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Get Nerdy With Me: All About Lye

One of the questions I receive most often is whether I make "lye soap". This can come as a positive or a negative. Some people see lye soap as superior, helping with ailments like poison ivy. Others see lye soap as potentially harmful. When it comes to lye in soap, there are two absolute truths:  Soap cannot be made without lye. Properly made soap has no lye left in it. Let's break it down. What is soap? Soap, by definition, is saponified oils. Oils are made with fatty acids. To saponify those fatty acids, they must be mixed with a...

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Announcements and Updates - August 2021

Hey, all. I've been hesitating to post an update because I'm uncertain about a lot, but I'm going to try. I've been trying to figure out what direction to take with Bubbly Ducky, and I haven't fully decided, so I'll tell you what I can. MONTHLY COLLECTIONS: I love making a new collection of goodies each month! It's fun for me, and I think it's fun for you guys. Unfortunately, I'm only selling a small portion of what I make each month, so I have a ton of inventory and I'm low on supplies. Because of this, I'm suspending monthly...

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Making Chocolate Covered Strawberry Soap

Guys, let me tell you, I know this is soap but it is really hard not to bite it. It smells soooo good!  For this Chocolate Covered Strawberry soap, I blended two fragrances - Chocolate Espresso from Bramble Berry (an all time favorite!) and Sugared Strawberry from Nurture Soap. The bottom "chocolate" layers have a blend of these two fragrances. The red "strawberry" portion has only the Sugared Strawberry in it. That is because the Chocolate Espresso fragrance oil discolors the soap to a dark brown, and I did not want the strawberry to look rotten! 😲 To watch the...

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Coconut Dream Soap

I had a hard time making up my mind when designing Coconut Dream, so this soap has a little bit of everything: slanted and textured layers, drop swirl, mica lines, and in the pot swirl! I challenged myself with this soap. I typically love using tons of bright colors. This time, I tried to make an interesting design using only a few neutral colors. What do you think? Coconut Dream is fragranced with Coconut Creme by Bramble Berry. I absolutely love their fragrances because they are rich and unique. This one is no exception! It is sweet and coconut-y without...

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June 2020 Soap Challenge - One Pot Wonder

This design was inspired by sunset over a grassy backyard. It is fragrance with eucalyptus essential oil. Here are the steps I took for this challenge: After preparing the batter, I split it off into 5 sections: 15 oz green 7.5 oz orange 15 oz pink 15 oz purple 7.5 oz indigo I then created 3 in the pot swirl layers and one solid layer in my pouring pot. Indigo/purple ITPS Purple/pink ITPS  Pink/orange ITPS Green I then did a wall pour back and forth to fill my mold. Unfortunately, the indigo accelerated and the last layer was more of...

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