Make It Fizz

Make It Fizz,  by Holly Port, is a gold mine!  Plain and simple.  If you’re stuck in a rut making soaps, liquid, clear, or solid, goat milk or coconut milk based, yet still hungerMake It Fizz to try something else far and away different from what you’ve made so far, grab your own copy of this book and read it cover to cover.  You’ll be thoroughly tutored and informed on how to make bath bombs, bath fizzes, bubble bars and more for your customers with confidence.

Holly will guide your through what various types of oils are available to use and what they’ll bring to your recipe.  If you want one that soothes, or one that doesn’t leave behind too much oil in your tub, or one that sinks in quickly, she’ lists a very comprehensive list of oils on pg 5.   Pages 2-3 also give you a wealth of suggestions for ingredients to add to your recipe to give it  greater bubbles, purification of toxins from your skin, additives for psoriasis.

She’s also generously offered several recipes for you to try based on her many years of experimentation, trial and error so you can gain the confidence to branch out, spread those bath bomb wings and let the fizzies fly on your own recipes.  

I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking to spread their product line out further into the bath & body lines beyond bars and liquid soaps.  


Highgarden soap and using an alternative to plain ol’ water

If you’re a tag gawker, you already know what the alternative to water is, but if you pay them no mind at all, then this will all be new to you.

I’ve covered alternatives to water before, but it’s been a while, and thought that perhaps you’d like to see a soap that actually has something other than plain ol’ water in it to see what it does.

Highgarden, the name of the soap, though not the name of the fragrance oil, was made using coconut water.  Why?  Why use coconut water in a soap?  One simple word – sugar.  No matter whether you find one that says it’s unsweetened or not, it’s going to have some natural sugars in it and those will be just enough to enhance the bubbles in your soap, making them more abundant just like everyone loves them to be.

Of course, coconut water has much more than natural sugars going for it.  It also contains natural antioxidants, vitamins and other vital nutrients to hydrate your body, feed your hair, skin, nails, vital organs, and skin all the nutrients it needs to fight off the assault waged on your body through the air we breathe, the process foods we eat, and those sodas we gulp down every day.  Let’s face it, living is hard on you and we rarely have the time to eat a well-balanced diet, do we?  Is there really time to wash, chop, mince, stir, cook, boil, sear, grill, then still have the energy to eat after a long grueling work day?  I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty fried by the end of the day and really don’t feel at all like cooking or even eating in some cases.  It’s so much easier to pick up something on the way home, or stop bu the store and grab something we can throw into a pot and warm up slowly or just nuke in the microwave.  But honestly, is the price we pay worth the ease? It’s a cumulative thing, and eventually it will take its toll on your body, giving you lots of big head-smacking reality checks like diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease and a host of others that develop over time.

HIghgarden Coconut Water Soap
HIghgarden Coconut Water Soap

The sugar can also caramelize thanks to the heat of the lye water, so I found out quickly enough that it’s far better to add just enough water with the lye to dissolve it, then add the balance of the water in the coconut water, but do it later, perhaps as late as after the initial stick blending is over  I get it just to the emulsification stage, then add the coconut water in and stick blend it in to the light trace stage.  The later addition prevents the discoloring of the soap batter due to the caramelization so less titanium dioxide is needed to overcome the discoloring.

Some aren’t big fans of the use of Titanium dioxide, and it can cause other problems, like glycerin rivers, or as we affectionately call them – glivers.  In some soaps though, they’ll bring out a textural effect that works great with the design of the soap’s final look.  It’s all a matter of perspective I suppose in whether TD use is good or not.

Another small warning should be offered here if you’re planning to try making a soap with coconut water.  The sugars are great for bubbles but they’ll also add something else to the soap – heat!  It will heat up your soap, causing small cracks as you can see from the picture  above.  If you can, try putting the soap, mold and all, in the refrigerator to prevent the cracks from becoming too  extreme.  It will allow the soap to cool quicker and give them a chance to close up on their own as much as possible.  The ones that appeared in this batch are barely there at all now, though this one was the worst of the bunch.  It had quite a few all over the middle section of the soap when it was 30 or 50 minutes into the mold, but as it chilled down in the fridge, they closed up and once the mod came out of the fridge about 3-4 hrs later, they were all but gone.  From the side you’ll see where they had been, but they’re certainly not detrimental to the soap at all.

The wispy lines were done with a mic in oil swirl done over the various layers poured into the mold of the base white soap.  There’s a bit of two greens, and two reds, but they don’t show up as much more than just a green and a red since the soap pressed much of it out to the sides.  This technique is a bit of a chance from the ones I usually do, but it’s always fun to try new things, change things up a bit.  Wouldn’t you agree?


If I haven’t succeeded in convincing you to give coconut water a try in your soap-making adventures yet, then I’ve failed utterly.  If you don’t make soap, then you really need to get some coconut water soaps and give them a try!  They’re amazingly creamy, bubbly, give you the perfect balance of cleansing and skin-softening to make your skin feel the best it’s ever felt.

