Category Archives: Supplies

Soap Spheres

I finally made some soap spheres! These will definitely add a fun punch of color to my soaps. I found it a bit tedious rolling the soap into balls, but I like how they came out, and I can’t wait to use them again in a few larger batches.

Natural colorants were used in the soap: annatto, red clay, pink clay and parsley powder. The green is fading, and I used some of them in a mini-size rosemary lime soap. The smell is incredible. I am planning to wrap these up and give them to my nieces for Easter. Just the right size for little hands.

I used these guest size loaf molds from Wholesale Supplies Plus. I’m glad I found a small mold, but my soap does not slide out easily. It sticks, and I end up peeling it out of the mold. I think I need to use a firmer soap recipe, with less soft oils. Maybe adding beeswax will help. Any good recipe suggestions? New experiments will be coming up.

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Cost of oil

I like to use canola oil in my soap and I can usually find it for a low price- 1 gallon jug at the grocery store for $7.99. I ran out of it recently, so I drove up to the local market only to find that the price had increased to $9.99/gal. I guess the cost of all oils have increased in recent months. A gallon of canola oil will get me through about six or eight 5 pound molds, as it is not the primary oil in my recipes. Luckily, I stocked up on palm and coconut oils in 50 lb buckets, which should last until the end of the year, if not longer.