Applejack Peel/Apple, Peach, Cinnamon

September 28, 2012

*groan*

Yeah this soap just didn’t make me happy this year.  Bramble Berry changed their fragrance from last year and it just wasn’t the same.  I was heart broken!  But I went looking for some other applejacks and found one that was similar to BB’s.  Similar in smell but sooooo much more yellow than BB’s.  It killed my colors.  These swirls are not what I wanted because the yellow of the fragrance really altered them.

So I tried a second batch. This time I did things different knowing how my colors would be affected.  No color in the white.  And I used apple fragrance in the pink and then the gray is applejack.  It worked better, but the design isn’t really doing it for me.

Extremely frustrated at this point I said that’s it.  No more applejack.  Last year I was introduced to Apple, Peach, Cinnamon (which is pretty similar to applejack, but I actually like better).  And it behaves better when it comes to color!  And finally I got a batch I really like!


Holiday Berry

September 25, 2012

I LOVE this soap. The designs and the fragrance.  Of all my winter soaps this is my favorite.  I’m totally getting a bar for myself this year! Last year I didn’t have enough and never got a bar for myself!

I think why I love this is the simple design with the piped berries on top.

This was the second version I tried.

Holiday Berry:


Accidents Happen (and so does stupidity)

September 24, 2012

Sometimes I wonder where my brain goes…

Quite the impressive bandage huh?  That’s the result of six stitches and three hours in the emergency last night.  I can’t tell you how frustrated I am with myself right now.  I was cleaning up from making soap last night.  I ALWAYS unplug my stick blender, remove the bottom, and then start to clean the excess soap out of it.  Last night I picked it up (still plugged in and attached) and started to clean it and my hand went right to the button (as is habit when the stick blender is together) and yup you got it I pressed the button.

I won’t be making any soap for a week or so.  Or writing or doing much of anything that involves my right index finger.  I can’t tell you how mad I am at myself.  I’ve never been quite this stupid before and I still don’t know what I was thinking (or not) last night. SIGH!

PS: Typing without your right index finger is hard!


Christmas Wreath

September 21, 2012

I used to like this scent until I used Cedar & Balsam ha :)  This is a very pine/wreath like scent.  I like how this turned out.  This colors are awesome and just remind me so much of Christmas!


Fresh Snow

September 19, 2012

After Holiday Berry this is my favorite winter scent.  It’s fresh, clean, and just smells soooooo good.  I did two different variations of this.  A modified hanger swirl and embedded snowflakes.

I love the blues and gray and white of this soap.  It just came out so bright and bold and vibrant! Everything I wanted it to be.

The second version I wanted to use the blues and grays from the first batch and then embed white snowflakes.  I did an in the pot swirl.  It worked well but the blues didn’t come out as vibrant.  And that I think is because I ran out of refined hemp seed oil and had to use unrefined and it’s soooooooo green.  I mean REALLY green and the normally light oil mixture was murky and affected the blues a bit.

This was last years “Fresh Snow” – this years is much improved design wise (though I love the color combination from last year), but still the great soap it was last year :D


Soap Fancies: Winter Themes

September 18, 2012

There are three winter themed soaps in this series.  I’ve had some ideas for other designs which I might or might not try but for now I’m really pleased with how the first two turned out.

Winter Berries
Simple and elegant.  I just love these.

Snowman
These were harder to make than I thought they’d be.  Not quite perfect but still cute.  Fresh Snow fragrance = to die for (so clean and fresh smelling!)

Peppermint Candy

This one just didn’t work.  I was trying to make it look like a peppermint candy.  When that didn’t work I tried candy canes, but wasn’t really happy with them.  So I fooled around and just didn’t get anything I liked.  They smell YUMMY though!

That didn’t work so next came the candy canes:

Random…at this point I was frustrated ha!


Soap Fancies: Oscar the Grouch

September 17, 2012

I had planned to leave it at Cookie Monster.  Then my friend goes wouldn’t it be cool to do an Oscar Fancy…and once the idea was in my head that was it.  I had to do an Oscar Fancy.  I like it.  Oscar doesn’t always look grouchy ha!  But it’s still cute and fun!

When I was looking at pictures of Oscar I cam across this one:

I thought it would be really cool to try it.  I sort of did it.  I like the effect, but I realized I should have done the base in gray (so it looked like a garbage can) and just had a little green popping up from it.  Next time.  I only did a few garbage can ones with this batch because I wasn’t sure if it would work.

I tried piping the top of the garbage can on a couple.  Even though it’s not perfect I think I still like it better than the ones where it’s just a disc.


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