Anjou’ – Sept 2015 Soap Challenge

For the September Great Cakes Soap Challenge Club,  Amy has challenged us all with the “Clyde Slide”.  An awesome and very versatile soaping technique developed by Clyde Yoshida of Vibrant Soaps – Clyde is not only a soap artist, but a fine artist, colorist and musician (I am a big fan).  The challenge was to try one of the  varieties of the Clyde Slide and I just couldn’t stop with one batch of soap – so I did 3!  The one I am submitting for the Club Challenge though is “Anjou'”

Anjou' Clyde Slide technique
Anjou’ Clyde Slide technique

I used my regular soaping recipe, but added my heavy cream  with my clays and mixed them in well before I added the sodium hydroxide, and held off on adding the scent until after I mixed all the colors into my portioned batter, this helped in keeping a light trace to give me longer working time.

Anjou' mica colorants & scent added
Anjou’ mica colorants & scent added

I soaped at about 95 degrees using micas from Mad Oils, lettuce entertain you, bright yellow raincoat, spicy tomato, matte gold and TD.  My fragrance oils are all things pear (with a tiny touch of fall spice) and it smells amazing

Faux Funnel pour into empty pot
Faux Funnel pour into empty pot

For this version (BTW this was Clyde Slide soap #3) I poured all my batter into separate cups for coloring, then did a faux funnel pour back into an empty container with the container raised on one side to get an angled pour

Anjou' Top before gel
Anjou’ Top before gel

I then poured from the opposite side of the pot into a log mold from short end to short end back and forth. I decorated the top and put it to bed for a good night’s gel.

Anjou' cut bars - LOVE!
Anjou’ cut bars – LOVE!

I did 2 other batches, using slightly different pours:

For the PSL bars (Clyde Slide #1), I mixed my colors and alternated orange heaven, spicy tomato and TD into natural colored soap on opposite sides of the pot, then poured lengthwise into the log mold.  Turned out pretty cool, but the orange faded AWAY, so not a lot of contrast there.

Pumpkin Spice Latte' (PSL)
Pumpkin Spice Latte’ (PSL)
PSL colorants and additives
PSL colorants and additives

For my California Autumn (Clyde Slide #2) I used the same technique as PSL and I love how it turned out, but Anjou’ still won out over the others in my book.

California Autumn
California Autumn
Hillside Soapworks
CA Autumn in the pot
CA Autumn top
CA Autumn top

Thanks Amy for another very fun, interesting and rewarding soap challenge.  I will be Clyde Sliding my way through the holiday soaping season!

Soap Challenge Club
Soap Challenge Club

New – My Own Soap – kid-size soap bars

Brand new product –  My Own Soap – smaller size soaps for kids. These bars weigh in at about 4 oz each (my normal size bars are about 6 oz each) and are shaped for smaller hands.  Starting out with 2 yummy kid-friendly scents “Sweet Stuff” and “Wild Berries” AND fun colors

Sweet Stuff and Wild Berries
Sweet Stuff and Wild Berries

There will be other scents in the future, but for now I’m loving these two.    These are made with the same ingredients as my full size bars – olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter, kaolin clay, sweet almond oil, avocado oil and castor oil – so you can be sure your little ones are getting good healthy skin-nurturing soaps with the same benefits of the full size bars.  (it’s never too early to take care of your skin 🙂 )

Wild Berries top
Wild Berries top

Wild Berries scent is strawberry, grapey, blueberry, sweet goodness

Sweet Stuff top
Sweet Stuff top

Sweet Stuff scent is cotton candy, watermelon, sugary sweetness.

MOS Sweet Stuff cut Hillside Soapworks

Each bar will be wrapped with a special surprise inside!! These bars will be ready for sale on Sept. 26.  They will be at by booth at Valley Fort Sunday Farmer’s Market – stay tuned for announcements of my upcoming special holiday events too.