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

posted in: Auntie Clara's Blog, Blog Post, Tutorial | 142

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

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

Limpet Mould Tutorial: Handmade Soap Imitating Nature

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Only a few minutes from where our soap is made is a beautiful beach. Strand Beach, once known as Melk Baai (Milk Bay), where the African Continent ends and the ocean begins rolling itself out of False Bay until it … Continued

Glycerine Rivers: Trying To Understand Them

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My previous post, Glycerine Rivers: Secret Revealed, about water concentration as a contributing factor to the formation of glycerine rivers, got lots of feedback all of which I’m very thankful for. Many said that they had never made the connection … Continued

Glycerine Rivers: Secret Revealed

posted in: Auntie Clara's Blog, Blog Post | 79

Most seasoned soapmakers are well familiar with the phenomenon commonly known as glycerine rivers, TD (titanium dioxide) rivers, TD crackle or glycerine separation. The terms are all descriptive of what the phenomenon looks like: translucent rivers or streaks in a … Continued

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