We're done with Amy's challenges for this year!
I enjoyed these challenges for so many reasons, but the most valuable is that I had a chance to discover some soap artists I hadn't known before. So, thanks Amy for organizing this year's fun for all of us. I believe you enjoyed, too, but yet, you were the one who had to prepare a new video every week, new instructions and afterwards to visit everyone's blog or page and encourage everyone of us.
Let me say first I feel I didn't give my best (though, it's not that I was not trying), but every new batter brings me another risk, I almost never work without surprises, lol.
This week's challenge was something I had tried before (you can see my first 'Leo' soap here), but I can say this one gave me the headache the most. Ok, let's start!
The First batch: "Hey yellow, where are you???"
Ok, this is a nice soap loaded with shea butter and avocado oil! Liquid used- Whey! I think this will be great nourishing bar. But, for this challenge- it's just not what it was supposed to be!
The Second batch: I'm not giving up and rolling my sleeves up again! Now I opted for green, as basic colour and kiwi fragrance. I was considering adding poppy seeds into the base to give it more kiwi look, but gave it up in the last second, thinking it would be maybe too much. Now, I think I should have gone with poppy seeds, it would have been pop. This time I left my piping bags behind and tried pouring with spoons. One teaspoon, the other one was smaller. Let's see what I ended up with
WHAT??? Now, I'm furious! What the heck has happend here?
I think I know. My 'spots' portion were unfragranced and stayed so perfectly smooth and middle-traced all way long. On the other hand, my base portion, was fragranced and was slowly setting up. I think that this thicker, basic portion pressed the thiner leyers underneath and made them spread. By the way, this soap has a lots of ash! But, the ingredients are fab, so much cocoa and shea butter! Whey again for whole liquid amount!
And the Final one: New ride, guys! New colours, new method, sweet almond oil in place of butters and goats milk for liquid . Oooh dear, it soaped fantastically! This time I took two piping bags (ziploc bags,actually) and cut their corners as little, as I could.! Unmoulded, not cut:
|Don't ask me how I ended up with NO ash on top!!? I have no idea,but I'm glad I did!|
And what I have found inside:
Not bad this time! I still can complain about this one (my spots should have been placed differently), but boy, I must say I am so tired of this leopard design, I'm not going to repeat it soon again! I really need some rest ! I love these colours and no ash on tops. Do you think ash is related to butters amount in the batter? This one is without any, unlikely the previous ones, which contained both cocoa and shea butters and have had so much of ash!
I'm going to take more pics of this one and will update this post later, so if you wanna check it out, you're welcome. Or, have you had enough of my 'leopard spots' for this year?
Thank you for visiting my blog and please leave a comment! Don't be shy to express your thoughts on my first attempts! ...And hope to see you all sooner than next year's challenges!
Updated: As I promised earlier, I took some more pictures (I adore soap porn), so here they are:
Состав ('Manmma Leo') / Ingredients: Сапонифицирани масла/ Saponified oils - Маслиново (Sodium olivate), Кокосово (Sodium Cocoate), Палмино (Sodium palmate), Рицинусово (Sodium Castorate), Авокадово (Sodium avocadate), Ши путер (Sodium Shea Butterate), Сурутка (Whey), пигменти (pigments), мирис (fragrance).
Состав ('Papa Leo') / Ingredients: Сапонифицирани масла/ Saponified oils - Маслиново (Sodium olivate), Кокосово (Sodium Cocoate), Палмино (Sodium palmate), Рицинусово (Sodium Castorate), Масло од маслодајна репка (Sodium Canolate), Ши путер (Sodium Shea Butterate), Какао путер (Sodium Cocoa Butterate), Сурутка (Whey), Активен јаглен (activated charcoal),пигменти (pigments), мирис (fragrance).
Состав ('Baby Leo') / Ingredients: Сапонифицирани масла/ Saponified oils - Маслиново (Sodium olivate), Кокосово (Sodium Cocoate), Палмино (Sodium palmate), Рицинусово (Sodium Castorate), Ладно цедено сончогледово (Sodium Sunflowerate), Бадемово (Sodium almondate), Козјо млеко (Goat milk), пигменти (pigments), мирис (fragrance).