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:

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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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Congrats to Our Drop Swirl Challenge Winners!

For March we had the largest number of Challenge Club members yet! Our technique was the drop swirl, which was definitely a popular one, as we had the highest percentage of members who submitted their soap as well. Members get three votes to spread out to their top three picks, excluding their own, and as you might imagine, choosing from 75 different entries was a rather difficult task! We had a very tight race up until the very end, but our grand prize winner took a margin of just three votes over second place. Congratulations goes to Zahida from Florida – once again!! She created a beautiful cold-process mixed with melt & pour drop swirl soap:

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Zahida’s Sea Glass Drop Swirl Soap

Zahida wins the $100 gift certificate from Majestic Mountain Sage – woo hoo!!!

Our second and third place winners were not far behind. In second place we have Maya from Tokyo, Japan with her gorgeous ylang ylang and patchouli drop swirl soap:

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Maya of Infusions Drop Swirl soap with cocoa powder lines

Third place goes to Lisa from Sydney, Australia. Her drop swirl soap was inspired by a dragonfruit! She used yuzu fragrance and some poppy seeds to mimic the dragonfruit seeds.

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Dragonfruit drop swirl soap by Lisa of Kangaroo Apple Soap Studio

Maya and Lisa will receive free registration to next month’s Soap Challenge Club which will begin again on Monday! If you’d like to see the rest of the Challenge Club drop swirl soaps, you can check them out HERE.

For next month, I have chosen a Flower Power theme. The challenge is to create a cold-processed soap with any type of floral design. Here are the two I will demonstrate for the tutorials:

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Lemon Verbena soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

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Hawaiian Jasmine soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

Our sponsor will be Brambleberry! Prize package to be announced soon! 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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Embed Soap Challenge Winners

We have some crazy cool soaps from the Embed Soap Challenge!! Members were asked to create a soap made with pre-made cold-process or hot-process soap embedded into a fresh batch of cold process soap. The design ideas for this challenge are obviously endless…

Our grand prize winner is this soapy work of art by Zahida in Florida:

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Starry Night Soap by Zahida

This is Zahida’s first time participating in the Soap Challenge Club, and hopefully not her last! She won a $50 gift certificate plus the mini silicone column mold set from Brambleberry!

We had a tie for second place between Toni in Michigan and Ildiko in Sydney, Australia. Toni made this adorable patchwork soap with a denim fragrance:

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Toni’s Patchwork Soap

Ildiko made a series of soaps all at once, inspired by photos of sunrise, sunset, and moonrise over the water:

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Soapy Sunrise-Sunset, Sunset-Moonrise, and Polka Dots by Ildiko

Our third place winner is Margo of Bearprint Soaps in Oregon! She created these beautiful heart embed soaps, scented with Pink Berry Mimosa:

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Heart Soap by Margo

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

You can see all the beautiful entries in the Embed Soap Challenge Club HERE.

Next month, we will be doing the Drop Swirl technique:

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Orange-Rosemary-Anise soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

This is one of the soaps I created for next month’s Challenge Club. It is all natural, except for some titanium dioxide. Smells very refreshing! Registration for this technique will open this Monday (March 3rd). Our sponsor will be Majestic Mountain Sage, and they will be providing a $100 gift certificate for the grand prize winner!! You can sign up to be notified as soon as it opens:

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Challenge Club Winners Announced

When I chose the Taiwan Swirl as our technique of the month for the Soap Challenge Club, I had no idea how challenging it would be!! It appears to be this simple technique that anyone can do with amazing results. In theory, this is true. However, this happened to be the one technique that I ended up making six batches just to get a decent video tutorial made. I am so impressed with the entries for this challenge, knowing how long it took me to get it “just right.”

Let’s start with our grand prize winner. Congratulations to Sarah Milroy of Spicy Pinecone!! She wins the $50 gift certificate from Nature’s Garden!! Sarah created this beautiful blue and black Taiwan Swirl soap:

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Taiwan Swirl soap by Spicy Pinecone, scented with CK-One type

Click on the photo to see how she made it!!

Our second and third place winners receive free registration to next month’s Soap Challenge Club. In second place we have Ruth Esteves of Sirona Springs! She created this lovely deep red and orange Taiwan Swirl:

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Taiwan Swirl soap by Sirona Springs, scented with Sensuous Sandalwood

Our third place winner is someone new to the Soap Challenge Club. Congrats goes to the very talented Jodi of Lakehurst Farms who created this lovely multi-colored Taiwan Swirl soap:

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Taiwan Swirl soap by Lakehurst Farms, scented with Sweet Rain

Are you ready to see the rest of the entries? They are located HERE.

Soapmakers from all over the world are invited to join us next month as we make cold process soap with embeds – embeds must be made with finished cold or hot processed soap in any shape or size. Our sponsor is Brambleberry once again, and they have come up with a fantastic prize package which includes a $50 gift certificate PLUS a set of their mini silicone column molds which are awesome for making embeds!

