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Excellent Meal Excellent Soap

Sorcery Soap Creatures

Do you remember the last time you went to enjoy a beautifully crafted meal by an amazing chef?

Do you remember the last time you went to this same restaurant, had the consciously and precisely made plate set down in front of you?

Do you remember sitting there with the perfection of that plate sitting in front of you and not eat it?

Do you remember asking, “this meal is too beautiful to eat, could you put in a doggy bag for me? I want to keep it.”

Of course not.

You would eat it, enjoy it for hours, days or even the rest of your life. Why? Because of the experience. You would ponder it long afterward, wonder if you could dine at the that restaurant again and enjoy that chef’s creations.

Food creates memories. Why not soap? Soap is much more personal.

Why would you NOT use a beautifully constructed soap? Are you not worth it? Using this soap is what is meant for… To be enjoyed, to be used, to be experienced.

And, soap lasts so much longer than a meal.

Sorcery Soaps are not a corporate production. Hand crafted to the most minute aspect, all thought out as much as any creation can be. Each soap more perfected, each soap with just a bit more sorcery added. All this is just soap… Meant to be used, enjoyed and experienced… And possibly experience a touch of magic.

 

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Why Buy Authentically Handmade?

Mad Oils

Why Buy Handmade?

As I stood at my workbench this morning making little toadstools I pondered why I buy handmade products…Mad Oils

I like being seen as a person, not being tossed into the sea of humanity and counted as a number, as insignificant. I like it when people recognize me, as me. Not because I think I’m such a special snowflake, but just A snowflake.

There is one company I buy from, follow and support, expressly because of their personal touches. Mad Oils. I am a huge fan of Mad Oils. A hand written note, or a fragrance oil sample or just a little bag of candy (as if I need that temptation) all add to my desire to buy from Mad Oils again and again. I was genuinely surprised the first time I purchased from them and it made me take a harder look at their company.

I don’t buy from Mad Oils because they are the least expensive, the fastest shipping (although that helps tremendously if its both – handmade/hand-touched and fast shipping) or because they remembered my name (which practically no one can pronounce, let-alone remember). I buy from Mad Oils because they acknowledged that my purchase mattered to them and reflected that by the thoughtful packaging.  Which, just simply feels nice.

The other day, while following up on what I’m calling a “bid” for a soap job, I sent a custom box with my soap samples. I only made one box that size, not going to market them, but just offer them as gifts, I asked myself “why am I going to so much trouble for a job I might not even get?”

This is my thinking, “each encounter I have with another gives me an opportunity to create, with them, a special moment”. They invited me into their world, and as a good guest, I bring a gift. I get to fill their shipment with anything I like, just like Mad Oils does. I have no boss, or someone looking over my shoulder to say “that’s not how we systematically do things” or “that’s not professional.”  I can be as creative with sending a package as my soaps.

Also, by someone purchasing from my little Soapery they have invited some of my creativity into their world, so I can take advantage of that moment and be as magical and sparkly as I want.Mad Oils

So far, not one person has complained about getting too many samples, soap cookies or complimentary soaps, so I will keep listening to my own creative drummer and march that beat right through to your mailbox.

Thanks Mad Oils for setting the example.

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Magic Soap Box NOW Available!

Soap Box

Magic Soap Box Magic Soap Box

Save on shipping and order one Magic Box of a rainbow hand crafted soap with a surprise.

This soap will arrive 2-3 days after your order for only $6.80 in shipping.

Order the Magic Soap Box and you will receive 7 bars of luxury Sorcery Soaps with a soap cookie and one surprise for only $35.50.  (Each soap is available for $6.50 individually.)

10 Magic Soap Boxes available. 

Inside the Magic Soap Box

Each soap has custom cold process embellishments on top.

  1. Pink – Pink Grapefruit, a seductively tangy fragrance blends fresh pink grapefruit with sweet Valencia orange, mouth-watering clementine, and soft florals.
  2. Orange – Brightly colored orange soap with a subtle 5x essential orange scent. True light orange scent.
  3. Yellow –  Seaside scent has tender notes of water lily and apple blossom which dance on top of sweet sandalwood with soft bergamot.
  4. Green – Dragon Silk, full of mystery, magic and grounded in a deep woods scents of pine and fir, rich low forest moss with a hint of smoke.
  5. Blue – Lazy Cat is a calming and balanced fragrance oil is infused with natural lemongrass and black currant with hints of patchouli, sugar cane and lime essential oils.
  6. Purple – Lilac scent is a ideal representation of the floral, heady magic of spring lilacs in bloom.
  7. White – Himalayan Bamboo a complex union of bamboo foliage and rich green florals. The bold character of this fragrance infused with natural essential oils is well suited for a high-end or aroma-therapy line – where a room filling, not house filling fragrance is desired.
  8. Soap Cookie – these unique cookies are offered in the Magic Soap Box only.  Soap Flower Cookie

Soap Tips for Longer Use

For longer use remove Magic Soap from direct water, to allow the soap to dry between uses.

