Monday 1 March 2010

new batches of regulars

Just cut this morning. I tweeted about this soap seizing on me yesterday. It decided to go on me just as I needed to do my dots. I only just managed to save it, but it didn't come out as good as it normally does. Never mind, at least it wasn't a total disaster.
Because my soap batter thickened too quickly, I had to layer instead of the usual random pours.
I actually quite like the layering. It came out good. Not too perfect.

Herbaceous cut up on Sunday. This soap has such a good scent...even if I do say so myself.
It's a blend of Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Marjoram and Litsea Cubeba (may chang).
A very refreshing herbal scent with a lemon top note. One of my ultimate favourites.
The colour was created after looking at my trusy Farrow & Ball paint chart...again!
Such a good way to think up colours. This duck egg blue was created with TD, ultramarine blue & chromium green oxide.
A good seller at Capability in Cheltenham. If you're ever in the area, you must visit this little treasure trove. It's a really well thought out shop for gardeners. Michele also does garden design.
I'm so pleased she agreed to take my soap last year. She's done really well for me!

Arabica in it's packaging. Now available to buy online here.
I didn't plan on this soap being as scrubby as it is, but I've been using it for the past 3 days in my bath, and it's the DON for exfoliating the whole body.
I like my scrubby bars ultra scrubby, it does what it's supposed to. This does a good job, and smells ultra nice. Sweet orange with earthy base notes. I love this and will keep making it as I think folks will love it.

Remember that tutorial I did for Jo's blog? This is the finished, cut up soap we made.
How did yours turn out? I know a few of you had a go as you've been telling do show us.
Leave a comment with your link on this post if you like. Thanks!

Final pic...Herbaceous logs. I love my batches cut into logs. Just a shame to cut 'em all up.
If only I could bathe with a whole log. I might try one day!


Tonia said...

Shopping in Chelt on Saturday, handmade soaps in one place not a patch on yours and much smaller too. I like a bar that needs two hands!

Teresa said...

They all look scrumptious!
Wish that I had lots of money! I would buy every one!

Topcat said...

Gorgeous! I love your pics and your Herbaceous sounds heavenly. Excellent save on the seize - that is one awesome looking soap :)

Alexandra said...

Gorgeous soap, going to ceck out the tutorial you did :) hope you have a great week xx

Amy W said...

Haven't tried your cocoa powder trick yet - just the layers, and just put that one up for sale: Amber Fig.

Jennifer Young said...

Twiggy - how can I thank you for your black line tutorial!??? I have posted 2 pix on my blog... Batch 98 & 99 in my "100 Expermental Batches Countdown". My soaps are getting "prettier" thanks to your tutorial. I learned more than the black line from your tutorial as well. You appeared to be in to rush when getting the soap into the moulds. You seemed to have time to do all sorts of things to it. I have always felt like I had to Pour and Incubate in a hurry. I leared a lot from you and must say THANKS FOR SHARING! Check out my pictures -

Jennifer Young said...

Forgive me forgive me... TIGGY not TWIGGY. I was king of getting used to Twiggy! I also meant to say you appeared to be in NO rush when pouring/ scooping the soap. xo Jen

Anonymous said...

Well I did try your cocoa powder trick, but I used red clay instead of cocoa. Here's the result:
The line is not so thin, but that's my first try, so let's assume it was intentional :-)

FuturePrimitive Soap Co. said...

Well done Jennifer, and well done Marmotte!
Jennifer is hopefully going to come back with a comment on how to create a diagonal line.
Hey, maybe she could do a tutorial on Jo's blog??? Waddya say!

FuturePrimitive Soap Co. said...

oh, and sorry Amy. I did go look. The Amber Fig looks absolutely scrummy. Very wholesome.

Jennifer Young said...

Hello Tiggy, I actually did both of my "black-line" soaps in two sections. Although you were able to do the entire soap with one (heavily-traced) mix, I made two separate mixes, so I had time for the first layer to set. For example, I made the pink part and poured it. Tilted the mould (I think the key is that I use a log mould) and made sure that I had supports underneath for it to stay on the angle. Then I sprinkled the Cocoa. Difficult to reach the bottom part of the angle but do-able. I don't have one of those spoons of yours so I put it into a little spice sprinkling bottle. Then I covered and incubated the soap while I made the other part. By the time I poured the other part, the pink part had already set in its diagonal shape. I simply poured, did the "messy swirls" on top and then incubated with the mould straight up now. Hope my explanation was understandable! Glad you liked the pix. Tutorial? I just may get myself organized and try to make one! As this was the first time I had done this soap, I may need to perfect it a little more (streaking in the pink....) xo Jen

FuturePrimitive Soap Co. said...

thank you thank you so so much Jennifer. Though, I don't think the diagonal will work for me with my mold. My mold is too big I reckon, though I will think of a way round it cos it looks so good.
Tutorials on YouTube are good, but will end up with a lot of questions from a lot of people...and some will obviously copy your soaps!
Shame that somebody copied my signature no.11 soap, but I guess it's expected!
Never mind. It doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things at all.
Have fun everybody. x

FooFooBerry said...

Here is mine after watching the great tutorial:


Cut Soap:

FuturePrimitive Soap Co. said...


Well done foo foo!

Jennifer Young said...

I think it is shocking that somebody could blatantly copy your soap... You have been really generous in sharing your tecniques but I guess anyone is open to copying really. I still have to think about the possibility of a tutorial. Thanks for all your words of encouragement!
xo Jen

The Morbid The Merrier said...

I woke up to find my latest batch has a huge crater/crack down the center. *sigh* No saving that one! These all look wonderful!!

Soaps and Bubbles said...

they are gorgious.
Tres tres joli!

Joanna Schmidt said...

Love it all, Tigger!!!

(oh hey, if my love name bothers you, you need to gives me a heads-up) ;)

Anne-Marie said...

Wow! That top soap is crazy amazing cool. It turned out incredible!

The Morbid The Merrier said...

I just looked at the write-up you did about me, and I am *speechless.* No, seriously... I just don't know what to say. I'm so incredibly flattered and flabbergasted.

And here's a funny side note... I've watched your video tutorial so many times and never knew it was you. It was before we "met." I always thought "Wow she seems nice. Would be cool to know her." Learned my black line from you. :-)

FuturePrimitive Soap Co. said...

too funny morbid! x
i am going to do more tutorials as I've got too many subscribers to not. I thought I'd get away with just the one, but folks obvs. want more...*damn*