Check Out These Spoon Swirls!!

We had 116 soapmakers from all over the world come together for the December Challenge Club! Our technique was the simple spoon swirl which involves pouring various layers of soap, then using a spoon (or chopstick) to fold the soap from bottom to top, creating beautiful swirls! Our sponsor this month was Majestic Mountain Sage. Tina’s favorite holiday is Christmas, so she created some generous prizes for our winners!! Grand prize is a $100 gift certificate! Normally second and third place just receive free registration to the next month’s Challenge Club, but this time they will also receive the Amazing Dozen sampler kit from The Sage – 12 different one-ounce bottles of the winner’s choice of fragrance, essential oil, extract, or flavor oil. The Sponsor’s Choice winner will also receive an Amazing Dozen sampler kit! Thanks so much, Majestic Mountain Sage!!

And now, for our winners:

Congratulations to Milla from Bend, Oregon!! She is a hobby soapmaker, and has entered nearly all of the Great Cakes Soapworks Challenge Clubs, yet this is the first time she has made a top 3 spot. Milla has really created a masterpiece with her pink, black and white spoon swirl soap:

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Blackberry Sage spoon swirl soap by Milla

In second place we have Jelena in Quebec, Canada with her beautiful wispy swirled Cherry Blossom soap. Isn’t it gorgeous??

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Cherry Blossom spoon swirl soap by Jelena

Congrats to Claudia in Los Altos, California for her third place finish with this amazing outer space spoon swirl soap! She combined the spoon swirl with in-the-pot swirls and tiny little soap embeds:

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Outer space spoon swirl soap by Claudia

And finally, I get to announce our Sponsor’s Choice prize goes to Katy in Neoga, Illinois!! Katy is yet another hobby soapmaker and soon-to-be mother of six girls! She has been a member of the Challenge Club nearly every month, and I am excited to show you her Champagne Sugar spoon swirl soap made with real champagne:

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Champagne Sugar spoon swirl soap by Katy

I know you’ll want to see the rest of the entries, so I’ve made the link available HERE.

For the January Challenge Club, I will attempt to de-mystify the Butterfly Swirl! Here are the results of my first practice batch:

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Butterfly Swirl by Great Cakes Soapworks

Our sponsor for the January Challenge Club is Nurture Soap Supplies! The grand prize winner will receive 65 different mica samples (enough to color 2 pounds of soap each!), and the sponsor’s choice winner will each receive a basic 2.5 pound soap mold with silicone liner.

Once again I will open up the January Challenge Club so that you can register just for that month, or you can register for the next three months. Check out what we have lined up for February and March as well:

The February Challenge will feature the DNA/helix swirl, and the sponsor is Nature’s Garden. They will provide a $50 gift certificate to the grand prize winner, and a $25 gift certificate to the sponsor’s choice winner!

For March, we will revisit landscape soaps, something we haven’t done in quite a long time and always turn out so amazing! We have a new sponsor for March: TKB Trading! Their prize packages will be announced soon.

Registration opens after the holidays – on Monday, January 5th. Sign up now get a notification via email as soon as registration is available, and the tutorial for the spoon swirl as well:

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Challenge Club Combing Swirl Winners!

For the November Challenge Club, the theme was combing techniques. Basically any design you could think of that involved pulling a comb through soap was fair game! The most common design of this type is the peacock swirl which became quite popular in the last couple years. It was the first technique we did as a Challenge Club in May 2013. This time, I introduced a new technique called the serpentine swirl, and you will see that one of our finalists did a fine job on that one!

