Coming Clean!

Hey everyone!  I hope this is the start of a really great week!  I did something a few weeks ago that was so much fun and turned out just as I'd hoped it would.  I made some soap -- not laundry-type, but "luxuriating in a tub" kind of soap!  I had some of the things I needed already but had to make a stop at Hob Lob (coupon in hand, of course) for Shea Butter Soap.  So this is what I did!

I wanted to make two different kinds of soap.  My first batch is Lavender. 

I simply melted the Shea Butter Soap in a microwave safe bowl.

I already had dried lavender, lavender essential oil & coloring that I mixed to get the shade of color I wanted.  I thought it would be pretty to add the fresh pansy blossoms, but they didn't show -- guess they will be a surprise as the soap gets used!

Once everything was melted and mixed well, I poured the mixture into a soap mold that I had.

The second batch I made was lemon-rosemary.  That just sounded like a great combo to me.  I already had some lemons in the fridge and rosemary growing in my herb pot.  I zested the lemon and then chopped it and the rosemary fairly fine.  I added lemon essential oil to this batch plus some yellow coloring.  The yellow with the green of the rosemary looks so pretty.

It's kind of hard to see the plastic mold, but it worked fine and the little soaps popped out easily.

Some of these were being given as a gift, so I wrapped them in some parchment paper,

tied them with baker's twine, and added fresh sprigs of rosemary and lavender.

All ready to be wrapped in tissue paper and popped into a gift bag for someone special.   I think she   
will really enjoy these very fragrant soaps!
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  1. Let me know if you find out the issue with blogger not showing the current updates. I have noticed that some blogs show the updated posts and some do not. Hopefully it is just a permanent thing!

  2. You are so talented with everything! I have always wanted to make soaps but you are just too good.

  3. Wow, your soaps look wonderful. I would love to try this sometime. They make such a wonderful gift too!

  4. These look beautiful! I'd love to give these a try.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  5. I bet those smell wonderful. They sure are pretty the way you finished them up.

  6. I have to try this!!! When you put the soap into the microwave did you cover the bowl with plastic wrap or leave it uncovered?? I have always wanted to make soap but was afraid of the mess on the stove......love how you wrapped them!!!

  7. YOur soaps are wonderful and what fabulous gifts they make. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. I can smell them thru the screen Carol!!! They look so luxurious and would truly make anyone happy! Have yet to try my hands on soap-making, but thislooks easy and fun! Thanks for sharing dear!

  9. Well I definately would love this. It is pretty also.

  10. What beautiful soap and I bet they smell out of this world!

  11. So beautiful! My daughter has just started making soap. I am going to have to share this with her! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  12. Hi Carol! I came here from the Sweet and Simple Fridays hop and was also attracted by the name of your blog; I live in the desert too, in New Mexico. The high desert. I love this post, I've been wanting to try making my own soap. We have lavender growing here in the yard so I could even use my own fresh sprigs. I'm a new follower and looking forward to reading more, you have a lovely blog. :)

  13. I've been wanting to do this for a long time! It's good to see how well yours turned out. I love the way you packaged them up too. Very pretty!

  14. Seriously, you have the best ideas! They look beautiful!


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