Category Archives: Featured from the Swaps

Swaps with The Sage

A complete collection of goodies from the 2010 Halloween Swap. Click for a larger picture.

Have you ever wanted to participate in a swap? Well, now you can because we just opened another swap over on The Sage Soapmaker’s Forum! Swaps on the forum are a fun way to try different products and learn about what you like or don’t like in a product. This is also a great way to learn about processes or ingredients you would like to try.

Our last swap was lots of fun! We just finished a Halloween themed swap that was called “Wicked & Ugly or Good & Beautiful Swap”. The swapped products were wonderful and excitedly received. As many of our swap participants have said, “It’s just like Christmas!”

Come on over to the forum and join the latest swap! This one is themed “Holiday Hostess Gift Swap”. The purpose of this swap is to share different product ideas that people can make as gifts for the hosts or hostesses of holiday parties that will be occurring during the holidays.

Some of the best things about participating in our swaps are:

  1. Participants receive a recipe book containing recipes from every participant who wanted to share their recipe.
  2. ALL participants get a teaser selection of goodies from MMS to use in various projects.
  3. You receive a package that is stuffed with wonderfully inspiring products that makes it feel like Christmas!
  4. You will get reviews about your products and great stories too!
  5. Fun is had by all!

Join the forum and our Holiday Hostess Gift Swap! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)

Swap Feature – Catherine’s Coconut Cream Soap

Coconut Cream Soap

This soap is the last soap I have to share from our recent “My Favorite Recipe to Share” soap swap on The Sage Forum. I’ve been very impressed by all the talent these soapmakers possess and I hope their work has been as inspiring for you as it has been for me.

When I first unwrapped Catherine’s soap, I was surprised by her soap color swirl. I have to admit that this soap looks pretty complicated, but I’m sure it was a lot easier than it looks! This soap smells like a berry patch from Utah took a trip to the tropics as the scent is mostly berry with a little bit of mango thrown in. Her cigar bands are also super cute! Glittery paper and even tied with a ribbon! Wow!

Catherine’s Recipe:

15 oz Palm Oil
6 oz Palm Kernel Oil
15 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
6 oz Sweet Almond Oil
6 oz Coconut Oil

6.63 oz Sodium Hydroxide
12 oz Water
3 oz Coconut Oil

Enjoy!

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Swap Feature – Cindy’s Lavender Body Soap

Lavender Body Soap.

This soap is our second to last soap! This soap is from our recent “My Favorite Recipe to Share” soap swap on The Sage Forum. These soaps have been so much fun to look at and review!

Just like Elaine’s soap yesterday, I just wanted to hold Cindy’s soap up to my nose and breathe in deep! I have no idea where my lavender liking tendencies came from, but I might as well enjoy the lavender soap. I thought that the swirls of lavender color were perfect for the soap as well as the awesome beveled edges. I dropped the soap, so I can promise that the chipped corner is from me being clumsy!

Cindy’s Recipe:

30% Coconut Oil
30% Olive Oil
30% Lard
10% Shea Butter
Lavender Essential Oil
Colorant (Optional)

Cindy’s Notes:

This is my favorite recipe for a basic hard bar with good lather, and I dearly love Lavender!

Enjoy!

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Swap Feature – Elaine’s Lavender & Vanilla Oatmeal Swirl Soap

Lavender & Vanilla Oatmeal Swirl Soap

Two more soaps to go! This soap is from our recent “My Favorite Recipe to Share” soap swap on The Sage Forum. I hope you have been enjoying these wonderful soap recipes. I hope you have been enjoying these wonderful soap recipes and using them as inspiration.

When I received Elaine’s package, I couldn’t help myself and I just had to hold a bar up to my nose and inhale deeply! She used a great combination of Vanilla and Lavender that is soothing and relaxing. (At least I think so!) This soap looks great and I can’t wait to take it home and try it! She even used a long fiber mulberry paper on her cigar band and I think the final result is adorable.

