I decided to go with Violet Bouquet as one of my Easter soaps. I’ve been asked a fair amount in the past for a violet fragrance. So! Here it is.
Violet Bouquet: Soft and feminine – sweet violet perfectly mingles blended with wild berries and iris.
This is the top.
It’s quite deceiving. The inside is going to be a surprise. Both loaves are going to give me a different design and I have NO IDEA how they’re going to look. I mean I know what I was going for…but we’ll see if I achieved that! Pictures to come after I cut the soap.
I make soaps with both fragrance oils and essential oils. I love fragrance oils. There are just some many fun scents out there that you can only get in a synthetic blend. I also love micas and color! The bolder and brighter and the more I usually fall in love with them! All the fragrance oils I use are of the highest quality and phthalate free and the micas I use are make up grade quality, so I don’t have a problem using them or selling them. I know they’re safe.
However, I also realize that some people want a 100% all natural soap. I have quite the collection of natural colorants and a wide range of essential oils. One of my goals (that I made last year) was to try and expand my offerings in these soaps. Yesterday I experimented with the first two of the new soaps.
Honey, Oats, Vanilla & Cinnamon: I wanted an alternate to my Oatmeal, Milk and Honey soap I make (using a fragrance oil). I used goat’s milk, honey, ground oats, cinnamon and vanilla essential oil (oh my word is that stuff EXPENSIVE! I’ve had this vanilla EO for 3 months now. Bought it back in October when I’d originally planned on making this soap. Took me long enough to get to it huh?). This one smells of oats and vanilla and you catch the honey coming through as an after scent. I think this is going to be an awesome soap!
Rosemary, Lavender & Peppermint: If you need help waking up in the morning this soap will do the job! I created an essential oil blend that I really like. The rosemary is the prominent fragrance, but you can definitely pick out the lavender and peppermint in this too. I experimented with Australian Red Reef clay (isn’t it a gorgeous burgundy color? I love it!). And I also use Australian midnight black clay. Both natural colorants.
Clove Bud & Orange: This one isn’t new but I had to restock on it so took a picture of the new soap to share. If you love spices this soap is for you. It’s a blend of clove bud and orange essential oil and I used cocoa powder to color it.
I’m also thinking ahead to summer fragrances…of course I’m having a hard time narrowing down my options…I just love summer scents too much! Which of these fragrances would you like to see in a soap?
OPTIONS: (Poll below after descriptions)
Tayberry and Teakwood: A very complex fragrance combination of base notes of bamboo and teakwood, with middle notes of tayberries, blackberries, mulberries, cloudberries, and peaches, with subtle hints of red clover and sweetgrass.
Mandarine Lime: a simple, but complimentary arrangement of fresh mandarin oranges to energize your spirit, and fresh lime to improve your mood.
Bummbleberry: An explosion of wild blackberries and strawberries, combined with just the right amount of earthy woods. Begins with top notes of blackberry, apricot, and strawberry; followed by middle notes of sweet pear, lavender, and jasmine; sitting on base notes of earthy woods.
Blackberry Fizz: begins with aldehydic fruity notes of blackberry, strawberry, and pomegranate, citrus middle notes of mandarin, grapefruit, and lime, with a base note of bamboo.
Island Orchard: Sweet, juicy peach with notes of pineapple, banana and exotic orchid.
Mango Tango Twist: Tropical mango and guava are wrapped with green melon and juicy pineapple.
It’s that time where I have to start thinking about what soaps I want to make for the Spring. A couple classics will be coming back this year, but I’m going to make about 3-5 new ones too. The problem is narrowing down my fragrance options! I need your help for this. Which of these fragrances would you like to see in a soap?
OPTIONS: (Poll below after descriptions)
Black Amber and Lavender: Deep and sophisticated this fragrance blends rustic Amber with bold Parisian Lavender. Combined with these main scents is a mysterious Black Myrrh, dulcet vanilla Tonka bean, and a splash of Egyptian Musk. We’ve rounded out the fragrance with a surprising addition of raw Clary Sage resulting in an earthy concoction with hints of sweetness and pleasing floral notes.
