SMF October 2018 Challenge - Travel Soap!

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This months challenge is ... Travel Soap!

How many times have you gone on holidays and wanted to take your own soap with you? Or walked into a public restroom, to be faced with an empty liquid soap container, or a bar that you probably don't want to be touching ... or nothing at all (just water from the tap) to clean your hands with?

What if you had a single (or limited) use soap with you? What would it look like? Would it be a simple pile of cubes, or a thin wafer cut from your usual soap, or something adventurous?

This challenge is about designing a Travel Soap.

Rules for this month's challenge

1. Any soap can be used
(Cold Process, Melt & Pour, Rebatch, KOH soap paste ... whatever you like!).

2. Any method can be used to make your travel soaps
(soap dough, soap shavings, rebatch, molding ... any method at all!).

3. Any extra ingredients and containers can be utilized to make your travel soaps
(did you know nougat paper makes great dissolving paper for soap petals?)

Whatever you imagine Travel Soap could be, that's what this challenge is about!

All that is required is that it is a soap you can carry with you and use when there is none.

(The only soap that is not allowed is a bar soap that you need to put away wet - that is just not what we want in a handy travel soap :))

Now for the usual rules ...

General Rules:

1. The only members eligible to vote are those with their names on the sign up list - regardless of whether or not you have submitted an entry.

2. This month’s voting will be password locked. Passwords will be PM'ed to registered participants ONLY. So please check your PMs when the voting begins.

3. No posting your entry photos until the entry thread is made. Non entry photos are very welcome!

4. You are allowed to change your entry photo up until the entry thread closes. So if you decide after you post your entry you want another try, and you like the second better, you can change it up until the deadline.

SMF Challenge General Rules:

1. To enter you must have a minimum of 50 posts and have been a member for a month
(sorry, but no exceptions to this)

2. Please add your name to the sign up list if you wish to participate
(you don’t have to enter a soap at the end if you don’t feel happy with what you have produced)

3. The challenge thread should be used to upload pictures of any of your challenge attempts and to ask for advice and discuss the technique with other members.

4. Constructive criticism is welcomed, but please try to keep your comments polite.

5. Competition entries must be uploaded to the separate entry thread before the closing date.

6. After the closing date, the winning entry will be chosen using Survey Monkey.
The winner will be announced October 3oth, 2018. There is no prize attached to this challenge.

7. If you fail to make the challenge deadline, you are still welcome to upload your soap onto the thread, but your entry will not be eligible for voting. We still love to see anything you have produced.

8. Even though there is no prize, this is still a competition. If your entry is deemed not to fulfill the general rules or the rules specific to the challenge in any way, then you will be given the opportunity to amend your entry. If this is not possible then your entry will not be included in the voting.

9. All the challenge mods reserve the right to have the final say on whether a soap is eligible for voting.

Challenge Timeline:
  • The Challenge thread is open! Add your name to the list to join in and discuss the Challenge.
  • October 21st: Entry thread opens.
  • October 28th: Entry thread closes at 11:59 pm GMT.
  • October 29th: Survey Monkey password will be sent to all entrants to cast their votes.
  • October 30th: The winners will be announced in the Entry thread!

I hope you join in and make a few Travel Soaps! Thanks for participating and please sign up using the sign up sheet below. :)
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Last summer I decided my ultimate soaping goal was to make a good travel soap, so I guess I can't ignore this challenge!:D

1. Primrose - oooooh love this idea!
2. szaza - hope this will bring me one step closer:)
 

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1. Primrose - oooooh love this idea!
2. szaza - hope this will bring me one step closer:)
3. msunnerstood - My First One
 

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1. Primrose - oooooh love this idea!
2. szaza - hope this will bring me one step closer:)
3. msunnerstood - My First One
4. Alzie - I'm in! May the hospitality gods lead our way
 

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1. Primrose - oooooh love this idea!
2. szaza - hope this will bring me one step closer:)
3. msunnerstood - My First One
4. Alzie - I'm in! May the hospitality gods lead our way
5. jcandleattic - I will tentatively sign up in the hopes I will actually be able to get organized enough to participate in this one.
 

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1. Primrose - oooooh love this idea!
2. szaza - hope this will bring me one step closer:)
3. msunnerstood - My First One
4. Alzie - I'm in! May the hospitality gods lead our way
5. jcandleattic - I will tentatively sign up in the hopes I will actually be able to get organized enough to participate in this one.
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1. Primrose - oooooh love this idea!
2. szaza - hope this will bring me one step closer:)
3. msunnerstood - My First One
4. Alzie - I'm in! May the hospitality gods lead our way
5. jcandleattic - I will tentatively sign up in the hopes I will actually be able to get organized enough to participate in this one.
6. KimT2au
7. dibbles - no ideas - need coffee
 

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1. Primrose - oooooh love this idea!
2. szaza - hope this will bring me one step closer:)
3. msunnerstood - My First One
4. Alzie - I'm in! May the hospitality gods lead our way
5. jcandleattic - I will tentatively sign up in the hopes I will actually be able to get organized enough to participate in this one.
6. KimT2au
7. dibbles - no ideas - need coffee
8. mommycarlson - litterally saying "huh?" this should be interesting....
 