BENEFITS:

Real Soap – not detergent! 

* Solid hard bar of chemical-free soap
* A new scent in the bath
* Delightfully designed soap for doing a daily task
* Bubbly, creamy and conditioning for your skin

  • Phthalate Free
  • SLS Free
  • Detergent Free

BASE

This soap was made with coconut oil for cleansing and bubbles, Olive oil and Shea and cocoa butter for skin conditioning and Silk for the touch and slip of this soap.

Sorcery Soap is art-crafted with sodium hydroxide, filtered water, chosen oils, colorants and fragrances. All ingredients are food grade and/or skin safe and true soap.

Ingredients: Craftiness, Lard Glyceride, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut Oil), Triglycerides, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Olea Europaea (Olive Oil), Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil), Theobroma Cocoa (Cocoa Butter), Aqua, fragrance oils, colorants, Titanium Dioxide and raw silk.

Handmade Quality

*★ 。* *★ 。*

Because this is handmade there will be irregularities.

This soap can be a thoughtful gift. Each soap was made with conscious effort and a desire to bring joy and harmony to your life.

。⋆*:。♥ *★ 。*

All weights and sizes are approximate.

Each Soap Bar Weight – 3 oz. for over a pound of soap!

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Make Soap Sheep

Shaun the Sheep

These little soap sheep have only two colors of cold process soap, black and white.

This little sheep was based on “Shaun the Sheep,” which can be found on Youtube.

If you need tool take a look here: Tools

For a little, simple recipe, that I find cures very smooth: Soap Recipe

 

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Hand Molded Koi Fish Video

Watch how the koi of the Koi Pond Soap are made with this soap video.

Tools used in this video: Tools

Waiting until the soap hardens a bit to smooth out some roughness helps the whole koi fish to keep its parts.

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How to Make Novel Soaps

Magical Titled Novel Soap

How to Make Novel Soaps

This How-To soap is cold process… All hand molded embeds made by Sorcery Soap is cold process.

It seems like its made with sorcery but its a straight forward cold process recipe.

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Magical Realistic Soap

Magical Realistic Soap Hansel and Gretel Soap

I began writing many years ago. I studied it, took classes and used writing as my spiritual practice. Each morning I would devote my first 30 minutes after waking to writing my dreams. I took a legal top spiral pad of paper with me everywhere I went, and if a spare moment came up, I wrote any thoughts, observations and ideas that came to mind. I used this type of notebook because I could write to the very edge of the paper, front and back.

After many years of doing this, one day I quit. Just stopped. I didn’t feel the need to live like that any more.

When I’d lugged this huge box of 79 note books packed full of words one too many times, having stored this huge box without even peeking at my words, I hefted it over my head and tossed it into a dumpster.

A few journals survived and I read one the other day. In all those words the one thing that stood out was my fascination with magical realism.

Magical Realism,Magical realism is the most commonly used and refers to literature in particular[1]:1–5 that portrays magical or unreal elements as a natural part in an otherwise realistic or mundane environment.” Wiki

One of my favorite author of magical realism in story telling is Alice Hoffman, how she believably weaves unbelievable elements in her stories.

Making soap, a mundane utilitarian tool, into something other, something that tells a story, is now my passion. Like many soapers I think about soap, possibilities, recipes and dream about soap to the point of elimination of all other thoughts.

Strawberries have been on my mind; inspired by the a fragrance I purchased, I asked the question, “Can I make a strawberry pie?”

As I made this pie the name “Hansel and Gretel” came to mind. I thought about how Hansel and Gretel thought the witch in the woods was one type of person but was actually another type. I wondered at the illusion of sugar and how it seems so alluring until too much, over time, is eaten and clothes, magically, no longer fit. I wondered at the illusion of this world, how reality isn’t want it presents…

As I created this soap pie, I realized I didn’t want it to look really real, but super real… Unbelievably real. The words came, “magical realism.” My writing came back, and remembered how I struggled to create tell a magically realistic tale, but now can strive to do the same with soap made me laugh.

Hansel and Gretel Soap Pie StrawberriesHansel and Gretel Soap Pie CrustHansel and Gretel Soap Pie

Hansel and Gretel Pie SoapHansel and Gretel Pie Soap

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Trust Yourself. Trust Your Soap.

Trust Yourself. Trust Your Soap.

Weeks ago I made soap acorns, getting in the Autumn spirit and all. I was inspired just to see if I could make soap acorns. I made them without a peep of an idea of what I would do with them. I just wanted to see if I could make them.

Acorn and Leaf Soap
Acorn and Leaf Cold Process Soaps

Once I made the acorns, I tried to incorporate them with other designs, but they weren’t a good fit. I was distressed for a second and then moved on to other things I was inspired to make toadstools, snails, baby gnomes.

For some reason, weeks later, I was ruminating on those acorns and remembered I’d made maple leaves and painted them for UnDead Soap. I liked that soap, the leaves stood out for me.

So, today I searched acorn and leaf images. It wasn’t a blinding flash of inspiration, just a gentle nudging toward answering the question, “I wonder if I can make oak leaves too”.

