Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lemon Poppyseed Soap

I apologize for posting again so soon, but I just had to share with you the batch of soap I made today! I made lemon soap -- some with just straight lemon scent, some with poppyseeds, and some also with lemon peel.
I won't bore you with photos of the soap-making process. But here's the lemon/poppyseed/lemon peel, in a large square mold. I've just begun to texture the soap, using a spoon to scoop and dig up the soap as it's hardening, piling it up into a little mountain ridge. It's still soft and somewhat liquidy, so I had to keep at it, as it hardened more.
After a couple of passes, it's firming up, and I'm liking the rippled texture. It was so much fun to play with it and whirl it around.
Here's a video from Youtube -- this is Karen from the U.K., at Edens Secret. This lady is quite a soap maker, and I watched her do this technique last night. Bump ahead to about 2.30 minutes, to see her swirling and texturing. (She is such a hoot. She has 418 soap videos. I'd listen to her just for her accent - haha!)

A few hours later, it's lightened in color and hardened well. I also sprinkled some cocoa powder lightly on top. In a couple of days I'll pop these two ridges out, and cut the soap up. I'll show you then what it looks like.
I also used this little mold for the first time, and it worked great! I put plain lemon scented soap in these. I can't wait to pop them out!
And I had enough soap to do 3 juice cans. These are excellent molds. I peel the paper off (which is already waxed on the inside). The circular shape is fun for soap, and it slices easily. These bars will have lemon scent and poppyseeds.

2 comments:

  1. The lemon soap sounds dee-lish! When I made soap about a hundred years ago, I molded some of it in juice cans.

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  2. I love these juice cans, GJ! I just peeled them off this morning, and it's so easy -- you throw them away. And the round soap is a nice size. This lemon is smelling good, esp. the ones with the zest in them.

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