Huge thanks to Brambleberry and Custom Soap Stamps for sponsoring the Challenge Club this month! Brambleberry is providing a fabulous soap combing tool set that includes two combs, two wide-mouth squeeze bottles, and their silicone tool set for our grand prize winner, PLUS the Sponsor’s Choice prize that I will show you in just a bit. Custom Soap Stamps is providing a standard 3″ x 2″ custom soap stamp! And now, for our winners:

Congratulations to Jodi of Lakehurst Farms!! She is our grand prize winner with her completely gorgeous French curl swirled soap:

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French curl swirl, scented with Energy, by Jodi of Lakehurst Farms

Second place goes to Amy B. of Middleton, Wisconsin with her unique DNA helix swirl. This is actually just one layer of a four-layered soap where each layer was swirled separately! Click on the photo to see the rest of the swirls:

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Four-layer soap, scented with Lavender Forest, by Amy B.

In third place we have Veronica of Sweet Vivi’s Bath and Body Products in Port St Lucie, Florida with a beautiful serpentine swirled soap in red, white, pink and green:

veronica Challenge Club Combing Swirl Winners!

Serpentine Swirl soap, scented with Cranberry Chutney by Sweet Vivi’s Bath and Body Products

Second and third place winners will receive free registration to next month’s Challenge Club!

And finally, I get to announce our Sponsor’s Choice prize goes to Tanya of Stonesfield Soaps in the United Kingdom! Tanya created a beautiful peacock swirl, a technique she has definitely mastered, and ironically she was our grand prize winner when we had the first Peacock Swirl Challenge in May 2013! Here’s her “Bergander” soap:

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Peacock Swirl soap, scented with lavender, bergamot, and cedarwood by Stonesfield Soap

Since Tanya is outside the U.S., she will receive a gift certificate from Brambleberry for the amount of the prize package shown below:

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Sponsor’s Choice prize package from Brambleberry

I love that each of the winners used a different combing technique! Just shows how versatile this technique can be! Want to see even more combing technque soaps? Check out the rest of the entries for the challenge HERE. The tutorial for the combing techniques will be available soon for all who receive notifications about the Soap Challenge Club. (You can sign up at the end of this post.)

The December Challenge Club will feature spoon swirls! This is a super simple technique where you can layer or drop swirl the soap in the mold, then use a spoon to stir up the soap to create unique swirls.

Our sponsor for the December Challenge Club is Majestic Mountain Sage! They sponsored last December as well, and since Christmas is Tina’s favorite holiday, she likes to be generous with her prize packages. The grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift certificate, second and third place AND the sponsor’s choice winner will each receive an Amazing Dozen set.

Registration opens Monday, November 24th, and the link-up to enter your soap in the challenge will open on December 10th. Sign up now get a notification via email as soon as registration is available, and the tutorial for the combing techniques as well:

 Challenge Club Combing Swirl Winners!

Announcing the Petal Soap Challenge Winners

The technique for the October Challenge Club was to make petal designs inspired by a cake decorating technique. Kenna from Modern Soapmaking recently did a video tutorial, and I knew it would be a fun challenge!

We had a new sponsor this month: Mad Oils! They are a new supplier out of Florida, but they are definitely not new to soapmaking! Products include scents and colors (both natural and synthetic), plus botanicals, containers, and other fun surprises! They are providing a $50 gift certificate for our grand prize winner, PLUS a brand new Sponsor’s Choice prize this month that I will show you in just a bit. Are you ready to see our winners??

The grand prize goes to….Lara of Lara Celia’s Soaps in Sparta, New Jersey!! Lara is a first-time Challenge Club member, and she created this beautiful Victorian Rose soap with an ombre effect:

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Victorian Rose soap by Lara Celia’s Soaps

In second place, we have Lisa of Kangaroo Apple Soap Studio in New South Wales, Australia. Lisa is no stranger to the Soap Challenge Club, and she has placed several times in the top 3. She went all out with her rainbow petal soap cake:

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Rainbow Petal Soap Cake by Kangaroo Apple Soap Studio

Third place goes to Amy of Whipped Upp in Marysville, Washington with her super cool monarch butterfly soap art. Pretty amazing, huh?

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Monarch Butterfly Soap by Whipped Upp

Second and third place winners will receive free registration to next month’s Challenge Club!

