Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pumpkin Soap - Just A-Gellin'

Every year I like to make a pumpkin fall soap. Usually, I'm a little behind the eight ball and don't do it until around September, which means it's usually not ready to sell until October. But this year, I made it early enough so it will be ready by Labor Day! Even a week or two before Labor Day! Who'da thunk it! :-D

This soap is fairly easy to make, as long as I don't try anything too fancy with it. I add goat milk, and real pureed pumpkin. For fragrance oil, this year I used a mix of Pumpkin Raisin Royale, and Apple Orchard. A double whammy of fall! Now, between the goat milk, the pumpkin, and the fragrance oils, this soap gets SO hot, it starts gelling almost as soon as I pour it. I can feel the heat as I'm scrapping the last of it out of the soap pot. Within 5 minutes, this soap is going into a very hot gel, without any kind of insulating. So, I got out my camera and took pictures. Yeah, I know, it doesn't take much to entertain me!

Just poured into the molds, not gelling yet. Look at that gorgeous pumpkin color!

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A good start to the gelling process.


A little more



A little more


A little more


Getting there


Almost


Full gel !!!


Those soaps were some hot! 

Here's one of the logs the next day, unmolded and ready for cutting.


And here they are, cut into bars and ready to go on the curing rack for a few weeks. Lovely lovely pumpkin color! But alas, they will not stay that way. They will turn more brown. That's ok, though, cause they smell delicious !!!!!




5 comments:

Anne-Marie said...

What fabulous pictures of the gel stage process! And your soaps turned out so well, I really wish we could smell soaps through the computer screen. =)

Aunt Nancy said...

Thanks, Anne-Marie! :)

Baghdadbum aka Joe said...

Your soaps look amazing, I wish I could get mine to be anywhere close to yours. Back to the drawing board :)

Emma Moulden said...

Your soaps are just so beautiful. I also like using lemon in mine!
Thanks for sharing :)

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