I was so thrilled to learn that Amy Warden was bringing back the Soap Challenge Club this Fall. Participating in these challenges has allowed me to learn new techniques and grow as a soap maker. I love seeing everyone's soaps at the conclusion of the contest, there is such a wide variety of talent. For the November 2019 challenge, we were tasked with creating a soap using a straight line method. For the advanced category, we were to pour the soap using a thin trace over a skewer into a slab mold to produce thin lines. My first attempt turned out well, but not after I first panicked as the lines looked wavy. So, I aborted using the skewer and poured the soap from a squeeze bottle free hand. This worked well, but wasn't within the guidelines of pouring over the skewer. First attempt below with Fall colors:
My second attempt used much brighter colors and was poured over a very thin bamboo skewer, this produced wavy lines. I was about to stop here because I didn't much mind the wavy lines. I appreciated the design; however, I wanted to make one more attempt to get those straight lines. I filmed this soap making session and will have a link to the video when it is ready. Attempt number two below:
For the final attempt, I used almost the same color scheme but lightened up the green and pink accent colors to produce greater visual interest. I also went with a larger skewer, this was actually the piece of wood that comes with a new pair of shoes, it is approximately 5 mm in across, so there is a bit more space for pouring the soap. That being said, I had better results when pouring slightly off center of the "skewer". This was fragranced with Loving Spell from Nature's Garden Wholesale Candle & Soap Making Supplies, which worked well without any acceleration or discoloration of the batter. For this challenge I also modified my tried and true slow moving soap formula. I had fabulous results working at room temperature, with 55% soft/slow moving oils and 45% hard oils (coconut & palm). So whether I win or lose, I had a great time with this challenge and hope every one enjoyed it!
Thanks for reading,
Jamie is a serendipitous soapmaker with a love for all things DIY, health, and wellness. She is an Advanced CP-HP Soapmaker with certification from the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild. She holds a Diploma in Advanced Organic Cosmetic Science from Formula Botanica. Before starting Lathering Lotus, she worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Professional Yoga Therapist. She lives with her husband, two daughters and her labradoodle near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.