Friday, June 29, 2012

Whimsical Cubes

My Beach Seduction Salt Soap Cubes

Sea Mist Salt Soap Cubes by Soaperstar (i am handmade)

Soap Cubes by Steamboat Soap

Pink Frosting by Eco Chic Soaps

I ordered soap cube molds because I like my salt soap like that.  And it is easier to NOT cut them....So darn CUTE.  I love all of these!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pinky Swear

I have received a few soaps from a couple of you and reviews are underway on paper, but while you wait, I thought you'd enjoy some soap porn.  ;)

Today's theme?  Well, pink, of course!  It's happy, cute and feminine.

Platypus Dreams:  Pink Chiffon

La Belle Aurore:  Pink Petticoat
The Happy Housewife and Her Soapy Obsession:  Pink Cupcake Soap

How Do I Make Soap Blog:  Frosted Pink Tree Soap Tutorial

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Into The Future With Tiggy

Tiggy Fiander of Future Primitive Soaps is not only a beautiful human being but she makes awesome soap!  I have been the bearer of great soaps of hers that I've reviewed here and here.  They are just a luxury that I will have to keep in my life.  :)

I noticed recently that Tiggy's come out with a number of soaps have changed in size and shape and I am loving her new and unique style.  Busy Bee.  But let me say, that when I had my shop, I was so very productive and it looks like she has her work cut out for her, e specially now that she has her own dedicated space.  It sure does make a difference.  Working from home makes it harder to focus when there are everyday distractions that cannot be avoided.

Can we get to the soap porn already??  Here goes....and don't forget to visit her shop!

Roman Bath House

Tea Rooms

The Olde Embankment

Market Square


Cavendish Banana  (OOS?! Waaaaah)

I must get the Banana when it gets back in stock. Banana, oatmeal, buttermilk and coconut?!  Count me right in.  Must go back to my Banana Buttermilk soap I used to make.  I'll make it even better than before, darn it!

Tiggy, you are awesome and I love you!

xxoo Jo


Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

Thank You David Fisher

I get the newsletter of David Fisher's soap and candle making column in my email once a week.  This past week he talked about how to make a Salt Soap which I had already been making for years, but he talked about using less salt as an option.

It came at a pretty specific time where I had been thinking that my bars were too laden with salt because when I cut them, they got a bit crumbly.  I love sea salt soap.  It soothes, conditions and feels all around fantastic on my skin.  It wakes up my pores, cleanses them and I feel glowey.  It doesn't do that for everyone, because my husband hates them.  Says it makes his skin itch.  I don't understand that.  I've never heard that from anyone else.

I have been making salt soap by using the same amount of oils to salt, so yesterday I made a test batch of salt soap but made with 80% sea salt instead of 100% salt to oils. Instead of one hour in the oven on and one hour in the oven off, I tried 1 1/2 hrs in oven on - 1 1/2 hrs in the oven off  and then waited 30 minutes before cutting.  They were not that different to cut, a little smoother.  We'll see.  I go back to my studio today or tomorrow and I will be able to tell once they have had the chance to cool completely.

I love the idea of using less salt to change the consistency of the soap.  Next week, I will try a 50% salt-oil ratio and see what I like the best.

What's your favorite salt-oil ratio?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Salty Porn Porn

Salt Soap by Swanee

Sea Mist by bubs & scrubs

Lavender Salt by Finchberry

Pepperbirch Salt by Good Forest Soaps

Salt Soap by A Delicate Matter

Salt Soap by Jenora Soaps

Zesty Lemon Spa Soap by Sheris Soap Opera

Dead Sea Salt Soap with Dead Sea Salt & Blue Clay by Tokyo Factory

Seaside Spa by Spiral Soaps
(I had to add this one because it was just too fantastic!)

Ah, now, I can ponder the ocean.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Yellow So Mellow

So today in South Florida, it is hot, sunny and all the trees, flowers and sky are piercingly bright and cheery.  Today I give you yellow soap to cheer you up, hopefully.

wild raspberry by raintree botanicals

lemon vanilla pie by AlaiynaBSoaps

sweet lemon cream soap by blushie

yuzu hot process soap by DelicateByNature

coco mango by SV Soap

coconut poppy carrot soap by daily repose

So that is enough sunshine for one day, yes?

Enjoy your Saturday!