Registration for next month’s Soap Challenge Club will open February 3rd. Hope you’ll join us! If you haven’t already signed up for notifications about the challenge club, you can do that here:

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Taiwan Swirl Challenge Club Closing Soon!

Just a quick FYI for those who haven’t heard: Registration for this month’s Soap Challenge Club will be closing Monday (tomorrow!) at 2pm CST. We are doing the Taiwan Swirl, which looks like this:

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Taiwan Swirl by Great Cakes Soapworks

Any soapmaker can join the Challenge Club. The only requirement is that you have a basic understanding of cold-process soapmaking. Members of the Club will be able to view written instructions as well as a video tutorial, then have the opportunity to create their soap, documenting the process via photos or video, and sharing their creation in the Members Only area so that other members can view, comment and vote on the winners.

This month, the grand prize winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Nature’s Garden, and second & third place winners will receive free registration to next month’s Soap Challenge Club. (Registration fee is just $5.95.)

Soapmakers from all over the world come together for this fun event each month – it really is a great way to build relationships and share creativity. Plus, who knows? You might even win a prize! Click the button below for more info and to register:

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Congrats to our Challenge Club Winners!

We just finished up another amazing Soap Challenge Club! Our technique this month was the Column Pour, and we had some very talented soapmakers participating yet again. However, this time we had a very clear first place winner – someone who was brand new to the Challenge Club! Congratulations goes to Michele of Tierra Verde Soaps, the grand prize winner of a $75 gift certificate from Brambleberry! Here is her magnificent column pour soap:

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Eucalyptus-Spearmint Column Pour by Tierra Verde Soaps

Second and third place was a tight race – but Jaime of Crochet Dynamite came in second, and Sarah of Spicy Pinecone is the third place winner. Jaime and Sarah will receive free registration to next month’s Soap Challenge Club!

Here is Jaime’s beautiful Tie-Dye Column Pour soap:

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Rise & Shine Tie Dye Soap by Crochet Dynamite

And here is Sarah’s awesome White Trash Beautiful Column Pour soap:

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White Trash Beautiful soap by Spicy Pinecone

For more beautiful Column Pour technique inspiration, check out the rest of the entries HERE.

Curious about next month’s technique? We will be tackling the beautiful Taiwan Swirl! I just cut one of my practice batches and I can see that it is going to discolor – so I took a photo real quick! Nature’s Garden just confirmed that they will be our grand prize sponsor with a $50 gift certificate – yippee!!

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Taiwan Swirl practice soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

Registration for next month’s Soap Challenge Club will open December 30th. Hope you’ll join us! If you haven’t already signed up for notifications about the challenge club, you can do that here:

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Squeeze Bottle Design Challenge Results

We had some really fantastic entries in the Soap Challenge Club again this month! Our technique was called “Squeeze Bottle Designs” and it gave the Club members a lot of creative license to make designs with a squeeze bottle on the bottom of their soap, then fill in the remainder of the soap however they wanted to. It was another tight race to the finish, and we ended up with tie for 3rd place – yet again! Our sponsor, Majestic Mountain Sage, was very gracious to offer a grand prize not only to our first place winner, but also provided Sampler 7 kits for 2nd & 3rd place winners (in addition to their usual prize of free registration to next month’s Challenge Club!).

Let’s start with our grand prize winner! Congratulations to Tricia Miller of the Miller Soap Co. who created this beautiful musical design:

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Musical Soap by Miller Soap Co.

Second place goes to Margo Long of Bearprint Soaps. She made this unique Lavender Lemon soap:

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Lavender Lemon Soap by Bearprint Soaps

Our third place winners are Vickie Robinson of Udder Indulgence and Jaime Maraia of Crochet Dynamite. Vickie’s soap is a beautiful Cherry Blossom:

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Cherry Blossom Soap by Udder Indulgence

Jaime entered this really cool snowflake soap:

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Snowflake Soap by Crochet Dynamite

Ready to check out all the amazing entries? They are located HERE.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated this month!! I know it’s a busy time of year! Believe it or not, next month’s Challenge Club will open on Monday. We’ll be doing the column pour technique. I’ll have more details soon!

Extra Prizes for 2nd & 3rd Place!

Registration for this month’s Soap Challenge Club remains open for a very short time. We are making Squeeze Bottle Designs which can transform any ordinary soap into something extraordinary just by using your tracing skills.

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Bayberry Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

The Challenge Club is open to any soapmaker from around the world who has a basic knowledge of how to make cold process soap. If you would like to compete for the prizes, simply document the making of your soap via photos or video and add your blog, YouTube, pinterest, or Facebook album link to the link-up on November 13. Club members only will vote for the winners.

Normally the sponsor for the Soap Challenge Club takes care of our grand prize only which is pretty incredible! Majestic Mountain Sage is contributing a $100 gift certificate to our grand prize winner this month. NOW, they have offered to also give away Sampler 7 kits to 2nd & 3rd place winners as well – and that’s in addition to free registration to next month’s Challenge Club! So many ways to win!

If you haven’t registered, better do it quick!! This opportunity will go away Monday at 2pm CST!

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