Soap Club Challenge: Winter Wonderland

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My very first Soap Club Challenge and the Winter Wonderland theme had me thinking back to living in Boston. The snow is so serene and quiet. The way it glitters in the sun in the morning after a storm is truly breathtaking.

For this soap I was inspired by snow storms at night. I wanted to capture the motion of snow in the wind and I pretty happy with the results! I used all natural ingredients (listed below), putting my entry in the running to win a Brambleberry gift certificate and a copy of Pure Soapmaking by Anne-Marie Fabiola.

soapchallenge2Indigo powder, sea clay, and bentonite clay create the swirl. I used the Impressionist Swirl technique with a layer of white on bottom and a layer of grey on top. Though I ended up with a lot of soda ash around the edges, I couldn’t be more pleased with the movement.

It was great remembering snow for this challenge while sitting on my back deck in California. This week it’s been warm, in the upper 70’s. The plum trees that line my street are in full bloom, bursting with pink petals. The daffodils are blooming and from the looks of my neighbors’ yard, tulips are coming soon too.

The other entries that have been posted so far look so great, can’t wait to see the results of the voting next week!

Ingredients for Winter Wonderland Soap: Distilled water, Canola oil, Coconut oil, Palm oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Olive oil, Sweet Almond oil, Castor oil, Eucalyptus essential oil, Indigo powder, Sea clay, Bentonite clay

Soap Swap 2016

Just signed up for Bramble Berry’s Spring Soap Swap 2016 and I’M SO EXCITED!!! 100 soapers will be sending in 10 soaps using a Bramble Berry fragrance oil and then receiving a package with 10 soaps from the other swappers. Such a cool idea, can’t wait to get to try out the other soaps!

I’m still waiting to hear back for which fragrance oil I can use- my top choices were Sunny Herb Garden and Kumquat fragrance oils. If fact, I just made a batch with the Sunny Herb Garden FO yesterday (might end up being my entry- pics to come!).

Seriously though, the thought that other soapers will get to see my work, and that I will get to see their work is exhilarating for me. There’s even a chance that my soap will end up in Anne-Marie’s box 🙂