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How Well Does Spirulina’s Colour Hold Up in Cold Process Soap?

I’m so happy to be able to write a little blurb about experiments in the studio again! I wish I had more time to do this amidst all the changes at work, but I’m happy for the occasional opportunity all the same. 🙂

So how does spirulina fare as a stable, all-natural colourant in CP soap? I reckon it does pretty well, all things considered. 🙂 Here’s what it looked like when I first sliced our Fiddler’s Green soap:

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The powder itself looked a dark, deep blue-green which turned into this lovely fresh colour the day after I poured the soap into the mold.

Then 3 weeks later, this is what the colour looked like:

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Not exactly stable, but still produces a good strong green. It lost most of its blue component, to take on a more mature, olive green kind of shade. Interestingly, the powder that is in the swirl on the surface of the soap seems to have stayed quite prominent:

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I was hoping that it would retain its strong blue-tinged green, but I’m still happy with the results all the same. For the lowest layer of colour which was at its most concentrated, I used 25g of spirulina powder in about 2.6kg of raw soap (yes, that works out to be one rather expensive load of colourant for a bar of soap!)

It will be interesting to see what the colour looks like 6 months down the road. 🙂 Will try to remember to post pics when I can.

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Clarity Soap Now Available!

Heads up! Do you have:

  • oily skin that doesn’t ever feel tight, or is always flaring up with acne or pimples?
  • bacne (acne on your back)?
  • a runny or bunged-up nose from a cold or flu?
  • a head that feels like it’s stuffed with cobwebs, making you feel sluggish and your thoughts unable to flow?

Well then, this soap just might be able to help you get over those symptoms (albeit perhaps only temporarily). Clarity was formulated to include the sharp, mentholated scent of eucalyptus essential oil, along with the purifying properties of french green clay and activated carbon. All of them work together for the purpose of decongesting — be it your skin, your nose, or your mental state.

Sounds like it could be something for you? Read on here, and maybe even give it a go for yourself!

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Now Curing: Dark Chocolate Soap

Reformulated and prettified! This fresh batch of Dark Chocolate soap contains generous lashings of cocoa butter and anti-oxidant rich cocoa powder that will leave you with soft, silky-smooth skin after each shower. It doesn’t smell strongly of chocolate, but you might just catch a whiff of the cocoa butter in the shower. (I still occasionally stick my nose into my stash of cocoa butter just to inhale that heavenly scent!)

Dark Chocolate will be available for sale from March 22nd. As always, pre-orders are welcome — just send me an e-mail. Have yourself a lovely weekend. 🙂

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Now Curing: DreamTime Soap

Ah, hello there prettily-swirled soap! I made this batch a few days ago and they are now curing. Yes they do look quite different from the ones I made earlier , and I think this design will stay. 🙂

Available for sale from March 21st (but you can always order ahead by sending me an e-mail).

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Now Curing: Lavender and Sweet Orange Soap


Lavender and Sweet Orange Soap
After weeks of not being able to make any soap, this lovely new batch is now sitting on my drying racks to cure, waiting to make your bath time that extra little bit special!

This is a new blend of essential oils that I’m trying out — lavender and sweet orange. The scent is surprisingly bright and cheery, which is a nice twist to my usual Just Lavender bar. It is still suitable for all skin types (yay!). Continue reading Now Curing: Lavender and Sweet Orange Soap

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Now Curing – Reformulated Dream Time Soap

I finally carved out some time a few nights ago to put my new formulation for my Dream Time Soap to the test–it’s turned out great, and my balcony smells so pleasant now that they’re sitting on my curing rack for the next 3-4 weeks to dry out.

This soap is intended for you who have sensitive skin that is prone to acne flare-ups, and especially those with reddened skin on the face when aggravated by stress or external pollutants. (Which of course means everyone else can use it too. 🙂 ) My intention is to help soothe your inflamed skin, albeit perhaps only temporarily because of the vast number of underlying causes to your skin condition. Guess what–my skin behaves like this occasionally as well.
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Soapmaking With Mon Refugees

The Mon women (photo courtesy of Dominika Florek)
The Mon women (photo courtesy of Dominika Florek)

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of teaching a group of Mon women how to make soap. A big thank-you goes out to Kristina Lakhiani who pulled the group together for the activity. At first I thought it would be a one-off affair for the refugees, but some really exciting long-term plans are in store for them and Kinder Soaps.

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New Offering: Whipped Cocoa Body Butter

Whipped Cocoa Body Butter jars. 50% cocoa butter content! Has your skin ever been pampered like this?
Finally my body butters are properly packaged to be sold!

After weeks of experimenting with the formulation, hunting for the right containers, and spending a little time to label design, my Whipped Cocoa Body Butters are now available for sale! Let me tell you a little bit about their ingredients and properties here. 🙂

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What Moisturizer Do I Use For My Kids?

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Lately I’ve turned to using body oils as moisturizers, opting out of the usual baby lotions which still contain preservatives. It takes just a little effort and some getting used to, but I guarantee you that if you have little tots about the house to care for, this is a real fun skincare routine that you’ll all enjoy.

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