October 10, 2013
Okay, and here are the last of the winter soaps:
Apple Peach & Cinnamon: Went with a polka dot theme (sort of).
Fresh Snow: Always an extremely popular one.
Holiday Berry: My personal favorite.
Frankincense & Myrrh: The colors turned out even better than last year. Really love the stars and contrasting blues and grays.
October 7, 2013
This year I went with Santa’s Spruce and Cedar & Balsam. Both soaps I made last year and went over really really well! I changed up the design for the Santa’s Spruce this year.
Cedar & Balsam
Both are now available at http://www.jennifersoap.com!
October 5, 2013
Sometimes I see something that inspires me and I sit and make it and it comes out great. The peppermint bark soap was one of those instances! I made a CP version and a MP version. I’m happy with both.
Cold Process (Now Available)
Glycerin Soap (Now Available)
August 22, 2013
Sometimes I feel that soap making can be like watching the clouds. I used to always try and find shapes and animals and other objects in the swirl of the clouds. This latest batch of Fresh Snow soap I felt like a kid again finding animals in every slice of soap!
Bat/Bird (depending on how I look at this one I see multiple animals):
Pumba (Remember Pumba from the Lion King? I swear I see him in this soap!):
Dragon (This one is my favorite!):
There you have it animals in soap! Do you see them too?
August 15, 2013
So this month’s attempt turned out much better than last months…but it still had it’s problems. Mainly me not thinking :-P. I wanted to swirl blue and yellow…the problem with that was when you mix blue and yellow you get green! So the color theme didn’t quite end up how I wanted. That said I still think it’s a pretty neat looking soap.
I also tried a modified version of the challenge. I embedded a heart on the bottom and then poured a swirled soap into that (and didn’t do a top layer). I really liked that soap.
Two new soaps! It was fun and I’ll use this technique again for sure!
July 2, 2013
I’m going to have a few new soaps to offer in July. These will be my summer soaps (and replace the rapidly depleting spring specialty soaps).
Summer Limited Edition
Coconut (The design is plan–the fragrance oil darken the soap up too much for me to do the stamp I wanted to on it. While they’re a little plain the smell delicious!)
Red Currant & Thyme
Yuzu (This was a small 8 bar batch and two are taken so I’ll just have 6 of these available and will probably only be placed out at my markets.)
Look for these soaps to be available by mid July!
June 27, 2013
Continuation from yesterday! I did two other soaps for West Point. One was a take on my (what’s turned out to be really popular) Embedded Heart Soaps. The other was a simple and clean soap with a mica top that I then stamped “Army Themed” stamps into. I have to say I love these, especially the “Go Army, Beat Navy!”
Embedded Heart West Point Themed Soap:
Stamped West Point Themed Soaps: So these didn’t work out. The fragrance I used (coconut shavings) darkened this soap way too much. I ended up stamping them with my logo, but the rubber stamps dipped in mica just weren’t looking good on this one.
I had to restock my Cedar & Saffron. I’ve done the same technique/colors with this soap for a while. This time I changed up a color though and man when I cut it it made me think Army Camouflage
And there you have it, my Army themed soaps. I really like them. I’m hoping West Point does too. Because this Army Brat would be tickled pink to have her soaps featured in their gift shop!
June 26, 2013
Most of you probably don’t know I’m an Army Brat. I grew up moving from place to place (13 moves in 18 years!). I loved it. I didn’t know any other way of life then (I had my first move at 7 weeks old! And overseas to boot.) but looking back now I wouldn’t change a thing. I spent ten years of my first eighteen living in Europe. I learned how to be independent and I learned how to speak a foreign language (pretty fluently, because I attended a French high school for three years).
I am, through and through, an Army Brat and proud of it. My grandfather was in the Army, my brother is, and my Dad spent 22 years in the Army before retiring to a civilian job. My dad went to West Point. Every year (since my family settled in MA) we’ve gotten together with family and gone to a Army Football game for a day of tailgating, football, and lots of fun.
Last year I when I was in one of the small gift shops at West Point I asked the shop if they did wholesale and might be interested in selling my soaps. They said they would definitely consider it. We’re heading back to West Point in September for our yearly football game and I’m going armed with Army/West Point themed soaps to show them this time (and my wholesale agreement/pricing). I’m super excited about these soaps. I came up with five different designs. Most are the West Point Gold-Black and Gray color theme. With a red-white and blue themed soap as well as the U.S. Army logo.
Army Logo Soap:
This is the Army Logo:
All in all I think “Army” minded people will see the resemblance in the soap to the logo.
Red-White-Blue Flag Soap:
Classy West Point Color Themed Soap:
June 23, 2013
These were (once again) inspired by real food. I saw these cupcakes/pies:
(From Cupcakes Garden)
After going man those look good and making me crave some cherries my next thought was those would be really cute as soaps. I already had my pie soaps that I’d created last year. I figured I could do the same concept/technique, but just in individual cupcake holders.
I decided to make some Cherry Pies and Blueberry Pies. I swirled the base (either pink-white or blue-white). Then I embedded cherries or blueberries on top. From there I piped the lattice and there you go!
I really like how they came out. I made a small batch (just seven of each). Not sure how they’ll go over at the market, but figured I’d try these and if they go over well then next year I can make more.