Poll: Spring Fragrances

January 13, 2013

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.)

You can pick multiple soaps! :)

Experiment 2: Creating Circles with the Divider

October 31, 2012

I have to squeal a bit over this soap because it turned out too cute! And exactly how I’d hoped.

For this one I took another tutorial the Bramble Berry had done and added my own little twist to it.  Here’s Bramble Berry’s tutorial: Vertical Sandalwood with a Twist.

I though it would be really cute to try and make a “pumpkin” shape in the vertical mold.   First I made the embeds I’d need: the stem and the leaf (I poured it in a PVC tube and sliced it in half).  Once I had those I then made my soap. I used a blend of vanilla EO, cinnamon EO, and BB’s Pumpkin Spice.  Oh man does this smell good!  I also used goat’s milk in the soap.  I split the batch in two and added orange mica to one and left the other natural.  I figured the vanilla and cinnamon would darken it up and I’d get a good contrast.  I also added a little cinnamon to that half.

Poured them in he mold and then twisted the middle divider to get the circle. From there I embedded the stem and leave.  It’s it just too cute!!!

HINT: So, getting the sides off the soap are a pain.  And with my still injured finger I was having a hard time so I tired something new.  I put my PVC molds in the oven and tried it with this and oh my word the sides practically fell off!  I stuck it in the over for 7-8min at 200.  Try it!

And if you missed the announcement yesterday here it is again!!  Would you like a chance to win a $50 gift card from Bramble Berry? Of course you would (I know that’s a no brainer question!). Well here’s how to do it. All you have to do is enter this code: GIVEMBER50

Any order made during the month of November (that’s just 1 day away!) will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card. Go check out your inventory and see what you need restocking on!

Stay tuned for tomorrow! I’ll be experimenting with embeds!!

Applejack Peel/Apple, Peach, Cinnamon

September 28, 2012


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:

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

Cranberry Fig

August 23, 2012

That year I tried about 20-25 different fall and winter fragrances.  It was my first year I had no idea what would go over well and what wouldn’t.  I learned a lot.  This year I narrowed down my Fall/Winter soaps to thirteen (technically fourteen cause I’m going to add in a pumpkin soap :)).

Here’s a list of what I went with:

  • Peppermint
  • Applejack Peel
  • Fresh Snow
  • Frankincense and Myrrh
  • Holiday Berry
  • Mulberry Spice
  • Christmas Wreath
  • Cedar & Balsam
  • Spiced Cranberry
  • Santa’s Spruce
  • Apples n’ Oak
  • Buttercream & Snickerdoodle
  • Cranberry Fig

There are a couple new ones in this list, but the rest were the most popular ones from last year.  My goal was to just have ten Fall/Winter soaps (but I’m awful at narrowing my choices down ha!).

Anyway, I’ve got them all started.  So over the next couple weeks I’ll take and post pictures of them!  I had to say I have had a lot of fun so far.  I’ve got a great variety of color and design!

The Cranberry Fig is a different design from last year (almost all are different from last year…I can’t say I was overly impressed with my designs from last winter!).

Last years Cranberry Fig:

This year I decided to go with a purple-yellow theme.  I’d been wanting to do that for a while and this FO I knew wouldn’t discolor my soaps. I also thought it’d be fun to embed some tubes.  Here’s what I ended up with:

This was just after I poured it.  Here it is sliced:

My fall/winter soaps will be ready starting at the end of September.  And by then (fingers crossed that all goes as planned) my webpage with be up!!!


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