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I really don't like soaps with 'stuff' in them or on them too much. But I do love the look of poppy seeds. I've been on a quest for a floral I like that will behave, and got a 2 ounce bottle of Nurture's Butterfly Flower. I liked it (it's soft and not too perfumy), so thought I'd give it a try. I also wanted to try something with poppy seeds, and after reading about grinding them so they wouldn't be too scratchy, that's what I did. This FO does accelerate, too much for what I wanted to do, but would be very workable for a hanger or spoon swirl, or probably an in the pot swirl if you have everything ready to move quickly. I persevered with my original plan and the batter was like stiff buttercream by the time I got to doing the top. No way was I going to be able to add green mica swirls and my flowers are pretty shapeless and lumpy-bumpy. But I think they are kind of cute - I do like abstract art. (long post -- sorry)

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Those are really lovely. You did an awesome job. Like the colors too.
 

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Thank you. Not what I envisioned, but I'm pretty used to that. I will try the poppies again at some point, but not with a floral :)
 

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I love the poppy flowers on top with the delicate hanger inside. I agree, I think the poppy seeds really add something to that design.
 

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I have had a few batches that I was certain would look like mud before I cut them. Isn't it neat when the Soap Goddess proves us wrong? :) It's cool how the flowers on top mirror the flowers that appeared inside -- very nice! I'm with you that I don't care for a lot of things on or in my soaps, but I could get to like the speckled look of the ground poppy seeds.
 

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Thank you. Not what I envisioned, but I'm pretty used to that. I will try the poppies again at some point, but not with a floral :)

Dibbles if you are looking for an even speckled look you might want to try scraped out vanilla bean pods (1 bean ppo) or vanilla bean paste (1 tsp ppo). I have photos but have to wait for a new computer to arrive before I can access my hard drive backup.
 

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Dibbles if you are looking for an even speckled look you might want to try scraped out vanilla bean pods (1 bean ppo) or vanilla bean paste (1 tsp ppo). I have photos but have to wait for a new computer to arrive before I can access my hard drive backup.
I'll have to look for that - thanks!
 

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I think they are lovely, especially for all the road blocks you encountered. I sure know the feeling off accelerated trace and having to move fast. I love the coral color. Is that a pigment and where did you buy it?
 

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I think they are lovely, especially for all the road blocks you encountered. I sure know the feeling off accelerated trace and having to move fast. I love the coral color. Is that a pigment and where did you buy it?
I've been travelling for a week, so I just saw your question. The color you were wondering about was primarily Mango Tango mica from Nurture Soap Supplies, mixed with a small amount of neon orange. It isn't truly coral, but I think a bit of pink mica would get it there quite easily.
 

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I just used this soap for the first time today, and thought I'd give an update. I love this Butterfly Flower fragrance. After cure it is a soft, green, fresh floral. It's a bit light, but for me that's ok since florals can quickly overwhelm me. I hope it sticks as time goes by. I'll use it again, even in this design, but just will leave it out of the colored portion.

As for the poppy seeds, I ground them fairly fine and don't find them to be too scratchy. I can feel them but they don't bother me. I don't have super sensitive skin, but I can say that coffee grounds did feel scratchy to me as a comparison. I sprinkled a few whole poppy seeds on the top, and as I thought, they completely annoyed me. At least there weren't many and I got them all off easily.

I mostly just wanted to let anyone wondering about the ground poppy seeds what I thought.
 

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I was out of town when you first posted so I missed it. That's absolutely lovely soap! I'm glad you popped in to give feedback on the ground poppy seeds or I would have missed your beautiful work. I'm going to have to give poppy seeds another round. Haven't used them in about a year so I guess it's time. Maybe I'll put them in the spice grinder since yours came out lovely and you like the way they feel. Great work dibbles!:)
 

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Dibbles if you are looking for an even speckled look you might want to try scraped out vanilla bean pods (1 bean ppo) or vanilla bean paste (1 tsp ppo). I have photos but have to wait for a new computer to arrive before I can access my hard drive backup.
:mrgreen: You did that? And didn't get brown halos around the specks??? I am so jealous!Can't wait to see photos! (I had no such luck with mine...used vanilla seeds from Penzey's)
 

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:mrgreen: You did that? And didn't get brown halos around the specks??? I am so jealous!Can't wait to see photos! (I had no such luck with mine...used vanilla seeds from Penzey's)
Yes I do it all the time. I have scraped out real vanilla pods but now use vanilla bean paste. I'll post a photo of the jar tomorrow. I will also try my utmost to take a good photo of one of my soaps so you can see the spots :) sorry I didn't follow up before. I forgot.
 

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Yes I do it all the time. I have scraped out real vanilla pods but now use vanilla bean paste. I'll post a photo of the jar tomorrow. I will also try my utmost to take a good photo of one of my soaps so you can see the spots :) sorry I didn't follow up before. I forgot.

You use paste and it works? Prove it! :):):)

Since you've had luck with it, I'm going to try again. I love the look poppy seeds can add to a soap, but don't like any scrubbiness. I'm excited to know the vanilla can work. Do you suppose gel or ungelled makes a difference?

I still have a bar of the vanilla/sandalwood around here - hiding in the corner of shame. Think I'll cut it up and take a look at the vanilla specked part again...
 

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It was raining today's and I need sun to take photos. So I uploaded this old photo.
I used 1 scraped out vanilla pods ppo. You get a few hunks of the pod - hence the bigger dots. It's one of my first soaps so it is pretty crappy to look at. :) I will photograph the pasted I use.

I gel soap in oven at 100 *F then turn it off. Why would that make a difference?ImageUploadedByTapatalk1460288077.852543.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1460288099.286574.jpg
 

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