Real, natural, handcrafted soap is the best way to wash, bathe, shampoo, or shower.  There are NO harsh chemicals, NO artificial additives to enhance the bubbles or create more abundant lather, our colours are naturally derived in the natural lines or created with micas, of which many are made with actual natural elements, our fragrances are either from fragrances oils, which are synthetic, or essential oils which are created with natural plants, flowers and other botanicals.  We use natural clays, grains like colloidal oatmeal, natural exfoliants like lemon peel, camu camu fruit powder or jojoba beads.  When you use a REAL bar of soap, you’re not putting a lab experiment, packed with carcinogens, chemicals, surfactants, or detergents on your skin.  You’re replacing the natural oils your skin needs to be healthy and defend itself against the toxins found in our everyday world.

In the mold Highgarden
In the mold Highgarden

Up next – Phase 1, 2, 3 & 4 of the next project

My imagination has taken a turn for the fruity.  Fruit Splash is a deliciously juicy fragrance from, one of  only a couple FO suppliers I typically use and it’ has a fruity, juicy fragrance of several different fruits & berries.  Many soapers have used this one to make the first of their spring & summer lines, but you know me, I’m weird.  I like to use beachy and fruity scents all year round, so here I am doing fruity scents as fall starts to  show its head just above the horizon.  While it is still well off in the distance, I’m still reluctant to make anything that smacks of full-blown fall unless the scent really bowls me over, which is far too rare.  I fight the cooler temps,  the images of dying leaves on deciduous trees and the need to tuck away the tanks tops, flip-flops, and tanning oils of happier summer days with everything I’ve got, but despite my best efforts, it still comes around, followed quickly by its nasty-tempered neighbor, Old Man Winter.  Oh well.  It’s just inevitable. Until I win the lottery and buy that ocean-front property in Bimini, I guess I’m stuck here year round. But I can soap with the summer scents and keep that Bermuda high going indoors year round!

So Fruit Splash is a hearty fruity fragrance that really sticks, is strong and holds up very well in any application you use it in, even the high-alkaline atmosphere of CP soap making.  I thought of Fruit Loops, without the sugary overlaying layer when I first smelled it, then thought immediately of how I wanted this soap to appear as a finished soap bar.  The plan requires a lot of patience.  That I have, in spades, so I picked out the colours typical of the fruits in the fragrance, purple, red, orange, green, raspberry-pink and yellow.  I’d considered pouring it into chunks of the colours, no swirling, but couldn’t stand the thought of pouring a soap, slab or loaf, and not swirling.  What soaper in their right mind can fight that urge to swirl?  Not this one! So swirl, I did.  The tiny bubbles don’t matter and you’ll understand why later on when Phase 2 appears.

slab poured of Fruit Splash August 6th
slab poured of Fruit Splash August 6th

(So since we now know I’m weak and can’t resist certain urges.  Let’s tottle on.)

This will set up for a couple of days in the mold, then will be removed and then Phase 2 can commence.  I will not be going into any details of what Phase 2 is right now.  Just suffice it to say that this slab of soap will not resemble its former state in any way.  There is a Phase 3 as well –  ’nuff said.

This batch is a triple oil blend, with silk, colloidal oatmeal, coconut milk, coconut water, and I tried a different approach to the additives when blending this batch.  I mixed the oats, coconut milk, coconut water, FO together then added them after mixing the oils and the lye.  This prevented the soap from discolouring with the addition of the coconut water to a livid orange as it tends to do in my prior batches.

In previous batches using coconut water,  I added the coconut water to the water used to dissolve the lye and when the lye was added the heat it generated cause a caramelization of the sugars, causing it to discolour to a particularly ugly shade of orange.  So, I decided to change the order around a bit to see if it wouldn’t happen if added later on.  This turned out to be the better way to use coconut water.  If there was any discolouration, I didn’t see it.  So if you want to try using other waters, try coconut water!  The additional sugars will cause some discolouration if you added it to the lye water, but if you add it later, it works great and the sugars will enhance the bubbles in the finished soap!  Still I needed to add a bit of Titanium Dioxide to lighten up the soap enough to show the colours at their true best.

So there’s the latest and the next Phase will be appearing in a few more days.  See you then!

And here’s Phase 2, the soap has been shaped into balls and curls, done with a vegetable peeler, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        placed into the mold.  Can you guess what’s coming up next?  No, don’t scroll down yet.  Wait for it………

and here’s the next step (Phase 3)……

with clear soap poured over the embeds....
with clear soap poured over the embeds….

A clear soap using Everclear and sugar water, slightly tinted with peach food colour was poured over the embeds, misted with alcohol, and left to set up over night.  There was quite of bit of this, so I also poured some small molds of individual embeds for use in future batches of other soaps.  The clear isn’t scented, which was an accident to be honest, I’d meant to add a bit of the Fruit Splash to that too, but I got carried away in all the excitement of getting it poured and left it out.  The embeds have plenty of scent to them to it’s going to be terrific even without the clear being scented.  I’m determined to remember it next time though!  If I have to write it in Sharpie across the top of my hands I’ll remember it next time!


This isn’t quite the end of the road for this one, no no.  It’s now been cut and the look is nothing less than exactly what I’d hoped and aimed for!


I’m also running a bit of a contest to name this soap.  The best name wins and they receive a bar of this plus several others that are nearing their ready date.  Pop into my Facebook page, post your name suggestion in  the comment box and good luck!  (The post for the contest is pinned to the top of the page, so you’ll have no trouble finding it.  🙂


And the cut bars, Phase 4….

Cut "Fruit Splash"
Cut “Fruit Splash”