The Soap That Came From Ireland…

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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

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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

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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

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

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

Mexican Lace and How I Made A Silicone Texture Mat

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The way I store and wrap and transport soap, flat tops work very well. Adding interest to flat soap tops is a bit of a challenge and I’ve worked on several techniques for doing that. Embossing works well and one … Continued

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

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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

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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

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