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~~

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


 Logo designed by Natalie Dalton - Dalton Design Studio

A new line of soap is born "SOAP&WATERLILY" the first  soap to anoint our vegan line.  Presenting you with a vegan spa bar ~~ Spa Pink Sea Salt Bar ~~   which was created in celebration!  This gentle vegan soap is full of skin loving properties of outstanding Castor and Coconut oils and includes fine grain Hawaiian Sea Salt. With a feminine fragrance of an essential oil combination including lemon, orange, rose absolute and a whispering touch of ylang ylang.  


SOAP&WATERLILY     A Made in California Soap and you can

Natalie Dalton of Dalton Design Studio is a gifted and patient graphic artist. Natalie created this design for me and guided me thru the process. She is easy to work with and I highly recommend her skills.  She is an etsy participant and her design shop is located  made this design  here .

Friday, November 14, 2014


It has been too long since I have done a post and that is unfortunate.  Here is a current soap made for the pedicure and it is called Pink Footsie Soap!  The embedded loofah softens when wet and is such a wonderful scrubber for those calloused areas heels and elbows!  A wonderful and natural defoliant!

As a professionally trained soapmaker I'm interested in certifications. Having seen several posted of late I thought I'd share mine also!  I earned my saponification certification at Nova Studios Point Richmond in  2008 and my certificate is in storage! Soapers of fame Ruth Esteves and Lori Nova are top notch soap makers and they were my instructors.  It was an honor and I know call me privileged I am!

As a 6 year member of the HSCG they started certifying soap makers after I had my certificate of completion.   When my search began I found these certificate in a safe place and thought I'd scan them and put them onto the important papers thumb drive.  So here they are.....

Hope to see you at the HSCG Conference in 2016 in the east coast sunshine state of Florida.   Will you be going to Florida in 2016 or Indiana in 2015?   The 2015 HSCG Conference is being held in the mid American state of Indiana.  I am thinking of attending the very first Canadian Conference with a friend in 2015!

I wanted to share my Youtube from the way back just for fun  here .  I listen to music when I soap because I can't talk and make soap at the same time.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Are you a collector?

Oh yes I'm a collector!  Are you a collector?  I collect empty glass jars, bowls and magazine photos.  Today  much of my morning was spent cleaning up after a soaping marathon.  As I was cleaning empty bottles I was mumbling under my breath about this particular one!   It has a darling dropper type top and I wanted to save this for other uses like putting some left over infused oil into it!

It is the clean up that is the problem.  Who wants dirty torn or used labels on the items they are trying to re-use, up cycle or put into the recycle bin?   I don't enjoy struggling to get labels off it is a waste of time yet I don't want to donate any given item to land fill before it's useful life has passed.   I have often lamented if I ever was in a retail or supply business I would definitely use lables that were reasonably removable!

A struggle and time consuming but I try.

When ever I clean an amber glass bottle from BrambleBerry I think I must write to Anne-Marie and thank her so much for labeling her fragrance bottles with easily removable labels.  Pop the bottle into some warm soapy water and well the old labels just float off and well   1.  you get to clean and save them and   2. you get to use them again!  What a concept! 
They just float right off like magic!

 I save pages from gardening magazines, cooking magazines and yes women's magazines.  Ideas, colors and techniques abound.  As space is a concern these are regularly vetted so only the best or most colorful survive.

Here is a photo of a page from Dwell Mag.    This kitchen counter it was so beautiful!  Of course you know the colors drew me in.  Yes for a m and p project one day!  I have two down and one to go for this soap project, a  rainy day project!


Happy May Day, Happy Mother's Day and enjoy all the blooming going on! 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Do you make salt bars? I adore salt bars!

Do you make salt bars?  I do and I adore salt soap bars.   

Typically salt soap is used in spas the world over to give our skin the soothing feel of a swim in the ocean but without the sticky after part as we dry!  Soothed, polished, relaxed and nurtured is the feeling a salt bar gives my skin.  Salt bath soaks full of the minerals of bathing salts are are incomparable and a transformational experience and a time honored beauty aide.  A spa bar brings these same benefits to our showers as we fit this bit of luxury for our skin into our busy lives.  

