So far, I'm pretty pleased with the way it came out. It was really soft at first and crumbled when I cut it. I was a little worried, but a couple days later I tried cutting one of the pieces with my wire cutter and they were fine. The lavender scent comes through, with a bit of extra sweetness. I think I'll try another test batch with the fragrance oil for comparison.
Next, I tried a Ginger Lime soap. I think I did too many tests all at once on this one. I was trying out my essential oil combo, the color, and playing around with gelling. In the end, I need to tweak the scent, but I've decided on my color. I want it to gel, but the method I tried this time was a flop. I definitely need another try on this one! Next time, I'll only test one aspect at a time, though.
This is what I'm calling Cedar and Spice. It has cedar wood, ginger, and fir needle. I'm not overly pleased with it. The scent needs some work. I think I might just go all cedar wood. I tried to make a swirl and epically failed! But, I do love the brown color I got from a black walnut hull infusion. That makes this one all natural! It's a start, but I've got to keep working on this soap.
Finally, this is my favorite so far! It is Pink Himilayan Salt and Rose Clay. It is scented with a coconut lemongrass fragrance oil. And - I made it with coconut milk! I love it. It smells amazing! The rose clay is a little dark. And the top layer needs to be a little whiter, I think. Overall, though, I am super excited by how this turned out!
I'm really loving soaping again! I'm having so much fun coming up with new ideas. I can't wait to get my recipes finalized and make some larger batches so I can get them in the store! Stay tuned for more updates!