Sage & Lemongrass: Tall grasses and soft sage combine to make the perfect out door fragrance.
Bergamot & Mandarin: A sophisticated and sparkling blend of bergamot and mandarin orange.
Green Tea & Cucumber: Garden fresh cucumber blends with natural green tea to create a light and refreshing – therapeutic scent.
Honeysuckle Hollow: Enticing accords of spice rose blanket the warm blossoms of sun-kissed honeysuckle. Sensually sweet jasmine completes this beautiful floral fragrance.
Lemon Verbena Mint: An intoxicating blend of fresh lemon, herbal verbena and spearmint.
Violet Bouquet: Soft and feminine – sweet violet perfectly mingles blended with wild berries and iris. (Will most likely do this one for Easter.)
Right before Christmas my local paper did an article on me and my business. It was so cool to see my name and business in print! With pictures of my soap. I never imagined I’d come this far when I made my first batch of soap. I wasn’t even really into the soap making that first time. I just wanted to understand some of the history of soap making and here I am three plus years later with my own soap making business. It’s weird how life turns out. This was definitely not on my “to do list” in life…but looking back has probably been the best thing to happen to me. I’m still pinching myself some days making sure this really isn’t all a dream!
I am creative. It’s just a part of me. Everyone has strengths. I can’t sing (really! I cannot sing). I’m not a runner (no matter how hard I try). So, while I can’t do somethings I do embrace my creative side. It’s part of the reason that I think I got hooked on soap making. After I understood the basics I soon realized that I could create some pretty amazing soaps.
Every now and then though I sit there and worry what happens if I can’t come up with something new? I think this thought has hit me now because I’m restocking on my standard soaps and I don’t change up those designs. And some of them are “plain” (and I don’t mean that in a bad way…sometimes simplicity can be beautiful). But I look at them and panic. Or I sit down with my pad and pencil to sketch out a design for a new soap and my mind sees nothing but a blank page!
I’ve learned to step back and go browse the hundreds of pictures I’ve saved from other soap makers (who I admire). Or I go to my pinterest board and look through them and usually some idea is sparked. Even so, I still worry. I’m good at worrying. I’m working on four new soaps for winter/valentine’s day and for days I didn’t know what to do with them. Design…color…embeds…my mind was blank. I know though know what I’m doing for all four soaps and I think they’re going to be awesome and look really cool!
I think this will forever be a familiar pattern in my life. Stress and worry and then come up with something cool and go phew I haven’t lost my knack for design! I think this must be requirement for creativity though, because the same thing happens for me when I’m working on my creative writing. And the same thing would happen when I was working in architecture. So, I’m going to try and not worry so much and just sit back and see what 2013 brings this year for designs! And to give myself a little inspiration I decided to post again some of my favorite soaps of 2012 (you know, for a little inspiration!)
I’ve been asked many times if I had “chocolate” cupcakes. And for some reason (I’m not sure why…other than possibly I don’t really like the chocolate scent) I’ve never made chocolate cupcakes. I’ve made just about every other one imaginable, but not chocolate.
With Valentine’s Day coming up I figured now would be as good as time as any to make some. So, I did :)! Chocolate base with vanilla frosting and chocolate sauce drizzle and a little pink and red decoration to top it off. They actually look good enough to eat! Will be ready for purchase on February 1st at http://www.jennifersoap.com
Then I also made so chocolate strawberries. I found this mold discounted 75% off last summer at Pier 1. I’ve never used it. Couldn’t figure out what to do with it and finally an occasion presented itself.
Then I had a little left over soap from these two so I poured the extra into some mini heart molds I had and decorated them. I’d picked up these half size skewer sticks a while back and I thought it’d be cute to put the hearts on a stick. They did crack a bit as I put them on. I know they’ll shrink a bit as they cure so hopefully they’ll still stay intact.