Don’t you love my 2-tiered chocolate birthday cake? A big thank you to my friend, Bry O. – talented, albeit sardonic graphic designer and comic writer – for picking out this cake for me and making it extra special with the lettering. I am also very grateful to him for helping me with my logo, sticker, and soap wrapper. 🙂
It’s hard to believe it has been a year since I made my first soap. I remember how nervous and excited I was. The soap didn’t turn out so well, but taking that first step made me realise that soap making wasn’t as scary or difficult as I thought it would be. It is, however, very challenging and highly addicting!
I wish I had saved a bar of my first soap, but the entire batch, along with many others, went into the donation box last November. By then, it had shrunken quite a bit. I did keep a few pieces from the succeeding batches. I removed them from the drawer last week and took this photo:
My “Ambitious” soap had the most notable change. The off-white portion used to be orange from the turmeric. Since it was wrapped with paper, I wouldn’t know when the colour started to fade. Click here to see how it looked a year ago, and to know why I called it Ambitious Soap.
The only bar that developed the dreaded orange spot, or DOS, was the aloe vera soap. Out of the 4 bars that I kept, it appeared only on one.
The beer and egg soap shrunk the most. I wrote the recipe here. As you can see, the liquid content was really high. My first few batches were at around 28% lye concentration. As I understood soap making more, I moved it up to 33%. These days I normally soap at 35-37% lye concentration.
And now, for the winner of the giveaway…….
The custom soap stamp goes to Maja of Diva Soap!
I wrote the name of every participant on a piece of paper and noted whether it came from my blog or Facebook. Maja had an entry in each, and it was her Facebook entry that got picked. In this case, having the highest probability worked in her favor.
Congratulations, Maja! Please email me your logo at info at soapjam dot com.
To all of you, thanks a million for reading and leaving comments. My soaping adventure would have been a shade less fun if it weren’t for your company. 🙂