Soap Challenge – Week 4 Link-Up

How did it go this week? Alcohol soaps can be rather challenging! I wasn’t overly excited about the way my Mokalata soap turned out with the kahlua, but it does smell rather amazing! Not only did I end up with holes in the sides of the soap, but I had a some issues cutting it, as you will see:

Mokalata Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

See how dark it is? I’m glad I was able to get a little bit of contrast in there, or it would have been a really boring dark brown soap! It’s sort of marbled, I guess. This soap will be available at on May 5th

Now, let’s see how your soaps turned out! Please share what type of alcohol you used and if you were able to add the lye directly to the alcohol, or if you had to add the alcohol at trace. Also, did anything unusual happen with your soap or lye solution? What scent did you use? We want to learn from others!

Bloggers: Create a post telling us about your soap and show us some photos! Please include a link back to my blog in your post (either the home page, or this post should work nicely!).

Facebook business page photos: Upload your photo(s) into a photo album, and write a descriptive caption on the photo you are linking up to this post – include as much of the above information as you can! To link the photo, click on it, then copy and paste the URL into the “blog post URL” blank at the top. In the next step, it will show your photo, and you will need to select it. (If you press the “crop” button instead, you can adjust what the thumbnail of your photo will look like.)

YouTubers: You can create a link to a YouTube video of your soap! There will be a little frog icon instead of a thumbnail photo of the soap, but anyone who clicks on your link will be able to see your video. Starting on your video page, click the “share” button and copy the URL. You can use this URL for the “blog post URL” blank. Then in the next step, ignore all the tiny blue boxes and click the “direct image URL” tab across the top and paste the URL of your youtube video in the blank again and hit the “submit query” button.

Uploading a photo from your computer: If you don’t have a blog or business page on facebook or a youtube video, you can still upload a photo from your computer. Just put n/a in the “blog post URL” blank and go to the next step. It will give you an error message, but it will still work! Just click the tab across the top that says “upload from computer” and you will be able to browse your files and upload a photo. I will remove the dead link ASAP.

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  1. These look great … I love the dark dark brown and the contrast. You asked me if I was making one and the answer is yes but not til today so you won’t see pics for a few days… I’ve never done a beer soap so that’s what I’m trying out. Love these challenges!

  2. I was laughing during the video since I’ve had so many ho-hum looking soaps. The best part is their performance and smell though, right? The photo does them a lot of good! Go with the “don’t judge a book by its cover” rule on this one. I kind of feel the same about the way mine turned out.

  3. I think it still turned out great! It looks like you were able to clean them up pretty well. I love the contrast so much with the white soap and coffee specks to the dark soap that I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to do something like it someday. 🙂

    Though I think mine turned out quite well, I still think I’m happy this challenge is OVER. 🙂 I’m looking forward to the next one though!
    Holly´s last blog post ..Soap Challenge Week 4 – In The Mold

  4. Ok I did my beer soap! It behaved beautifully… I boiled the beer then simmered it for 30 minutes til it was about half the original amount. Then left it overnight to go cold. I weighed it out and added in aloe vera juice to make up the full amount and then added in my lye spoon by spoon… slightly funky smell but it was fabulous. Went like a dream and I’m really happy with it. Dying to see what it looks like tomorrow and will be cutting it on Monday so I will add my pics then.

    Enjoyed it so much I bought chocolate beer today! Plus I found a small Irish brewery that does other beers and I might add a whole beer range now!

  5. @Tina – Yes, it’s a bummer when they don’t turn out as planned, but it really should be a great soap in the end, and I’m betting yours is pretty great too!

    @Holly – I was surprised at how really DARK the soap got! Yours is fabulous – I can’t imagine why you are so glad this challenge is over!

    @Celine – This is such great news!!! I’m so happy you enjoyed the beer soap – can’t wait to see it! A whole range would be just fabulous!

  6. I still have to cut my soaps and will post photos later. Just got back from taking my son to go buy flowers, white roses, for his girl friend for the first time. 🙂 He’s 17 and going to her prom tonight (she goes to a different school). Sigh! Have to take a few photos of him before he leaves. 😀

  7. I made mine with wine that I had cooked to remove most of the alcohol. It still moved really quickly on me. I wish I had had time to fiddle more with the color since I was not expecting it to become so brown. I had the same issues with crumbly edges and it setting up really hard too and I cut mine 12 hrs latter.
    This was a great learning experience but Idk if I will make soap with wine again.

  8. Beer soap, the first time made it turned out too wet. I add the lye to the beer, smells dreadful. I added chocolate fragrance and coffee with ground coffee to this one as in the making of the beer they have chocolate and coffee. It has a great smell, the block cut fine but I put some of the mixture into ordinary plastic drinking cups, the throw away ones, these give it a great shape.

  9. Amy, thanks for all your great videos and clips and especially letting us experience the experiments and failures (sort of) as well as the successes, as this is what we all end up with from time to time. This helps us all to learn. On a different note, I love the contrast of the dark brown and light veins. Great competition!

  10. Ok … eventually I get my pics up, better late than never! Loved Beer soaping, I’m making another VERY soon!

    Amy, loving the challenges… there’s nothing like having to move from your comfort zone!

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