#MarsauBotanicalsBatch03. Rose clay ombré with activated charcoal veins. Scented with pink grapefruit and Virginian cedarwood essential oils.
This recipe ended up being so soft it took over a week to get this loaf out of my silicon mold and there was even a little bit of tearing as I took it out. Being a brand new soaper I'm overly anxious to cut my creations to reveal the interiors... I should have waited a few more days. I think it looks pretty neat, though. And it can definitely be cleaned up in post after it dries for a while. Going to give the bottom a few more days to dry before I cut it.
As for the streaks of charcoal- I was not careful enough when dusting the layers to create my veins. I let charcoal fall all over the lip and outside of the box. I didn't realize the effect it would create when unmolding... streaky drag marks. It looks kind of interesting, but being a perfectionist I wish they weren't there. I'll have to plane them away. I saw a video from Soap Queen where she was delicately tapping the charcoal inside the box and then blowing the dust so that it reached the corners. It looked like a total pain in the ass which is why I didn't go that route but I've learned my lesson. Soap design is a delicate process and shortcuts can lead to inferior results. (Although they can also lead to some pretty unique happy accidents!) I was too timid with my ombré. Was hoping it would be less subtle. I've been having trouble with adjusting my natural colors... this is just going to take a lot of practice and a lot more research. I'm determined not to switch to lab colors but, damn, natural colorants are uniquely difficult to work with in soap. Lye is a real son-of-a-bitch! On the one hand you can't create true soap/saponification without it, on the other hand it changes or destroys so many natural colors and additives in soap. Classic "can't live with it, can't live without it" I guess. ♀️ Oils: olive, coconut, sweet almond, castor, shea butter, and jojoba. I think the problem with it being too soft resulted from substituting (sustainably sourced) palm (a hard oil) with sweet almond (soft).
We've partnered up with a chapter of THE HOMELESS PERID PROJECT organization and have created the Very Cherry Artisan Soap! We will be donating these soaps to the organization in an effort to help them in their mission of making a difference in the lives of homeless and underprivileged girls and women. They provide menstrual products, give hope and restore dignity and we're honored to be able to help contribute to their mission. These homeless and underprivileged girls and women more than likely aren't afforded the opportunity to enjoy a handmade skin benefiting soap that we consider to be a luxury and necessity if you experience skin ailments...not to mention who doesn't love a pretty bar of soap?! These bars will be available on our site in August and all sales will contribute to helping us donate these soaps to the organization. You can find more information on THE HOMELESS PERID PROJECT by visiting www.homelessperiodproject.org