Saturday, November 29, 2008

Silvia's Simple Soap Saturdays!

Whoa, talk about a tongue twister! For those of you that are new to soapmaking, I will attempt to show you how to create different simple soaps each Saturday. For today's soap, I found it throught Etsy and the person that makes them is called Sunbasilgarden. I love her soaps and they must look very fun in the bathroom, so I wanted to teach you how to create one of them.
I won't mention the measurements because it depends on how many soaps you wish to make or what your molds look like.



STEPS:
1. Melt white glycerine base soap in microwave until it turns into a liquid. I usually buy mine from BrambleBerry, it costs a ton in shipping costs if you're located on the East Coast but they are very reliable and nice to deal with so I've always worked with them.
2. In 3 separate bowls or cups, pour an equal amount of the white base. In one of them add brown mica color and desired fragrance and mix thoroughly until combined well. In the second one add black mica and again desired fragrance. In the third bowl, simple pour the white melted soap.
3. Pour all mixtures in 3 silicone baking sheets or basic molds. Make sure you pour a thin layer (no more than .25 inches).
4. Let soap dry for a couple of hours until its hard.
5. Take out the brown soap out of the mold. Use a cookie cutter to cut out big circles for your cookies. Set aside.
6. Take out the black soap and cut three little circles, which will become the chocolate chips of the cookie.
7. Take out the white soap and use a knife to cut it into a glass shape. It doesn't matter if all of your glasses look different - that's the beauty of handmade soap!
8. Now comes the fun part! Prepare your soap molds (they should look rectangular). Melt clear glycerine base in the microwave until it looks completely melted. Pour a small layer of the clear soap into your mold. By working quickly, assemble the cookie and glass into the clear soap. You can place the chocolate chips on top of the cookie. Then pour the rest of the clear glycerine base on top and let cool until it has hardened. It's best to let it cool overnight.
I don't recommend placing it in the freezer or fridge, just wait it out. Make sure you don't move the soap and you let it stay in a cool place. It definitely shouldn't be in direct sunlight, especially if you live in warm places such as California or Florida :)
I hope you guys thought this was simple enough to try and make other soaps. Till next time!
Silvia from Uptown Soap

Friday, November 28, 2008

Original Fun Soaps for the Holidays

These are my latest finds from Flickr. Incredibly original and fun.



Mellow Stuff - I love these little star soaps. They are perfect for a guest bathroom. Soap bars can be messy but with these tiny stars you can use them once and the rest of the stars don't get wet. It's brilliant! They can be created very easily by pouring soap into a big sheet. Once the soap dries, use a cookie cutter in the shape of a star and cut out as many as you want. CAUTION: Beware that your guests might never want to leave your place if you put so much thought into everything else.



Lacey's Garden - These soaps just remind you of the ocean and the waves crashing into each other. The real starfish are a great touch in the photo and they will look amazing in the bathroom. I hope they smell as good as they look.



Deshawn Marie - I am not exactly sure how they made this soap look so good, because the white part looks like marshmallow fluff to me. I love the crystal green with the solid white.


Brooklynt Weed - I think these make for adorable stocking stuffers. They are just big enough for a single use soap and their bows make them look so festive. It's very easy to make them - you just pour the soap onto a sheet and wait for it to cool. Then you can use a kitchen knife to cut them into irregular shapes. Everyone will love 'em!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

My first post! - Fave soaps

Okay, so for those of you that do not know me - I am just a teeny tiny bit obsessed with handmade soap. I love it all! Cold processed, melt and pour, whipped up, liquidy - I LOVE it all!

I wanted to create a blog about all the awesome soaps that I find on a daily basis, because there are a ton of them and I love finding new ones each and every day. If you guys know of any awesome soaps that I haven't pointed out yet, please let me know!



Claus Porto - $14
I really think that Pear will become one of the most popular fragrances soon. It just pears up (no pun intended :) so well with so many other scents and yet again it really holds its own.


Claus Porto
They also make these cute little boxes full of different kinds of soaps. I love their packaging- antique but not too busy.

Gianna Rose - who hasn't heard of their soaps? My favorite is the little owls, they are so detailed, they almost look real.
Gianna Rose - the westie is adorable. If I had these soaps, I would probably never EVER use them because they are just too cute! Would you?

All righty, there are my faves for today, but I'll be back with new ones tomorrow!
Silvia from Uptown Soap
PS - Make sure you also check out our brand new soaps at http://www.uptownsoap.com/ We wanted to create something unique, because most soaps have amazing packaging, wrapped in all kinds of fancy wrapping paper, but when you open them they all look pretty much the same in the soap dish. So we created the Art Bars, which have paintings embedded inside the soaps so they look just as pretty when the packaging is gone. I hope you guys like 'em - stay tuned for a lot more inventive soaps from us!