As we are on the cusp…The cusp! I tell ya…of the warmth of summer, so I’d like to introduce you to a very limited edition soap I made earlier this year.
Beach Bum is a meticulously hand crafted soap that will blow your flip flops clean off your feets.
Several years ago I got this really nifty flip-flop ice cube mold (which is easily doubles as a soap mold) but hadn’t really used it much. I recently rediscovered it and decided that it was just too darling not to put into use. Particularly as we were still in the throes of winter and I was dreaming of warm sun and the beach.
The flip-flops are several different layers of a purchased soap base. I laid down the yellow flower center first, let it harden. Put down the pink colored flower, let that harden. Then it was the gray layer for the flip flop straps and let that harden. Lastly the green for the flip flop base. Now mind you….I only two sets of molds. Each mold had 6 pairs of flip flops for a total of 12 pairs. I needed 18 pairs. So this painstaking process was repeated twice.
Then I made one of my regular soap batches and fragranced it. After I set some aside a small amount for later, I added in a little ground up oatmeal to the rest of the batch for texture and to have the appearance of sand. I poured it in the mold but then tilted the mold a teeny bit to get it to look like the surf has wore down the shore a little.
My next step was to color the remaining soap batter with two shades of blue. Soap can start to firm up after a while so I needed to start hustling along to get this all done before the soap was too hard to manipulate. I inserted the batch dividers and started to layer in the blue "water" soap. Swirling and twirling as I placed it. That's why you can see more texture in the "water" part of the soap. It was starting to set!
Lastly, I had to gently lay down the flip flops and position them just so, giving them a little push to embed them properly once I found the right location. Whew. Done. For now...I just needed to cure it up for six weeks and then it'll be ready to go.
These are going to be a web site exclusive. If you want to bar or two you will have to order it off the website. These will NOT be available at any of the fine retailers I work with or brought to any shows.
I believe these soaps will go quick so don't wait. If you want a bar or two, nab them up right away.