These bars last a good long time. While the bar is rough to the touch the first or second use (I wear my bar down with a  ramie wash cloth or bath pouf)  the grainy surface feel soon gives way to a bar as smooth as a tumbled river rock.   Pampering at it's finest - use a salt spa bar for the shower, for those of us who don't always have time for a soak!

Salt is used in my soap as an adornment in the larger/coarser crystal forms and used in soap in both the fine and smaller grain.   

Himalayan Sea Salt as adornment
Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Hawaiian Black Lava Sea Salt for adornment
Kosher Coarse Salt as adornment
Himalayan Sea Salt the pinkish and Black Lava Sea Salt from Molokai, Hawaii

Coarse Kosher Salt adornment fine sea salt 90% rate

French pink Clay and Alaea fine ground pink/red salt in body of bar with Black Lava Sea Salt for adornment
I love the velvet lathers salt soaps work up, a bar made with 90% sea salt!  When salt spa bars are made with 100% coconut oil they are able to suds up in salt water so make a fine gift for any seafarers!

Whether it is the salt or the mineral content of each specific salt be it red, pink or black, salt bar soap makes a wonderful facial as well as a body soap.  This velvet lather leaves my face feeling like it's had a refreshing facial!  Whether the salt is from a salt mine in ancient inland  mountains, an inland sea bed or the ocean itself you will never go wrong with a salt bar!  So  good and they last a good long time!

Salt – The history of salt is fascinating if you have the interest! 

There have been two main sources for salt: sea water and rock salt.  Solnitsata the earliest known town in Europe, located in present day Bulgaria, was built around a salt production facility. From salt trade wars to kingdoms salt has a varied history.  It was once the exclusive preservative for food making it such a precious commodity in ancient times.  
What Is Salt?   Salt even has its own blog for gourmet uses
 Sodium chloride, is the chemical compound NaCl.  Salt occurs naturally in many parts of the world as the mineral halite and as mixed evaporates in salt lakes. It’s largest source is sea  Underground salt deposits are found in mountain caves as well as desert valleys like the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah or the Dead Sea in Isreal. Salt is even present on Mars!  Salt pure sodium chloride 2 properties important in the use of soap are it’s crystal isometric form, cubic and it’s pH in aqueous solution (H2O) us neutral.

Himalayan salt  

This pure, hand-mined salt found naturally, deep within the pristine Himalayan Mountains. Crystallized over 250 million years ago, ancient sea beds covered by lava, protecting the salt from modern-day pollution.

Himalayan Salt - Bricks, Plates and Salt Blocks For the sushi chef in you! 
Himalayan Pink salt slabs, plates, and bricks are harvested, much like marble in Italy, from deep within the ancient Himalayan mountain range of Pakistan. There, they have remained protected from pollution and impurities for centuries, making this what many consider the purest, cleanest salt in the world.

Many beaufitul salts come from the islands of Hawaii!  Volcanos and black sand beaches, red clay depositories all have a hand in the making and evaporation of Hawaiian sea salts.   

Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt Red Hawaiian Sea Salt
Traditionally Hawaiians use Alaea salt in ceremonies to cleanse, purify and bless tools and canoes, as well, in healing rituals for medicinal purposes. Savor a unique and pleasant flavor while roasting or grilling meats. It is the traditional and authentic seasoning for native Hawaiian dishes such as Kalua Pig, Hawaiian Jerky and Poke.

Molokai Black Hawaiian Sea Salt created by Nancy Gove at her company pacificahawaiisalt where she provides a bit of art with her salt as well as the science necessary for this wonderful product from the sea.

