Making Clean Moose Soap
In 2014, my husband and I had a close encounter with a moose. We were hiking in the mountains of Colorado and as we walked, we came upon a park ranger observing a moose, who warned us to be careful of sudden movements or noises. “Cool, a moose!” We enjoyed watching a moose graze 30 yards away. We were close enough for it to be thrilling without feeling threatening. As we turned to head back the way we'd come. Another bull moose crossed the path little more than 10 yards from us. If you know moose, you know that is dangerous territory! We froze, watching the majestic creature that seemed completely unaware of our presence. Luckily, he was more intent on reaching the opposite side than attacking us, but we had to wait over an hour for him to move far enough from the path for us to safely head back to our vehicle. There was a thin row of trees between us, but probably not enough to halt a charging moose! It was an unforgettable moment!
I've always admired these huge creatures and as I brainstormed ideas for new soaps, I thought it would be fun to design a soap around the majestic moose. Since the soap challenge for December is to make a soap that is black and white with one accent color, I decided to use those guidelines in designing my soap. I started by sketching out a few moose soap designs in paint and this is what I came up with:
As you can see, my original design included a thin line of black that was to represent a silhouette of land on the edge of a lake. My thought was to make it look like a moose was walking on the edge of a frozen lake. As you'll see, things don't always go as planned. The first part of making this soap was to make the moose. It took two tries to make soap that was black enough for my moose. I cut out the moose with mini cookie cutters from The Cookie Cutter Shop.
Then I made the white and blue soap to swirl around the moose. I started with a layer of solid white soap and I very carefully placed the moose embeds in a row across the bottom of the mold. Then I did three separate layers of white and blue swirls with the blue gradually becoming darker and darker. Then I topped it off with the black, which I had to plop in, and finally the white. After two stressful hours, I was relieved just to get it all in the mold.
Unfortunately, when I cut the soap, the black line of trees ended up looking like an evil stormcloud, after wasting several moments trying to reimagine how to fix the black line, I decided the best course of action was to just cut it off. So I chopped off the confusing black blob and decided the moose soap would just be smaller than I'd planned. The black blob portions will be shredded and added as confetti to another batch of soap so that nothing is wasted.
The soaps are very lightly scented with a “Shave and a Haircut” fragrance that smells faintly like an old-fashioned barbershop.
Made with one of my most moisturizing recipes, I'm excited about using these little moose soaps! For now, these clean moose soaps will be spending the next six weeks curing and then they'll be available on my website around the end of January.