Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Great Cakes Soap Works Dandelion Challenge

I really had fun with this because it's such a fun method! It's fun to pick out colors for the dandelion then letting the colors slop down the ramp to make something beautiful. In my last post, I talked about how my first attempt's purple base turned grey on me. Actually, it's kind of neat. I had a little slip with the Ylang-Ylang bottle, so the floral's a bit much unless you're a die-hard floral lover. But, maybe someone will like this little grey flower. Shame on me for not reading the reviews on my freebie samples. My, I've had so many lessons lately! Here it is: A Soap only a Soap Maker Mommie Could Love

Now, this one turned out pretty nice. I love the color combinations for the dandelion and top. I mixed my own colors for this one. I love jewel tones! I did a  subtle zebra  alternating layers of neutral soap with layers that had Fuller's clay added for the base. It was a new recipe, too, using a completely new oil to my repertoire--sesame--along with olive, coconut, palm kernel, sunflower, and shea.
 Probably shouldn't try anything new with a challenge soap, but what the heck...I think I try something new with each and every batch. I did a fragrance oil/essential oil blend keeping with those rich sultry colors...sandalwood incense from WSP with fennel and patchouli. I love it and it was so much better, too, because it didn't do any shady business to the trace. It stayed nice throughout.


  1. Your Dandelion Zebra Swirl turned out beautifully, Cindy! I like the gray soap, too - it works well with the other colors. I'm seeing a lot about this technique with the challenge going on. I'll have to give it a try someday!

  2. Oooo, so pretty!! Yes, even the grey one isn't so bad. I haven't tried to make soap with sesame oil - was it refined or did some of the scent come through?

    1. No, it's refined sesame and no, the scent doesn't come through.

  3. Your sandalwood soap is lovely, and even the grey one has a charm of its own. It is indeed a fun technique! :-)

  4. I like them both! The top on the second one is awesome.

  5. Nice swirls! <3


  6. Beautiful soaps, I like your colour combos and the swirls came out nice and interesting.

  7. Beautiful! I actually really like the grey one, the colors really compliment the background...great job on both! :)