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Little Bit of Soap Lunacy

Sorcery Soap Gold Samples

I’ve been watching videos made with my free soap dough recipe. These videos have at least one step missing, if not more. Each step is very important.

I have made soap dough many different ways and condensed all my experience into the easiest most sure-fire way of making smooth soap dough recipes, books and video tutorials.

Many soap makers are jumping on board with the soap dough phenomena. I strive to master the craft of soap dough. This is a life-time endeavor. To begin to master something, anything, it has been said it takes a minimum 10,000 hours of apprenticeship. Just doing one’s time, having the hours under one’s belt, does not automatically make one a master. I practice my soap-craft daily and have since I began. I share this to let you know where I stand, how dedicated I am to understanding this soap-craft and to sharing my experiences.

Soap Dough Points

Touching soap dough with bare hands hours after it is poured is not safe. No matter if the soap dough seems firm. (This holds true for cold process soap as well, which is one-in-the-same. Curing is how cold process and soap dough are different.)
 
Un-molding hours after the soap dough is made is not going to show the best soap dough results. Waiting 3 days to work with it after pouring soap dough WILL work. And still, I leave my soap dough for a week in a bag before I use it. Patience is also a valuable tool to this, or any, craft one is striving to master.
 

Trace is not as important as some think. Trace is defined as leaving “traces” of soap lines, or evidence of soap, that drips off of the mixing tool (spoon or stick blender) on the top of the soap batter. Emulsion IS important. Trace is a sign of emulsion. “An emulsion is a mixture of two or more liquids that are normally immiscible (un-mixable or un-blendable). The word “emulsion” comes from the Latin word for “to milk”, as milk is an emulsion of fat and water, along with other components.”

Seahorse Soap
Seahorse Soap

Here is where the rubber meets the road – examples of Sorcery Soap embellishments. If you like what I create, and see the potential of soap dough please follow the directions and you, too, will have smooth, pliable SAFE soap dough.

Knowing the difference between “saponification” and “curing” is important. Full saponification can take 3 days, and evidence of using an orange or yellow mica. The color will not fully change from the ugly orange it originally is to the intended color for 3 days. The question is, why?

Curing is water evaporation. That’s it. Full stop. Soap dough does NOT cure until used and exposed to air, continuously. Air exposure causes water to evaporate. Soap dough does not cure in its pliable state, it is the opposite of traditional cold process soaps in this respect. Soap dough stays pliable because the crystalline structure of cold process soap is kept from locking by maintaining the water. Each time soap dough is molded, mashed, the structure is broken. Until the very last time, when the embellishment/figure is created and left to CURE with continuous air exposure. This is why soap dough is kept sealed or in an air tight container, to inhibit or retard water evaporation.

I have also discovered a different, undesirable, texture to soap dough when gelled. Gelling takes place when the soap is insulated or kept from cooling to ambient air temperatures by being in small container. Gelling is maintenance of heat generated from the saponification process, which is exothermic. If your mold is wooden, or in a container that is smaller/condensed, unlike a longer silicone mold in a wire cage (giving the over all soap more exposure to cool) the soap dough will gel. 
ex·o·ther·mic
CHEMISTRY
  1. (of a reaction or process) accompanied by the release of heat.
    • (of a compound) formed from its constituent elements with a net release of heat.
 
I have tried making small amounts of soap dough in bags and then placing them in mason jars. Guaranteed gel, which produces a sticky soap dough. A controlled, small amount of evaporation is necessary to have the perfect consistency to smooth, pliable soap dough. 
 

I hope this helps you on your soap dough making process.

Bee

Much of this information is discussed in greater detail in the Sorcery Soap Books, all but just the Soap Dough Recipes, which are ONLY the recipes, offered at $1 each. The soap dough recipes are offered as a favor, for those experienced soap makers.

Basic Soap Dough FREE Recipe

Lard based Soap Dough Recipes

Palm based Soap Dough Recipes

Sorcery Soap Dough book Set

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Soap Cereal Story by Debi Olsen

Debi Olsen Fruity Wet Soap

Debi Olsen entered The Great Cake Soapworks Soap Challenge with her amazing creation, made with Soap Dough. What is possible with soap dough is limitless. 

 

By Debi Olsen

It all began with a sniff…

Debi Olsen fruit loops Comparison Dry
Debi Olsen fruit loops Comparison Dry

I have to say, supply delivery days are probably some of my favorite days of the year. Some of which I love more than my birthday and even Christmas. The best delivery days are the ones when I have fragrances delivered, especially fragrances that I have never smelled before. Each time I open a new bottle, a flurry of soap designs seemingly explode from my mind, creating whirls of inspirational ideas. I begin to imagine all the different colors the scent is calling for – the designs and swirls that will compliment it perfectly. These types of days are such happy days, full of imagination and bursts of creativity. My daughter enjoys these days as much as I do. In fact, I have been banned from opening any supply boxes without her. If she is gone for long periods, this can be absolute torture. But I wait. I keep the peace.

