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~~

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.