When good ideas go bad.
In my mind, this was a beautiful idea, but it failed to turn out in practice. How did I go wrong, let me count the ways…
- The design would play out better if using a slab mold to make horizontal bars instead of a loaf mold and vertical bars.
- The soap dough used for the flowers was the wrong color (I had red but no pink so I thought I would use it and paint the flowers). I should have blended it with some white dough.
- To get the pink and red blend, I tried using mica blended with titanium dioxide that I painted on the flowers. It turned out a muddled mess and made the flowers look sloppy.
- When cut, the idea of the cherry blossom branch is lost, it looks like a piece of brown stuck on an otherwise white, red, and pink soap.
I remember the first time that I saw cherry blossom trees in bloom. It was a beautiful site, the delicate flowers and the gorgeous colors. That memory was squarely in my mind when I thought about this soap, unfortunately it failed to come close to doing it justice. While fun to make, the soap wasn’t what I envisioned and certainly wasn’t captured once cut. The soap scent was amazing and the soap itself is very gentle on the skin.
Embeds and Soap Dough Colorants: Brown: Nurture Soap Mocha; Red: Nurture Soap Really Red
Fragrance: Bulk Apothecary Japanese Cherry Blossom (1oz), Aztec Candle Japanese Cherry Blossom (1oz) (I had a bit of each left so I blended them they were slightly different in scent but blended well.)
Soap Colorants (not counting accents): Titanium Dioxide; Nurture Soap Super Sparkles Glitter
Oil Blend: Coconut oil, Palm Oil, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil
Additives and other: sodium lactate; goat’s milk reconstituted and added at emulsion stage, vitamin E added at medium trace