Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Olive Scrub Soap

An attempt at another exfoliating soap...



This one with olive pit bits in it. I got the olive bits from the mill where I get my organic extra-virgen olive oil from.  Apparently these are used to burn for heating, as are almond shells here, and also making pillows!


I tried two experiments.  The first one with vanilla 10 fold oleoresin, Patchouli & Sandalwood EOs...



and the second one with EOs of Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Pink Grapefruit, Patchouli & Peppermint...


Neither have any added colour.  The EOs did some pretty intense colour work!

I like the idea of the olive bits, although these are VERY scrubby soaps. Next time I think I would add less bits, maybe sprinkle some over the tops and also bring the soap batter to a heavier trace so that they are more evenly dispersed throughout the soap.

So far, this has been a wonderful Autumn full of experimenting and producing. I have some great new soaps on the way, a new facial cream, and have learned a ton.  I even tried making a liquid soap.  My first attempt was WAY too liquidy... but my goal is to have a great liquid soap recipe perfected before the summer season. 

Happy soaping... happy experimenting.... happy blogging... and happy Thanksgiving to all the Americans out there!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Jen


22 comments:

miscellanea said...

I especially like the EO-Combination of the cream coloured soap. But both soaps look great.
Petra

Ambra said...

Those look lovely and natural. And I have to say that you stamp looks so good. It makes a great difference and looks so pro!

Irene Fernandez said...

Both soaps look amazing! I insist..I need a scratch-n-sniff monitor :-) Have you tried using xantham gum for making your liquid soap more gel-like? I've tried cornstarch and natural gelatin but neither worked. xoxo Irene

Jennifer Young said...

Miscellanea, Thank you. I really like this combo as well, although it is very faint in the soap... I would like it to be stronger. Always appreciate your comments! xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Ambra, thank you... i really appreciate your compliment. These were fun to make. I also really enjoy stamping. I am very pleased with my stamp as well. So glad you like it. xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Irene, Thank for the tip. I only tried one batch and will be back at it most likely after Christmas. May come to you for advice!! xo Jen

twobloomsdesignstudio said...

The scent blends sound lovely and this soap would be great for men as they love exfoliating soaps. Your face cream sounds lovely too.

Michelle

Jennifer Young said...

Michelle, Thank you so much! xoxo Jen

Coco said...

Lovely rich looking soaps!

I understand you can thicken liquid soap by simply adding sugar. I haven´t tried it yet, so I can´t offer practical experience.

MIKA said...

what a beautiful!! I love your soaps that can feel energy of nature. and they look like your smile shines :)

Jennifer Young said...

Coco, Thank you for your comment. I need to note down all of this great advice for my future experimenting with liquid soaps! Thank you. xoxo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Mika, Thank you for commenting. I have checked out your blog and your soaps look beautiful!! Thank you for the comment on my smile.:-)
xo Jen

Lori said...

I love the look of your new scrubby soaps. I think your combination of eo's sounds wonderful in both batches ;0).
Lori

Jennifer Young said...

Lori, Thank you so much! The first one was a little heavy on the cinnamon, will try again! And the second one is really nice but a bit faint... so also will try again! xoxo Jen

Julia said...

Vaya Jen, se me había escapado este jabón tan fantástico.
Realmente las variantes con el aceite de oliva son excelentes. Felicidades y un abrazo.

The Soap Sister said...

Hi Jen! Boy those soaps look good enough to eat -like some candy with crispy-crunchies inside. Beautiful, rustic and original -your trademarks! I did a too-runny liquid soap last year, I'm really looking forward to watching your experiments -always lots of fun. :)

Jennifer Young said...

Julia, Muchas gracias! xo Jen

Jennifer Young said...

Soap Sister,

Thanks for your comment! I look foward to trying this one out. The Prickly Pear scrubby one was TOO scrubby. Those little seed were like rocks! Brillo Pad!! I prefered the smooth Prickly pear soap. Let's see how this one goes! Looking foward, after Christmas, to continue with liquid soaps! xo jen

Jan said...

Love the look of these Jen, they are totally gorgeous! wish I could smell them, they sound yummy too:)

Jennifer Young said...

Hi Jan! So nice to hear from you! I imagine you are busy with the Christmas season... I am just about to try this out as they have cured fully now. Glad you liked them! xo Jen

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Jen, I love the darker one most, so caramel like, but both are so pretty. Eo's are so fun to work with, seems the slightest temp variation will affect their final color. I love the surprise element of soap don't you ?

Jennifer Young said...

Donna, I LOOOOVE the surprise element of soaping... you are so right! And i LOOOOVE EOs. I have recently begun making solid perfumes and they sell like hotcakes. I sort of feel like a mad scientist when I am concocting... xo Jen