Double, Double Toil and Trouble: Snail Soap

posted in: Auntie Clara's Blog, Blog Post | 26

Here, close to the southernmost tip of Africa, our summers are warm and dry. The rain falls in winter when low-pressure fronts sweep in from the south. This is the heartland of South African wine country and the local vineyards … Continued

The Soap That Came From Ireland…

posted in: Auntie Clara's Blog, Blog Post | 59

Once upon a time I swapped soap with Hajni Kele, the very talented soapmaster and owner at Mianra Soap in Cork, Ireland. The soap arrived, as international soap deliveries do, in a mail parcel. All the excitement of meeting soaps … Continued

Ghost Swirl Soap Follow-Up

posted in: Auntie Clara's Blog, Blog Post | 14

The response to the un-coloured Ghost Swirl Soap that I posted about a month ago (you can read about it here) has been rather overwhelming. I’m humbled by all the positive comments and I’m very excited to see how other … Continued

The Ghost Swirl

posted in: Auntie Clara's Blog, Blog Post, Tutorial | 138

  “I had decided to do what I shall call a Ghost Swirl; a technique where a deliberate design is ’conjured’ into the soap without the use of any added colourant. It’s not essential whether the design is swirled with … Continued

What’s Hot and What’s Not – A Study In Overheating

posted in: Auntie Clara's Blog, Blog Post | 59

Sensitive viewers be warned. This post is about soap overheating in various ways and features ugly soaps galore. For pretty pics I would suggest a meander through Auntie Clara’s photo gallery, a run through our Facebook photo stream, or a … Continued

When in Africa – Going on Safari and Soaping a Crocodile

posted in: Auntie Clara's Blog, Blog Post | 28

South Africa is a vast and beautiful country and there are lots of interesting places to go and things to see here. Being large and beautiful, the country also lends itself nicely to general aviation. I belong to a family … Continued

Beldi Soap aka Moroccan Black Soap aka Savon Noir – the full cross-cultural experience

posted in: Auntie Clara's Blog, Blog Post | 48

Only a few months ago I had never heard of Beldi Soap or Moroccan Black Soap or Savon Noir. The topic came up in a discussion about natural exfoliants when somebody mentioned a Moroccan gel-style soap made not only with … Continued

Intentional Crop Circles: Water Discount As A Design Tool

posted in: Auntie Clara's Blog, Blog Post | 66

The world is full to the brim of beautiful pictures of soap. They are the backbone of soaping sites, Pinterest pages and soaping groups worldwide. Beautiful images of extraordinary masterpieces are a joy, a pleasure and very inspirational, but often … Continued

Soap On Holiday

posted in: Auntie Clara's Blog, Blog Post | 26

When soapmakers go on holiday we tend to bring along our own soap. Why? Firstly, we tend to have substantial stashes of soap at home and since we aren’t the kind of people to waste good stuff, it makes sense … Continued