February 13, 2012

Soap Studio Progress

I am excited to report that the soap studio is almost up and running. I've developed a wonderful base formula that uses unsaponified shea butter for an ultra moisturizing effect. While I will offer unscented soaps for those with sensitive skin, I developed a variety of aromatherapy-based fragrance combinations. Some are inspired by the herbs and flowers we grow in our garden while others are simply my favorites that I've been using in one form or another in lotions or soaps I've purchased.

I first decided to make soap because I love the look and feel of handmade soap. I am naturally a 3-D artist so a transition from ceramics to soap was not a far stretch. Soap making combines two great loves, baking and 3-D art. Making molds for soap is not unlike making molds for slip casted ceramics. Mixing oils, lye, fragrances and herbs is much like mixing batter for baking. Creating soap formulas is much like creating recipes for ceramic glazes.

My anticipated open date is early May, although I might have items listed before that. I plan to test one bar from every batch of soap before posting it for sale. To read more about my soon-to-be-open shop visit the "Pam's Soap Studio" page link under the blog banner and visit my Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/PamsSoapStudio.

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