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New Soap Dough & Extended Coupon

A Book and a Cup Soap

New Soap Dough Colors available!

Both Sorcery Soap Dough Books
Both Sorcery Soap Dough Books

White, Red, Orange, Pink, Blue, Green, Purple, Black and GOLD, or faery face color! 

All your purchases will help us move. Yup, we’re moving into our home soon and we’d like your help to minimize our Sorcery Soap inventory.

Also, now, obtain Both Sorcery Soap Dough books for the price of one!

Sorcery Soap Dough
Sorcery Soap Dough Colors
Button Box Soap
Button Box Soap

I’d rather ship these soaps to you than move them to our new home. 🙂 This is how much I would love it if you’d help us move:

Use Coupon Code at check out and receive 20% off. “MovetheSoapWitch” 

This 20% off is good for EVERYTHING, even though I don’t have to move ebooks, it seems fair.  And you don’t even have to sweat the 108 degree desert weather.

I appreciate the opportunity to start fresh on many levels of our new home. I hope you take full advantage of our move.

Begins: Saturday 8/5/2017

Expires: Thursday 8/31/2017

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August 2017 Soap Release & Coupon

Sorcery Soap Saying

Five new soaps available today!

All your purchases will help us move. Yup, we’re moving into our home soon and we’d like your help to minimize our Sorcery Soap inventory.

I’d rather ship these soaps to you than move them to our new home. 🙂 This is how much I would love it if you’d help us move:

Use Coupon Code at check out and receive 20% off. “MovetheSoapWitch”

This 20% off is good for EVERYTHING, even though I don’t have to move ebooks, it seems fair.  And you don’t even have to sweat the 108 degree desert weather.

I appreciate the opportunity to start fresh on many levels of our new home. I hope you take full advantage of our move.

Begins: Saturday 8/5/2017

Expires: Thursday 8/31/2017

Baby Dragon by Sorcery Soap
Baby Dragon by Sorcery Soap
A Book and a Cup Soap
A Book and a Cup Soap
Seahorse Soap
Seahorse Soap
Guinea Pig Soap
Guinea Pig Soap
Button Box Soap
Button Box Soap
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Interview with Kerry from Nature Saponified

Nature Saponified

After viewing Kerry’s soap on Instagram and wanting to like each perfectly textured top multiple times, learning more about her has only increased my like, now love, of Kerry’s soap!

Nature Saponified
Nature Saponified
Kerry Sylvester
Kerry Sylvester

Kerry of Natured Saponified can be found:

When did you know soap making was for you?

I’m not really sure when or why I had considered making soap but it had always been at the back of my mind. My husband and I had begun to rid our home of commercial synthetics – processed food, cleaning products, beauty products etc and while on maternity leave I bought several soapmaking books and it just went from there.

When did you discover you loved soap making? 

Right from my very first batch of 100% lard soap, those 4 little bars had me hooked! I just thought it was so wonderful that you could mix up a gloopy concoction of

Nature Saponified
Nature Saponified
Nature Saponified
Nature Saponified

oils/ butters and by morning it would be a completely useful bar of soap! I soon realised that the random recipe I had found in one of my many soap books wasn’t great and so I set about finding as much additional information as I could. Thankfully I stumbled upon soapqueen.com which lead me on to lovinsoap.com and eventually the network of soapmaking groups on Facebook which all proved invaluable in my soapmaking journey. Soon I had immersed myself in learning all I could about fatty acid profiles, the art and science of scent creation, soap colourants, and luxury ingredients. Early on I decided to focus on using only safe natural additives in my soapmaking which I personally define as not synthetic or artificial (with the exclusion of sodium hydroxide – for obvious reasons!). So, I only use essential oils for scent and clays or plant colourants for colour – it just always felt like the right fit for me.

What are your favorite parts of soap making? 

