adding colorants to the crisp apple rose scent.

colorants blended

colorants blended

In the pot swirl of the white into the pink

In the pot swirl of the white into the pink

Crisp Apple Rose molded

Crisp Apple Rose molded

Adding extra pink to top

Drop swirled the pink/white mixture and added the extra pink/white to the top

Swirled the top with a chopstick for this neat effect

Swirled the top with a chopstick for this neat effect

Crisp Apple Rose soap loaf

Crisp Apple Rose soap loaf

Crisp Apple Rose cut

Crisp Apple Rose cut

The tallow soap batch:

The tallow blending with the lye water mixture- notice how nice and light it is!

The tallow blending with the lye water mixture- notice how nice and light it is!

mixing colorants for the tallow soap: yellow mica, red mica, green mica, and titanium dioxide

mixing colorants for the tallow soap: yellow mica, red mica, green mica, and titanium dioxide

Dividing the raw tallow soap batter

Dividing the raw tallow soap batter

Colorants blended in for the tallow soap

Colorants blended in for the tallow soap

pouring the green soap in first to prep for the drop swirl

pouring the green soap in first to prep for the drop swirl

drop swirling the yellow, white, and red into the green

drop swirling the yellow, white, and red into the green

Apple orchard tallow soap swirled top

Apple orchard tallow soap swirled top

side by side comparison of the 2 soaps

side by side comparison of the 2 soaps

A lot of pictures to look at but these soaps were so fun to make! Hope you enjoy them!  If you would like to use the FOs I used you can purchase the Crisp Apple Rose from Brambleberry Here or the Apple Orchard scent from Nature’s Garden Here.

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I participated in another soap swap hosted by Bramble Berry.  I love making soap and participating in a soap swap is just another excuse to make more soap!  For this swap, since it’s hosted by Bramble Berry, we have to use a Bramble Berry fragrance oil.  I chose Kentish Rain and I love the smell!  Has a great “rainy” scent.

I made an ombre layer soap and had fun doing it though the fragrance oil seemed to speed up trace a little.  I used my large wooden mold for the soap log since I needed to have 12 bars to ship to Bramble Berry.

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My Kentish Rain soap log after unmolding.

My Kentish Rain soap log after unmolding.

Looked pretty good.  There were a few tiny bubbles from the soap batter thickening up on me, but overall it cam out well.  And it smells so awesome!

Cut slices of the Kentish Rain soap.

Cut slices of the Kentish Rain soap.

I think it came out pretty good and since I used my large wooden mold I have a few extra bars that I can either keep or sell after shipping the 12 swap bars.

I plan on posting a photo of all the soaps I get in the swap.  I’m still working through the box of soaps I got in the first swap, with the kids help of course!

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I have been keeping myself pretty busy with preparing product and learning all I can about soaping.  I have joined the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild (www.soapguild.org) and put my name in to be a part of a local farmer’s market.

I am excited to be a part of the farmer’s market, but also nervous.  I really want to sell my product, but the farmer’s market is every Friday from May until the end of October!  That’s a lot of product to prepare and stay on top of!  I don’t want to shy away from the potential business, but I am hoping I can sign up just for a few days this summer and not have to sign up for all of them.  I’m praying about it and hope God shows clear direction for me!

Also, I have been working on learning how to make liquid soap.  Liquid soap is similar in process to making hot process bar soap, but instead of using sodium hydroxide to make soap from fats and oils, I need to use potassium hydroxide.  Also, the process takes about 2 days to make liquid soap so it’s a bit time consuming, but I think totally worth the effort!  I have a few body washes ready to ship to some testers to see what they think and then hopefully not long after that I’ll be able to post some to my etsy site!  Yay!

I have also been working on some bath fizzies as well.  I finally nailed down a recipe I liked and created a few, but unfortunately realized the colorant I used leaves a nasty ring around the tub!  From what I researched, this is not unusual, but I do not like it.  What’s the point of having a nice relaxing bath with a bath fizzy/ bath bomb and then having to spend then next couple of minutes scrubbing out the tub?  A pain.  The colorants I used said they were good for bath fizzies, but to me this is unacceptable.  I pulled my fizzies off of my etsy site until I can determine if all of the colorants I used would cause the ring or just certain ones.  I also have been researching other bath fizzy colorant suppliers.  I think I found a contender, but they are a bit pricey between the actual product and the shipping costs 😦 .  Oh well, I guess I have to suffer that to have a superior product!  Anyway, I’ll leave you all some pics of the products I am working on!

not a strong scent but there is a definite flavor there

not a strong scent but there is a definite flavor there

These may be ok since there is only a little bit of colorant in them.  Plan on testing them some more today.
These may be ok since there is only a little bit of colorant in them. Plan on testing them some more today.

These smell yummy!  The srubbie is also available at my site in a variety of colors.

These smell yummy! The srubbie is also available at my site in a variety of colors.

Anyway, I guess that’s it for now.  I hope to post some hot process soap pics next time and maybe with another soap recipe.  I found a lye calculator online that has been even more helpful for me in creating soap recipes.  www.soapcalc.net

 

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I’ve been lucky enough to have quite a few sales in my etsy shop for the first 3-4 weeks of business and I am so thankful to the friends and family that have supported my new endeavor! Yay! This has been a bit stressful, but so much fun too.

I am also excited to announce the winner of the first GrammaVedora Soap Company giveaway! Thanks again to all those who participated. This will not be the only giveaway I will do. I hope to do another one around Easter or early spring so keep on the look out!

Okay, no more keeping you in suspense! The winner of the giveaway is………..Connie Bolen! Yay! Connie please contact GrammaVedora on facebook and leave a message with your address so I can ship your gift. You can go onto the http://www.GrammaVedoraSoapCo.etsy.com site and chose a lip balm, washcloth color and one bar of soap. They will be wrapped and sent to you as soon as I can!

Thanks for your support everyone!

Now, to leave you all with a pic of some of the new soaps I made this past week.

New soap scents coming soon to the etsy shop!

New soap scents coming soon to the etsy shop!

These soaps will be available in early March. I will also be working on chocolate soap and others this weekend. Hope to also try some hot process soap as well. If I can get my husband to cooperate, maybe I can post some pics of the soap making process and add a recipe!

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