Great Cakes Soapworks Challenge- Landscape

With cherry blossom season coming up here in Tokyo/Yokohama, I decided my landscape soap challenge submission should include some cherry blossoms! Here is my inspiration photo:
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I chose this particular photo because it looks like the trees are shedding their blossoms and the green leaves are starting to show. This is one of my favorite times to go see the cherry blossoms! It rains pink petals! And everything turns pink. It’s magical :).

I had no idea how I was going to make these cherry blossoms!! I actually have a small half-inch cookie cutter of a cherry blossom but thought it’d be fun to come up with another way to make them without embeds.
So here’s what I did!

PREP

Slow-moving recipe:
50% olive oil, apricot oil, avocado oil, shea butter, castor oil

Cherry blossom fragrance from WSP

Special tools:
Five squeeze bottles
Skewer (to swirl top)

STEPS

MP
1. Made tree trunk/branch embeds using MP soap & cocoa powder. Set aside.
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CP
1. Stick-blended melted oils until emulsified (not to trace!).
2. Divided soap into five squeeze bottles added a pre-made colorant (colorants mixed with a bit of oil) to each (cocoa powder, neon pink, rose clay, green pigment chromium oxide, TD).
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3. Filled log mold half way full with neon pink, rose clay and TD using dots and lines.
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4. Placed MP embeds in mold. These were long enough to be suspended in place by the pressure of ends of the acrylic mold. In other words, the soap was too soft to hold these in place. It definitely needed to be sort-of lodged in place :). The other option would be to wait until the CP thickened.
5. Filled the rest of the mold in the same manner while adding in the brown and green.
6. Swirl top with skewer.

IMG_3723And here we are!IMG_3771-0
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This one has the sunlight coming from the back. You can see that the branches are actually lighter brown.

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Thanks once again to Amy Warden for
hosting the challenges every month. And thanks to readers and soapers for inspiration!

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About merrydaysoaps

musician & soapmaker carolinelufkin.com etsy.com/shop/merrydayshop

12 responses to “Great Cakes Soapworks Challenge- Landscape

  1. This soap is so beautiful, Caroline!! It perfectly communicates the delicate appearance of the cherry blossoms in their entireness. The way you created the effect is so inspirational, too!!!

    • merrydaysoaps

      Thanks so much! I really look up to you and your soaps so it means a lot coming from you ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you get to enjoy the Sakura season coming up! Hanami is such a great thing, isn’t it?

  2. This is really beautiful. Really great choice of image as it’s really original and the colours are really pretty. I love the tops of the trees too.

  3. This soap is so great! There are so many different ways to do this challenge, and I love how you tackled it! The different elements really fit together so nicely. It’s beautiful!

  4. Very pretty, I like cherry blossoms

  5. Love your cherry blossom inspiration with the petals falling to the ground. Each bar turned out a little different. Nice work.

  6. Your soap is beautiful – nicely done.

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