I have so many favourite parts! From watching the pH sensitive plant infusions doing their thing when I introduce the lye solution, to cutting up a hanger swirled batch, to tweaking and perfecting the way I swirl or texture a soap top – or reading about the newest technique, colourant or soapy trend, I adore it all!

What makes you happy to get out of bed regarding soap making?

The unique quality each batch has makes me happy to get out of bed. Before soapmaking became a business for me it was suggested to me that it might become boring doing the same soaps over and over but no

Nature Saponified
Nature Saponified
Nature Saponified
Nature Saponified

two batches will ever turn out exactly the same and I love that. Interacting with our wonderful soapmaking community via the Facebook groups I belong to or on my Instagram page makes me very happy – they are the kindest, most generous and supportive bunch of people you could ever wish to meet and I’m super grateful for them!!

What are you favorite oils, butters, micas and/or processes? 

I am a true believer in simplicity and enjoy creating the best soap formulae from a few simple ingredients. The ingredients I choose to use come from ethical and sustainable sources as these are important principles to me and my business – I was delighted to source some organic shea butter from a women’s co-op in Burkina Faso recently. I enjoy creating the multiple plant infusions I need for my soaps and never tire of watching the olive oil turn a different colour only to change again in the high pH environment of soap!

What were your hopes for creating your soap business? (To help you answer: What hopes came true, so far, for your soap business/process?)

Having left my nursing career behind to home educate our children my soap business was my opportunity for a personal challenge and as such it has continued to surprise me! Having decided to move to a wholesale model a couple of years ago Nature Saponified continues to gain new stockists around the country as well as starting an exciting new project in Germany and recently winning awards for our soap and lip balm in the Free From Skincare Awards 2017 and even having my textured soap tops admired and recognised by fellow soapmakers! It’s a far cry from my initial vocation and I could never have dreamed this for my soapy venture but I’m glad and thankful for every minute of it!

Nature Saponified
Nature Saponified
Nature Saponified
Nature Saponified

What other interests do you have when not in your soap or bath products laboratory?

I enjoy watercolour painting and cross stitch and I am also an avid reader of historical biographies of the Tudor era – when I am afforded the time! We are very lucky to live right beside the sea in a truly beautiful spot of North West Ireland and I enjoy walking the coast and nature journaling with my girls as we go.

Do you have concerns and/or hopes for the soap industry?

I truly hope that the general public continue to appreciate real soap for what it is and the benefits it holds for them and their skin. I believe that so long as those choosing to enter the industry aim to meet the individual regulations of their country and maintain good manufacturing practices then our industry can continue to see healthy growth.

What do you want people to know about your soaps/business?  

I set out to create a rainbow of soaps using only natural colourants and complemented these with the perfect blends of essential oils. I individually package them in my ‘labour of love’ bespoke designed soap boxes that reflect the story and luxurious nature of each of my soaps.

What makes you laugh about making soap?  

45 minutes of hand stirring my huge overly ambitious second-ever batch because the book strictly advised against the use of mechanical stirring always raises a smile!

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July 30% Off EVERYTHING

Rosemary Rainbow Sorcery Soap

Here you go… We are getting ready to move.

It is your opportunity to get things you might have wanted from the Sorcery Soap Creations – soaps, books, even ebooks, (and we don’t have to move those).

30% off EVERYTHING!

Use: “SoapSpell30” at check out good until 7-31-17

Minimum order $20 purchase.

Sorcery Soap July Coupon

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What If Humans ARE Natural?

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OAKMOSS AND AMBER Fragrance Oil by Candle Science

What does is say for our self worth, to agree with the idea that natural is superior to man-made? This is a tag line, propaganda, an under current, a reductive idea that has been promoted for too many years. I wonder what the motive is… To say man made is less than, not nature, unnatural, and all we touch is inferior.  Are humans not natural to anywhere or just our planet?

