I was going to wait until Thursday to share, but I simply couldn't contain myself any longer.
Every soap batch is like waiting for Christmas morning.. sometimes waiting to unmold the soap (usually 24 hours) is like opening up a gift ... sometimes you just never know what your going to get.
Back in May I was creating another batch of soap using activated bamboo charcoal. At first I was going to do the swirl affect, but I wanted to try something different. Not really unsure of what I was going to do, I just started pouring. Instead of swirling, I just poured the next color slowly.
Hoping that I wasn't creating a bland grey looking bar - I just continued layering. I basically just kissed it and gave it to God and thought to myself and silently prayed.."what will be, will be.. but PLEASE God, don't let it just be grey!"
The next 24 hours was full of curiosity as to how this batch would turn out. I worried if the height would have a negative impact on the layering effect. Would it all just work it's way to the bottom?
Keep in mind, these bars are not the standard shallow 2 1/4"- 2 3/4" 3oz-5oz bars that you usually see that have all the pretty swirls and decorations.. these are hefty bars 3 1/2"-3 3/4" tall bars weighing a whopping 7oz-7.5oz's!! So I have the weight and thickness of the bar to take into consideration. These are NOT your average sized bars. These are like mini blocks.
Tick.. Tock.. Tick.. Tock.... DING DING!!!!!!! 24 hours has passed...
I can say that as soon as I pulled it out of the mold, my heart skipped a beat with excitement, I probably even squealed a bit.. I was so pleased and I distinctly remember exclaiming .. "Thank You JESUS!" ..
The first thing I thought of was one of my favorite safari animals: a Zebra
SO.. Zebra quickly became one of my favorite looking soaps AND the name.
BUT wait.. there's more than just good looks... it has to work too... so here's testimony...
My son has very rough textured skin, his hair follicle is like a small bump which dries into a little hard white dried piece of skin at the hair base and it feels a rough. (not only does the white dot look unsightly against his darker skin, it creates rough bumps - which he dislikes immensely)
We have tried body loofah's, scrunchies, and scrubs and left his skin dry, ashy and sore. BUT.. after using Zebra directly on his skin while showering his skin is baby smooth. He is not ashy, itchy, dry or experiencing sensitive skin afterwards. Which leaves him a very happy boy (and me a happy mama!)
This soap is nothing short of magical. The organic Jojoba base, mixed with the activated charcoal, finely ground pumice and intoxicating scent of Egyptian must is the absolute perfect combination and can't be outdone... Or so I thought.
I make Will a scent that I named "Mystique" it's is a spellbinding fragrance. Not too masculine, not too feminine.. It's not a sweet, floral scent by any means, more of a sultry, woody, musky scent. Perfection.
I usually make it with a 100% Castille (extra virgin olive oil) base, but I wanted to offer him some of this indulgence, so I made the Zebra with it. Holy Soap Bubbles, I love the outcome of this one too... and you can see for yourself what a masculine looking bar this is. I didn't add any colorant, the oils I used to scent the bar has a natural darkening effect..
(pictured above: Organic Golden Jojoba, Activated Bamboo Charcoal, Finely Ground Pumice, scented with "Mystique")
(pictured above: Organic Golden Jojoba, Activated Bamboo Charcoal, Finely Ground Pumice, scented with "Egyptian Musk")
The soap bases are the exact same, nothing about them has changed other than the scent. Isn't that cool?
Hope you have a great Tuesday!