Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Mmmm... milky honey biscuits?

If there's anything I love doing more than the creative process of making my soap, it's the following day when I get to turn it out and cut it :-)

I try to make each batch differently, when making natural soaps I think it is important that they don't all become standard size, shape, texture etc. I have already limited myself by not using strong synthetic colouring, as many soapmakers do, to differentiate between their soaps, so texture and form are important to me.

I also enjoy the challenge of finding the perfect 'mold' for each batch - which is very rarely an actual mold, in fact I don't even possess a real soap mold! I use boxes of every shape and size, pipes, tubes, cookware, tins, tubs, cartons... whatever I think may make a 'good' shape.

For this batch I wanted fairly chunky shapes which I could decorate both top and bottom - not an easy task, until I found the perfect box. Now I'm possibly giving away all my secrets here, but that's ok, I know you won't tell :-) I have made this soap before and it sold like hotcakes, so I recreated it only tweaking slightly to add some creamy almond milk to my honey & oats recipe.

The decorative touch.... well you can probably see now how the honey comb effect is achieved! Here is the 'slab' before cutting ----

And about half an hour later, hand cut into generously sized chunks and ready for the drying racks. The Natural Soap Emporium kitchen smelled like a warm honey & milk drink with oaty biscuits!

The bubble-wrap honeycomb effect is on both the top and bottom surfaces. The soap itself is unscented and made with colloidal oatmeal, honey and almond milk. I am loving the 'rustic and rugged' handmade look of my soaps, and have lots of compliments about their appearance so I will keep on doing what I am doing!

Ah. Loved the cutting process today, now it's just a patient 4 week wait until they are ready to use!

Market Day!

Just a quick post to report my market stall went very well! The weather gods were kind indeed and gave us a crisp but beautifully bright sunny day :-) Lots of interested folk asking about my soaps, lots of sales and generally a very pleasant day!

(apologies for the photo... I will spend a little more time next time!)

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Upcoming Market & Arts Trail review

It's official! The Natural Soap Emporium is heading to market!

I will be at Blackheath Community Market this Sunday, 5th May, 9am-1pm.

It's been a couple of years since I have done a market stall, and this is the first time with my soaps. The Blue Mountains have many markets up and down the hill, however I chose this one because it is close-by but also because it has a focus on sustainability, recycling and creative artists.

I had a kind of 'test run' last Sunday during the Blue Mountains Arts Trail - my friend Kara Smith was featured as a local artist and had her open house on the trail. She has a wonderful range of girl's dresses, bags and a new range of cards. Together with another friend of ours - another local Mt Vixen (!) Rachael from Pickle Me Fancy, who had her delicious home made relishes and pickles for tasting and on sale - we had a wonderful set up for the Arts Trail day. I had a range of Natural Emporium soaps for sale, and even had to pop home at one point to replenish my stock! It was a very successful day for us all, and we enjoyed meeting and chatting to lots of new people.

So, if you are wondering what to so this Sunday, head up to Blackheath (which is looking awesome in this glorious autumn weather!) and visit me at The Natural Soap Emporium stall! Kara (Mt Vic & Me) and Rachael (Pickle me Fancy) will also be there with their lovely goodies.