I find it a mistake to think only plants have intelligence, and that intelligence of form (remember, we do not instruct a plant, it has it’s own agenda) is lost once we reconstruct that form into another form. Aren’t we, after all, reconstructed form from an egg and a spermatozoa into our shapes? Don’t our bodies replace all cells every seven years? Do only our cells have some form of intelligence? What of other beings, other substances… ?

It has been my mistake to think humans are not natural and all things that are “natural” are superior to human influence or humans at all.

Granted many people who instruct the form-based world are not honorable alchemist. That doesn’t diminish the idea that if something is heated, treated or altered by humans mean that the intelligence is gone entirely. What if, instead of “create your reality,” the truer truth is work with your creations and honor the intelligence in all things, regardless if one understands fully?

What if the ancients understood far better than we do by honoring the earth in celebration, by blessing objects of importance, making offerings to an idea, asking the world and all that is for aid in survival?

What if natural is not superior, and man-made is not inferior?

Scary Pumpkin Soap
Scary Pumpkin Soap

Would you have more self-respect and self-honor?

Would you see yourself as part of the natural world? How would your interactions change?

What if you stop believing the company line, which is fact-less and groundless once examined; what if you forget the idea that man-made is inferior and that anything man touches is ruined and inferior to what nature produces.

How does entertaining the idea that you are part of nature change how you see yourself?

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Interview with Vicki Hinde of The Soap Mine

The Soap Mine

I have known of The Soap Mine for some time by the distinctive and colorful drop pour soaps, however, I have recently connected the name with the company. So delighted to actually meet Vicki Hinde!

Vicki Hinde The Soap Mine
Vicki Hinde The Soap Mine

Read along and learn more about this amazing soap artist.

Social media links: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesoapmine  (@thesoapmine)

 

When did you know soap making was for you? 

At some point in 2010 a friend showed me a small piece of brown soap that she’d made herself, and I realised that I had absolutely no idea how soap was made.  The question had never even crossed my mind, and, as I don’t like not knowing something, I got researching.  I very soon decided that this was something I had to try and my first batch was made soon after. I was utterly hooked from that very first time.

The Soap Mine
The Soap Mine
The Soap Mine
The Soap Mine

When did you discover you loved soap making? 

I loved it right from the beginning.  I had quite a few failures, and each one taught me something important – I made batch notes from the beginning, and never made the same mistake twice.  There were many mistakes though –  lye heavy soap, soap that was never going to harden up, vanillin discolouration (boy was THAT a disappointment!), omitted fragrance, the list goes on…  But that was part of why I loved it so much from the beginning. There’s SO much to learn, and there’s as much science as there is art.

What are your favorite parts of soap making? 

I think it would be easier to say which bits I don’t like!  Like most people, the wash up process is probably my least favourite, and if I’m honest, I’m not so keen on the wrapping or labelling either. However I LOVE choosing new fragrances and coming up with new colourways for them – most of my soap-making these days is restocking soap from my core range so I don’t get the opportunity to ‘play’ as often as I would like.  That relatively small portion of time during which I’m actually pouring the soap into the mould and creating the design is really important to me.  I focus quite intently on what I’m doing, and find it a very calming process. My husband knows that I don’t appreciate

The Soap Mine
The Soap Mine
The Soap Mine
The Soap Mine

any interruptions at that point!  And of course cutting each bar is a thrill.  I deliberately haven’t invested in a multi-wire soap cutter (yet!) as I enjoy the ‘reveal’ of each bar as I cut the loaf with my single-wire cutter.

What makes you happy to get out of bed regarding soap making?

Soap making is MY thing.  I have two young children (aged 4 and 7) and for a while they took over my life; I seemed to have very little time for hobbies.  These days, no matter how challenging the day has been (yes, I’m looking at YOU ‘Butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-your-mouth-four-year-old daughter’!!)  I can always spend an hour or two immersed in my soap business, and all is well again.  I may be extraordinarily busy ALL the time but it does make me very happy!!

What are you favorite oils, butters, micas and/or processes? 

