Cocktails by the Pool

July 22, 2016

Oh my word! This soap was a PAIN to make.  But you all know me.  Once I get an idea in my head I pretty much can’t let it go until I try it.

Cocktails by the Pool: Top Notes: Sparkling Lemon, Honeydew, Pear. Middle Notes: Vibrant Orange, Pineapple, Nectarine. Base Notes: Lily of the Valley, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vanilla.

Here’s the pretty soap!

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Here’s all the behind the scenes it took to make this soap!  It’s safe to say that this is a one time design and you’ll likely never see it again (but then again now that the mold is made…)

First, I had to make a silicon mat imprint of the sea creatures/shells.  This was not an easy process and what I ended up with was far from perfect.

I made MP piece of the shapes.
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Then I had to get them to stay attached to the bottom of freezer paper so I could pour a flexible silicon over them to create a reversed mat imprint.

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As you can see some of the silicon seeped under the MP piece (even though I did tape them down).  They were a pain to get out (and that’s putting it nicely).

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When it was all said and done I had an imprint mat, but it wasn’t clean or perfect.

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Second, I then had to pour CP soap into the mold.  Once that harden up I made a new batch of soap the next day and made my loaf (in this case a tiger swirl).

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Then I also make MP pieces to place on top of the mold so I’d have sea shapes on the top and bottom.

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Here’s the soap once I unmolded.  Imprints on both the top and the bottom.  The CP imprints aren’t perfect, but overall I think it’s cute enough.

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Way too much work!  That’s all I can say about this soap!


Poison Crocus

July 17, 2016

I REALLY like this fragrance!  I know, I know! I never say that about floral scents (which I typically shy away from).  This scent isn’t overpowering and doesn’t have a typical flowery smell to me.

I love the colors in this soap.  It was exactly what I was going for…an elegant and subtle color combination!

Poison Crocus: Bright citrus notes of Bergamot, and Sweet Orange Oil lead this deceptively delicate fragrance with mid notes of Iris, White Rose and Mediterranean Fig. A soft powdery finish of Woods, Musk and Vetiver finish this intriguing floral blend. Top: Bergamot, Lemon, Orange, Lime. Mid: Iris, Rose, Mission Fig. Base: Sandalwood, Musk, Vetiver.

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Jamaica Me Crazy

July 13, 2016

This too was a happy accident!  I found the palm tree when I found the shells and it turned this two color (gradient) soap into something so much more!

Jamaica Me Crazy: begins with top notes of mandarin, Mexican lime, tangerine, and kumquat;  middle and base notes of watermelon, tart green apples, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon.

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Inspirational Friday

July 8, 2016

Raise your hand if you’ve ever made excuses? *me waving mine*  I don’t always make excuses and they’re generally minor, but there are times where I put off doing something I SHOULD do because the end result could lead me to something bigger and better.  In fact I can tell you I’ve been putting off something for a few months now because I know the work it will take to do, but I also know the results could be well worth it.  This is my “kick in the butt” to stop putting it off and go do it!

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Ocean Breeze

July 5, 2016

I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS SOAP!  Yup, so much so that that first sentence required all caps to write.  I had this vision for a beach scene soap.  While I was looking for a stamp for a different summer soap design I came across the shell and starfish and I knew that they were the “extra” step that would make my beach scene go from good to amazing!

Ocean Breeze: A fruity floral blend of peach, watermelon, neroli and jasmine on a dry down of aquatic notes and musk.

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Weekend in Maui

June 28, 2016

I couldn’t find the right size stamps I wanted for this soap. I had this really cool idea that just never happened.   This soap is pretty…but it just lacks a wow factor for me.

Weekend in Maui: Top Notes: Valencia Orange, Italian Mandarin, Cassis, Anjou Pear. Middle Notes: Star Jasmine, Plum Blossoms, Vanilla Orchid. Base Notes: Sandalwood, Golden Amber, Musk, Palm Woods

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Sweet Orange & Chili Pepper

June 21, 2016

This soap didn’t turn out how I expected (wanted).  When I read about the fragrance it said it accelerated trace slightly so I thought it’d be a great one to do layers on.  Well let me tell you…there was NO trace acceleration whatsoever for me! (Why you should always test fragrances yourself for how they react…I know this!)  Anyway my patience lost out on this soap and I did not get straight layers like I wanted.

Sweet Orange Chili Pepper: is the sassy, saucy combination of Valencia Orange, Sparkling Bergamot, Tangerine Zest, Tart Cassis, Orange Juice, Neroli, Ground Pepper, Fiery Chili Pepper, and Sheer Musk.

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My photography skills are okay at best.  My photoshop skills on the other hand are pretty good.  I’ve lots to learn that’s for sure, but I’ve learned a lot of tips and tricks for editing photos.  Take a look at this “before” (what I got on my camera) and “after” (what I photoshopped).

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I couldn’t get the blue to go away on my camera and since the soap colors where coming out true to the soap I decided not to mess with the background and just photoshop it, since it’s easier to fix that that to get the soap colors to be true to reality.

 


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