Elaine’s Recipe:

Lye Solution for 8% excess fat:
20 oz water
8.46 oz Sodium Hydroxide flakes

Oils & Butters (62 oz):
20 oz Olive Oil
16 oz Refined Coconut Oil
12 oz Palm Oil
8 oz Avocado Oil
6 oz Refined Shea Butter

Additions:
½ to 3/4 cup sifted, ground oatmeal (not quick oats) – Optional
1 oz Lavender Essential Oil of choice (I used Bulgarian in this recipe)
½ oz Vanille blend essential oil (a blend of vanilla absolute, benzoin and Peru Balsam prepared by my local herb shop)

Elaine’s Notes:

This is one of my favorite blends of oils and butters, but I tend to save it for special occasions because the Avocado and Shea are a little more expensive. This is also one of my favorite scent blends. I’ve always used oatmeal with lavender and vanilla and have blended the vanilla in the whole batch for a brown bar, but I think if I would leave out the oatmeal next time if want to swirl the soap since the oatmeal thickens the soap (go figure).

I like to begin when the oils and butters and the lye solution are 90-100 degrees. Add the lavender eo at light trace and gently blend. If you would like a solid brown bar, add the vanilla eo now, too. Add the oatmeal and gently blend until mixed thoroughly. (Once the oatmeal is added, the blend will thicken quickly, but don’t worry about it. This batch REALLY thickened up and it still turned out great.) If you want to marble the soap, pour about ½ of the mixture into a glass container with a pour spout and blend the vanilla eo in thoroughly. You’ll need to work as quickly as you can from here because it can get very thick, especially if you’re using oatmeal. Carefully pour the vanilla mixture in drizzly swirls back into the lavender mixture. The closer you have the vanilla to the lavender as you pour, the more shallow the vanilla will be in the soap; hold it higher up as you pour if you want the vanilla to reach the bottom of the bars (thanks gravity!). Quickly pour the soap into your prepared tray/mold and jiggle it to even it our and then use a chopstick to create additional swirls or designs in the soap. It’s up to you if you want a super smooth top using a spatula or if you like the grooves made by the chopsticks. Cover with a piece of wax paper and cover tray with a piece of heavy cardboard and insulate the soap with blankets, towels, etc. and tuck into a warm spot our of the way for at least 24 hours before cutting the bars.

Ok, so I must confess, I intended to marble the soap as I described above, but I was distracted by how quickly the soap thickened after I added the oatmeal and started to pour the soap into the mold and forgot about the vanilla! Oops. Luckily, I figured it our before I poured it all into the tray, stopped and added the vanilla. It was pretty thick by then, not at all thin enough to drizzle, but I still added the vanilla mixture a little at a time to the lavender in the tray at different heights (plop, plop, plop) and then swirled it with a chopstick. It didn’t go as planned, but I was still very happy with how it turned out! I hope you agree!

The Vanille blend that Elaine used was purchased from Artemisia Herbals in Sonora, California.

Enjoy!

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Swap Feature – Cecelia’s Smells Like Bella Soap

Smells Like Bella.

Wow! I’ve been impressed by the last four soaps I’ve shared with you and I still have three more soaps that I haven’t even shared yet! I’ve now shared three of the soaps from our recent “My Favorite Recipe to Share” soap swap on The Sage Forum. I hope you have been enjoying these wonderful soap recipes and d and hope these will be inspiring to you.

The instant I opened Cecelia’s package of soap, I knew she had used Bella as the fragrance for her soap. I love the coloration of the top layer and swirled wave in this soap. This soap seems to portray Bella’s innocence with a bit of a mysterious twist. Either way, this soap is fun!

Cecelia’s Recipe:

12 oz Palm Kernel Oil
24 oz Olive Oil
12 oz Shea Butter
4 oz Apricot Kernel Oil
6 oz Coconut Oil
4 oz Almond Oil
2 oz Castor Oil

8.67 oz Sodium Hydroxide
21.5 oz Distilled Water

FO was Bella from MMS – I used 3 oz.

Cecelia’s Notes:

I’ve been wanting to make this recipe I designed that has a lot of Shea Butter in it. I am marketing this as a very special soap. Bubble wrap was used to make the design on the top of the bars. Shrieking Violet Neon was the soap colorant used.

Enjoy!