This past summer we had a doubly delightful delivery day. I had bought a large selection of fragrances from someone who was down-sizing her stash. The thing that made this bunch of fragrances extra fun was that they were mysterious. I never had the opportunity to do my usual ritual of pouring over the descriptions and scouring the reviews to decide which ones I wanted. Someone else picked them out. Most of them just sounded good so I bought them.

One particular fragrance was “Fruity Rings”, a Fruit Loop dupe. When my daughter and I smelled it, the whirlwind of ideas began swirling between us like a tornado. We kept smelling it and shouting out ideas, and then smelling it again. Then we had to go buy a box of Fruit Loops because of the intense cravings the scent created.

Several days and many design ideas later, we finally decided we wanted to create miniature bowls filled with cereal and milk. Sadly, as it often happens, everyday life caught us both up in its tendrils and we kept putting our project on the

Debi Olsen Scoop Soap Bowl
Debi Olsen Scoop Soap Bowl

back burner. This time however, we ended up being very thankful for the delay. Towards the end of the summer, I finally jumped in and made my first batch soap dough using one of Bee’s recipes. I was immediately hooked and began making different creations, imagining all the amazing things it could do to enhance my soap designs. This new discovery ended up playing a huge part in our final project.

Jump ahead several months and the January challenge for Amy Warden’s Soap Challenge Club was announced. The challenge for this particular month was to work with a collaborator to make soap. My daughter and I immediately looked at each other and exclaimed “Fruit Loop bowls!” What a perfect opportunity to finally put our design idea into action.

Our original idea was to use a muffin pan for the individual bowls and to make our own mold from real Fruit Loops for the cereal part. Once we got down to the actual design however, we realized the full-sized cereal wouldn’t look right with the mini bowls we had planned. Soap dough to the rescue!

Our plan magically fell into place when we realized we had a connection: Fruit Loops have six colors and the the muffin pan we were using was for six muffins. Eureka! We decided the bowls would all be a different color, each the color of a Fruit Loop, and they would all be made from soap dough batter. We would then scoop out the centers of each bowl and put the excess into sealable plastic bags. The bowls would be allowed to continue on and cure as they would for a normal soap. However, the soap we put in the bags would remain pliable and become the dough we needed to create our bits of cereal.

The rest of the project was a lot of fun putting together. After we made countless little Fruit Loops, then made spoons using a silicone candy mold, and then made even more Fruit Loops, the day finally came to combine all the different components. We were ecstatic! We made a thin, fluid batter, coloring it white for the “milk” and poured it into each bowl and then allowed to set up just enough to support a little weight. A

Debi Olsen Cereal Molding
Debi Olsen Cereal Molding

spoon was then carefully placed on the edge of each bowl, dipping into the milk just a little bit. We delicately scattered little bits of cereal around on the surface of the milk. For the last part, we used a squirt bottle that had been filled with some of the white batter to place a very small amount on each spoon. To this, we added a few bits of cereal.

We were beyond thrilled with the results! They were so unbelievably realistic looking it was hard to believe we couldn’t just sit down and start eating them.

This was such an incredible project and was so much fun to create. Not only did it give us both the opportunity to fly with some of our crazy ideas, but it gave us a chance to spend some quality time together, just the two of us. This is a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life!

Some tips we learned:

  • When playing with soap dough, it is good to have some cornstarch nearby to help if it gets a little sticky. The powder usually gets blended into the dough and disappears – unless you use too much. Using too much can also dry out the dough causing it to crack in places. We used these facts to our advantage and liberally coated each tiny ball in corn starch before we shaped them. The results were fabulous! They now looked like they had the baked on sugary texture found on actual Fruit Loops.

    Debi Olsen Loop Placement
    Debi Olsen Loop Placement
  • Water can be a good thing. It can help make a surface smooth. It can also help when you want to stick two parts together.
  • Water can be a bad thing. It can act like glue, which is not good when you want to keep it from sticking to things like tools and other bits of soap dough. Water can also create a sticky surface causing unwanted things to stick to the dough itself, like dog hair and other debris, bits of paper, or as we noticed, basically anything and everything!
  • Rubbing alcohol is another helpful tool. Not only does it help to keep the dough from sticking to your tools or cutters, it is also a great way to smooth a surface when you want a little less impact than what you would get using water. We kept a spray bottle filled with it nearby.
  • Wash your hands and clean your work surfaces often. Thin layers of the dough can stick to your hands and work surface without you realizing it and flake off when you are working on another part.
  • If you are working with Fruity Rings fragrance oil, keep a supply of the real cereal on hand. The scent triggers major cravings. Seriously. It’s not worth fighting. If you don’t, you could end up eating some of your masterpiece and who would that benefit?