And finally, I am pleased to announce our Sponsor’s Choice prize goes to Janet of Just My Family’s in Bristol, Wisconsin! Janet has been a faithful supporter of the Soap Challenge Club from the very beginning, and I’m so glad her soap was picked! She made a sparkling rainbow petal soap that is so cute and fun:

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Rainbows & Sprinkles Petal soap by Just My Family’s

Janet will receive the “golden rule” prize package from Mad Oils including 4 oz. Golden Embargo fragrance with new 1/4 oz jars of Pot O’ Gold, Matte Gold, Hot Man on a Tin Roof and Nancy Sinatra’s Gold Boots glitter:

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Sponsor’s Choice prize package

Congratulations to all our winners!! If you’d like to see the rest of the entries for the challenge, they are located HERE. You will find all sorts of soapy inspiration!

The November Challenge Club will feature Combing Techniques! Any design that you can make with a soap comb is fair game. I will show you how to make your own soap comb with cardboard and bamboo skewers. Have you ever seen the Serpentine Swirl? This is one of the techniques I will be demonstrating. It looks like this:

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Serpentine Swirl soaps by Great Cakes Soapworks

I will also do a quick Peacock Swirl tutorial, and offer several other design ideas!

Our sponsors for the November Challenge Club are Brambleberry and Custom Soap Stamps. Custom Soap Stamps will give the grand prize winner a 3″x 2″ custom soap stamp!! Brambleberry has put together a sweet prize package that includes their swirl tool kit, plus 2 wide-mouth squeeze bottles, and their silicone tool set!

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Grand Prize Package from Brambleberry

They will also provide the Sponsor’s Choice prize as well.

Registration opens Monday, October 27th, and we will be finished up well before Thanksgiving, so be sure to sign up! You can get a notification via email as soon as registration is available:

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Stunning In-the-Pot Swirl Winners!

This month’s Challenge Club featured the classic in-the-pot swirl. This was the first swirl I ever learned back in the day, and it remains one of my favorites. A lot of soapmakers prefer a swirl that they have more control over, but if you enjoy having completely unique soaps, no two bars of soap will turn out alike with this technique!

The guidelines for this challenge were to use in-the-pot swirls only. No stirring, swirling or otherwise messing with the soap once poured in the mold. The only variation allowed was for straight layers. Anything else could potentially detract from the star of the show: the in-the-pot swirl.

Our grand prize winner will receive a $50 gift certificate from Nature’s Garden as well as a $25 coupon code from the makermolds etsy store by Nicci Yeo. Please go check out both of their websites – Nature’s Garden has recently rolled out some big changes in their site, and Nicci has some really fun and unique soap molds!

Here is the stunning soap that takes home the grand prize. Congratulations to Zahida of Handmade in Florida who created this lovely coffee soap with several layers of soap:

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Coffee Soap by Handmade in Florida

In second place is Claudia’s fabulous “Nebula Swirl” soap, created with some help from her daughter. You’ll want to read her blog post about her process, as she has several great tips for achieving this effect:

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Nebula Soap by Claudia and daughter

Third place goes to Lisa of Kangaroo Apple Soap Studio in Australia. She spent hours and hours creating this gorgeous rainbow layered soap:

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Rainbow Soap by Kangaroo Apple Soap Studio

Huge congrats to Claudia and Lisa! They win free registration to next month’s Challenge Club!

I know you will want to see the rest of the entries as well! They are located HERE.

Do you love the new watermarks for the winning entries? One of our Challenge Club members, Claudia Carpenter, created these logos and a super simple tool to watermark the photos just for fun! From now on, when you join the club and submit an entry, you’ll be able to use the tool to watermark your own photos with this:

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Now for some more fun! We will be doing petal soaps for the October Challenge Club. Here is the test batch I created yesterday. I will be making another one for the video, now that I have a feel for the technique:

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Petal Soap Test Batch by Great Cakes Soapworks

You can do lots of fun things with this technique – even make flowers instead of rows of petals! (Novel idea, I know.) We have a new sponsor for October – have you heard of Mad Oils yet? They are a new company out of Florida with some fantastic fragrances, essential oils, micas, glitters, botanicals and so much more! They are providing a $50 gift certificate to the grand prize winner. (International winner will need to pay shipping only as they do not normally ship abroad.)

