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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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Moldable Soap Recipe by Sorcery Soap™

Sorcery Soap Dough

Moldable Soap Recipe by Sorcery Soap™

Free Sorcery Soap dough recipe, video and information.

 Purchase Pre-Made Soap dough with the Soap Witch’s secret recipe here:  Sorcery Soap Dough 

 Get your copies of both Sorcery Soap books here!

More soap bar and soap dough recipes in both books, tips, tricks and insights to how to make and handle soap dough in both books.

This information is meant to help expand your soaping repertoire, explore more creative options (sans silicon molds) and to inspire you to new creative worlds! 

*Critical piece of information: Soap temperatures 70-85 degree fahrenheit. 

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Always keep the soap covered and sealed from air. Saponification does not need air, but curing does.
  • The amount of water in soap is important. It keeps the soap pliable and soft. This is the water percent I use, however, I live in the desert.
  • Keep the new soap sealed. If you are using a mold after 24-36 hours, un-mold and put in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Test your soap by rolling a small ball, examine how it feels. Is it sticky?
  • Use in 3-5 days.
  • Your soap dough should be ideal to use.

I will be posting another “lard free” recipe soon!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

When Working With your Soap Dough

  • When working with soap, use a muslin bag filled with corn starch to keep the soap from sticking to the work surface and itself. Too much corn starch will leave your soaps looking powdery so use with frugal care.
  • Spraying tools with 91% alcohol will keep cutters and plungers from sticking.
  • Spraying with water will make soap dissolve. Remember how soap behaves in the shower?
  • Once removed from the sealed container, soap will begin evaporation and curing.
  • Be patient with yourself, if you want to make embeds by hand, it will take time to learn.
    • This is a basic recipe, created with easy to access ingredients at your local grocery.

 

 

Basic Sorcery Soap Dough Recipe
Basic Sorcery Soap Dough Recipe
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Knowing Your Self is Knowing Your Creativity

Crazy Tea Soap

No one can teach you how to be creative. You can copy others. That is not your own creativity. Your own expression is unique to you.

I have written a few books, and each time I start that process I see more about myself, my own journey. Each time I reflect on how I make things, or how to do something, it boils down to the individual.

I can tell you every step of what I do. I can walk you through each tiny nuance of my process, but without the desire to know the self, you will only copy me. And that is okay. However, if your goal, like mine, is to look at what you’re made of, what is inside of you, and then express THAT, it will take more than reading my work. It will take more than making soaps like mine, by your hand.

It will take some soul searching, investigating what moves you. What compels you. What you are attracted to and what inspires you.

To discover these things, I have found I needed to uncover my fears first. I named them, labeled them, and discovered the reality of those fears.

These fears still come up, even after a lifetime of observation. Now, when they raise their heads, I see them differently.

I hope this helps you to understand what I’m doing, what I’m about and aid you on your journey.

Cave of Forgetting

Bhakti Iyata 2013

I went into the cave of forgetting where my monsters live hoping you would stand guard.

I needed you to stand guard, to protect me from completely forgetting who I am. I needed you to witness my journey. My Heroines journey. I knew I would forget who I was: my strength, my power, the very courage it took to go into that cave. I was afraid to disconnect from all that I am.  I went into the cave believing you would stand guard as the reminder of all that I was, all that I am.

I needed you to yell from time to time, or whisper, “I remember you. I will not forget while you face your fears.” I wanted to hear your voice tell me who I was with you. I wanted you to be bigger than the monsters I was going to face. I wanted you to be more clear, more stable, more honorable. To stand there in the light, holding the tether that kept me bound to you, giving it a tug from time to time to make sure I stayed connected. To make me remember in the cave of forgetting, who I was, to that world and to you.

In that darkness where my soul forgets who I am; where I forget so easily the second the light is no more and the darkness is all there is, I needed to be reminded that I am courageous, bold and brilliant and that I am made from light.

The pressure of the darkness was so great that my heart hurt profoundly, my chest grew tight and small, squeezing you from me and all the love with it. In that darkness, where no light exists, I craved the experience of light. I craved you.

The deeper I went, panic began to envelope me. I feared I’d never find my way back to you.

I believed the whisperings of my monsters, that I was not worth standing guard for, that I was on my own, alone with them. They were my truth in that darkness.

My monsters told me many dark things. They told me you were not strong enough to remember for both of us. They told me they would be with me forever. They told me the only thing real was fear, not love, not commitment, not honor. Not you. They told me that you did not care enough to tug on the rope. They told me you had walked away… And then, they said the thing I feared the most, that you never existed.

I wanted a simple act to remind me I was connected to the world, connect to you.

The darkness engulfed me and was my reality. My breath, my love was squeezed from my body and I believed them.

I grieved you, feeling my heart was broken forever. I embraced them, the monsters. If fear is all I have I will learn my fears. I will become the best at understanding them, mastering them and ultimately befriending them. What else is there? You are gone.

In that cave where no light exists, when I sat still and quiet, listening to my breath, the cold wrapped its arms around me. I sat still in acceptance.