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Swap Feature – Andee’s Spearmint & Basil Soap

This soap is my soap that I sent our in our recent “My Favorite Recipe to Share” soap swap on The Sage Forum. I’ve been very impressed by all the talent these soapmakers possess and I hope their work has been as inspiring for you as it has been for me.

This soap batch was very fun to make because I got a chance to use the new Digital Slim Kitchen Scale. This new scale is so slick and easy to use. I even spilled some oils on the scale, right over the display! Since this scale is flat, it was easy to just wipe the scale off and continue weighing my ingredients. The scale even has the ablilty to weigh my Sodium Hydroxide with no problem! Can I say that I think I’m in love with this scale?

I chose this blend of essential oils because I wanted a refreshing soap that had a minty scent but I wanted a little more oomph to the scent than just plain Spearmint. This soap smells just right for that morning wake up call!

Recipe:

16 oz Coconut Oil
16 oz Palm Oil
16 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
16 oz Sunflower Oil

8.90 oz Sodium Hydroxide (7% Superfat)
24 fl oz Water (reverse osmosis)

0.56 oz Basil Essential Oil
0.82 oz Spearmint Essential Oil

1 Tbsp Mint Green Color mixed with Liquid Glycerin

Spearmint & Basil Soap

Our new digital scale with a cool digital display!

Notes:

These bars are bigger than I expected because I was testing a new mold and a new swirl technique at the same time! You would think I would remember to only change one thing at a time!

This soap was processed at about 120° F. After the soap reached trace, I poured most of the soap into the mold and then colored the remaining 2 cups of raw soap. Since the swirl didn’t work as I desired, I’ll continue working on it and post to the blog as soon as I have perfected this.

Enjoy!

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)

Swap Feature – Crystal’s Berries & Twigs Soap

Berries & Twigs Soap.

I’ve now shared three of the soaps from our recent “My Favorite Recipe to Share” soap swap on The Sage Forum. I hope you have been enjoying these wonderful soap recipes and I hope these will be inspiring to you.

Crystal’s soap was a surprise for me as I normally don’t like the smell of Berries & Twigs Fragrance Oil right out of the bottle. This soap changed my mind about this fragrance and I think I just might have to try a soap scented with this. This bar of soap doesn’t have strongly contrasting swirl, but a very light delicate wisp of color instead. While the wispy style is different, I find it to add just enough color contrast that you look at the bar twice when trying to place the color.

Crystal’s Recipe:

19% Coconut Oil 24 oz
40% Olive Oil 52 oz
11% Shea Butter 14 oz
16% Palm Kernel Oil 20 oz
14% Soybean Oil 18 oz

Sodium Hydroxide 18.07 oz
Water 42.24 oz

Crystal’s Notes:

Processed at 120° F using cold process method. Swirled with Red Moroccan clay. 1 Tbsp mixed with 1 cup of raw soap at light trace. Fragranced with Berries & Twigs from The Sage with a usage of 3.5 oz.

This is a great recipe to use with varying scents or additives.

Enjoy!

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Swap Feature – Robin’s Orange Cream Soap

Orange Cream Soap

I’ve shared two of the soaps from our recent “My Favorite Recipe to Share” soap swap on The Sage Forum. I hope you have been enjoying these wonderful soap recipes and hope these will be inspiring to you.

Robin’s soap was absolutely yummy in scent. Just smelling her soap made my stomach growl and I started craving orange creamsicles! I’d bet you would be craving them too if you could smell this soap. This soap is a lovely brown color from the vanilla content of the fragrancing materials, but some how this coloring really doesn’t matter when you just want to curl up and snuggle with this bar of soap! I should probably make a batch like this for my mom for Christmas so I don’t have to share!

Robin’s Recipe:

18 oz Olive Oil blend of Olive, Soy and Canola
16 oz Coconut Oil
14 oz Palm Oil
4 oz Jojoba Oil
4 oz Shea Butter
Total oil weight: 56 oz

19 oz Distilled Water
7.58 oz Sodium Hydroxide (usually around 7% as per the MMS calculator)

2 oz Orange 5-fold
0.5 oz Vanille blend (The vanille blend is vanilla absolute, benzoin and Peru Balsam, created by a local herb store, and it’s worth every penny.)

