Sometimes it’s the Cut

I was trying to come up with a fancy title to this but seriously, in the end it is about the cut. Right now, my biggest soap making time is Spring and Summer. This is because the two businesses I work with have most of their guests at that time. One is a lovely, self-pick farm called Blueberry Thrill Farm in Gibsonville, North Carolina and the other is The Village Market, Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Now that things have slowed down a bit, I have time to take a breath and think about what works and what doesn’t. Well, that was until my husband started making his Christmas gift giving list which included soap! I am flattered, I think.

Do you know it really isn’t that easy to come up with a Christmas idea? Maybe you have a lot of fragrance ideas but I tend to get stuck here. I mean, peppermint, pine and cookie. There you go. Is that it? I did make a snow soap last year using snow (and we all had a lot of that) but Christmas for some reason makes me wish for more.

I made two soaps for Ed. One using Brambleberry’s Almond Biscotti which smells like the cookie I wish I could make. One peppermint.

Both were in the pot swirls and I didn’t want anything elaborate, just something simple that gave the idea of Christmas peppermints. At trace I colored half the batch with 1/2 teaspoon of titanium oxide mixed with a tablespoon of oil and the other half with 1/2 teaspoon of a dark red oxide mixed with 1 tablespoon oil. Then I carefully poured the red back into the white trace, swirling that mixture once or twice with a chopstick and poured that concoction into the mold. Here is the result.IMG_0412

What you will notice here is the cut. Which is my favorite. I use a serrated soap cutter. They have one at Bulk Apothecary for $7.95.

Why do I like it? Two reasons and the second is the most important. One, it makes a pretty cut. If you have a soap that is a basic color it looks good. Second, my favorite reason, it really ramps up the lather in the shower. It must be the ridges but it makes for a great soaping experience.

So here is the small batch recipe I used for these soaps. One batch for each soap. It makes four to five bars of soap so plan your mold with that in mind. As always, I assume you already know how to make cold process soap and you are fully aware of how to work with lye and hot oil. In a good way.

Small batch:
7.5 Palm oil
7.5 Coconut oil
8.1 Olive oil
8 oz. distilled water
3.1 oz lye
1 oz, fragrance oil


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