Then, I felt something. A flicker in my chest. It was not a feeling for you. You had abandoned me. You let me go and I could feel your lack of presence. I sensed the flicker in my chest that reminded me of love.  I let the flicker course through my body and remembered the feeling of light on my skin. I remembered what love felt like in my heart and my belly began to burn.

My skin grew brighter. I grew brighter. The monsters shielded their eyes and ran deeper into the cave. I chased them. I had to chase them as far as necessary to tame them or kill them.

I ran hard into the darkness. The farther I ran, the more they morphed into various forms confusing me until I dropped to my knees, heaving and exhausted, tears flooding my eyes and sobs wracking my body. My knees hurt from the hard rocky floor.

I heard them  stir. I could see them return, begin to take shape. As they came closer many vanished like vapor, and the steam of them warmed me and kissed my skin. I felt hugged from a deeper place than I had known.

Those that were left came up like beaten dogs wanting to be tamed. The wolf-like monsters approached me with heads and tails down and put their muzzles on me. I petted them and told them they served me well.

I fed them from my hand, and they grabbed the gifts and ran off into the darkness. I could hear their teeth snapping. I knew they could tear my flesh and dig into my chest after my light, but we had made a truce.

I amplified my courage and allowed my shadows-emotions to dissipate, stood and walked in the general direction, back along the trail, where I remembered the light. I walked and walked over rocky ground, feeling the loss of the rope I thought had tied us together. 

I smelled the air for a sign of you. Coldness filled my nose but not your scent.

I stumbled and fell down. When I stood I saw the dimmest of lights and moved toward it.

I got close and took a big breath and stepped into the painful light. Through squinting eyes I saw you. You had not left your post. You stood holding the limp rope with the cleanly severed end in your hand. You thought I cut it. You thought I wanted to be free of you. You were scared for me but wanted to support me on my journey the only way you knew. So you waited, holding the severed rope.

I was shocked at the clean cut end of the rope.  Was it my monsters who had cut it before I tamed them? No matter they were mine to train, I hold myself accountable. I didn’t conquer them soon enough before I lost you. It was my responsibility to keep them in check, to protect my end of that rope.

My journey had nothing to do with you. You were the catalyst. You where the movie screen of my projection, and for that I am grateful. Even if you are now gone.

 

 

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Experiment Challenge for You

Holiday Soap Buttons

I have an experiment for you or call it a challenge. I challenge you to make presentable cold process soap in a week.  Think it’s impossible?

The next time you make your normal cold process soap cut a slice off and leave it. Just leave and count the days until you feel you can use it. I should take about a week.

When you use it, does it bubble? Is it hard? The thicker the soap cookie the longer it will take to cure, but the thinner it is, the shorter the time.

Now, the next time you are under a deadline for a gift, or a time crunch, make a soap cookie.

Use a cookie cutter and push it into that slice of soap. Do it a few times and you have many gifts. (Embellishments are a bonus, like decorating a great tasting cookie.)

If you take this a bit further and prepare to make soap cookies by making soap dough you will have many soap cookies, just like a batch of cookies.

This is a quick way to share cold process soap with friends and family that collapses those 4-6 weeks of normal cure time for a bar of soap.

If you want to see more ways to make soap cookies, take a look at this video and others I’ve made.

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Ebook Coupon Codes

Kindred Spirits

For those who have wanted a copy of “An Enchanted Book of Peculiar Ideas and Soap Potions”, and “A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow” I created a discount.
20% off until Saturday.

Use this code for both ebooks at check out.
http://sorcerysoap.com/…/enchanted-book-peculiar-ideas-soa…/

http://sorcerysoap.com/soap-recipe-book-of-light-and-shado…/

20SorceryOffBlackWeek

(I haven’t tried this code, it’s the first time I’ve created this, so if it doesn’t work, please let me know and I’ll fix it.)

I hope you have a wonderful holiday. I hope you find one moment of true and sincere gratitude for something you had not seen before… This is my version 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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New Soap Recipe Book of Light & Shadow

A Soap Recipe Book of Light & Shadow"

New book coming!

“A Soap Recipe Book of Light & Shadow” A Soap Recipe Book of Light & Shadow"

I have written a book to answer questions “An Enchanted Book of Peculiar Ideas and Soap Potions”  about soap molding and soap dough.

This process was so delightful I am working on a new book.

This next book is customizable to you can make it your own! 

  1. My secret soap recipes for hard bars and soap dough
  2. Flow sheets to keep you on task
  3. Note sheets with thoughtful prompts
  4. Butter and oil property charts
  5. Note cards for labeling soap as they cure
  6. And much more…

 “An Enchanted Book of Peculiar Ideas and Soap Potions” read it here:  Buy Now

In this Enchanted book I share techniques and practices how to get inspired and stay inspired, soap dough recipes and insights about the soap dough molding process.

