Satsuma Jasmine Soap

I bought a jar of dried Jasmine flowers at a local Asian supermarket. And luckily, I had Satsuma, Mandarin Jasmine fragrance oil at home, so I decided to make a batch of jasmine themed soap. I have never seen a real blooming jasmine tree (or I may have seen one but I just didn’t recognize…

Bamboo Forest Soap

I bought a small package of bamboo powder from the store called Peach Pig while I was in Japan (I made sure that it is skin safe and can be used as a soap additive). The powder is beige and fluffy. Since I decided to put bamboo powder in to my new creation, I wanted…

Avocado Soap

Finally, I’m getting used to my new schedule at the new job, and I am able to find some time to make soap lately. My new production is Avocado Soap! It contains real avocado, avocado butter and avocado oil. The scent is a blend of lavender, citronella and palmarosa  essential oils. Green clay, kaolin clay and yellow clay…

Coffee Soap & More

Last year around this time, I bought the domain “chichi.ca” and decided to do a project about starting my own online soap store from scratch. It has not been going as quickly as I had hoped, but I haven’t given up on it. I am just very very busy right now. But I’m still making soap when…

Finally! Some New Soaps

Hello! It had been a very very long time without soaping 😦 I couldn’t make any soap during the summer because I was in Japan. After  I came back to Canada, I still couldn’t make any soap because I had to move from Manitoba to Ontario, and I had to leave my soap equipment and ingredients…

Real Ghost Swirl

Chichi.ca project: Day 104 The ghost swirl soap I made before was a mock-ghost swirl. This time, I studied the blog of the ghost swirl creator, Auntie Clara’s Handcrafted Cosmetics, and tried the real ghost swirl technique. Well, because of the high amount of water discount, the soap batter got really thick, and the swirling…

Lilac Soap

Chichi.ca project: Day 97 I’m going back to Japan to have a visit with my friends and family soon. I know that my mom likes lilac, so I decided to make some soap with my lilac fragrance oil for her as a gift. I wanted to make it somewhat fancy, therefore, I got some titanium…

Rooibos Tea Soap

Chichi.ca project: Day 96 I am celebrating my master’s degree paper submission 🙂 The paper was for 100% of my mark for this semester. I don’t know the result yet and am really worried, but there is nothing I can do at this point. So I made soap! I like making soap with lots of…

Double Butter Soap

Chichi.ca project: Day 90 I used mango butter and avocado butter in this soap; hence, Double Butter Soap. The soap batter thickened up very quickly, but I knew that that would happen so I wasn’t planning on doing any swirls. (I’m learning :)) It’s not fancy, but I think it’s very cute. Not only am…

Orange Chocolate Soap

Chichi.ca project: Day 85 It’s been more than two weeks since the last blog post. This is partially because of my busy days with my full-time job and part-time student life, but mainly, I had a failed soap between the last post and this post. I was going to make a rimmed-soap. I did everything…

Teardrop Soap

Chichi.ca project: Day 70 This month, the technique of Amy’s soap challenge is “Teardrop”. I used the recipe recommended by Amy, which contains lard. Apparently lard slows down the trace of soap batter so it’s useful when I want to make soap with complex designs. I had never used lard before, and I didn’t have…

Very Japanese Soap

Chichi.ca project: Day 66 Another week passed by without being able to make any progress on Chichi.ca 😦 I have been really good at doing what I should be doing, which is focusing on the assessment for my Master’s degree. But I couldn’t take it any longer! I had severe soap withdrawal today. The soap…