All my regular bars are made using the same six fats – olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter, Shea butter and castor oil, so I guess they’re probably my favourites (or at least, they combine to produce my favourite result!)  My go-to place for mica is U-Make it Up in Spain  (recommended to me by the lovely Carolyn of Siennalily Soaps). They have a fantastic range of mica specifically for soap, and I’ve found that even including postage costs to the UK they’re significantly cheaper than the UK based companies I used to use.  And process? There can be no doubt which is my fave – cold process with a drop swirl – my whole core range is made using a drop swirl. 

The Soap Mine
The Soap Mine


What were your hopes for creating your soap business? (To help you answer: What hopes came true, so far, for your soap business/process?)

My first hope was to make enough money selling my soap to enable me to continue making soap!  To begin with, it wasn’t a particularly expensive hobby – basic oils, a bit of fragrance and makeshift moulds are all relatively cheap as far as hobbies go – but as I got more into it and wanted to experiment more and more then the costs escalated.  So basically I started selling to fund my continuing experimentation, but I soon started to wonder whether this was something that could become a bona fide company, one that would allow me to make an income without having to go out to work while my children were young.  

What I didn’t expect is that it would take over my life so utterly and completely.  I work in the mornings, before the children get up, and I work in the evenings, after they’ve gone to bed.  I work after 4pm, as soon as my long-suffering husband finishes work, and I work at the weekend, when he’s not working.  In September, my youngest child starts going to school full-time and I’ll have time DURING THE DAY *gasp* to work and I. Cannot. Wait. which brings me to the next question:

What other interests do you have when not in your soap or bath products laboratory?

Oh so many, and come September I fully intend to free up some of my evenings to be able to enjoy some them!  I’m currently working towards my green belt in kickboxing – it’s just one one-hour class a week, but it’s fun, and it’s challenging. and I leave each class feeling energised and ridiculously happy and motivated.  I also try to get out for a run a few times a week, but that’s fallen by the wayside a little recently, purely down to lack of time.  Another of my passions is linguistics, particularly the history of language/s, and learning languages generally. I’m bilingual (English/Welsh), have a good knowledge of French.  At the moment I’m learning Russian, and I’ve studied German and Spanish in the past.  I used to be an avid reader, but that’s another thing that’s fallen by the wayside due to lack of time, so this coming winter I plan to challenge myself to read more AND to finally learn to crochet.

Do you have concerns and/or hopes for the soap industry?

I hope that I can convert more and more people to the joys of using (and making, if they so desire) handmade soap.   I know of so many people who claim to be unable to use bar soap, but I’m sure that for many this is because they can’t use COMMERCIAL soap. I’m on a mission to convert the public, and it may be a long road but I’m up for the challenge 😊

What do you want people to know about your soaps/business?  

I’m a one-woman outfit, and I do absolutely everything, from ordering the raw materials through to delivering the final product.  I use only the best ingredients and I’m utterly passionate about creating quality products that I can be proud of. 

What makes you laugh about making soap?  

How many people does it take to make a batch of soap?  10.  One to make the soap, and nine more to argue about whether or not it should contain palm oil…  

Only kidding of course, but I have to laugh, somewhat ruefully, at people who just can’t accept that different people have different ways of making soap. Personally I don’t use palm oil, and all my soaps are vegan friendly, however I’m not vegan myself (I’m not even vegetarian, and I have experimented with lard soaps in the past – they’re flippin’ wonderful!). I have no issue with others choosing to use animal derivatives or palm oil in their recipes.  I’ve done my research, and there are arguments on both sides, but I will not decry or criticise any soap-maker for their particular choice of ingredients.

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Boundless Limitations

Sorcery Soap Embeds

I’ve been asked why I don’t use silicone molds. This question is curious to me.

I make all embeds by hand, using tools at times, but mostly molding by hand. I sometimes cannot duplicate, often times I can, but not exactly the identical as the first – often times better. This is why sculptors use molds as well. Sculptors carve the original in clay and mold, through a process, into bronze or the desired metal. Some use a lost wax casting method, where the original is lost, but a silicone mold is made before the loss in order to duplicate.

