I Can Dance If I Want To

And…boy howdy if I didn’t find myself doing some fancy footwork in effort to keep up during this challenge. There is no shuffle off to buffalo time when trying to get this soap in the mold using squeeze bottles.  It was more stick and move, stick and move, shake shake shake, HURRRRRRYYYYYY!

I decided to go the natural route as I drew my outline for this soap challenge picking  oils and colorants. My base oils I went with Sunflower, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond oil, Coconut oil and some lemon butter as a super fat. I knew I was using lemongrass essential oil as my major scent for this challenge and the more I thought about it the more I liked the idea of doing my soapy impression of a busy bee.  Here is what I imagined as sketched and colored in my idea book.

dancing funnel recipe etc

My notebook played a part in deciding how to go about brining this funnel pour technique to life.

saffron

My Saffon trial. On the right saffron in olive oil for over a week. Did not pull color. On the right saffron in water for 10 minutes…

colorants natural

colorants used tumeric, kaolin and activated charcoal

 

dancing funnel eo's

scent used lemongrass, 5X orange essential oil, ylang ylang essential oil and tumeric essential oil.

My base oils percentage wise were about 25% hard oils to 75% soft oils. I factored this equation to allow as much funnel pour time as possible.

sun heated base oils

I decided to harness sun power to heat my base oils while waiting for my lye water to cool.

dancing funnel

Squeeze bottles filled and ready to rock n roll.

The middle squeeze bottle contains soap batter colored with tumeric essential oil as well as saffron and ground tumeric. The dark bottle is colored with activated charcoal. The white, kaolin clay.

dancing funnel poured soap

Busy Bee Funnel Pour ready for a sun sapononap!

This the end result after all the squeezing was done. Well actually I ran out of black just in the nic of time.I had lots of orange and a bit of white batter left over which was poured into a small log mold.

I sat the slab out in the sun covered with saran wrap and was pleasantly surprised to see that the sun had done what a 170 degree oven would do…for FREE! Yeah baby!!! I have sun cpopped before but forgot how fun it can be. The soap was cooled and solid by nightfall. Both slab and log released easily from the molds. Of course the ole school soaper that I am had to tongue test for zap, just because and was rewarded with the no zap but the lovely taste of lemongrass, yeck! The ole soaper in me also decided to lather test and was rewarded with amazing lather. The bars will be shelved for the appropriate cure time but it super nice to know I GOTS SUDS!

I sliced the slab into four healthy sized bars that smell incredible. I am hoping with fingers crossed that the kaolin clay does it’s job in anchoring all the citrus EO’s I used in this batch.

Here is how my batch turned out. My friend and soap pal extraordinaire Durty Gurl Flare just whipped up her own rendition of a soap beveler planer. I plan to sneak over and spiffy these bars with said planer. It’s good to have talented friends in crafty places! Thanks for reading my try at eco friendly Sun Cpopped Dancing Funnel Busy Bee Soap!

dancing funnel soap bars

12 thoughts on “I Can Dance If I Want To

  1. Looks great, Kaye! You will LOVE having a planer!! I can already tell you have some yellow soap underneath the tan on top that is dying to be exposed! I’ve used your eco-friendly “sun sapononap” method as well – it’s wonderful!! 🙂

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  2. What an amazingly colored soap, Kaye! I really love how well the design and colors turned out.

    I never looked at the heat during this time of year as being a good thing, lol! I’d like to try it but with my luck, one of the critters around here would get into it or I’d forget about it and we’d get a surprise rainstorm!

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  3. My goodness, that looks absolutely amazing! I love the detail with which you describe each step, and your photos are just so vibrant! Excuse my ignorance… but I’ve never heard of a planer for soap before… I’m guessing they’re used to smooth edges? Thanks for sharing your talent! -Angel1985 from SwapBot for September Blog Hop

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  4. Hi Wildchild here. Had a bit of a time trying to figure out how to comment on your posts but I did it! Love the soap tutorial and it looks really cool. Keeping up with my blog is a bit difficult too but I figure if I use it to record my swaps from swap-bot I shouldn’t have too much trouble.

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