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:

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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

Valentines Soaps and Bubble Bath Now Available!

With Valentines Day just two weeks away, I am very happy to announce that the pirate-themed Valentine soaps are now available:

For the girls:

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South Seas Siren

South Seas Siren is a combination of a Michael Kors type fragrance which is comprised of white florals, warmed with delicate top notes of bergamot, apricot, peach, and plum, finished with a touch of exotic spice, velvety woods, and sensual skin musks with a tropical plumeria fragrance. Just like a siren – it’s completely irresistible! With just 11 of these available, you’ll want to get your hands on these as fast as possible!

For the guys:

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Brazen Buccaneer

Brazen Buccaneer is a woodsy blend of bamboo, teak, rainforest, sandalwood and cedarwood. The depth of this fragrance is amazing! Completely earthy, very masculine and sexy. Even the pattern of colors will remind you of wood grain. Only 10 available – check ‘em out here!

After receiving a tip from Holly at Missouri River Soap that Target had heart-shaped silicone molds available in their dollar section (which really cost me $2.50!), I knew I had to make some bubble bath to match the South Seas Siren soap. Here’s a little video on how I made them (and the problems I encountered!):

South Seas Siren Bubble Bath Confections are available HERE. Only 6 available!

Hopefully these will help make your Valentines Day special!

Valentines Soap Naming Contest

I hope you all had a nice holiday – I know I sure did! I’m feeling revived and refreshed, and ready for a new year! I will have lots of re-stocking to do this month, but I thought I better get started on the Valentines soaps first. Besides, it’s way more fun to be creative and make something new, right?

My hubby collaborated with me on this project, starting with the scent blends. For the first time ever, we have a girls Valentines soap and a guys Valentines soap. The girls Valentines soap is scented with a blend of plumeria and Michael Kors type perfume. Plumeria (common name Frangipani) grows in the tropics and is known as Hawaii’s most popular lei flower with a rich, sweet fragrance. The Michael Kors type fragrance blends beautifully as it is also comprised of white florals, warmed with delicate top notes of bergamot, apricot, peach, and plum, finished with a touch of exotic spice, velvety woods, and sensual skin musks.

For colors, I went with white, shimmery silver, and two tones of pink.

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Girls Valentines Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

After I mixed and poured the light pink layer, hubby sprinkled on the thin line of fuchsia pink mica. Then I poured a light layer of white, and alternately poured the dark pink, silver, and more white. Once it was all poured, I used a bamboo skewer to swirl the top just a bit more. I was afraid that using two floral fragrances might be sort of tricky, but they were very workable!

Here are a couple more photos:

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Close-up of the Girls Valentines Soap

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Girls Valentines Soaps - more tops

The guys Valentines soap is a very woodsy blend of bamboo, teak, rainforest, sandalwood and cedarwood. I combined several fragrance oils, as well as an essential oil blend and cedarwood essential oil. The depth of this fragrance is amazing! Completely earthy, very masculine and sexy.

The colors for the guys Valentines soap are dark brown, reddish gold, silver (to match the girls soap), and natural. I used the faux funnel pour technique – partly because it almost looks like wood grain, and partly because I just love the way it turns out!

No two bars are alike:

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Guys Valentines Soaps by Great Cakes Soapworks

It seemed like the soap was a little too thin as I got started pouring. Like the layers were mixing together. There are only a couple places where you can see how they mixed, and I think it actually adds to the character of the bar:

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Blended colors on the Guys Valentines Soap

Here’s another one of my favorites:

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Close-up of Guys Valentines Soap

About the Contest:

Here’s where I need your help. These soaps need names! Hubby and I tossed around a few ideas, but couldn’t settle on anything. We did like the idea of a PIRATE THEME though. Here are the guidelines:

1. Use a pirate theme if possible, however other names will also be considered.
2. Please submit names for both soaps that fit together.
3. Keep it tasteful, people!
4. Submit your entry(ies) in the comments section below. (Yes, you can submit multiple entries. It’s not necessary to use a separate comment for each entry.)
5. Please do NOT submit entries via Facebook or email – it’s too difficult to keep track of them.
6. Comments will close this Saturday, January 7 at 10pm CST

After that I will pick some of my favorites and create a poll so that everyone can vote for the winners! Winner will receive a free set of Valentines soaps as soon as they are cured and ready. (I’m hoping for January 31, but could be later. These are huge bars!)

