Monday, March 23, 2020

March 2020 Soap Challenge

Well I feel defeated! This has been the hardest soap challenge for me since I started last July. I just can't seem to get this technique to work for me. I made  a lot of soap If the batter got too thick on me, I just reverted to a quick in the mold swirl so I at least had something I could use. Even when I thought I had the right consistancy, it still just didn't seem to work for me. On the batches where I actually got some clamshells, I used the recipe with lard. I only had lard on hand because a kid in my 4-H group gave me some he had leftover from making tamales. I am running out of some ingredients which is also limiting me. I don't like using lard because of the vegetarians in my family.

I am entering my second attempt. I was trying to capture the colors in an abalone shell. I used Abalone and Sea as the fragrance.
Here is a selection of some of the soaps I made this month while trying to learn this technique. I actually like them but they aren't good examples of the clamshell technique. They are just pretty soaps.

This one was an attempt at the advanced category.

Here is a bunch of them put together:

All of my pictures are a bit dark. It has been on and off rainy and overcast and I really have a hard time with lighting. I use my phone for pictures and it isn't the best at getting the colors correct either.

Maybe I will try this again and have better luck next time.


  1. I'm so sorry you feel defeated, Marian! I really like how your entry soap turned out! The teal & pink one looks great too! I'm going to work on a new vegan, palm-free slow moving recipe. Lard really does slow trace wonderfully, but I know not everyone likes to use it.

  2. I like how your soap turned out. It may not have been what you were going for, but they are still beautiful.

  3. You created some beautiful soaps! Love your colors, too!