Artisan soaps made from luxurious oils and exotic butters with milks, creams and silk fibers; to the whimsy of glycerine soap creations. Full of fluffy bubbles and velvet lathers, once your skin it treated to handmade soap you will never go back. bytheSEAsoap was born out of the love of TSPink soap rocks some fifteen years ago. I found those soaps at a Nevada City Art Gallery and my obsession for beauty in a bar of soap began. I still have a small piece of that first soap! ~~Pam Mella~~

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Here is a textured topped soap I made a few weeks ago.  I didn't think I would have enough time to get another one out.  But I did  and the photos are below.

This week has been a week of catching up after my soaping holiday.  Emails, egads what did we do without email?  I'm choking here in a good way!   So please if I owe you a response I'm getting there I promise!

I did work in a new to me peaked top soap, well fluffy anyway.  It's curing and  already named, a beer soap called "Dragon's Brew"!  A pale Cerveza Especial Modela was used for this soap.  After testing a few beer soaps from the HSMG Conference 2012 in  Portland, I wanted more!   The texture is so interesting to me and the bubbles,  like a cowboy who sleeps on silk sheets!  I was surprised at the color.  The white was to be beer foam, but the body isn't as dark  I was thinking it would be!  It should darken as I used a Dragon Blood fragrance, and time will tell!

Surprise  a beautiful soap waiting for me when l arrived home!    A pretty soap sent by another soapmaker who is involved in the GreatCakesSoapWorksChallenge.    This beautiful soap from the ITP Challenge intrigued me for it's lovely soft colors and the choice of colors inparticular.   I studied the colors as it was such a nice combination my swap buddy sent it to me!  Many thanks go out to Santa Barbara Soap  whose shop is located here!!   I promise to use it after I'd admire it a little bit more! LOL  The fragrance is lovely and I cut a tad off the bottom to use.  A lovely soap thank you Tracy!

Amy of Great Cakes Soap Works in an inspiration and again I thank you Amy for leading us along the soaping path!  Her blog is here and you will find many pretty soaps of the other participants as well!


  1. Two lovely textured tops!! The first one looks more "traditional" and the second more whimsical - isn't that what you are all about? It does have a foamy appearance, and I'm sure it will look all the better as the bottom soap darkens up.

  2. That second peaked top is really cool ! I like that you did it on one side.

  3. Wow, what a lovely swirl has the 1st soap. Beautiful!

  4. Really love the colour combo in the first soap, they are both gorgeous, very pretty. And love your soap buddy's soap too. We are so fortunate to have such an artistic bunch of soapers, xx Linda

  5. I keep coming back to the first soap..just loving the white, yellow and violet combination. I've added this combination to my "give it a try" list. Will you keep us updated on your second soap, Pam? I'm anxious to see if it darkens, although I'd be thrilled with what you have right now! I know you're hoping it darkens. Lucky girl to get to Portland...I'd planned to go, but had two family college graduations. Next year! The graduation in St. Louis included a brewery tour - where they also sold beer soap, but of course !

  6. Oh Pam! I just love the colors in your first soap! And the dragon's brew soap (super cute name) is so cool! How did you get the "foam" on top? What tool did you use? I MUST try this now, too! You're an inspiration! :)

  7. It has been a great challenge thank you Amy. Thanks to everyone for their comments I've learned a lot these last almost 2 months as the artistic outpourings are shared!

    The beer soap hasn't yet darkened. I assumed it would but it was a light beer so perhaps not. I don't mind really because it gives more lee way for other colors. The beer was added to the batch at emulsification so perhaps that made the difference.

    Beer mucho bubbles however you use it! I so happy I learned about beer soap AMY!!! It has such a velvet feel to the bar!