The Ghost Swirl

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  “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

Playing with Melt and Pour Soap

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Soap craft is a wonderfully diverse thing. So many methods, so many aspects, so many stages, phases and outcomes, and endless possibilities for creative combinations. To me the notion of taming the soap holds a very special charm. To be … Continued

Myth Busting on Manhattan

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One of the most frequently stated arguments for using handmade soap is that “supermarket soap isn’t soap, it’s synthetic detergent”. On plenty of websites and on soaping forums on social media this categorical statement is presented as if it were … Continued

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

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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

Oh So Oval – Oval Soap Mould Tutorial

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My fascination with oval soap began when I was nine and my parents took us on a trip to Zanzibar. From that trip I remember seeing cinnamon trees and smelling fresh lemongrass for the first time and I remember walking … Continued

Soap In An Eggshell – Mignon Soap

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Yesterday morning I was all excited about blowing things. I was making soap for a soap challenge and that can get my pulse racing. Soap challenges are popular among soapmakers. The idea is simple: somebody comes up with a theme … Continued

Auntie Clara’s Chili-Chocolate Brownies

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A beautiful day here in Cape Town – this last day of 2014. For us it’s been an exciting year in many ways and we approach 2015 with lots of anticipation. To celebrate this last day of the year we’ve … Continued

When in Africa – Going on Safari and Soaping a Crocodile

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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

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