After making this one I’d thought I’d never use this recipe again as I didn’t like the feel of it after it came out of the mold.  After a few days of drying and saponifying on the curing shelves, I’ve done a preliminary test to see how it lathers, and that opinion is dramatically changed.  The lather was amazing, thick, rich, creamy, and even though it’s only been curing for a few days, my hands weren’t dried out as though the saponification wasn’t yet complete.  The phenolphthalein test is clear, so it’s no longer  alkaline.  And the scent, that of pink roses in full bloom, is a soft, gentle, not too much, not too little fragrance that’s ultra-feminine, and if ever a scent could be a colour, this one would be a petal pink.


These images are before the edges are cleaned up obviously, but this one in particular is a good one of the in-the-pot swirl that was done with TC’s Chocolate Milk and a bit of titanium dioxide poured into a base colour of Pearl Pink from TKB Trading.  Theirs is the first pink that I’ve have any luck with in staying pink rather than morphing into a hideous gray or taupe.  Others have let me down time and again, so this one, I’d tried in desperation, even though my hopes weren’t high at first.  Reviews were conflicting.  Some will say their colour is soap stable, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that they meant CP soap stable.  But as luck would have it, this one behaved beautifully throughout.   The soap began to set up rather quickly on me, but that was my fault.  It’s because of the recipe that it did so, not the fragrance oil or the colours or any of the stick blending done to blend the two parts together.  If I decide to use lots of colours, this recipe will not be the one I use!  That much is certain!

Top of the Rosewood
Top of the Rosewood

The pearly pink isn’t as visible from the top, and the iridescent glitter masks it a bit, too, but using the glitter was irresistible.  It cried out for this glitter, begging for a bit of glamour, and who am I to deny a pretty-in-pink, newly-formed diva her bit of glamour as she takes her moment in the limelight.  The Fragrance oil is called Wild Rose and Oak.

The colours suppliers:


The Fragrance Oil is from –

This recipe included 6 oils, coconut milk, colloidal oatmeal, Tussah silk, buttermilk powder.

I used this same recipe in another soap made recently, Lullaby, using Soapmaking Fragrance Oil’s Sweet Dreams FO, and it had that same feel to it right out of the mold that wasn’t all that appealing, but honestly after a week of curing on the shelves, it feels smooth, firm, and still has the soft, subtle fragrance that Sweet Dreams is know for.  But that soap is for another post and another day.  Here’s a link to the facebook page for more pics of Sweet Dreams if you just can’t stand it and must see it now.   Scroll down to February 9 to find it.  The pastel colours are my favorite!




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