This past Sunday I tried my hand at making a shaving soap. As I mentioned in my first post about soap making, I was originally drawn to Bramble Berry by looking for ingredients to make my own body butter (and an FYI, the body butter I write about in my first post is doing wonders for my tired feet despite it not staying "whipped"), and I was also looking for ingredients to make both Hayden and I some shaving soap.
I found a couple different, beginner friendly, recipes from Soap Queen for whipped cream and a melt & pour bar. I chose the bar the start with. And, I, who for some reason, cannot just make a simple bar of soap, decided not only would I make 3 bars with a more feminine smell and 3 bars with a more masculine smell, they also had to have 3 layers with different colors.
: | (that's my "meh" face)
Out of all 6 of them only one came out visually pleasing. The rest? Layers mixed because the next color broke through, the kaolin clay settled at the bottom.
|The ONLY one that turned out right. (On another note, my Macro setting on my camera is something I needed to|
learn how to use a bit better.)
|Why Kaolin Clay? Why??|
There are some good things though. One, both of them smell AMAZING. I used Shave & a Haircut for the masculine soap, and Energy for the feminine soap (links to all ingredients below). Shave & a Haircut smells just like a freshly washed dude, while the Energy has hints of grapefruit and citrus. It totally remind me of something from my childhood, but I have yet to figure out what it is. Second, the mold I used, a silicone muffin pan made these the perfect size for holding in your hand. And, third, while it doesn't lather up like I expected it to, it shaves like a dream. It was smooth and lovely (as were my legs...well maybe it was a little more lovely than my legs...). Plus, whenever I shaved with shaving gel, not matter the brand or the "moisturizing content" it claimed to have, my skin felt tight, dry, and like someone had set fire to it. Not with these. After using the bar my skin was soft, smooth, and felt fabulous. (Hayden hasn't used his yet, I will let you know his take on it when he does).
So, while these did not come out as planned, I am totally using them because they work so well. Although I think next time I will try to be a little less fancy with the layers, probably sticking to one color. I will also try mixing the clay in to a little bit of the base before incorporating it into the whole, and I am going to try microwaving my base, rather than double-boiling it as I think I get to excited watching it melt and let it get to hot. Again, all a learning experience.
Today I am making rebatch soap with the Castile (Olive Oil) rebatch gratings (blog post on that in a few days or so) and next week while I am on vacation I am trying out Cold Process for the first time. Here's to hoping I don't burn my fingers off with lye!
Next week is also the week that Bar Exam results come out by next Friday, incidentally my 36th birthday, so hopefully I will also have a post saying I passed the damn thing and I am now a fancy-schamncy official lawyer. Still working in retail for now (so not so fancy, just schmancy), but a lawyer nonetheless.
One step at a time, one decision at a time.
Anyhoo, here's what I used: (with, as usual, Bramble Berry links)
- 1 lb Shaving Base (melted and halved to make 3 bars of each)
- 2 tsp Kaolin Clay
- 1 tsp Vitamin E oil
- 1/4 oz Shave & a Haircut fragrance
- 1/4 oz Energy fragrance
- Oxides from the Pigment Sampler
- Wilton Muffin Pan (Not BB link)
A side note about the BB links. I am not an affiliate of them, I only link to them because A) I think their prices are great, and B) the service is amazing. Prompt responses to email and questions, a multitude of resources, and just an awesome company. So go check them out if you are interested in soaping, you will be glad you did.