Spring is in the Air. Or at Least the Tub.

I've been craving color lately. I'm tired of the gray, black and white of the snow and slush. And I'm sick of the smell of wet wool.

So I made some soap with a spring scent featuring geranium, ylang ylang and jasmine essential oils. The pretty pastel pinks come from Bazooka Jo mica from Mad Oils.

This was my first time using mica—I've been all about botanicals and clays my entire soap making career—and I think I might be hooked. Mad Oils has a fab collection—great colors and names—and flat rate shipping and wonderful customer service.

To get the swirl, I used a mailing tube as a mold (lined with freezer paper of course) propped at an angle using a pickle jar and held in place with duct tape. I got the idea from my experiments with the orange juice cartons.

My recipe (which gave me a little over three pounds at 7% superfat):
2 ounces almond oil
2 ounces castor oil
4 ounces cocoa butter
8 ounces coconut oil
7 ounces olive oil
4 ounces (sustainable) palm oil

10.64 ounces water (I use NYC tapI'd rather have ash than more plastic)
3.92 ounces lye

.88 ounces of essential oil blend
5 parts geranium
4 parts lavender 
2 parts jasmine
4 parts ylang ylang
2 parts patchouli

Once I reached a thin trace, I split the batch into thirds. One got a teaspoon of Bazooka Jo, one got a quarter teaspoon and one got a teaspoon of titanium dioxide in a bit of almond oil. 

In hindsight, I could have been more heavy handed with the mica, but I do like the lightness of the colors. Very spring-like. And I'd have more contrast if I'd used less olive oil in the recipe. It adds a yellow hueespecially with the titanium.

I alternated the colors as I poured, set the mailing tube upright, banged the bubbles out and let it gel on top of my radiator.

Cutting the finished soap lengthwise let me show of the swirls and I ended up with a shape that fits nicely in the palm of your hand.

The soap is curing and filling my apartment with a heady floral scent—the perfect antidote to the never-ending-winter-blahs

I think this will be a big seller at The Hell's Kitchen Community Garden's Annual Perennial at the end of April. 

I just need to come up with a name. Any suggestions?


  1. Landed here through Oil & Butter. Love your blog, your style, and the way you weave soap making into Hayley Maxwell's life. How exciting! -Silvia :)

    1. Thanks for dropping by Silvia--and for the encouraging words. Just checked out SoapJam and you now have a new fan. Serious soap porn going on. And great info. Loved your post about patching up soap.


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