Well hey again, you guys! :)
I could get used to this whole more blogging thing (at least for the next two weeks - school starts again Sept. 13! EEEEEEK!)! I come to you today bearing updates and happiness. And, of course, a follow-up on my soapy catastrophe.
First thing is first - the catastrophe! I made my soap again, and this time, only used Red Apple FO. Performed beautifully, like a champ. I made the mistake of forcing gel, which was stupid given that I use coconut milk and had spice fragrance oils (which heat up the soap), and got a lovely crack down the middle. I shoved it in the chest freezer to cool the soap down, and it did very well. The crack down the middle basically faded, and the soap itself turned out beautifully. I even got a cool swoopy swirl on a few pieces. Yay me! I haven't had time to take artsy glamour photos, but you can see where it came out pretty damn good. And it smells amazing! I love it. SOOO pleased. There must have just been something crazy going on in that pear & apple combination from the first attempt. Lesson learned.
Second thing on the agenda today is a big announcement: I am going to be starting to accept custom soap orders soon! I am really excited! Currently, I am building the form necessary to accept custom orders, tailoring payment and return policies, and all of that other sundry mumbo-jumbo. I am very excited to start doing this! So far, I have made things for family and friends, or sold a few bars of soap here and there to people I know, and everyone has really loved it. I am hoping I can continue this trend, and bring my soaps to new people. Specifically, I anticipate doing soaps for events (such as cupcake soaps for bridal showers, baby showers, Christmas, etc.), or tailoring soaps specifically to suit the needs of the customer (eg: eczema, sensitive skin, allergies to ingredients like coconut oil, and the like). I am happy to do regular orders as well, however!
Finally, in case you haven't noticed, I did add a "Reviews" page to my site! I recently sold a loaf of soap to a friend and she wanted to leave a review. It occurred to me that with having given away many soaps, as well as done custom orders, I should probably have done that sooner! Whoops!! So, I searched high and low this evening and worked out building the review page. I am looking forward to receiving feedback on the things that I make, and I am also looking forward to being able to share my creations with all of you.
For now, that is everything! Stay tuned for a blog post about a sweet little girl who I am creating a special soap for!
Have a wonderfully soapy day!
Elizabeth is a new to soap making, and wishes to share her journey in learning to make cold process soap with the hope that it will help other newbies who may stumble upon this site as a resource. From swirl techniques, choosing colors, combining fragrances, embeds, toppers, and textures, she chronicles her lessons and stories here.