Have you seen the beautiful cold processed soaps that soapers are creating?
In various places on the internet, you’ll see beautiful multi-color swirls, swirl designs with their own names, peaked tops, cupcake soaps, and soaps that look like cake–and that’s just the beginning, swirls, twirls and whirls abound. I am impressed daily by what my fellow soapmakers are capable of, most of them better than what I am able to do. I feel that I make a good quality soap, but not one as gorgeous and imaginative as what I see from some of my colleagues. It’s truly enjoyable to gaze in wonder and delight at their creations.
It makes me wonder, however, is a plain jane bar of soap acceptable anymore? Will a bar of one color, no swirls, no peaks and no design be received with as much joy as the bar that bowls you over with its intricacy? Might the soaper who makes that plain bar be seen as a lesser soapmaker than her fancier counterpart? I wonder if the bar has been raised or is in the process thereof (yes, pun intended) to require a soap not only to be well made, but gorgeous, too.
So far, the soapmakers I’ve seen have been very supportive of each other’s work and it makes me pleased to be in the company of such individuals. I have seen men and women who cheer each other on and who freely pass along hints and favorite suppliers. I hope that continues and that it is widespread, not just where I hang out. I do wonder, however, where soapmaking is taking us as an industry and whether this will separate the novice from the professional and whether the customer will eventually demand artistic soap.
What is your opinion on the matter? What do you make?
Until next time, may your days be filled with bubbles and wax.