I gathered my variety of golden colored soaps, which I have a few, flattened it with a rolling pin and began drawing them out free-hand with a small sculpting knife.

This is what I came up with (see image).

As I made these leaves the rest of the soap took shape in my imagination. I can’t wait for these to dry so I can paint them, and then begin making the soap that will go along with the acorns and leaves. I can now see the soap in my mind.

So often my designs are created like this, where I have a piece of the seemingly incongruent soap and grab it, make that part and then later the design unfolds and manifests in my imagination. This process, I’m learning to trust. You should see my soap lab, bits and pieces of this and that, nothing making sense to the logical mind.

I’m learning about my own creative process. I’m learning to trust myself, and trust my expression. I hope the same for you… I hope you trust those little nudges and small attractions to all things that help you express yourself and delve deep into your own creativity.

Trust yourself, trust your soap and most of all trust your imagination.

Bhakti “Bee”

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Why Failure IS an Option

Why Failure IS an Option

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

Marcus Aurelius

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I asked myself, “when have I failed?”

My answer, “When I’ve tried something outside my limitations, gone beyond my knowledge.”

When have I succeeded? What did it look like?

When I’ve done a behavior that has worked and repeated it over and over; this was to achieve the result I saw as success. Sit with that a second…

How did you figure out how the “thing” that worked? Did you try other methods that didn’t work first?

When I had exhausted all my known ways, I tried something outside my comfort zone. I had no concern with failure. That’s not to say I wasn’t aware of failure, I chose to not let that stop me. I pushed past it, until I found something that did work. I kept at it, with a tenacity that helped me to get the results I wanted, despite fails.

I moved past all my excuses as well. Setting those aside, if they did arise, I saw finding an answer much more interesting that sitting in the failure and stopping there.

I said, “I’ll figure it out until its not a failure.” So, failure was an option, and did happen. I saw it and chose to keep going.

I found a repeatable result and called this “success.”  So, Success is a repeatable result and failure is not finding the answer. That’s it. No more, no less… For me. For now.

When to Quit

And then, there are times to quit. When I’ve tried everything within my awareness, grown my awareness and knowledge, tried new methods, and the situation causes more harm than good… I can find no joy, I’m creating more harm than good in myself, and probably others. I have to take a larger view. Maybe this is a piece to the greater puzzle, but not the end, just some hyper focused step IN the journey. The question now is, “what’s next?”

So, my question today is, am I causing my good than harm, for myself in all my endeavors? Is the struggle interesting enough to find the answer?

Yes. Yes, it is.

How I made the Hand Molded Soaps

Because I failed many, many times, but didn’t stop there. The results are my Sorcery Soaps.

 

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Simple Soap Recipe

Simple Soap Recipe

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The body of this soap and the marshmallows were made with this recipe.

I see so many new soapers ask for a simple soap recipe, so I decided to share one of my best go-to recipes. This recipe is ideal for new soapers and new to the art of hand molding cold processing soap.

A few things to keep in mind:

#1. Watch your oil and lye temperatures. The best results I’ve gotten so far have been at room temperatures. For Arizona that is generally about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. I have soaped colder, but this temperature is convenient. I don’t have to chill it, just mix oils/butter, lye and leave it for a few hours.

#2. Mentally walk yourself through your recipe, no matter how simple, and get all your duck in a row. This tip has helped me so many times I have to stress the mental state you are in when soaping (unless you’re on automatic pilot) is the type of soap you’ll get. This is why this soap recipe is so good for new soapers, not much to think about.

#3. Follow general safety guidelines for lye handling, covering exposed skin, eye safety and closed toe foot wear. I once got one grain of lye between my toes while wearing flip-flops. Last time I’ll do that.

#4. I used soybean oil for this recipe, although it can turn if you keep the soap for too long, because its easy to get and good for practice. No pressure about expensive oils and butters. All these ingredients can be gotten from just about any local grocery.

Never, ever add water to lye! Always add lye to water. 

 

Simple Soap Recipe
Recipe Type: Cold Process Soap
Author: Bhakti Iyata
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Water: 33%
Water : Lye Ration: 2.298 : 1
A simple soap recipe for your rotation, to build on, or a good go-to. An ideal soap recipe for cold process hand molding soap.
Ingredients
  • Lard – 50%
  • Coconut Oil – 30%
  • Soybean Oil – 20%
  • *Soybean oil can be substituted with castor oil or olive oil.
Instructions
  1. Melt the lard and coconut oil in microwave or double boiler to incorporate these ingredients.
  2. Add your liquid soybean oil (or other liquid oil) to the heated mixture. This will help cool the oils.
  3. Add lye water to your oils, not the other way around (please read about how to handle lye).
  4. Stick blend your oils and lye until trace.
  5. Add colorants.
  6. Pour into mold.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap.
  8. Twenty four to 48 hours later, un-mold.
  9. Wrap in plastic.
  10. Place in sealed plastic bag.
  11. Use as needed to make your hand molded cold process soap!