This week’s soap experiments didn’t turn out as planned, which is disappointing considering the time and materials wasted. At least I know more about what doesn’t work. I have two new designs made just for March.
St. Patty’s Bath
The loaf this week is a refreshing mint-oil and goat’s milk for St. Patrick’s Day. The loaf was supposed to be layers of translucent green and white sandwiching a central core of green with white sides and a light swirl in the center. This would require carefully controlled temperatures, and I was eager to try out my new touchless thermometer for the first time.
Beware the Soaps of March
My second design was to experiment with embedding particles in different layers to create a 3-dimensional visual. I have a design I’m working on that will be a tiny little village on a little landscape, with a translucent blue stream and layered clear base with little swirled white clouds. It’s complex and will probably be twice the depth of a standard bar, so I wanted to try embedded layers before investing the time. I had poured red roses (with rose oil and scent), and bought a large bag of dried rose petals.
This design is a nod to the Ides of March. Red, gold, and white are Imperial Roman colors. I had poured red roses (with rose oil and scent), and bought a large bag of dried rose petals. The roses rest on a base of white-topped charcoal. To add color, I used a new metallic melt-dye brick mixed with yellow for gold, and a brighter red for blood. The red dye is from a cheap craft-store kit and did not deal well with white soap. I could not get it brighter or deeper, so it looks like dark pink or wine. My good red dye from the soap store is closer to brick and matched the roses too closely. So there’s the first failure.