I do not.

I trust in my boundless creativity. I also know that once my fingers and mind have found the path they will, both, will remember forever that path. Because I discovered it, I was not taught.  It was not someone else’s path, but uniquely mine.

When one discovers a path, in the woods or in the creative ethers, it is etched onto that person. This might not be true for all, but it most certainly is for me. It has been that way in all my endeavors. How does one put that on a resume? And, it is a most valuable resource.

When I had my construction company I mentally tracked all goings on, and as a way of teaching my replacement, I wrote things down, had systems in place and written handbooks. It still took months to teach someone all that I maintained in my mind and being. There was a rhythm, a music in my office that showed me my way every day because the events, the actions that were necessary to keep that business moving forward changed daily, therefore I had to adjust and still not lose the melody. That was the nature of the original question presented, how do I show someone that music? How do I teach someone to feel their own music and apply it to given circumstances?

It seems I’m doing something similar with Sorcery Soap. There is a music in this creative world, one that the seasons or the weather tells me as much as the 4-6 weeks curing time tells me. Once soap is cured, that dictates the next series of events: taking of photos, labeling, add to the website, wrapping soap, writing ad copy… Eventually shipping. This is the most simple example.

How do you know when to order more soap supplies? When I weight things out this last time it seems I have run completely out of my one ingredient I use most… Shea Butter. When I order by “feel” I have yet to run out. Curious? I think not. Like any good musician who knows their music without seeing the page an artist knows when to create, what to do next and how to execute that action.

If anyone ever does end up working with me, there is a time to go for a hike, and a time for a run. This daily event is as important as molding embeds for a soap that hasn’t fully formed in the mind. This is the music of my day. A deep and intuitive feeling.

 

 

 

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Amazing Sorcery Deal!

Amazing Sorcery Soap Deal
I’m picking up the tab on your shipping! Free shipping on anything and everything: Books, eBooks… no limits. No minimums.

Plenty of Sorcery Soap Dough, and definitely plenty of adorable and interesting SOAPS.

Soap Dough and Animal product Free Soap Dough. 

In honor of everyone born in July
Duration: July 13-20
Use Code: “FreeshippngJuly” at check out and no worries about shipping.
Good for US Residents only

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Interview with Ami Johnson of Lilybleu Soapworks

Ami Johnson of Lilybleu Soapworks

I’ll bet you don’t know much of Ami shares in this interview… I didn’t and I love and admire, not just her soap works, which are striking and colorful, but Ami’s kindness and integrity. Get to know wonderful Ami with her frank and open answers. Ami Johnson of Lilyblue Soapworks. 

 

When did you know soap making was for you? 

Ami Johnson of Lilybleu Soapworks
Ami Johnson of Lilybleu Soapworks
Ami Johnson of Lilybleu Soapworks
Ami Johnson of Lilybleu Soapworks

In my previous career I was a General Manager, first for the Beauty division of Victoria’s Secret, and after that for Ulta Beauty. In 2009 I chose to leave my wonderful career to raise a family. I don’t think I realized how much confidence I got from my previous position and while I definitely wasn’t unhappy raising my child I knew I needed something for myself. I initially started watching YouTube videos to teach myself how to knit and one day I stumbled upon a Soaping 101 video and was immediately intrigued. Here was something I could do, possibly earn a bit of money doing it, that would also be healthier for my family, as well as others

When did you discover you loved soap making? 

The absolute first time I ever made soap! I really love the science aspect of turning different fatty acids into a completely different thing and the endless variations there are to do that. I also discovered I had an artistic side. I’ve always been very good and seeing beauty in the work around me, but I’d never been able to draw, or paint, or really do anything that I considered to be art, but I started making designs by my third batch and I felt like I’d been doing it all my life. I believe my previous career was my first calling and motherhood my second, but just as I felt I had to do those things I also feel that way about soap.

