Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Put me in coach, I wanna S.O.A.P.!!

Each new season, one of my favorite soapy suppliers which I've mentioned here on my blog many times, Bramble Berry, does extensive testing for new fragrances to add to their already impressive line-up of skin-safe scents. Once they've narrowed it down to their ten favorites, they select a team of eight applicants to test those fragrances in beauty products like soap, lotions, body sprays and even candles. The application process is easy: just share your favorite Bramble Berry product through the social media of your choice, along with why you think you should be chosen, and make sure to link back to them so they'll see it!

I've been soaping for over a year now, first melt and pour and now cold and hot process, and I've always envied those chosen for the S.O.A.P. testing team. It's fun to see their photos and test results posted, and a joy for all Bramble Berry customers to have the fragrance winners available to purchase after it's all over. I finally feel like I am at a place in my experience and availability (I squeeze my full-time job work schedule into just three days a week now, leaving me four whole days every week to soap soap soap away!) to throw my name in the hat and hope that I'm chosen to participate! It's true that soap making is addicting, especially handmade (cold process) soap! I love experimenting with colors, trying new fragrances, working with different molds, oils and swirl techniques, and then sharing my experiences and finished products with fellow soapers, friends and family. I love being a part of a friendly and diverse online soaping community, and learning from other soapers.

It was easy to pick my blog as my means for application, but another thing entirely to pick just one favorite product from Bramble Berry. Eek, so many products from BB I love and that make my soaping life easier, how in the world can I choose just one?! I finally decided, since at least a few other soapers would be reading this post as well, that I wanted to share a favorite item that I believe could make a big difference for them in their soap making too! Without question, that would be one of my latest purchases, the Perfect Pink Stick Blender, which you might remember me blogging about recently. 

Photo from BrambleBerry.com

The pink stick blender has probably made the single biggest noticeable difference in my soaps since I first started CP ten months ago (well, it might be a tie with sodium lactate!). It has all but eliminated the presence of those pesky air bubbles that kept showing up before from my old stick blender. After you put so much thought and effort into making a soap, it's totally not cool to see those little buggers mottling your swirls! This stick blender is also super easy to clean and store, and seems to reach a quicker, smoother trace without over blending. And let's not forget the most important feature, it's pink y'all!!! 

Here's an example of some of the soaps I've made, both with my old stick blender and then with the new. It's plain to see the smoother soaps!



That being all said and shown, I have some great ideas for soaps and other goodies to make if I am chosen as a S.O.A.P. team member, lots of new colors, molds and butters to play with! I can't wait to see what all the lucky winners come up with, and what great new BB fragrances will be available, even if I don't make the team. Wish me luck, soapy friends!

As always, thanks so much for reading!


  1. I totally agree with you about the pink stick blender, HUGE difference in the aesthetics of my soaps! Good luck, Laura, hope you get chosen :D

  2. Fingers crossed for you, Laura! I hope you get chosen for the panel. Sounds like it would be fun!

  3. Thank you so much for your entry, Laura! =)

    P.S. I adore the new pink blender because...well, it's pink (and it works fabulously)!

  4. Agh, I made 2 batches of soap after making this post and my blender did nothing but kick bubbles even with me burping it a million times. I feel like I jinxed myself, haha! The soaps sliced without many bubbles at all though, thankfully.

    I think maybe I need to lubricate something inside the blender. Anyone have any suggestions? Someone told me to try glycerine instead of WD-40?

  5. Oh no, but thank goodness the soap came out okay still! I wouldn't have a clue how to fix that, hopefully someone will come along and give you some good tips.

  6. Congrats!!! I can't wait to see/hear about the amazing soaps you make!

  7. Thanks so much Nikki! I am excited and nervous!

  8. Welcome to the team! We're excited to have you aboard!

    Re: stick blender, I burp mine and sort of 'tip' it to the side to ensure all the bubbles leave. Also, if my bowl isn't deep enough, no amount of burping will solve that.