Handmade Glycerin Soap

I've been making handmade soaps from scratch 14 years as of 2/19/18.  Its been a long journey in many ways. Time consuming and frustrating at times, to say the least.  but, Finally I have achieved an almost 14 year standing vision.

I first tried to create Glycerin Soap about Five (5) months after teaching myself to make soap.  I no longer have that bar or batch of soap, however I remember exactly how it looked, felt and smelt.

It was gritty and HARD, it was a cloudy and translucent green and it was scented with spearmint.  It had a wonderful scent and it soaped nicely.  It could be used as an exfoliation bar.  But, it was NOT a true bar of Translucent or Glycerin Soap.  It was a complete fail and I hated the process.

I had two pots that I used as a double boiler and I followed the recipe from Kathy Millers website.

I didn't try to make Glycerin / Translucent soap again for 12 years.

Last year I tried again.  ANOTHER FAIL.  Made me so angry I put it away again and left it for yet another year.

I can finally tell you that I've successfully made more than 10 batches of truly translucent and Melt & Pour Soaps.  I've learned how to formulate my own recipes and I've been successful at achieving that Translucent Clear Soap.  Here are a few of my soaps.


Morning Bliss

After making soaps for so many years its hard to imagine that I would still love it so much.  Not only loving the creative side of soap making, but also loving the way my skin feels when I use my creations.  Last evening I made a batch of soap that I hoped would remind me once again of why I love being a Soap maker. 

It accelerated very fast and rushed into the gel stage. Causing the design I had put on the top to smash against the top of the lid for the mold.  I literally had to hold it down so the pressure didn't push the lid off and I didn't have a volcano of soap all over the counter.

I placed the wooded mold filled with soap in the stove and left it over night.  Got up at 6:45 am to unmold and cut the soap into loaves and then into bars.  It was as hard as a bar of cured soap that has been sitting 6 weeks.  Since it was unscented I couldn't only smell Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter.  Which was Perfect.

I cut the block into 24 bars of soap and proceeded to stamp them with my soap stamp and place them on a rack to cure for another 3 weeks. No, I'm not going to cure for 6-8 weeks because the soap has completed the saponification I'mprocess.  Its ALREADY soap.  Its already cured, its already hard and its already been used. :)

YES, I took a bar and went to the shower. It was pure BLISS.  I got the feeling all over again.  I know why I love being a soap maker and I stand by my product. I make luxurious bars of soap and natural skincare as well as hair care that nourishes and moisturizes even the roughest, driest, most irritated skin.

No don't get me wrong.  I don't need to be reminded why I do what I do because I'm sold out and dedicated to the art of soap making.  But more so to providing health skin care solutions that promote healthy skin.

The batch of soap I created yesterday was made with Raw Unrefined Shea Butter, Raw Unrefined Cocoa Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Organic Coconut Milk Powder.  No fragrance, No essential oils.  Purified Water and Sodium Hydroxide.  That's it, that's all, nothing else.  It needs no preservative and gets no preservative.  It's pure goodness and for me because I know exactly what's in my soaps Its Pure Bliss, plain and simple.

Below I want to show you how much soap would be wasted if I chose to bevel this bar of soap to cosmetic perfection.  The bar shrinks in size and the logo would no longer have fit.  The extra layers having been peeled off now have to be stored or discarded. I choose not to do this for this batch of soap because it makes absolutely no good sense to change the natural and most realistic presentation of a handmade bar of soap in all of its rustic beauty.  So I hope you enjoy this luxurious creation with all its skin loving moisturizing goodness.

Simply Ingredients

After years of making handmade soaps with multiple oils in them, Arsenia Blu is streamlining the process and the ingredients used in our soaps.  Not that we don't love all the soaps we make and all the ingredients we use. However, the term less is better is really true in this case.  We've researched oils and techniques, formulations and old world products made with different oils over and over.  We've made different soaps using all these different types of oils, only to end up at this space and decision.

Cas·tile soap
  1. fine, hard white or mottled soap made with olive oil and sodium hydroxide.

With so many websites and blogs that explain why Castile soap is good to use and even how many ways it can be used, I decided to include several of them in my post. The first page I would recommend reading is 

Purposeful Giving

We think that 2017 is going to be a wonderful year for Arsenia Blu.  We've decided to drop the Blu from the name of our skincare. As we slowly sell out of the remaining products currently available in our stock, you'll begin so see subtle changes in the look of our labels and our web store.

The first few months you will see the basic Cause ribbon shape on all of our soap bars.  However, at  Arsenia Blu, we don't want to blend in.  WE STAND OUT!  Look for our Exclusive Ribbon Desgin to appear on our bars and exclusively in our web store in the Summer of 2017.  

The Look of Arsenia's Purposeful Giving Soap Bars will have our original Ribbon logo design that was created for the owner of Arsenia Blu Beauty over 7 years ago.  Never having been used before in her business endeavors, she has decided that the Purposeful Giving Charity Cause is the most perfect place to use this beautiful logo.  We go on record as having commissioned, ordered and purchased this exclusive design, and we can prove this statement as true.

Notice to the public..........
No permission will be given to any individual, company or website in the use of this Ribbon logo design.  It is the exclusive property of Cleo Anderson LLC. and Arsenia Blu Beauty.  Any product, packaging or website displaying this logo design is in direct violation of our rights and is unlawful. We will seek restitution for this violation.

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