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Mixing Soap Dough Colors

Rainbow Sorcery Soap Cookies

On occasion I receive messages asking how to mix soap dough colors.

Ideally it is preferable to make the soap dough with the color mixed into the oils before lye-water is added. I use soap stable micas; some from TKB Trading, Nurture Soap Supply and a few other places.

Read about more about soap dough and how to mix colors here: “An Enchanted Book of Peculiar Ideas and Soap Potions.” 

First try making the basic colors, or primary colors – red, blue and yellow. With these prime colors the secondary and tertiary colors can be made. Having white soap dough will give tints of any of these colors.

Here is a video sharing when soap dough has not been made properly and what it looks like when it has been made properly.

If you would like to use my recipe here is pre-made Sorcery Soap dough with all the magic that can be packaged into each bar.

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Favorite Soap Recipes and Why

Sorcery Soap Stone Rocks

As public as I am, I enjoy my privacy. My privacy contains certain things I hesitate to share, for no other reason but because it feels unreasonable. Until now I have not wanted to share my soap recipe preferences and this will help to explain…

I would like to offer insight to how I work. When I choose to understand something I look to those that have experience and prefer crafts-people who go so far down the rabbit hole that they become experts in that area, seeing things that are not most obvious to others.

Lately, it has come to my attention that my opinion on the recipes of “A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow” might be helpful. I didn’t offer my opinions in the book because I wanted you to choose what you were most attracted to, what ingredients were most accessible in your area and those that would suit you without being influenced by me.

Once you understand fully the terms of saponification and curing, you can see how any soap recipe can be made into soap dough. With that said, there is an ideal balance between soft and hard oil and butters that make for a wonderful soap dough.

After making thousands pounds of soap dough a new awareness has bubbled to the surface.

The first recipe in “A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow” is a very basic recipe. The castor oil can be exchanged for soybean oil with success. I believe there must always be the most basic recipes, one that is reduced to the most essential elements, before we build on that core.

The first recipe in  “A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow” is reflected in the first book, “An Enchanted Book of Soap Potions and Peculiar Ideas”.  In “An Enchanted Book of Soap Potions and Peculiar Ideas” are the elements of inspiration I found helpful, soap history that will add to your education and a fuller understanding of soap over-all. I wanted to consolidate all the information I found useful into one place.

My second favorite recipe is #12 in “A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow” . Although this soap dough recipe has touches of Apricot Kernel Oil and Sweet Almond Oil and is more complex it is adjustable and easy to substitute oils, with the help of the infamous Soap Calculator.

My third and all time favorite recipe is #17. This recipe has my two favorite ingredients, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter and I adore this recipe. It provides a perfect bar and even more perfect soap dough. If you want just one recipe do try this long time coming, hard earned recipe.

Now, I want to let you know I love all these recipes, each one is my child. I have used each recipe for bars of soap and soap dough, some for their slow trace properties and others for their stout behaviors. I would not have offered them if I found them inferior in any way. I culled the those recipes that weren’t up to snuff and reliable. I have books and books of recipes that didn’t make the cut. All the recipes in “A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow”  are tuned and sound, sing a song and each amount exact.

Now, on to the next book… Which I’m working on at this moment (ok, not this very moment, but in the in-between spaces of life). The next book, a Complete Book of all things Soap Dough (not a real title but a focus) I will have written out details of how to create soap cookies, glittered soap creations, basic soap dough shapes, unique Sorcery creations and more soap dough recipes with exotic oils and butters to add to your collection of soap recipes.

Also, there will be a huge dose of inspiration. This part is much more delicate and takes my own authentic inspiration in order to convey. One cannot convey what one does not understand, posses or fully comprehend or it will certainly fall short.

In the mean time, there are twenty recipes to explore in “A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow”, do read more about this book by following the link… Something for everyone. If you want both books, use this link for a combination discount: Both Books 1 & 2 Double, Double Toil and Trouble Sorcery. 

  • 10 Soap Recipes that include lard (palm oil free)
  • 6  Soap Recipes that include palm oil (lard free)
  • 4 Soap Recipes that are lard and palm oil free
  • 1 Soap Recipe that has lard and palm oil 

 

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It was MY FAULT

Sorcery Soap Saying

Something happened and it’s my FAULT

I offered this coupon “MOVETHESOAPWITCH” but forgot to update it AND save it. It was all my fault.

For all those who tried and couldn’t make it work, to repair my integrity (after I talked about it, blogged and posted) I want to offer this new coupon:

“MOVETHESOAPWITCH25” for 25% off EVERYTHING, even ebooks!

I know this is extreme AND I want to ship as much to you as possible.

Seems fair enough, yes?

So much is happening at Sorcery Soapery

1.) Sorcery Soapery is moving

2.) Sorcery Soap received Bramble Berry Gemstone Fragrance line

3.) Bee and J reviewed Bramble Berry’s Gemstone Fragrance line: SEE VIDEO HERE

4.) We, well me, is packing our household and Sorcery Soapery up (J will help eventually).