Registration will open Monday, September 29th.

NEW: I am also announcing the techniques and sponsors for November and December at this time. You will have the option to sign up for all three months on September 29th for just $15 (saves you a few bucks and you won’t miss the sign-up deadlines for November and December – yippee!!)

November – We are doing combing techniques! You’ve probably seen some of these techniques before – in fact if you’ve been with us since the beginning of the Challenge Club, we started with the peacock swirl. You can do a peacock swirl again, or something different! I will be demonstrating a technique that I have so far not seen in the soaping world. Now you’re curious, aren’t you?
Brambleberry will sponsor and provide the grand prize winner with their swirl tool kit to make all kinds of soaps with combing techniques!

Registration will open on October 27th. If you are pre-registered you will have access to the tutorial on that day. Soap will need to be made by November 12th, voting opens on the 15th and winners announced on the 19th.

December – The Spoon Swirl. Another classic with plenty of applications. Easy to do right before the holidays as well. Majestic Mountain Sage is sponsoring with a $100 gift certificate for the grand prize winner.

Registration will open on November 24th. If you are pre-registered you will have access to the tutorial on that day. Soap will need to be made by December 10th, voting opens on the 13th and winners announced on the 17th.

If you haven’t signed up for the Challenge Club newsletter yet, this is how you can get notified when registration opens:

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Negative Space Embedding – Whaaat?

I coined a new term for this month’s Soap Challenge Club! The technique is called Negative Space Embedding – the opposite of regular embedding. With this technique, participants were asked to pour a soap base, then cut holes (any shape or size) in it and fill those holes with fresh soap. I also gave the option of filling the holes with melt & pour soap. Let me tell you, this technique opened up a beautiful display of soap art which I’m sure you are all dying to see!

But before I announce the winners, I must thank our sponsors. Brambleberry has provided a $50 gift certificate, and Alex Kelly is providing a Custom Soap Stamp to our grand prize winner!!

Now we may proceed with the announcements! Congratulations goes to Zahida of Handmade in Florida for her beautiful negative “space” (literally!) embed soap. She created a beautiful soapy canvas of planets, sun, moon and stars:

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Negative “Space” Embed soap by Handmade in Florida

The honor of second and third place were such a tight race!! Second place goes to the talented Maya of Infusions blog from Tokyo, Japan. She created this beautiful interpretation of sea glass with her cold process soap base and transparent melt & pour “embeds”:

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Seaglass soap by Maya

In third place we have Claudia from Los Altos, California! Her 3D rainbow soap really stands out as a piece of soap art, don’t you think?

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Rainbow soap by Claudia

Congratulations to Maya and Claudia! They win free registration to the September Challenge Club!

You can see the rest of the entries for this challenge HERE. It is worth taking a look!!

For September, we are doing in-the-pot swirls!! I was challenged to do NINE colors, so this is the soap I will be demonstrating in the video tutorial:

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Black Cherry soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

The official challenge will be to swirl in at least THREE colors. There’s no limit to the number of colors you can do, but sometimes less is more with this technique! Our sponsors this month are Nature’s Garden who will be providing a $50 gift certificate, as well as a NEW sponsor, Nicci Yeo, who is providing a $25 coupon code toward anything in her silicone soap mold shop, makermolds. So many different whimsical molds to choose from!

Registration for the September Challenge Club opens Monday, August 25th. You can sign up to be notified here:

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Color Challenge Club Winners!