What are your favorite parts of soap making? 

Hands down my favorite part is when everything is mixed and ready to go. I’m not a fan of the prep work and definitely not a fan of the cleanup, but that 15-20 minutes when it’s just me creating is almost always

Ami Johnson of Lilybleu Soapworks
Ami Johnson of Lilybleu Soapworks
Ami Johnson of Lilybleu Soapworks
Ami Johnson of Lilybleu Soapworks

the best part of my day. 

What makes you happy to get out of bed regarding soap making?

I, along with fellow soapers Jennifer Kathleen of Treehugger Soap Co., and Tyreese Joseph of ADO Soaps, run The Happy Soapers Facebook group. I’m so passionate about educating new soapers, learning from veteran soapers and creating the type of climate where everyone feels safe enough to ask any question. We encourage open and respectful debate, but we do not tolerate any unkind or derogatory remarks to or from our members. The three of us were so frustrated by the demeaning of new soapers, the unwillingness to hear any opinion that differed from their own and mostly the way some people chose to express those things. It was really bringing us down, so about six months ago we started the Facebook group and in August we’ll launch our YouTube channel and weekly blog. Helping other soapers in a positive and informative way is absolutely what gets me out of bed in the morning. 

What are you favorite oils, butters, micas and/or processes? 

I’ll admit that I’ve never tried hot process and I loathe re-batching, but I absolutely love cold process. I use a lot of Olive Oil in my recipes because I’m completely palm free and I find it the most versatile of oils. It’s soft, yet it creates a rock hard bar of soap. I also use Shea Butter in nearly every recipe as I do Avocado Oil. I also think lard makes an amazing bar of soap although I also offer a vegan option. Some speciality oils that I’m really in love with are Meadowfoam Oil, Laurel Berry Oil, Argon Oil, and Emu Oil, although I typically save those for leave on products. 

Ami Johnson of Lilybleu Soapworks
Ami Johnson of Lilybleu Soapworks
Ami Johnson of Lilybleu Soapworks
Ami Johnson of Lilybleu Soapworks

I’m a huge proponent of water discounting and soaping at cool temperatures. I find it gives me so much more control over the process. I almost always soap with a 1:1 ratio, room temperature oils, and cold lye solution. It’s the very rare fragrance that causes me to up my water ratio.

I have an all natural vegan line that uses only essential oils and natural colourants, but my best sellers come from my main line where I use fragrance oil and micas from Nurture Soap Supply, some of my favorites being their Vibrance Mica line and Day of the Dead, Breath of God, 25:43, Juicy Apricot, and Soft Cœur Fragrance Oils, among others. I also love the selection of micas from Mad Micas and I still use a lot of their fragrance oils… Earl Grey a Tea, Deviant, Spanish Fly, and Snow Witch, which I don’t think I could live without. I buy a lot of my base oils from Bramble Berry as well additives like silk, colloidal oatmeal and some clays. I have several fragrances from them that are also part of my regular lineup such as Oatmeal, Milk and Honey, Electric Lemonade, Heavenly Honeysuckle, Energy, Karma, and many of their Essential Oils. Apart from supporting a couple small suppliers for speciality oils I get nearly everything from those three places or locally. 

What were your hopes for creating your soap business?

My soap business is doing well despite the fact that we’re currently without a website. That should change soon though. I’m keeping busy enough that I always have things to do, but I’m not yet overwhelmed, well, except from October to December. My goal is to grow my business to the point where I’m able to employ people, continue offering accessible and well-researched education in a positive environment and make enough money to travel more. I really miss visiting Europe and diving in Cozumel, MX.

What other interests do you have when not in your soap or bath products laboratory?

I’m a huge history nerd. I’m pretty well versed on European history, especially that of England, France, and Scotland from about William the Conqueror up through George VI with a particular emphasis on 14th and 15th Centuries. 

