Embeds

I can sometimes be very picky with my soaps and this usually means they end up as embeds. I wrote about it here last December 16, but shortly after, I had another batch, called Pear Lily, that I made into embeds. There was nothing wrong with it, but there was nothing special about it either.

I made 2 similar versions with the embeds. For the first one, I kept faithful to the original fragrance blend of Bartlett Pear, Green Tea and Pear, and Lily of the Valley.  I also kept 2 of the 3 original colors.  I really like the way this turned out, and I hope it’s a sign of the way things will be for 2014 since I made it on New Year’s Day. 🙂

Pear Lily

Pear Lily

Keeping the pear fragrance theme, I still used Bartlett Pear for the second version, but mixed it with an orange almond fragrance. I think it smells like the delicious French tart called Pear Frangipane.

Pear Almond

Pear Frangipane

The yellow and lavender-colored soap below is something I made last December 13 but was not able to blog about, among the many others. The original was one of the rare floral soaps I made – a fragrance combination of Violet, Rose, Patchouli, and Musk. I used glitter for the first time, but after steaming it, it turned into something like grated egg yolk that got wet. I chopped off the swirled tops and cut those into small cubes. I also made bigger cubes from the “topless” bars.

I think the resulting look complements the feminine scent of Sweet Pea and the more sophisticated floral-smelling embeds.  I thought I didn’t like florals but I am starting to appreciate it better.

Butterfly

Butterfly

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28 thoughts on “Embeds

  1. Amy@10th Ave.

    Lovely! All of them. Your soaps have such nice clean lines. I enjoy recycling soaps by chopping them up and using them in a new batch instead of melting them down…I call them cobblestone soaps. 🙂

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  2. Jenny

    Love the embeds, Silvia! And the swirls on top are so pretty. I’m making an effort to save scraps and shavings for a confetti-type soap in the future.

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Thank you, Jenny! I also have shavings that I am reserving for a confetti-type soap. I have seen some really pretty confetti soaps out there. 🙂

      Reply
  3. DivaSoap

    The textured swirled top on the first soap is just gorgeous. In fact, I like them all, as Amy said, they have clean lines, making them look very neat and fresh! Good job Silvia!

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  4. Sue

    I have been toying with trying imbeds too both in Cold Process and M&P soaps. I love the look of the light embeds in the white soap, absolutely lovely!

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  5. Ksenija

    Lovely! I adore playing with embeds. As a designing technique, it’s almost impossible to go wrong with them. Your Pear Frangipani soap made me envious 🙂

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  6. Monica

    What a great idea Silvia! I’ve never seen swirl tops with embeds before, that is so lovely and adds a real nice touch of elegance to the whimsical embeds.

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  7. ecovioletsoap

    Love the swirled tops and how they complement the embeds. I am considering chopping up my december column swirl soap into embeds too- mainly because the scent is too strong for me. Next month is the embed soap challenge- you’ll do awesome in that one!

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