And the most important tip:

Debi Olsen Soap Entry
Debi Olsen Soap Entry
  • You don’t always have to have a plan. Whether it’s soap dough, regular soap, or some other creative endeavor, you don’t always have to follow a specific plan. Some of the best results I have had making soap are those where my heart took over, instead of following what was in my head. And some of the biggest “mistakes” I have made have ended up being the best things I have ever created.
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Letting You Know First – Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow Is HERE!

A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadows: Alchemical Soap Making

I’m excited to announce the next Sorcery Soap Book! A soap recipe book full of charts and organizational tools to inspire and help you succeed with your soap making.  This is an ACTUAL BOOK! 

Letting You Know First – Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow Is HERE! 20 Soap Recipes for Soap Dough and bar soaps, 8 Charts and Note sheets and more… offered by Sorcery Soap™ !

You can touch it, change it around, fill out your information, enchant it, bewitch it and fully enjoy it!

A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow: Alchemical Soap Making

This is for the REAL BOOK that you can hold in your hand, add to and learn from; each book will be assembled,  enchanted, surprises added and created to help you be as successful as possible!

This is a binder with sleeves for each page, my personal soap recipes and fully customizable to grow from and add more inspired soap recipes.

All the best versions of my own soap recipe book, along with the my very best recipes I use for soap dough and soap bars. Buy it HERE.

  • 20 proven Soap Recipes (cold process and soap dough)
  • 8 Charts / Organizational Tools
  • 40 Customized Soap Recipe cards
  • Extras and surprises
  • Add and grow your Soap Recipe book into your very own 

Always remember that little detail that makes your soap recipe special.

This Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow is fun, useful and magical. Create your own soaping fairytale – open a door of possibilities. Take this feeling into your soap kitchen and conjure your wildest imaginings.

Get more organized, create your own version of Sorcery Soap with every tool I use.

This is the beginning. You can add new recipes to this book easily, take each recipe in a plastic cover out of the 3-ring binder into your soapery.

Charts and Sheets included:

  1. Fragrance Oils / Essential Oils sheet: It is one thing to read how a fragrance or essential oil performs, it’s something entirely different to see the performance of a fragrance oil for yourself. This sheet is meant to keep track of your opinion and experience of each fragrance or essential oil you use.
  2. New Ideas: This sheet is a place to keep a log of your new ideas, things you’ve tried, how they worked out and a resource for those days when inspiration has flagged.
  3. Orders & Shipping sheet: Writing down where and when you ordered your supplies has multiple uses – you have an easy to find log of all your suppliers and their ship times. This is also a quick way to follow-up on outstanding orders.
  4. Login & Passwords: If you have more than one supplier, you will have more than one login and password just for soap, not to mention all the other login and passwords one needs to interact on the internet. Here is one safe place to keep a record of all necessary login and password information.
  5. Soap Cards: These pre-made cards can be printed, cut, filled out and placed with each curing soap. No more forgetting the date and details of each soap as it cures.
  6. Oil/Butter sheet: a handy sheet to check the hardness or softness of an oil or butter if one needs to be replaced in a pinch, along with many other necessary details.
  7. Soap Recipe Chart: a blank recipe card to fill out. Make your own soap recipe.
  8. Soap Notes: These sheets are used with each soap recipe, even if you have made it many times before. Each note area has prompts for things we take for granted, but some times change on the fly. Keep track of temperatures, colorants, amounts, suppliers and many more important facts. All these details help you to understand what went right or wrong and how to duplicate the recipe. These will turn into your soaping history and eventually your own personal soap recipe book.

And MUCH MORE! Buy it here! 

  • When you have used your sheets in this book, order the PDF version of the sheet and charts so you can print from your computer. PDF – Soap Sheets and Charts (Coming Soon!)
  • Only want the recipes as a PDF? Purchase the PDF – Sorcery Soap Recipe book HERE. (Coming Soon!)
  • Want this book as a PDF along with the actual book to read on your hand held? Purchase PDF – A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow here! (Coming Soon!)

Please give me 2-3 day to ship it to you. This will be shipped as soon as possible.

Please choose the appropriate shipping for your country. 

Check out the first Sorcery Soap book for the full compliment of Alchemical Soap Books.