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, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter everyone and happy new beginnings!

 Amy of  Great Cakes  has presented a new challenge for 2013 and it is Tiger Stripe Soap!  New beginnings in the soaping community!  Thank you Amy and Co for stirring the imagination yet again!

Having spent the majority of February preparing our home for sale in Northern California    locally referred to as the "Napa" of the North.  We have our very own neighborhood vineyard  Grey Fox and orange orchards all around.  The oranges have fresh new blossoms ready to burst next sunny day. 

Our windows have never been so crystal clear so now it's on to tiger stripes!  These stripes were colored with clays and non gelled for a velvet texture.  There is a touch of salt on the top for fun!  I will use a different technique pouring next time and that should help, pouring from side to side not up and down the mold!

So here  is   Salt Water Taffy!!  This time the stripes were a little ah squishy so I named the soap for salt water taffy.  Fragrance was added to each color with a different scent and it does smell like a luscious citrus y  salt water taffy.  It is still a touch too soft to cut so I thought I'd play with the cropping of the photos and the color brightness and contrast setting and show the differences. 
Untouched color but cropped photo.

This photo is untouched not even cropped.

Auto corrected color and contrast.  This does enhance the color some but beyond even what the cured colors  will be I surmise!  I prefer muted color in my soap I suppose to limit the amount of color I use.  Of course there are exceptions to that see last photo! LOL

First soap using Cambrian Blue Clay for color.

  Firsts don't you love them!  This soap bar is made with Cambrian Blue Clay from Russia. I like the color and will do another soap using this clay in the future.   The hydrangea flowers were added for contrast and to dress up these bars for Easter or Mother's Day or maybe just Happy Spring everyone!  One batch of this soap went to a  swap!  Notice the bright color flowers a "thank you to Kyme" ~~ Alamo Calendaria for inspiring this soap  Hydrangea  Flowers  for inspiring this soap!

Hoppity hop  on over to Amy's blog and check out all those interpretations of tiger stripes some very beautiful soaps!  Kyme's might just be my favorite!


  1. Love your cambrian blue soap.I have also used it and I loved it so much that I am thinking of making another one.
    One of my favorite ingredients to work with!

  2. Very pretty.. both soaps are wonderful :)

  3. Thank you Natalia yes it is a fun ingredient and I look forward to finding a new application for it also!

    You are wonderful and welcome Kim at the same time!

    Hey Alaska show us some soap!

  4. Both soaps look great, I love your Salt Water Taffy! The added salt gives it that little something special!

  5. Thank you Eileen. Are you headed to Raleigh this year?

  6. Love your clay colors and stripes...the Cambrian blue is so striking, gorgeous!

  7. Wow, I love love love your Salt Water Taffy! So interesting how the tiger stripes and the large swirls blend together, and your colors are gorgeous. The salt made the perfect finishing touch. Nice job!

  8. Really love your Salt Water Taffy, your colours are just gorgeous and the swirls look wonderful, very beautiful!

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  10. Thank you all so much. I just have so much fun with these challenges. The planning really brings up other projects I want to do. Your soaps are so beautiful and so individual and it is all good!

  11. I love both. I've visited this site and admired this perfect soaps, but always on the run.
    The first one maybe is not a tiger type, but it's sooooo gorgeous and I love top flowers on the second one.
    Also, I prefer edited photo,I always do that with mine. As long as it improves the original colours and appearance, I'm always for editing! Usually, I use the clone tool, to erase background I don't want to be seen.

    1. Thank you Mz. Diva! I like the idea of erasing the background. I must find that clone tool now!