The challenge this month is to make a completely rustic looking soap and to come up with rustic packaging for it. This is one of those challenges that I need to do because I have really been overwhelmed with packaging and this will be good for me. 🙂 The definition for rustic soap given to us for the challenge by Amy Warden states ” What sets a rustic soap apart from a “plain old soap” is how you package it—and how you photograph it. For this tutorial, I will show you how I make hot process soap in the microwave, as well as how to rebatch fresh soap, and also give you lots of great ideas to simply package your rustic soap in a way that will make it stand out. ” So there you have it !! so many new things to try and what great resources and information. How Fun!
I enjoyed seeing the different soap making processes that Amy presented by all of the soap makers that she used in the challenge. I had never thought to combine cold process soap making with hot process and I still plan on trying that. I have been saving soap scraps so I looked at my container of shavings and cool embeds and decided that I would use the rebatch instructions that Amy provided in her tutorial. I had been waiting for a challenge like this for a long time, so here we go!
I choose to rebatch my soap scraps using the crock pot method. I filled my crock pot with 28 ounces of soap scraps and added 1/3 cup of castor oil, and 1/4 cup water, out it on high, stirred, and let the soap cook for about an hour. After about 45 minutes I checked the temperature and the soap was at 157 degrees I turned the crock pot down and I added 8 additional ounces of soap scraps. I let the soap cook for fifteen minutes, stirring and adding a little more fragrance, then I scooped the soap into my molds. I made two batches of soap using this method of soap making and I believe they came out rustic. I ended up doing two batches of this rebatch soap and both of them came out pretty cool, definitely rustic and I like the wild color.
I liked the first batch ( the second set of images above) and the next challenge was to package it with a rustic look. I used craft paper, shells, ect it is a lot of fun to decorate soap. I really enjoyed this challenge and decorating and packaging soap is just like wrapping a present ! Also if you like my blog please check it as liked !!! I don’t really notice but there must be a like start somewhere haha! I appreciate all your comments and suggestions for improving my work thanks for you time visiting and I wish everyone luck 🙂