Autumn Wreath

September 26, 2014

I did two small batches of Autumn Wreath and Harvest Moon.  These two soaps are having “trial runs” this year.  I want to see how well they sell and how popular they are when people smell them at markets.

Autumn Wreath: A cheerful, fall, and welcoming fragrance oil by Natures Garden with the spicy warmth of autumn leaves, cinnamon apples, nutmeg and clove.

Design wise this soap didn’t quite come out as I pictured, but I do really like it.  I should have swirled contrasting colors (instead of the yellow/orange), but otherwise I really like this one. It’s now available.  I have a limited number available.

autumnwreathHarvest Moon: Starts with top notes of fresh pear, blueberries, and pineapple; followed by middle notes of juniper berries and eucalyptus; and well rounded with base notes of spruce, woods, Douglass fir, cedar, and white musk. No picture of these.

 


Pumpkin!

September 23, 2014

I have two pumpkin soaps: Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Cheesecake.  I had a small bottle of pumpkin spice and decided to make a small batch.  I LOVE this one. I wanted to do an orange and black soap. I love the colors together.  This one didn’t disappoint.

The Pumpkin Cheesecake on the other hand…SIGH!  I knew the vanilla content was high in this soap and would darken all the colors.  I just didn’t expect it to be as extreme as it was.  There’s very little definition between the elements in this soap.  Just looks like a dark bar.  I was going for a pumpkin embedded in the soap.  It definitely SMELLS amazing.  It was an extremely popular soap last year.  Hopefully people will still love it because it’s scent and forgive it’s rather unappealing look.

Pumpkin Spice

Love how the top came out.  Half is glitter and the other half is a mica swirl.  Such fun!

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Both are available!


Essential Oil Blends: Suggestions?

April 28, 2014

I admit it!  I’m not good at blending essential oils.  Partly because I’m too picky, partly because so many essential oils give me headaches I just avoid them.  What I’m looking for are some suggestions on different essential oil blends.  I’ll create a list of some I use (and love) and then I’d love to hear some of your favorites and I’ll create a list of those here too.  It can be a kind of reference place for everyone.

Side Note: I cannot go near geranium.  I’m extremely allergic to that EO.  It’s not pretty when I’m around it!  Also, I can’t do lemongrass.  Not sure why, but lemongrass and I just don’t get along!

Jennifer’s Blends:

  • Clove Bud & Orange (1/2 ratio)
  • Cinnamon, Clove, Orange, Lemon (1/1/3/2 ratio)
  • Anise & Peppermint (2/1 ratio)
  • Spearmint & Eucalyptus (2/1.5 ration)
  • Orange, Lemon & Pink Grapefruit (1/1/1 ratio)
  • Rosemary, Lavender, & Peppermint (2/1/1 ratio)
  • Tea Tree & Lavender (2/1 ratio)

Yuzu & Grapefruit

March 24, 2014

Fragrance: A bright blend with strong notes of Yuzu, subtle florals and a touch of citron makes this fragrance an all year favorite.

Technique: Embeds

Pictures:

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Beer Soap: Green Irish Tweed

March 5, 2014

Fragrance: Spicy-sweet blend of French verbena and lemon, a green Florentine iris and violet leaves, and sublime notes of Mysore sandalwood and ambergris.

Technique: Beer soap, soap stamp (dusting in mica)

Pictures:

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Every time I’ve made beer soap the soap has gotten really dark, so this time I decided to work with it and do a white stamp on top.  And of course this time it didn’t get any darker than what you see in the picture :P …guess that’s how it works sometimes.

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And despite trying to get the bottle to photograph I couldn’t get my camera to focus :(


Items for Sale

September 17, 2013

OKay…I went through my fragrances and finally sorted through all the ones I want and the ones that I no longer need/want/like the fragrance (ha).  Anyway, listing the items here.  If you’re interested comment on what you want or email me at JenniferSoap@gmail.com (with zip) and I’ll quote you on shipping.