This month we did something a bit different for the Soap Challenge Club. Instead of doing a design, we worked on color matching – AND, we had two categories: natural and synthetic. Members who registered for the Club could create soaps with all-natural colorants or synthetic colorants, but they had to match either the mineral autumn palette, or the summer setting palette. They could enter either or both categories!

I’m so grateful to our sponsors this month! For the synthetic category, Nurture Soap Supplies sponsored for the first time, providing a very nice prize package of their vibrance micas along with some brand-new glitters, and their super white titanium dioxide. The winner will also receive a copy of Lori Nova Endre’s e-book, Coloring with Confidence! Super generous of both sponsors!

The natural colorants winner also gets a double prize: Majestic Mountain Sage is providing a box of botanicals (or $50 gift certificate), plus Ruth Esteves will be awarding the winner with a copy of her e-book, Coloring Soap Naturally. Also very generous! Woo hoo!!

Second and third place winners in each category receive free registration to next month’s Challenge Club!

Before I announce the winners, I want you to know what the voting guidelines were for this challenge. (Members could choose to use anywhere from 3-6 colors from the color palette for each of their soaps. They also had to photograph their soap with the color palette that they used, and describe the colorants used.)

1. Does the soap match ALL of the colors the creator intended to match? (if 3 colors were used, judge those 3 colors, etc.)
2. Are all the colors the creator intended to use distinguishable in the soap? (if 4 colors were used, can you identify all 4 colors in the soap, etc?)
3. Was the soap difficult to make?
4. Does the soap have a unique design?

So design was the last thing to consider. I think members did an excellent job choosing the winners based on these guidelines! The winning soaps match their color palettes pretty perfectly, AND they are beautiful to look at.

Let’s start with the synthetic category. All three winners chose the summer setting palette for their soaps. Our grand prize winner is a super talented soapmaker. Ladies and gentlemen, join me in congratulating Jodi of Lakehurst Farms in Vermont for her beautiful blue-ringed Energy soap:

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Energy Soap by Lakehurst Farms

Second place goes to a brand-new Challenge Club member, Kelly of Soap Monkeys Soapworks in North Carolina!! She created a simple layered soap that accentuates each color of the palette:

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Layered soap by Soap Monkeys

Our third place winner is yet another brand-new Challenge Club member, Claudia in California! You can check out her soap blog here. Her stunning soap has a very unique pattern:

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Amber scented soap by Claudia

And now for the winners in the all-natural category! All three winners chose the mineral autumn palette for their soaps. The grand prize winner is someone who joined the Club last month for the first time. This month, her soap couldn’t be more perfect for this challenge. Congratulations to Renee – of Lakehurst Farms in Vermont!! These Lakehurst Farms ladies took home BOTH prizes! Wow!

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Natural Colorants soap by Renee – Lakehurst Farms

Next we have someone who has been part of the Challenge Club since the very beginning, and her hard work has finally paid off! I am so pleased to announce that Heather of Winberg Bathworks in New Jersey take second place in the natural colorants category!

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Natural Colorant soap (with a mystery scent blend!) by Winberg Soapworks

And in third place, we have someone who is not a stranger to placing in the Soap Challenge Club – the very talented Maya in Toyko, Japan!! Maya went to a lot of work to create embeds for her natural colored soap – that perfectly matches the color palette!

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Natural Color Soap scented patchouli, tea tree, Japanese cypress, and bergamot essential oils by Maya

Yes, you can see all the entries for the color challenge! Check out the Synthetic Category HERE, and the All-Natural Category HERE.

For August, we are back to design. The technique is what I am calling “Negative Space Embedding”. Here is my practice batch, that I’m not altogether thrilled with:

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Cranberry Chutney soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

I will definitely be coming up with something better for the tutorial video! But now I can help you avoid the mistakes that I made…

Our sponsors will be Brambleberry with a $50 gift certificate, AND a new sponsor: Custom Soap Stamps by Alex Kelly. Alex is providing our winner with a custom soap stamp up to 3″ x 2″. Registration will open Monday, July 28th. You can sign up to be notified just as soon as it does:

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Vote in the Saponifier Design Mania Contest!