Black Lava
Dedicated to the dramatic volcanic expression of newly created black sand beaches, this glorious salt is dark and sexy. Elegant in flavor and presentation it provides the right accompaniment for grilled meats, crusted fish and salads. Solar evaporated sea salt, activated charcoal

I hope you mix up a batch soon and give these wonderful creations a try!  Perhaps you'll be back to thank me! I hope you will drop me a note.    Enjoy!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Soap Challenge Tutorial for Soap making and saponification adventures! 

Ever have one of THOSE days?   Once upon a time I spilled my essential oil blend of vetiver, lavender and orange.  Not all of it mind you but enough that it was really worrying what to do, what to do.  A tutorial to share my ah ha moment with you!

Today I spilled  a precious oil that I wanted to use as a super fat for a batch of soap.  Not a lot was lost but I just over poured at speed from a small spout and the oil overflowed the container.  I've recreated this for photos to share with you.  I dusted a bit yellow mica on the oil puddle to have some contrast to the pale oil for photo enhancement!

So I cleaned it up.  The real problem is you never really know how much you really lost. You can't use it back into the batch and you can't pick it up with a spoon you can just estimate if you have a good eye!  But estimating is flawed on many levels and as we know, castor oil and macadamia nut oil don't all weigh out the same.

Well today it dawns on me.  The AH HA moment I want to share!  I finally figured out a solution!  Clumsy hands and all, I figured out how to measure what was spilled!
I weighed a piece of paper paper toweling   (  .05oz)   then wiped up the spill!

Let the oil oak into the toweling for a moment and then wipe it up.

Then folding the towel over  a few times to wipe up the complete spill.  Put the folded towel and oil on the scale and there you have the measurement of the loss in weight.  Perfect to know to save the batch and for no guessing and the peace of mind.  Add that amount back into the batch and voila!~ Saved!

So I actually had lost only .10 oz of oil in this small spill.  Depending on the size of the batch this may not be much!  However if it was fragrance it could make a big difference in a small batch of soap.  This process made it so easy to replace the lost oil. 

I'm sure others have figured out this helpful system.  I thought I'd write about it and share it for those that hadn't gotten that far yet like a photo tutorial on spilt oil!   It gives me such peace of mind to have this technique in my pocket for the future.  Accidents happen and I hope this photo tutorial will help others!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Happy Sunday everyone!

I've been playing and thought I'd  share a few soap stamps with you.  These came to me all the way from Espania.    I ordered these stamps a while back from Omar Lopez of the blog "pasito a pasito".  For    ACaliforniaSoap bars.  Ocean themed a sea horse and a wave stamp were the first purchased.

The stamps worked as advertised and I'm very happy with how they performed.  Here is a fragrance test batch of soap which I tested the stamps on.  Omar's stamps are reasonably prices.  They were easy to use. I tried them with mica and without.  As you can see they are fun and clean easily.  Just let your cut soap sit for a day or two and give the stamp a try.  I think you will like it!  

Here   is a link to Omar's site if you would like to find a soap stamp for your business.  From initials to logos he has a wonderful selection.

Sea Horse Stamp used a little too soon.  Let set for another day and it was perfect!

With Gold Mica

 Next month I should have a few soaps up that people may like right here !  

One day I may ask Omar to make me a custom stamp something like these photos.  Which do you like vote  for the square or the circle!  Please leave me a comment!

Happy stamping!

It's Sunday and it's so cloudy and misty that I'm at a loss for words.  So today is fun with the way back photos machine!


Piping waves by the sea.

Dancing cheek to cheek from the way back machine in 2009 mantra swirl with hanger work.

A fun glass fish full of sea glass soaps!

Award winning melt and pour crystal at a HSCG Conference.

A soap made back in the day with Shieh Design Studio on SKYPE that was so fun to do.

Award winning packaging back in the day for an HSCG Conference.

 Hydrangea fragrance from Wellington.  A favorite.

   Again the Tropical soap Mandarin Caribbean

Vanilla cream soap so lovely gentle and creamy coconut milk is the best of all.

 Made with Wine favors for the Grey Fox.

Gardener's Delight Morning Sunrise with orange peel.

 Hawaiian Tropical punch.

Salt bars.