5.) Offering a NEW Sorcery Soap Coupon for 25% off: “MOVETHESOAPWITCH25” at check out (copy and paste “MOVETHESOAPWITCH25”)

6.) Packing orders and shipping them all over the world! (Big THANK YOU!)

7.) Blooper Video Here

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Bramble Berry Gemstone Fragrance Review

Bramble Berry Fragrance Oil Review by Sorcery Soap

So much is happening at Sorcery Soapery

1.) Sorcery Soapery is moving

2.) Received Bramble Berry Gemstone Fragrance line

3.) Reviewed Bramble Berry’s Gemstone Fragrance line: SEE VIDEO HERE

4.) Packing our household and Sorcery Soapery up

5.) Offered a Sorcery Soap Coupon for 20% off: “MOVETHESOAPWITCH” at check out (copy and paste “MOVETHESOAPWITCH”)

6.) Packing orders and shipping them all over the world! (Big THANK YOU!)

7.) Blooper Video Here

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Easy to Make Soap Stones Rocks

Sorcery Soap Stone Rocks

Two points in this newsletter

  1. Soap Stone Rock How-to Video
  2. Sorcery Soap Coupon for the actual book. Sorcery Soap only releases coupons 2-3 times a year. 

Easy to make soap stones and rocks with Sorcery Soap Dough!

If you’ve been wondering how to make soap stones, here you go. A video with speaking instructions on how to make these clever little soap stones.

New soaps coming soon!

 

For those who want a Sorcery Soap recipe book, “A Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow”…

  • 20 Soap / Cold process soap recipes
  • 10 Animal Product FREE recipes
  • Lots of Soaping Tips and Tricks, CHARTS and Surprises! 

 

 

 

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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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Soap Molding Consistency

This video shows the consistency of a pliable soap for soap molding. Make hand molded soap, use fondant tools or push this soap into a mold.

Let this soap cure and it will produce embeds that do not ash.

Please, ask me if you have questions. I’ll do my best to answer you quickly.

You can find me on any social media, I prefer contacting me through Facebook or email. soapwitch(at)sorcerysoap.com

Visit this page for a simple soap recipe .

Soap Molding Consistency

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Soap Stones How-To and Video

Soap Stones

How To Make Soap Stones

In this video there are two different colored soaps: one is colored with cocoa powder and the other is colored with Mad Oils Gold mica.

Soap Stones

Both of these soaps  are cold process. The brown soap has a 34% water discount, whereas the gold has a 38% water discount. The brown is much smoother and less sticky, while the gold is a bit stickier. For these soaps stones both are fine, and the stickier gold soap is harder to work with, but effective for adherence.

Taking about equal parts of both colors and blending them together helps to create an appearance of stone. I use these little rocks for Koi Pond Soaps. I’m not trying to create a realistic stone, but one that conveys the idea of a stone. Purple Koi Soap

The other interesting appearance is the gold with the full water recipe contrasts against the solid opaque nature of the brown giving a gleam, or a slight translucence effect. This effect is difficult to see in the video.

Don’t worry about making them perfect, this is one time that having your soap look a little rough is to your advantage. 🙂

I’m more than happy to help you, if you have any questions. I have recipes here, that are wonderful for soap molding, more videos and how-to’s.

*In the video I’m spraying with 91% alcohol to smooth and dry the soap stones.

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Cut Soap with Miter Box

Tear Drop Soap

How To Cut Loaf of Soap with a Miter Box

Cut soap consistently and evenly for only $15!

I have included a video, however, I didn’t have a recently cured loaf so I tried to show the motion of how to cut a loaf of soap.

Some things to remember:

(I cut from right to left.)

  1. Place your recently unmolded soap on plastic wrap and then lay it inside your miter box. When you need to move the entire loaf, pull the plastic wrap and the soap won’t be marred on the bottom.
  2. Make a cut mark on the top of the miter box with a maker, to ensure uniform slices. There are hash marks, but hard to see.
  3. Spray both sides of the spackle knife with alcohol, this helps the knife slide through the soap.
  4. Hold the spackle knife (some call it a putty knife, but I see those as much smaller) in your right hand and line it inside the opening on the miter box.
  5. Keeping your loaf of soap flush with the right side of the miter box (or left if you’re left handed), eye up the other side, rock the knife toward to the other side of the miter box slot.
  6. Wipe spackle knife off in between cuts. Use a very clean knife for less clean up on individual bars.

If you don’t rock it, and just bring the knife down like a guillotine the soap will not be consistent. Also, hold the bar steady with opposite hand, because the pressure of cutting will move the entire loaf.

It is an exercise in concentration, however, it pays off. For $15 for the knife and box you’ll have crisp even bars every time, without the expense.

Soap Video Cutting with Miter Box

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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