Saponifier Magazine is hosting another Design Mania contest with four different categories: FruitSopia Swirl, Gradient Design, Miss Betty’s HP Swirl, and Embedded Soap Design. (These were all design tutorials that were featured in their May/June 2014 issue.)

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Saponifier Magazine May/June 2014

All submissions have been entered, and now it is time to vote! You might be able to pick out the ones I entered, but please vote for your favorites!! Voting ends July 28th.

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Announcing the Hanger Swirl Winners!

Originally I thought we were going to do the secret feather swirl for the June challenge as many participants had asked to do this technique. However, once I started practicing, I realized this was a very advanced and difficult-to-duplicate process. So I opened it up to include all kinds of hanger swirls instead!! There are so many different ways to do hanger swirls, and as you can see below, the creativity inside the Challenge Club really exploded.

But before I announce the winners, I must thank our sponsor, Brambleberry, for providing a $50 gift certificate as our grand prize!! I appreciate all the support I’ve received from Anne-Marie Faiola and Brambleberry for the Challenge Club – they have been such a faithful sponsor! I hope you’ll show your appreciation by giving them your business.

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for….it may not surprise you to hear that Zahida of Handmade in Florida stole the show with her zebra hanger swirl! Congratulations to her once again!!!

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Zebra Hanger Swirl soap by Zahida

In second place, we have a new winner – this beautiful hanger swirl soap was created by Valerie of Paris, France. Please visit her blog, Mignonnes, venez-voir si… and check out her soap:

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White Tea soap by Valerie

And finally, we have TWO third place winners! First up is Maya of Infusions blog from Tokyo, Japan. She has placed in several Challenge Clubs previously. Her goal was to draw ylang-ylang and honeysuckle-like flowers with a hanger swirl. Check out her beautiful interpretation:

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Drawing Flowers with Hanger Swirl by Maya

Our other third place winner is Toni of Yale, Michigan with her gorgeous Bird of Paradise soap!! Toni has been a faithful Soap Challenge Club member and tied for 2nd place in our Embed Challenge in February. She’s earned her prize this month with this beauty:

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Bird of Paradise soap by Toni

Congratulations to the second and third place winners who will receive free registration to next month’s Soap Challenge Club!!

The rest of the hanger swirl soaps that were submitted for the challenge this month can be found HERE.

I am super excited to tell you about the July Challenge Club! We are doing a Color Challenge this time, with two categories to enter – all natural colorants or synthetic colorants. This means we have TWO grand prize winners and TWO sponsors!! Majestic Mountain Sage will be providing the prize for the natural colorants which will be the winner’s choice of a box of botanicals (U.S. only) or a $50 gift certificate. We have a brand new sponsor for the synthetic colorant winner!! Nurture Soap Supplies is putting together a fabulous prize package including a 4 oz. set of their Vibrance colors, plus seven brand-new, not-yet-released glitters, and a 4 oz. jar of their super white titanium dioxide! I will also give free registration to the August Soap Challenge to the second and third place winners from both categories. You can enter either category – or both! Here are the color palettes we will be using and the soaps I created with both palettes:

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Top soap is Blue Hawaiian, colored with synthetic colors. Bottom soap is Lemon Sunshine, colored with all natural colorants.

You can use anywhere from 3-6 colors from each palette. Either palette will lend itself to using natural or synthetic colors, and I will help you figure out how to do that! I will also provide specific guidelines as to which colorants are considered natural and which are synthetic, as I know the line can be somewhat blurry in this industry.

Registration will open on Monday. If you are not currently subscribed to our Soap Challenge Club newsletter, you can subscribe below to be notified as soon as registration opens:

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Congrats to Our Oil & Glycerin Swirl Winners!

