Green Wood - Wood Grain Soap Challenge October 9, 2016 12:23 20 Comments
This month's soap challenge is the wood grain technique and the guidelines are as follows. The soap must be made from cold process soap only and must feature a wood grain technique. Any shape or size mold is acceptable and the categories are split into all natural and synthetic. I am entering the all natural category. My inspiration for the soap I made actually came from a dream I had. I am one of those soapers that dream vivid dreams about making soap and try recreating the image in my mind. In my dream this piece of wood was barn wood that was old, sun bleached and weather damaged, almost petrified looking. The next couple of days I began infusing olive oil with natural color powders of indigo, nettle leaf, and alkanet root. These would be three of the colors that I would be using, the other two were white kaolin clay and activated charcoal. The next day with my natural colors ready to go, I lined my mold and gathered the rest of my supplies.
I am using a blend of juniper berry, cassia, and peppermint essential oils.
My soap batter consists of avocado, canola, castor, coconut, mango butter, hemp, extra virgin olive, palm kernel and shea butter.
Let the adventure begin! I brought my soap to emulsification, separated it out into five portions and started to mix my colors.
Once I had my colors mixed to my liking, I added the essential oil blend that I had made that I mixed with some white kaolin clay. The excitement was building almost ready to pour.
I began pouring my soap one color at a time into my bowl, alternating until all the soap batter was gone, then poured into my mold.
I covered the soap and put it into the oven on warm for approximately one hour, took it out, left it covered until the next day. After I removed it from the mold, I split it into logs, then blocks then sliced it with my bar cutter.
I tried keeping all the soaps in order for picture time. Here are some of the nicer pieces put together how they were cut.
For some reason, this last set of soaps I could not find the end that went with it. I think I drove myself nutty trying to match them with the twenty-five other bars in this batch.
I like the colors that I achieved, the subtle green, blue and pinkish purple hues.
I had a great time making this soap and the essential oil blend smell amazing. I look forward to using this technique with other natural colors and of course I will give it a try with some mica too.
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Lisa, Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations on October 21, 2016 08:35
Thanks for your kind words.
Holly on October 17, 2016 21:19
Lisa, your soap really does look exactly like a piece of wood. The colors and the patterns are just perfect!
Michelle Rogerson on October 17, 2016 15:13
I love the colors and swirls you came up with in your soap – I thought about trying a natural version, but the challenge of getting the right colors I wanted ended up being too daunting in the end. Beautifully done. :)
Nicole on October 17, 2016 13:03
This really does look like a board that was cut :) Very nice!
Sharon mountain view soap on October 17, 2016 12:04
You did good, I dream about making soap but haven’t ever been giving direction in a dream. Keep dreaming it works.
Eva on October 16, 2016 07:22
great job Lisa! You picked good colors and the design is very ‘woodsy’ for sure ~ yay~
Debi Olsen on October 15, 2016 19:37
I just spent about an hour trying to find a piece of wood that I have that looks IDENTICAL to your soap just to show you how spot on your soap is! I must have used it in some building project or another. Oh well, your soap speaks for itself,you don’t need any proof in the least bit. You did a tremendous job, Lisa!
Belinda on October 15, 2016 11:08
Beautiful colours and texture, Lisa! You did such a great job with the natural colours. Thanks so much for sharing your process too :)
Helene on October 15, 2016 05:35
This is wonderful Lisa! So realistic!! I am glad to hear that I am not the only one that «dreams» of soap :-) Excellent work!
Nora Mendrin on October 15, 2016 01:40
Amazing work and love how you detailed all of your steps of the challenge.
Shauna on October 14, 2016 16:14
I love this! I actually have an old deck around our pool, that would look just like this every time it rained! lol
Nice job, came out pretty.
Soapchic Rhonda on October 14, 2016 14:06
WOW, totally amazing! Looks like old weathered wood right down to the colors and the swirls. Excellent job!!!
Priya on October 13, 2016 10:20
Wow ! It looks so delicate ! I love the way the colours and swirls have played along to give a realistic touch ! All the best to us ! :)
Sly on October 13, 2016 07:03
Love the color combo and the delicate grains in your wood!
The scents sound amazing….I wish I could smell it!
Marie on October 12, 2016 22:53
Congratulations Lisa. The colour is very nice and the effect is great !
Amy Warden on October 10, 2016 19:46
I love this, Lisa!! The green tones really do make it look weathered and old. I’m so glad the swirl worked out so well – the soaps in your entry photo are amazingly realistic!