November Soap Challenge sponsored by Great Cakes Soapworks
This months challenge was a combing technique. I chose to use Autumn Fig FO by Bramble Berry and divided my batch into 5 colors: Merlot, Tangerine, Canary, Violet and Lime. Wish me luck and see my results below. Return soon for more challenge details.






S.O.A.P. Panel

S.O.A.P. Panel

I’m new to soap making and have gotten sucked in.  I have been doing a lot of soaping lately and I must say that I have come across a bunch of favorites.  Wasabi, Cherry Almond, Black Amber & Lavender, White Tea & Ginger, Ginger Ale, Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Souffle’, Whipped Foam, 10′ Load Mold.  I could go on and on.  As of now my all time favorite product that I could use every day is the Black Amber & Lavender fragrance oil, love love love it.  It has such a clean, soft, invigorating scent to it and I enjoy the scent of amber.  I made a whipped sugar scrub and body butter with it when I was pregnant it was wonderful.  Used it everyday and looked forward to using it.  My family even want some.

So please select me for you S.O.A.P Panel because I would love to test some of Bramble Berry’s other wonder products.  I’ve never gone wrong with my purchases from Bramble Berry.

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October Soap Challenge

October Soap Challenge

For the first time I’m taking part in the Great Cakes Soap Challenge Club.  Wondering what this is?  Well you are shown a particular technique and you must us it in some sort of way on your soap.  October’s challenge was the “Petal Soap”.  This is a good way to learn different techniques as well as tap in to your creative side.  I had a lot of fun with this.

After mixing my recipe I divided my batch in to six parts: 3 oz each in 4 squeeze bottles and then split the rest into two equal parts.  I added Fuchsia, Purple Passion, Yellow &  Tangerine labcolors to the squeeze bottles and yellow & Fuchsia to the other parts.  For My FO I used Cherry Almond and Lemon Cake from Bramble Berry.  Smelled awesome.


I also did my first hanger swirl tonight.  I hope that it comes out good.  We will just have to see when I cut in a couple of days.

It took a while for my colors to set and the first two set before the others.  Started to create my petals alternating colors and playing it by ear.  I had an idea of what I wanted to do but I started off in a totally different direction.  As I continued I made a few tweaks and I didn’t think it came out bad at all.  It was a lot of fun and I look forward to the next challenge.


Finished petals




Unmolded & cut




Champagne Lemon Cake

Champagne Lemon Cake

Another variation of Lemon Poppy Seed I tried this fairly difficult soap.  Well at least to me it was a bit harder.  I wasn’t very neat with the black mica because it ended up on the sides of my soap.  Have to be more careful next time.  Smells wonderful though.





Hazelnut Toffee Shot

Hazelnut Toffee Shot

I made this soap which is a variation of Bramble Berry’s Espresso Shot.  Had an issue with my dividers leaking into the other sections.  Now that it’s cut it doesn’t look too bad.  You see more of the mistake on the ends.  smells great though.




Cherry Almond Swirl Dream (In-the-Pot Swirl)

Cherry Almond Swirl Dream (In-the-Pot Swirl)

So I got this new FO called Cherry Almond.  I really didn’t know what to expect but it smelled great.  I decided to try it out in a 1 lb. batch and it turned out awesome looking and smelling.

It came out of the mold really well but had a little bit of ash on the top.  I think that I do better with the smaller batches then I do with the large.  Great year round scent be excellent for the fall.