How a Local Maker Crafts Her Beautiful, Botanical-Filled Soaps
Using organic ingredients and desert botanicals, Phoenix native and soap maker Carolyn Camp keeps Arizonans fresh.
1 In an elemental component of the soap-making process, lye breaks down raw oils into fatty acids and glycerol. Safety goggles are a must when working with this essential but caustic liquid.
2 Essential oils, such as patchouli and orange, add subtle fragrance to the finished product.
3 Camp pours the soap in a liquid state into a homemade silicone mold to set and create blocks. This mold was created using the impression of a bicycle tire, to give the bars unique pattern and texture.
4 A variety of botanicals and minerals are used for color and texture, including madder root, orange peel, creosote (Larrea tridentate) and calendula.
5 Once the blocks have set and have been removed from the mold, they are divided into individual bars with a cutter.
Carolyn Camp, Silver Lining Goods, Phoenix, silverlininggoods.com. practical-art.com; desertcrafted.com