A challenge is a polite way of approaching a dare. A challenge is a nudge to grow outside your comfort zone, make you step outside your comfy, cozy box and explore new things, be they colours, toppings, styles, etc., without making it a permanent change. But what if that challenge stirs something new inside you – that need to move beyond where you are in that happy little rut you tend to dance happily within?
Such is the point at which I now find myself. My husband’s challenges pointed me into a new direction, one of bright colours, happy stylings, different themes & a whole new range of possibility.
He went for the simpler things. Single note scents to start – Orange, then Pink Grapefruit.
He loved those and was please with the results though I could NOT force myself to make them all one solid colour. Really when you think about it an orange and a grapefruit are not all one colour, are they? There’s the rind of course, a deep orange and a bright yellow respectively. Within that is the pith, which is white. Snowy white. Further in is the pulp of each fruit, a paler hue of the outer rind for the orange but a pale strawberry pink in the case of the grapefruit. So of course these first two could not be single colours simply because it wouldn’t match the object they imitated. However, their fragrances are simple single note scents, pure and delightful! Nothing else added. One is orange. The other is pink grapefruit.
Moving forward he offered several more though initially he’d hesitated to give up the final one until I forced him to spill. He then listed them. Something akin to the black cherry, chocolate chip in vanilla ice cream of the two dudes fame something with the gummy candies shaped like adorable little bears a cotton-themed soap
and last but not least, those green-gold orbs of wild-growing grapes we find everywhere in our state from mountains to coastal plane.
Since learning how to shape cold process soap into hand molded shapes and discovering (to my great delight) that the soap dough recipes lend themselves beautifully to hand piping with pastry bag and tips dedicated to that purpose, I’ve used that method frequently with satisfying & colourful results. The leaves of this batch are a soap dough recipe.
Next time you’re given a challenge or a dare, try it (within reason, that is). You never know what new wonders await you if you go beyond your road often traveled.
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Book #1 – understanding the mindset of soap making, the zen of preparing a design from start to finish. A book of how to approach soap, soap dough crafting and your own ideas.
This link takes you heavily into the experienced soapmaker’s mind, the techniques you’ll learn and add to your own growing list of how-tos. This specific link is for the PDF eBook version. There is also a hard copy version if you prefer. You can download the PDF and print out exactly what you need when you need it. This one has 20 recipes for soap dough, all tested and proven by Bee herself. There are vegan and non-vegan recipes to choose from depending on your personal and customer base preferences.
Don’t need the How-To steps? Here’s a link to download her third release which is ALL RECIPES (PDF format link) . No filler, just recipes.
Don’t have time or a desire to learn how to make it yourself, but want to try it out on a batch of your own soap you’re planning? She offers dough, pre-made and pre-coloured. Unscented only (mainly because that would be difficult to match her scents to yours and so many FOs and EOs sold today can alter the colours).
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