I was able to pour three lines at various heights twice across the mold, and then I completed the five whole hanger swirl loaf loops side-to-side (not front-to-back). Check out some photos of normal light and no light :)
The end-result was not exactly what I expected, but it seems to resemble wood grain, totally fits a fall theme, and it smells fantastic! Fragrance: Avalon from Nurture Soap, "Top notes of citrus with middle notes of apple, sugar and violet intermingle with bottom notes of peach and musk to create this enchanted fragrance."
June's Soap Challenge Club Regular category was to create a soap with four colors in one container, pour a layered and feathered soap design. I created two designs with varying success, and I discuss my process as well as mistakes.
Shea butter is considered a hard butter, although consistency is also considered semi-soft because it is solid at room temperature but melts on skin contact. Shea is also referred to as karité (karite) from French origin as well as Wolof and Dioula (meaning “life”), therefore gaining the name “The Tree of Life”. The tree can live over 400 years, and Shea butter was delivered by caravan to Cleopatra’s Egypt.
What do you think of Shea butter? Do you use it in any DIY or ready-made cosmetics or formulations? Do you temper, and do you prefer it refined or natural?
Behind the scenes it has been several months (almost a year) before opening a shop. I wanted to do everything as perfect as possible by learning as much as I could about everything. It started with an interest in aromatherapy and a few carrier oils for hair and beard oils.