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Baby Duck’s Sister Company ~ Canard Labs

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For the last year and a half I’ve been making private label soap loaves for other incredibly busy and super successful soap makers. I must confess… I LOVE making soap. So much so that I started another company just to support other soap makers. This company is called Canard Labs.

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Why would I start a whole separate company and provide private label soap to my colleagues? Like I mentioned earlier, I absolutely love making soap! I found that there is a need for private label artisanal soap. I provide lovely, colorful soap loaves to super busy soap shop owners. All of my loaves are palm free, sold at wholesale prices and made to order. My goal is to appeal to busy soap shop owners, soap makers that need to add fill in loaves or even boutique owners who want their own soap to brand for their shop.

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I have learned that growing Canard Labs is MUCH harder than growing Baby Duck Soap Co. BDSC can be marketed to a much larger variety of people given that it’s an online retail soap shop. Canard is a much more laser focused niche. I’m learning to just take it easy and go with the flow when it comes to Canard. (Why Canard Labs? Canard is French for Duck.)

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I love what I do! Being able to expand my craft slowly into the Private Label arena is pretty darn cool. I have grand aspirations for my little Canard, but for now I’m happy to sit back and watch it grow slowly.
Wanna keep up with Canard Labs?
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CanardLabsSoap
Instagram: @canardlabs

Soap Dungeon Bliss ~ Organized Chaos

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Soap Dungeon Bliss ~ Organized Chaos

I started Baby Duck Soap Co with a colicky 3 month old on my hip in an 1100 sq ft apartment. To witness it blossom and grow within the last 1 1/2 years is just incredible.
I’m writing this post today as a reminder to myself of how far I’ve come in such a small amount of time. I’m always itching to do more, to grow faster but it’s nice to step back and appreciate what I’ve achieved thus far. The best way to fully capture this growth is through pictures of my *almost* 1100 sq ft soap dungeon. That’s right…my entire make space is the size of my whole apartment that I started in. Insanity.
When I walk down the stairs into my happy little soap dungeon, this Make Board greets me.
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I felt very accomplished that day since I was able to cross off three batches.
Next stop in the BDSC Soap Dungeon Tour… My shipping area and office.

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Do you see that small plastic shelving unit? That was purchased one month before I opened my Etsy Shop. My ingredients, equipment, molds and curing soap filled it. I was ecstatic the day I brought it home and filled it with my soap making goodies and creations.
No matter how much Baby Duck Soap grows over the years, that shelf will ALWAYS be with me! ❤️
The we round the corner and encounter most of my ingredients…

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Walking down the hall we run into to main ‘make space’. Can I just tell you that there are MANY benefits of being married to a chef? For example: bringing home old, rusty work tables that are being discarded. (Yeah… Best. Husband. Ever!)
Meet Fernando…my new-to-me stainless steel work table. Resurrected from rust and grime to live another life in the world of bubbles!

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I would’ve tidied up a bit more or shut off The iPad playing an episode of Dr Who, but why not see the space in all it’s glory? 😉
In the corner is a small kitchen area. A new utility sink will be installed tomorrow for soap dishes. (YAY! it’s the little things…)

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You can also see my photo set up for my product shots. I’m currently retaking all of my product pics. I wanted them to be polished, bright and whimsical. Here’s an example of some of my new pics:

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All in all, I’m a VERY lucky gal!! I pinch myself daily just to make sure that I’m not dreaming. All of this is possible because numerous people took a chance on me and purchased my creations. I still get a rush every time a new customer purchases a bar of soap from me. They are the ones who make this dream of mine possible. Stay tuned for even MORE growth in the next year and a half!! ❤️

How It’s Made ~ Black Raspberry Vanilla

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How It’s Made ~ Black Raspberry Vanilla

I love mantra swirls!! They’re so beautiful and classic looking. It bums me out that when you make a traditional mantra swirl in a loaf mold, the very best part is on the top of the soap rather than throughout the entire bar.

With my Black Raspberry Vanilla soap, I decided to try a slab mold mantra swirl. I use Nature’s Garden BRV and it is wonderful! Easy to work with, nice light fruity scent. It appeals to those who don’t particularly like vanilla or raspberry so it’s pretty perfect.

Let’s get into the making of… I brought my five pound batch to a light trace and whisked in my fragrance. I divided my soap between my four colors: Starlight Cabernet Mica, Violet Mica, Titanium Dioxide and Black Mica. The black mica will only be used as an accent color, hence the small amount in the squirt bottle.

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I added my red, white and purple colors in an alternating ‘S’ pattern and left about an inch worth of soap in the bottom of each of my pouring containers. I use four cup plastic pouring containers for reference. Here’s what the soap looks like before the design:

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Now it’s time to tackle the design. Using the left over soap, I alternate lines of color running vertically through the shortest part of my mold. I alternate the red/ white/ purple throughout the mold. The black soap is then squeezed on either side of the white stripe. When I started pouring this design, my trace was very light. I started by spooning on the stripes until my soap soap thickened up a bit. Then I was able to free pour the rest of the soap.

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Mantra Swirling time! I start in the corner and drag my skewer through the first purple-black-white-black-red block of soap using this swirl:

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This would be an example of the ‘block’ of soap that I’m swirling through (please excuse my messy lines):

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Once all of the soap has been swirled, the end result is this:

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As usual, I hold my breath while inserting my dividers because it would truly suck if I screwed up this design…

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The cut bars:

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How It’s Made ~ Water Lily Jasmine

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I have many addictions… Coffee, MICA!, Color of any kind and Swirling Soap. I don’t even care how it’s swirled, it always looks amazing to me. Watching water, lye and oils transform into colored soap…pouring it all into some sort of vessel then swirling away with a skewer… Well, it’s very soothing.

I set out to make a batch of Water Lily Jasmine today. I started off like I normally do but had no idea how I was going to swirl it. The moment the skewer went into the soap, inspiration hit. Spirals!

In November, I played around with a few mica oil spirals on top of my ICE soap.

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I loved the results so I just added the same spiral swirl to this five color soap. Here’s a pictorial tutorial on how I tackled it.

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Color Prep

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Soap was brought to a light trace and the fragrance was whisked in. The soap was then divided into the five separate containers. I will say, Nature’s Garden’s Water Lily and Jasmine FO is wonderful to work with. No acceleration at all!!

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I started adding the colors in one by one in an “S” pattern. Layering the colors on top of each other until I had about 3/4″ of soap left in the bottom of each container.

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I know…trippy right?

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Alternating each of the five colors, I added lines of soap running long ways across my mold.
This is a wonderful base for ANY swirl. From here, you could do anything. Free form your own swirl, execute a linear swirl, add all manner of figure 8’s or curly q’s…whatever you want!

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From there, I added my spiral swirls. Skewer in hand, I started in the top left hand corner and made 4 spirals in each column until I reached the end of the mold. Easy Peasy, Lemon Sqeezey!

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No cut pics yet, unfortunately. I’ll be sure to share them in a later post!
My final thoughts on this swirl:
It’s lovely, but I think that it would be better suited to only two or three colors at most. It tends to get a little busy (or as my amazing husband put it: abstract). I would love to try it again with only two colors next time!