|That improvised soap mold worked beautifully and I could
easily use it to practice swirls. The heart shaped evening bag
is pretty and the ornate hairband is a little over the top.
But our joint soap making sessions are ususally fun. We always manage to agree on what to do and this time she wanted to make calendula soap with her homemade Calendula oil and my dried Calendula petals and her dried flowerheads. We ended up making it in a tray mold that I had picked up at "The Good Shepherd" a thrift shop charity where I spend all my spare cash. It isn't really a soap mold, that much I know, but I can't imagine what else it could be used for. I frequently get asked by the staff at the till: "What is that you are buying?" and very often the answer is: "I have absolutely no idea". I usually figure it out or find some use for the stuff myself at some point. But back to soaps.
|Very pretty and very nice soap for delicate skin.
I was asked for cut pictures and here they are, the little hacked up darlings. It did surprise me that the dried calendula petals came through with their colour so orange, but I don't know if that will last. We used no fragrance. Two reasons for that. I placed an order from a UK company at the beginning of June and am still waiting for it! This might turn into a separate post about fraud pretty soon. I've called and emailed... But... later. Anyway, in the absence of the EO's that we should have received a looong time ago we thought we would make this unscented and therefore suitable for people with allergies and sensitivity to fragrance.
The recipes are:
Olive oil 56% 420 g / 14.8 oz
Coconut oil 28% 210 g / 7.4 oz
Cocoa butter 6.3% 70 g / 2.5 oz
Sunflower oil 5% 50 g / 1.8 oz (Calendula officinalis infused)
Carrot juice 38% 285g / 10 oz
Lye 103g / 3.6 oz
The infused oil was added at trace as well as a generous amount of dried Calendula petals. This layer turned out to be a slightly yellowish tan colour.
The next layer is almost the same except we added unrefined palm oil which I found in an Asian store and couldn't resist trying even if there are all kinds of ethical issues. So layer one has different percentages, but mostly the same numbers are layer 1.
Olive oil 52.5% 420 g / 14.8 oz
To this we also added dried calendula petals and the infused oil went in at trace. This layer turned out a very pretty yellow.
The third layer was the same as the first except we used water instead of carrot juice. That layer is quite white and is a perfect backdrop for the dried flower heads we pushed in on top for decoration.
Cutting the soap turned out to be a bit of a challenge. I hadn't really thought about how I would do that since the mould is larger than any knife I have. I guess I need to make a wire cutter if I use that mould again. I had thought that we would end up with 3x4 soaps out of the mould, but when I had cut (hacked?) them up they were way too big so I cut them in half again. And they look kind of cute, if a bit crooked.