UPDATE: COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED.

Two New Soaps Available

Technically the Lavender Lemon soap isn’t new, but it’s been out of stock for several months, so there you go! Super fresh scent, super scrubby texture – made with pulverized corn cob and fine pumice.

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Lavender Lemon Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

All pre-orders for the Sweet & Sassy soap will be mailed out tomorrow. If you are still in need of a unique Valentines Day gift or two, these are now available with the rest of the soaps. If you need more than a couple, be sure to take advantage of the Handmade Soap Combo Deal – get any four soaps for just $20!

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Sweet & Sassy Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

There are plenty of other options available. Here is a list of soaps that are currently available at Greatcakessoapworks.com:

Apples & Spice – just one left at the bargain price of $4.00
Cherries & Chestnuts – smells amazing! beautiful colors too!
Citrus Sunrise – just two left, only $4.00 each!
Clarifying Facial – great for oily or acne prone skin
Creamy Castile – simple olive oil & fresh goat’s milk soap
Dead Sea Spa Bar – loaded with Dead Sea minerals and clay
Jasmine Rose – just three remaining at $4.00 each!
Lavender Meadows – all natural, with ground oats and fresh goat’s milk
Moroccan Spice Coffee Soap – made with coffee grinds to exfoliate and remove odors
Oatmeal, Milk & Honey – ground oats, fresh goat’s milk and local honey
Patchouli Beer Bar- super conditioning, perfect for patchouli lovers!
Peanut Butter – yep! smells like peanut butter!
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Swirl – smells like a peanut butter cup!
Peanut Butter & Jelly – your kids new favorite: peanut butter with grape jelly
Sandalwood – fresh goat’s milk soap with an earthy, spa scent
Stress Relief – all natural, mint & eucalyptus

More soaps coming soon!

Valentines Soap Preview

I’m very excited to show you the fruit of my labor from yesterday. I had designed this soap in my mind, and it is extremely fulfilling to see it come to fruition. Last year I made a Sweet & Sassy soap that was meant to be pink and black, but all the pink coloring only showed up on the outside of the soap. It turned out like this:

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Sweet & Sassy #1

This year, I decided the Sweet & Sassy fragrance would make the perfect Valentines soap. I had to combine several techniques to get this one to turn out the way I envisioned it.

First, I made a hot-processed soap in the microwave (somewhat dangerous!), colored it pink, added a bit of musk, and formed them into small soap balls. I nearly melted my plastic stick blender attachment in the hot soap, but managed to save it in time!

Then I made the main soap base, pulled out a few cups of soap for the top “frosting” and colored the rest black and scented it with the Sweet & Sassy fragrance: sweet, with a background of sandalwood, carmelized sugar and vanilla, yet top notes consist of lime, orange and pink pepper (whatever that is!) with jasmine and violet as well – totally delish!

Colored the frosting pink, left it unscented. Poured a layer of black soap in the bottom of the mold, added the soap balls to the rest of the black soap and poured it in the mold. Then, after the “frosting” was starting to get thick (as Tiggy suggested), I scooped it on top and texturized.

Then, after some inspiration from this soap, I sprinkled some iridescent glitter over the top. And here it is:

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Sweet & Sassy #2

The best part? It’s available for pre-order! You can order this soap now and have it delivered before Valentines Day (planning to ship these on February 2nd). Prices include shipping, so you’re all set!

Pre-Order Yours Today! Limited quantities available!

Chocolate Strawberry Soap

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Chocolate Strawberry Soap

Ta-da! Here is your sneak peek at the new Chocolate Strawberry soap for Valentines Day. Yes, it looks like the frosted soap cakes I made before (see the banner on this blog), only these are full-sized. The trick with this fragrance was to figure out how to keep the colors looking the way they should. I started to combine the chocolate and strawberry fragrance (with a hint of musk), but then I realized the chocolate fragrance would discolor the entire soap brown. So, I saved the chocolate for the frosting only, and combined the strawberry and musk for the “cake” part. The scents still meld together, and the soap looks great! The frosting also contains real cocoa powder to attain the rich brown color.

I only wish I had made it sooner. This soap will need to cure as long as possible, and Valentines Day is now less than a month away! I will check it in three weeks and let you know if it’s ready. By the way, I only made 15 of these beauties, so first come, first served! If you want to be so bold as to reserve yours ahead of time, please make a comment on this post.