Welcome to another stop on the Soapcrafting Blog Tour! We are celebrating the release of Anne-Marie Faiola’s new book Soapcrafting with step-by-step techniques for making 31 unique cold-process soaps. The first part of the book is all about how to make soap from techniques to safety guidelines, walking you through a basic cold-process batch, and even helping you choose your oils, colorants, and scents. The second part is where it gets fun!! Eight different techniques on playing with color, five different ways to use creative molds, five different recipes inspired by food, five more exploring natural additives, and eight cool super swirl methods are included! Be sure to click on the photo of the book below to order your own copy:
Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola
As a participant in this Tour, I get to feature one of the recipes from the “Inspired by Food” section: Avocado Moisturizing Bars. I received everything I needed to create this soap, aside from the water to mix the lye, and the ripe avocado.
This is a three-layer soap, scented with a delightful Wasabi fragrance, and colored with chrome green oxide and yellow oxide, with the middle layer being a mixture of the two.
Colorants and Avocado Slurry Prepped and Ready!
First, I began by adding the avocado slurry to the soap:
Avocado slurry in the soap pot
Then I divided out the soap into the three different colors, added the Wasabi fragrance to each, and layered them into the mold. It was nice to have Erin’s tutorial on Even Layering in my head at this point!
First layer is all green!
First layer poured, second layer ready to go!
Second layer poured, third layer ready!
Finally, it was time to texture the top:
Avocado Moisturizing Bars by Great Cakes Soapworks
I discovered that I’m not always the best at following directions. There were two places where I read the steps, but didn’t do what it said. Fortunately, I don’t think I’ve ruined the soap! The first was in the amount of colorant I used. I mixed up the full amount, and used the full amount, but I was only supposed to use part of it! Second, I was supposed to get the soap in the freezer right away, but I got caught up in spritzing the top with alcohol, and by the time I had done the full 90 minutes that was recommended, the soap was getting hot. I realized later I was supposed to spritz the soap while it was in the freezer. But since it was already heating up, I just left it out to prevent a partial gel. I’m pretty sure that’s why it’s a bit crackled!
What a fun project this has been!! I LOVE the silicone liner in the mold. It made the sides and bottom of the soap super smooth, and clean-up was so easy! The bottom of this 5-lb mold slides out, and the soap just slipped out – so cool! Thanks to Brambleberry for this opportunity!!
Now, who wants to try this soap? I would love to send out a few bars (U.S. residents only), so please leave a comment either about your experience using foods in soap, or what type of food you think would be fun to put in soap! I will draw 3 winners on Saturday, August 31 at 10pm CST and winners will be notified.
Update: Comments are now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated! So many great ideas!!