Sun Flare Soap Bar

This month we are participating in The Great Cakes Soapworks Soap Challenge Club (say that 5 times fast!) you might remember we’ve done this before several years ago. We are ready to get more creative with our soaps and learn new techniques. The Soap Challenge Club is a fun way to do it!

This months challenge is the Fluid Acrylic Pour technique 

This is what the final bar looks like: 

The soap bar is colored with kaolin clay, yellow Brazilian clay and activated charcoal. It is scented with lemon, lavender and rosemary essential oils

This was a new technique and we had some fun with it!

We started with a gray base layer and added circles of the three colors

Using a straw we blew air over the circles to move the colors across the gray layer 

The gray layer set up quicker than we wanted but it added interesting layers to the final cut soap

This is how the soap looked when it was still wet


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My Favorite Books of April

These are a few of the books I read in April.

Radio Iris by Ann-Marie Kinney was by far my favorite read of April. Published by Two Dollar Radio, there isn’t anything they publish that I haven’t loved. Iris, a socially awkward woman who knows nothing about her boss or the business she works for, discovers a man living in the office next to her. Are you intrigued yet? I couldn’t put it down and was left wanting to reread it immediately after.

milk and honey by rupi kaur was a reread for me in honor of National Poetry Month. I devoured it the first time I read it and tried to take it a little slower this time. I wasn’t successful.

it must hurt to know

i am your most



Seriously, how can you put the book down after that?

Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books by Cara Nicoletti. Don’t read this book if you already have too many books waiting to be read. There are close to 40 short stories about her life related to books and each book has a recipe associated with it. Books and food! What else could you want? The only problem is it made me want to read, or reread, all of the books in it. But is that really a problem?