On the Curing Rack: Heartbeat Soap

I had another idea for a Valentines soap, so I did a bit of experimenting this week. You can see the results on my YouTube videos here and here. The second one ended up being rather interesting, and my YouTube viewers named it for me!

This is Heartbeat; so named because it looks like a heart monitor:

Heartbeat Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

Heartbeat is scented with our fabulous Black Raspberry Creme, so you know it’s delicious! Only 11 will be available, starting February 6th at Greatcakessoapworks.com

Master-batching Soap Oils

If you aren’t a soapmaker, please feel free to scroll to the bottom of the post to see the pretty soaps I made this week!

For those who care, I finally got my act together and master-batched some oils! I had been slowly gathering information and equipment for several weeks. Long Leaf Soaps was a true inspiration as she shared about her set-up on Facebook. I was able to use my big bucket that my coconut oil came in from Soaper’s Choice, and bought an industrial bucket warmer, as well as a bulkhead tank fitting and spigot online. I told Hubby all we needed were some pipe fittings and some silicone, but he was adamant about not using silicone, so he found the fittings he wanted to use and put together that part for me.

Master-batch bucket for soap oils

I set it up on top of an empty 5-gallon bucket right next to my rack full of supplies. There’s an electrical outlet directly behind it so I can easily plug in the warmer, and it’s high enough I can put my scale and soap pot on the floor under the spigot to get the oils I need.

To start out, I just melted the solid oils in two large pots on my stove, then dumped them in the bucket along with the liquid oils and stirred it up – enough to make 3.5 gallons total. I figure I could have made at least another 2 gallons if I wanted to fill the bucket, but that was a good starting point. Long Leaf Soaps also recommended plugging in the warmer the night before you want to make soap. It heats up to 140 degrees, so you have to be careful not to touch it when it’s hot!

I made three batches of soap in one afternoon – it worked pretty great! I didn’t get it plugged in overnight, but it was probably 5-6 hours. The oils were between 90-95 degrees, which is my perfect soaping temp! I did not master-batch the lye solution, and probably never will. It just seems too dangerous to me to have that sitting around, since I do all my soapmaking in my kitchen.

Here are the final soaps, all cut and ready to cure:

Black Raspberry Creme Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

Always a favorite, I figured I would bring it back in time for the holidays!

Moroccan Spice Coffee Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

This is also a re-make, and the first time I will be offering it this year. Perfect for fall with its top notes of orange combined with every spicy note you can think of!

River Dance Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

It’s been several years since I have made a soap with this fragrance. It’s a dupe of the popular men’s cologne Green Irish Tweed – smells absolutely wonderful! Love the way the faux funnel pour came out with the three shades of green.

All three of these soaps will be available at Greatcakessoapworks.com on October 23rd.

On the Curing Rack: Black Raspberry Creme – again!

I absolutely had to make another batch of Black Raspberry Creme soap! The last batch didn’t even make it to the farmer’s market before it sold out!

I’ve attempted to make them the same as the last batch, but the soap batter was a bit thicker this time – which I actually like better. Still plenty of sparkle on top too!

A four-week cure time will make these available June 20th – however, I now have a fan in my curing area and it seems to be speeding up the cure times considerably. In fact, I had to turn it off because I was afraid it was going to make the natural essential oil soaps lose their scent! So you might see this soap turn up a bit sooner…

On the Curing Rack: Black Raspberry Creme

I finally got the Black Raspberry Creme soap cut this afternoon! It is a most delectable fragrance of sweet berries and rich cream. If you love the fruity type fragrances, you will LOVE this soap. I have some photos from a few different angles:

Black Raspberry Creme Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

The sun is getting a little bit low in the sky, so I had some trouble lighting up the front soap:

Cool swirls inside!!

And I love this one, because it shows the glittery tops:

Some of my favorite swirls on the tops...

I am estimating that the Black Raspberry Creme soaps will be available for purchase at Greatcakessoapworks.com around May 3rd.

More Soaps Currently Curing

I decided to make more Jasmine Rose and Black Raspberry Creme soaps this week. I have quite a few matching Jojoba-Shea Lotions in these scents, and with Christmas coming, it makes sense to have soaps and lotions that go together for gifts. My goal with both of these soaps was to push the envelope a little bit and have two-toned swirls – light and dark. The Jasmine Rose soap came out a little bit better – you can actually see two different colored swirls. This scent is amazing! I combined confederate jasmine, Bulgarian rose, and some honeysuckle – floral lovers unite on this one!

Jasmine Rose Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

Jasmine Rose Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

The Black Raspberry Creme has very nice, defined swirls, but it’s more difficult to see the two different purples. I’m sure you won’t mind once you give it a whiff! It’s a very yummy scent that always gets complimented.

Black Raspberry Creme Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

Black Raspberry Creme Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

Both of these soaps will be available at Greatcakessoapworks.com on Tuesday, September 29th.

There’s Only One

What is it about getting the LAST cookie, or the LAST pair of shoes in your size, or the LAST one of your favorite soap? I thought you might want to know that there’s only one Black Raspberry Creme soap left. (Although I just made another batch today, it won’t be ready until September 29th.) I have this scent in a matching Jojoba-Shea Lotion as well. You might need both.

Black Raspberry Creme Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

Black Raspberry Creme Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

I have another soap that’s down to the LAST one: Country Clothesline. Very popular scent, but I won’t be making it again until next Spring. Who is going to get the LAST one??

Country Clothesline Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

Country Clothesline Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

Did I mention that I marked them both down to $4.75? Please don’t make me bring these back to the farmer’s market this week!

Update: Both of these have SOLD. Yea!!