9 Bar Birch Slab Mold  $20 (moderate use, a few inserts are a little warped but still gives pretty even bars) It’s this mold from BB: http://www.brambleberry.com/9-Bar-Unfinished-Birchwood-Mold-P5169.aspx

Mini Grape Molds (2) – $1.00 each

Mini Banana Mold (1) – $1.00

Silicon Strawberry Mold (1) - $5.00 (each strawberry is approx. 1 oz)

Bramble Berry Fragrances

  • White Ginger & Amber 4oz (new 6 months old) – $4
  • Jasmine Dreams 4oz (new 6 months old) – $4
  • Baby Rose 4oz (under a year old) – $2

Natures Garden Fragrances

  • Bamboo & White Grapefruit approx. 4oz (1 month old) – $3
  • Blackberry Fizz approx. 7oz (6 months old) – $5
  • Tahitian Waterfall approx. 7oz (6+ months old) – $5
  • Kringleberry 8oz (NEW) – $7

Sweetcakes Fragrances

  • Cranberry Spice 8oz (approx. 1 year old) – $7

Rustic Escentuals Fragrances

  • Lilac 16oz (brand new- got this cause someone said it moves slow, but I didn’t like its scent compared to my other lilac so just not going to use it.) – $10

Soap Challenge #3: Mica Tops

April 13, 2013

I’ve never done this method before…though I’d been hearing a lot about it and would probably have been tempted to try it sooner or later.  Amy’s challenge just made it sooner!  I tried it on two soaps this week.  I had to make a soap for Bramble Berry’s soap swap.  I already knew what I wanted to do for that soap design and it just happened that it actually worked out perfectly with experimenting with a mica top.

I was just going to use one colors but decided it needed to be two (two match the inside).  I’m glad I went with two! (Who needs to play it safe first attempt???).  Ha, luckily I knew the fragrance I was working with wouldn’t set up too quickly so it all worked out.  Lesson learned: A little bit goes a long way!  I used a bit too much.  The oil does “spread” out as it starts to settled and I ended up losing some of the swirls I had because of it.

Batch 1: Blackberry-Sage Fragrance / Teal-White-Gray Color Scheme

Wet Top:

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Here you can see the oils moving and messing up the nice swirl (too much oil).  I also learned don’t spritz with alcohol.  It also affected the swirl making it kind of shift the oils together.

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Dry Top:

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You can see where the spritzing it with alcohol ruined the swirls…kind of made it all blur together.

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Cut Bars:

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This soap is going to be submitted to Bramble Berry as part of the Soap Swap…but don’t worry!  I made a 10lb batch!  So I’ll have plenty of bars left over. They’ll be listed on my webpage in about 6 weeks time!

Attempt #2

Then I made a pineapple-mango batch…this was supposed to be a kids soap…but the initial embeds I was making were NOT working so I ended up just dumping it into some of my individual rectangular silicon molds.  The color them was black and pink (not exactly “pineapple-mango” colors, but like I said it was supposed to be a kids soap that I ended up turning into a normal batch).  Love the fragrance.  And I love the design/colors even if they don’t make me thing “fruit.”

One thing I learned is that this fragrance ACCELERATES! (It’s why I had to abandoned the first project).  I set aside a small amount that I didn’t add any fragrance to so I could pour it on top and still do a nice mica swirl.  Thank goodness I did!  It’d have never worked otherwise.  It was was too thick.  I had some left over and I poured it into a smaller 2lb batch. I tried the mica swirl just to see and it didn’t work!

Batch 2: Pineapple-Mango Fragrance / Pink-Black-White Color Theme

Wet Top:

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Dry Top:

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This is what happens when you try it on soap that’s super thick…not really very pretty!  These bars will be going to family member anyway as they’re less than perfect.  The main batch came out lovely though so I’m happy.

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Here’s one cut with the top.

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Cut Bars:

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Okay…that’s enough pictures.  I just couldn’t narrow down my choices this week!  I really like this technique.  You can fancy up a soap pretty easily!  You’ll be seeing more of it in the future from me!


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