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This new book is an complete recipe soap book. Any of the 20 recipes can be used successfully for soap dough, but oil/butter charts, detailed note sheets, flow sheets and many more to keep you and your soaps organized. You can add to this book and make it your own. 

“A Soap Recipe Book of Light & Shadow” will be available for download or arrive in your mailbox (an actual book) by Thanksgiving, 2016!

Sign up for Sorcery Soap Newsletter/Blog updates and be the first to know when this book is released.

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Quick Tips for Soap Molding

Sorcery Soap Pink Grapefruit - Forbidden Fruit

Moldable Soap

Recently someone wrote to me asking how to stop soap from sticking in a cookie cutter.Sorcery Soap Pink Grapefruit - Forbidden Fruit

That is a great question. More questions answered about Soap Dough and the process in “An Enchanted Book of Peculiar Ideas and Soap Potions” . Read it today!

For this situation we will employ magic. Not ancient magic, like our ancestors, but common mis-understood magic. The magic I am referring to is tenacity.

Tenacity is tricky, but to say that we overcome hitches in our giddiy-ups without it is to underestimate the power of tenacity. Staying with anything, even when it gets sticky (ah…) is to see doors that were not previously seen, let-alone, understood. These doorways open up to new worlds of imagination and creativity.

No matter the level of tenacity, some quick tips are always helpful.

Don’t over complicate this process.

1.) Use a reliable and predictable soap recipe and cover it with plastic. Air exposure will harden soap. To keep it pliable seal the soap against air exposure.

2.) Cornstarch dusting is helpful to avoid soap sticking.

3.) Soap can be touched with bare hands after 24-48 hours of full saponification. Zap-test or pH test soap if you are unsure.

4.) Let your imagination out of the box and start creating!

Simple Soap Recipe

Author: Bee Iyata
Recipe type: Cold Process Soap Dough 
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%
  • Olive Oil – 20%
  • *Olive oil can be substituted with soybean oil.
Instructions – Follow your own safe handling of Sodium Hydroxide.
  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 lye safety section in “An Enchanted Book of Peculiar Ideas and Soap Potions” on 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, unmold.
  9. Wrap in plastic.
  10. Place in sealed plastic bag.
  11. Use as needed to make your hand molded cold process soap!
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Sorcery Soap Dough Molding Soaps

Sorcery Soap Dough Molding Soap

There is much to learn from soap, every day, every batch and every new project.

The consistency of soap dough is important.

When I make soap to mold with fragrance oils, I can see how the fragrance oil reacts to my recipe. Some times it appears more transparent, stickier or has an odd consistency.

Some soap is ultra smooth, and those, generally, do not have fragrance in them. Do not misunderstand, this is not desire to discount fragrance oils. Of all people, I’m not that woman. I love fragrance oils.

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Sorcery Soap Apron and Soap Dough

To be clear, I am saying that I can see more deeply how the fragrance oils behave when squishing, mashing, and squeezing soap through my fingers, inasmuch as a baker can feel her bread dough. Some molding soaps have more resiliency or can be stretched and pulled, just like dough, where as others, it is simply too sticky to preform in the same way.

I see more about each batch by examining the soap in this way, than I did by just making bars and using them.

What I’m looking for: 

I want to see a dough that is pliable, and doesn’t cause cracks. A soap dough that is wet enough to mush and mash, but not so much so that I have to use a lot of corn starch to avoid sticking. Too much corn starch can cause white spots of pocket corn starch.

See this video for more help:

Most of my molding soap no longer has scent added to it and each batch it better than the last.

If you have questions, please email me at bee@sorcerysoap.com

I’m more than happy to try and help!

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All our products ship within 12 hours (weekend not included) and arrive in days.

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Sorcery Soap Dough Molding Soap

http://sorcerysoap.com/sorcery-soap-dough-molding-soap/

Learning from soap seems to be never ending. 

When I make soap to mold with fragrance oils, I can see how the fragrance oil reacts to my recipe. Some times it appears more transparent, stickier or has an odd consistency.

Some soap is ultra smooth, and those, generally, do not have fragrance in them. Do not misunderstand, this is not desire to discount fragrance oils. Of all people, I’m not that woman. I love fragrance oils.

Sorcery Soap Apron and Soap Dough

To be clear, I am saying that I can see more deeply how the fragrance oils behave when squishing, mashing, and squeezing soap through my fingers, inasmuch as a baker can feel her bread dough. Some molding soaps have more resiliency or can be stretched and pulled, just like dough, where as others, it is simply too sticky to preform in the same way.

I see more about each batch by examining the soap in this way, than I did by just making bars and using them.

What I’m looking for: 

I want to see a dough that is pliable, and doesn’t cause cracks. A soap dough that is wet enough to mush and mash, but not so much so that I have to use a lot of corn starch to avoid sticking. Too much corn starch can cause white spots of pocket corn starch.

See this video for more help:

Most of my molding soap no longer has scent added to it and each batch it better than the last.

If you have questions, please email me at bee@sorceryproducts.com

I’m more than happy to try and help!

See our Amazon Store at: Sorcery Products™