Robin’s Notes:
If you’re a fan of 50-50 bars, you’ll love this soap. It’s almost good enough to eat!

I typically combine my oils and lye around 100-110 degrees. This size batch yields 16 bars that weigh approximately 4 ounces each after curing. For previous batches, I’ve sprinkled the tops of the bars with cinnamon, but since it’s a fairly dark bar, I didn’t do that this time.

The Vanille blend that Robin used was purchased from Artemisia Herbals in Sonora, California.

Enjoy!

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Swap Feature – Esther’s Good Morning Breakfast Scrub Bar

Good Morning Breakfast Scrub Soap Bar.

As I shared yesterday, we recently had a “My Favorite Recipe to Share” soap swap on The Sage Forum. Everyone sent in wonderful soaps and I felt that all of their time and effort into their soaps needed some extra special recognition. I hope you are enjoying this collection of soap recipes as much as I am!

Esther’s soap was the only Hot Process soap that was sent in and I do have to admit, her soap has me wanting to try Hot Process soap myself! When I received her package, I just about drooled over all the soaps because her soap smelled just like breakfast. Not just any breakfast either! I think this soap smells like hot oatmeal with cinnamon and honey drizzled over the top, served with a bowl of berries and grapefruit as well as a steaming cup of vanilla cappuccino. Ah, she truly made a breakfast soap! She even made cute cigar bands with the most adorable mice on them for her soaps!

Esther’s Recipe:

Extra scrubby and it smells like breakfast.

22 oz Shortening
16 oz Lard
22 oz Olive Oil
12 oz Coconut Oil
6 oz Castor Oil
4 oz Butter

11.8 oz Lye
12 Goat’s Milk- 1 can (frozen in tray and broken up)
6 oz Yogurt (Plain)
12 oz Water
4 Tbsp. Raw Honey

4 TBSP Ground Coffee
2 TBSP EACH (Rolled Oats, Steel Cut Oats, Cornmeal, Sea Salt, Grapefruit Peel)
1Tsp Cinnamon
2 to 3 TBSP FO (I used Grapefruit, Vanilla and Blackberry)

Esther’s Notes:

Hot Process Method: (though it would probably convert to CP easily)
1. Measure fats and melt in crock pot on high.
2. Mix liquids together, including honey.
3. Add lye (will turn ORANGE and look awful) stir until dissolved.
4. Add to melted fats.
5. Stick blend until trace.
6. Put lid on pot and use time to prepare molds.
7. When it reaches the neutral-vaseline-‘done’ stage add dry ingredients and FO.
8. Stir well.
9. Glop into molds.
10. When cool and solid, cut into squares. Will look like chocolate.

Enjoy!

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Swap Feature – Brittany’s Huckleberry Buttermilk Soap

Huckleberry Buttermilk Soap

We recently had a soap swap on The Sage Forum. This swap was so much fun! Our theme was “My Favorite Recipe to Share”. Everyone sent in wonderful soaps and I felt that all of their time and effort into their soaps needed some extra special recognition. I hope you enjoy this collection of soap recipes as much as I am!

Brittany’s soap was the only milk soap that was sent in and I think she made a lovely milk soap! She used the Half & Half method that I showed back in February of this year. When I received her package I had to promptly hide it because the Huckleberry soap smelled so good and I had some people trying to “borrow” a bar or two for home! This soap smells just like fresh huckleberries. Her cigar bands are also adorable! Can you believe she made these by hand on blank paper with markers?

Brittany’s Recipe:

545 grams Coconut Oil
454 grams Canola Oil
454 grams Lard
172 grams Olive Oil

192 grams Distilled Water
219 grams Lye

192 grams Buttermilk
1 ounce Huckleberry Fragrance Oil

Brittany’s Notes:

I used Andee’s half and half method with the buttermilk.

Note: You may notice a slight purple tinge. I tried to color the soap with 1 teaspoon lavender color, but it clearly wasn’t enough. Oops!

Enjoy!

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)