Soap Challenge: Tiger Stripes

For the December 2016 Great Cakes Soapworks challenge, I decided on the Dragon’s Blood fragrance oil from WSP.   And three colors: red, white, and black. (perfect for Dragon’s Blood.  Don’t you think?)

The technique is pretty straight forward.  Incorporate a tiger stripe into your design.  My soap is a simple one using the whole soap batch and pouring from one side and holding it mostly from one angle.  img_20161211_112648-01

The soap batter needs to be the perfect consistency.  If it is too runny or too thick it will make the outcome of the pour less than desirable.   This batch worked fairly well for me.  I tried another batch using the tiger striped technique using several different colors.  It was a lot like Goldy Locks and The Three Bears.  One color was too runny, another was just plain

I had tried another batch using this tiger striped technique using several different colors.  It was a lot like Goldy Locks and The Three Bears.  One color was too runny, another was just plain gloppy, and the third was just about right.  So I know that the consistency of the soap batter is extremely important!

Even though this batch was poured fairly evenly you will notice there seems to be three separate pours in the finished soap bar.  I’m not sure how I managed that. But the Tiger Stripes came out rather nicely.

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I will be giving this technique another try soon.

Caring for Your Soap with a Soap Dish

Handmade Soap deserves special care because it does not contain chemicals to keep them hard like most commercially available “beauty bars” do.  Naturally made soap needs to be handled for the luxurious product that it is.

When leaving the shower, place the soap on a  soap dish so it dries between uses.  Handmade soaps have the ability to draw moisture from the air (which is great for your skin – not so great for your new bar of soap).  Ever see a “beauty bar” after it has set on your sink for a couple weeks?  It is dry and cracked!  Handmade soaps still contains the NATURAL glycerin within the soap that the store brand beauty bars do not. Glycerin helps moisturize your skin and …. you guessed it – continues to draw moisture from the air.

I’ve thought of making my own soap dish but haven’t gotten up the nerve to try it.  Any Soap Dish will work (homemade or store bought) as long  as your soap isn’t sitting in a puddle of water or sitting in a humid shower.