It’s been several months since my last online soap challenge. Basically, I’ve been working and haven’t really been inspired enough to try other challenges. I found I was wasting too many ingredients on failures and that was more depressing than anything.
I resolved to make smaller batches of soap if possible for a challenge and only do a challenge for something that, ideally, I would use or could see myself needing more help with than just watching a few YouTube videos.
When I saw that the May challenge would be soap dough, I immediately thought of being able to cover my soap cakes with soap fondant. I wouldn’t use a full size cake, as the wastage with that would be a lot if I wasn’t successful.
I’ve found with new techniques and recipes it’s also better to start with smaller quantities. That way if something goes wrong, and the soap is unusable, I won’t be left with a lot that has to be thrown away or rebatched.
I’ve always wanted to use a square mould that I bought about 2 years ago. I was going to use it for sugar scrub cubes but just never got around to it. I decided to use that mould for this challenge and cover the square soap cubes with soap fondant. Mother’s Day is coming up, and I wanted to make my mother little square soaps with soap fondant designs on top. Her favourite colour is purple and she loves lavender. She has very sensitive skin so I wanted to use all natural ingredients as much as possible.
I didn’t use any of Tatiana’s recipes or methods. For one, I didn’t have stearic acid and my card recently got skimmed — like two days before this challenge — and I couldn’t buy anything online. I also didn’t have the time to run down to the shop to get one of those Visa giftcards from Coles to use online. I was getting my kids ready for school and myself for work at 7am, working until 2pm, picking up the kids from school at 3pm, doing errands until about 5pm and then having to cook dinner etc. I was exhausted after getting home.
So, I used the basic free recipe from Sorcery Soap. I used the natural colourants of purple Brazilian clay and alkanet infused olive oil to colour half the batch purple. I didn’t have coconut oil either, so I used palm kernel oil instead.
I think the addition of clay really added to the pliability of the soap. The purple soap dough was easier to roll out and had more of a playdoh consistency. It was great.
My two little ones were hanging around while I was kneading the white soap dough. In fact, Nikita says, “Photo bomb,” and sticks her head on the bench beside the soap, giggling her little head off.
Please tell me you can see her sense of humour in this photo. She has the most cracking sense of humour. Love her to bits.
A bag of purple and white soap dough.
My white cubes of soap after 1 hour in the freezer.
Starting to cover the first cube with purple soap dough.
How I rolled the soap dough. Between two pieces of of non-stick paper.
I’m allergic to wheat and other starches. So I didn’t use cornstarch. Bakers use pure icing sugar so fondant doesn’t stick and that’s what I used, too. Hopefully, the sugar makes the soap have a bubblier lather.
The making of the first soap cube. I was so happy with it! I was thinking of my mum as I was making it and how much she would love little soaps like this for Mother’s Day. My mum isn’t into material things. She’s very generous and giving. That’s just the kind of woman she is. The less she has, it seems the happier she is. I knew she would love something I created with my own hands . . . although, Mum does love the odd bottle of expensive perfume, and I keep her stocked up on that as well. 🙂
The first picture at the top on the left gives you an idea of how much easier the purple dough was to work with. I don’t know if this is because of the addition of clay to the batter or not.
I found it much easier to mould the fondant around the cube if I held it upside down. lol. The fondant wouldn’t tear that way. I pinched the corner edges together after painting the soapy glue over the cube. Then I used a palette knife and just cut in a straight line where I pinched at the corner. Then I used the palette knife to smooth out the corners. Rubbing alcohol helped with this.
As I was finishing four of the cubes, I couldn’t believe I’d made them. I was thrilled with the results and how much fun it was to play around with soap dough.
I used toothpicks as a small embellishment for the upright flowers.
I told my two little ones that they could have one cube each to decorate with soap dough for me and that could be my present from them for Mother’s Day. They were so excited!! You should have seen my kitchen bench by that stage lol. Here’s a glimpse:
Overall, I had so much fun with this challenge. Thanks once again to everyone who made it possible. I will try Tatiana’s recipes as soon as possible. I just love these little soaps.
Purple dough ingredients: lard, palm kernel oil, castor oil, alkanet infused olive oil, distilled water, purple Brazilian clay dispersed in water, lavender essential oil.
White dough ingredients: lard, palm kernel oil, mango butter, castor oil, cocoa butter, Titanium dioxide, distilled water, peppermint essential oil.
Until later X