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Yesterday I was brainstorming and when I read about soap petals I had this amazing idea of sculpting a flower with soap dough and when you need soap you just pick one petal for single use. As I was patting myself on the back for being so creative (though I have no idea if I would actually be able to pull it off) I found out somebody is already selling exactly that :p and apparently it's a bit of a waste of soap as you're left with quite a lot of the petal after a single use which most people generally end up throwing away.. Back to the drawing board! I've always traveled with a big block of soap that I tried to dry as much as possible between use and travelling because I didn't like the idea of throwing away bits of "single" use soaps, but there should be a better option!
 

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ditto...
Plus I don't have a Purse or anything. I just put my Lic and CC in my back pocket.
Would look funny to have soap in there too....... and what if I forgot it and it went into the wash :D
 

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1. Primrose - oooooh love this idea!
2. szaza - hope this will bring me one step closer:)
3. msunnerstood - My First One
4. Alzie - I'm in! May the hospitality gods lead our way
5. jcandleattic - I will tentatively sign up in the hopes I will actually be able to get organized enough to participate in this one.
6. KimT2au
7. dibbles - no ideas - need coffee
8. mommycarlson - litterally saying "huh?" this should be interesting....
9. penelopejane - I love to travel & love soap - what could go wrong?
 
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1. Primrose - oooooh love this idea!
2. szaza - hope this will bring me one step closer:)
3. msunnerstood - My First One
4. Alzie - I'm in! May the hospitality gods lead our way
5. jcandleattic - I will tentatively sign up in the hopes I will actually be able to get organized enough to participate in this one.
6. KimT2au
7. dibbles - no ideas - need coffee
8. mommycarlson - litterally saying "huh?" this should be interesting....
9. penelopejane - I love to travel & love soap - what could go wrong?
10. SunRiseArts - I already know what I am going to do!
 

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1. Primrose - oooooh love this idea!
2. szaza - hope this will bring me one step closer:)
3. msunnerstood - My First One
4. Alzie - I'm in! May the hospitality gods lead our way
5. jcandleattic - I will tentatively sign up in the hopes I will actually be able to get organized enough to participate in this one.
6. KimT2au
7. dibbles - no ideas - need coffee
8. mommycarlson - litterally saying "huh?" this should be interesting....
9. penelopejane - I love to travel & love soap - what could go wrong?
10. SunRiseArts - I already know what I am going to do!
11. Cellador- I have something I've been wanting to try...
 

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I’m a new member so not eligible to participate in challenges yet. However, I wanted to share an idea to the group. Maybe someone will be willing to give it a try. Use cp method and tiny hard candy mold. Then store in a mentos tin or tic tac container for easy dispensing. Any takers?!?!
Thank you for the idea Samantha (and welcome aboard!).

While you can't post to the challenges entry thread quite yet, this thread is where we chat about idea's ...

Photo's of soap are ALWAYS welcome, so feel free to make your soaps and show them off here! :D
 

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I’m a new member so not eligible to participate in challenges yet. However, I wanted to share an idea to the group. Maybe someone will be willing to give it a try. Use cp method and tiny hard candy mold. Then store in a mentos tin or tic tac container for easy dispensing. Any takers?!?!
Hmm s(oap)kittles? Sounds like a fun Idea! Oh now I want to make a soapy KitKat cake! Those have always intrigued me.. (sorry off topic)
I actually had a similar idea of putting soap pills/tablets in a blister pack, so you could take one out with wet hands without ruining the others, but didn't like the amount of waste it would produce.. A tictac dispenser would probably work really well though! let us know if you decide to try it out:thumbs:
 

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1. Primrose - oooooh love this idea!
2. szaza - hope this will bring me one step closer:)
3. msunnerstood - My First One
4. Alzie - I'm in! May the hospitality gods lead our way
5. jcandleattic - I will tentatively sign up in the hopes I will actually be able to get organized enough to participate in this one.
6. KimT2au
7. dibbles - no ideas - need coffee
8. mommycarlson - litterally saying "huh?" this should be interesting....
9. penelopejane - I love to travel & love soap - what could go wrong?
10. SunRiseArts - I already know what I am going to do!
11. Cellador- I have something I've been wanting to try...
12. LiLiSoapz-This would be great for my student bathroom. Woohoo!
 
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