We love to travel and we’ve been all over the US, parts of Canada and Mexico and much of Western Europe. These days we’re staying a bit closer to home, but it’s always nice to get away. 

I’m an avid reader and I typically listen to audiobooks while making soap. 

Do you have concerns and/or hopes for the soap industry?

Animal welfare is something I feel strongly about. I’m not vegan, but I do everything in my power to make sure every item that goes into my products is ethically sourced. I buy my lard locally from humanely treated free-range animals and I really admire the lengths companies like Nurture Soap go to for cruelty free and environmentally responsible products. I’ll always pay more to know I’m not hurting animals or humans by using the products I use. 

What do you want people to know about your soaps/business?  

We are a family run business that relies on word of mouth for the majority of my business. We try to be as ethically and environmentally responsible as possible and I hope the quality of the ingredients we use comes across in our products. 

What makes you laugh about making soap?  

Sometimes it’s the worst mistakes that turn out to be your hidden gems! 

Ami Johnson’s Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/lilybleutoo/

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Collaborate with Soap Makers

Sorcery Soap Leaves

When I began learning about soap making I watched every YouTube video I could find. I first started with Soap Queen TV and loved finding Anne-Marie’s bloopers at the end of the video, not to mention being taught so much along the way. I was inthralled with watching people make soap. My mate laughed at my delight at such an odd thing, watching soap making.

Gnomes Sorcery Soaps
Gnomes Sorcery Soaps

Eventually, I stumbled upon a happy and delightful soap maker who laughed while she made soap, made huge bars and used words I had only thought (while cooking) like, “scrapy, scrapy”.

I quietly followed her soap works for a few years and had begun making my own soaps by then. One day, (does this sound like a fairy tale?) she announced she was getting married and had a woodland theme. I had been making soaps that would suit that theme exactly; gnomes, leaves, mushrooms, bunnies, snails…  a host of unusual hand molded and painted soaps.

It seemed like a perfect fit, soap gifts gifted by another soap maker at a soap maker’s wedding. Before I could doubt myself I decided to support her happy event (as she’d already given me so much happiness) by offering my soaps for her event. Now, so you know, I had not contacted her prior to this, we were not friends and I had no idea if she’d accept my odd little soaps. My unusual little soaps were getting some attention by then but mostly I was working not to share but to delight myself. I set my intention, crafted my email and took a deep breath and hit “send”. While I waited on her reply I had many thoughts like: what if she accepts them and but doesn’t like my creations? What if she doesn’t answer me? What if…

While I worked out my shadow-doubts and pushed all that aside I got busy doing other things and set my mind on the idea that I enjoy the idea of giving her these soaps so no matter how it all goes I’ll accept the outcome.

Not long after I sent the email, I received an email from her. She was thrilled! After all, she had to trust me to give me her address. I quickly packaged up all these little things I’d been crafting with no idea what to do with them and sent them off.

Katie's Wedding Gifts
Katie’s Wedding Gifts

Now, I felt like there had been a plan all along. I was just following my intuition. I had been so intent on creating each one of these items, without any ideas how to use them, but done it anyway. Had I not created them months before they would not have cured, been painted and ready for her wedding.

After some years of emails, comments and support back and forth I had the idea to collaborate. I’ve been asked before to do this without any attraction, but for some reason she was in my mind this day and so I proposed the idea to her. As you might have guessed already, its Katie Carson from Royalty Soaps. This collaboration has been so fun on many levels. The secret keeping, the exchange of ideas and the magic that floated around in my soapery while I made each little magnifying glass, pipe and book. I’d had made books before but not a magnifying glass with melt and pour glass or a pipe with details.

To watch Katie’s video this morning was enchanting for me on an entirely different level. Here was a young woman I admired, not ever met in person or talked with, and we created something together. I invite you to watch her video and see for yourself. 

Who do you admire in the soap making world? Leave a comment and let us know. 😀