Wow, wow, wow!! We had some fantastic, amazing, absolutely gorgeous soaps entered in this month’s Soap Challenge Club – so many great ones, in fact, that we ended up with ties for both 2nd and 3rd place, with so many others trailing by just a vote or two!! You’ll see some repeat winners, as well as some new ones this month…and such a wonderful variety of countries represented! Let me begin by thanking our sponsor, Nature’s Garden for providing a $50 gift certificate to our grand prize winner – and first place ran away with the prize! Congrats goes to Zahida of Handmade in Florida for her beautiful feather swirl soap with mica swirls on top:

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Secret Feather Swirl with Oil & Mica Tops by Handmade in Florida

Tied for second place, we have these beauties:

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Granberry Soap by Ruth of Seifenkoenigin

Ruth is from Austria, and she created the soap above using a faux funnel technique underneath and the mica swirls on top. She has a wonderful blog about her soapmaking journeys.

Also in second place is this beautiful rainbow mica swirl:

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Rainbow Mica Soap by Lisa of Kangaroo Apple Soap Studio

Lisa is an Aussie soaper, utilizing the beautiful peacock swirl with her oil & micas. You can check out the Kangaroo Apple Soap Studio Facebook page to see more of her work!

In third place, there are two more stunners:

catherine Congrats to Our Oil & Glycerin Swirl Winners!

Purple-Gold Mica Swirl soap by Soaps N Such

Catherine of Soaps N Such is from Virginia, and created this lavender soap with simply elegant glycerin & gold mica swirls. You can follow Soaps N Such on Pinterest

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Oriental Mint soap by Maya of Infusions

Maya of Infusions blog hails from Japan, and created a unique essential oil blend for her soap, with these lovely oil & mica as well as oil & cocoa powder swirls.

All four of our second and third place winners will receive free registration to next month’s Soap Challenge Club!!

If you would like to take a peek at the rest of the soaps that were entered, you can find them all right HERE.

We will be taking a short break for Memorial Weekend here in the U.S. and will start the June Challenge Club on Monday, June 2nd. I will announce the next technique and sponsor via the Soap Challenge Club newsletter, so if you’d like to be included, please click the link below:

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Check Out These Amazing Floral Design Soaps!

We had a great group of soapmakers participating in the Flower Power Soap Challenge Club this month! The challenge was simply to create a floral design with cold-process soap. There are lots of choices for this type of technique, including piping, embeds, cut-outs, etc. Be sure to click on the photos of the winning soaps to learn more about their soaps and how they created them!

Our grand prize winner invested a lot of time and thought into creating her masterpiece of soap entitled “A Flower Path To…”. Congratulations to Maya of Infusions blog in Tokyo, Japan, who will receive a $50 gift certificate from Brambleberry for this work of soap art:

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A Flower Path To…. by Maya of Infusions

Second place goes to a new member of the Club, Katrina of Sego Lily Soap in Utah with her beautiful lilac soap:

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Lilacs in Bloom by Sego Lily Soap

Our third place winner is Zahida from Florida with this gorgeous rose covered cake:

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Strawberry Lemon Ombre Rose Cake by Zahida

Second and third place winners receive free registration to next month’s Challenge Club which will begin again on Monday! I’m sure you’d like to see the rest of the Challenge Club floral design soaps, so be sure to check them out HERE.

For next month, we will be doing Oil & Glycerin Swirls on top of cold-process soap. You can do this with either a slab mold or a log mold. Here is the soap I will be demonstrating for the Club:

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Country Clothesline soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

Any soapmaker can join the Soap Challenge Club, whether you decide to compete for the prize or not. Many join to learn a new technique, push their skills, get encouragement and feedback – and get to know other soapmakers from all over the world!

Our sponsor will be Nature’s Garden! They will be providing a $50 gift certificate to our grand prize winner. Again, registration will open Monday. If you are signed up to receive Soap Challenge Club notifications, you will be the first to find out when it opens. If you would like to be notified, sign up below:

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