Inspirational Friday

April 20, 2018

The hole will only get deeper.  How do you get yourself out?  That’s what sets you apart.  Realize you’re in a hole and figure out how to get yourself out without digging yourself in any deeper!


Field of Flowers (aka Peony)

April 16, 2018

Most people see this soap and love the design.  It is NOT what I was going for. The flowers are just a complete disaster.  They were not what I was going for, but it’s what I had to settle for as it’s all I could actually manage to save the top.  Win some, lose some!

Peony is a romantic, powdery, floral. By far one the finest florals we have ever smelled.


April 13, 2018

I’d recently seen a number of soaps with colored salt on the top of the bars and I loved (like REALLY loved) the effect. That’s what inspired this soap.  I’ll definitely use the salt top more in future designs. It’s a simple effect but so pretty!

This fragrance is a floral blend of gardenia and jasmine with a strong orange flavor bottom note.

Agave Lime

April 10, 2018

Yum!  I’m a citrus girl.  So, I am naturally pulled toward these scents, but this one is definitely finding a home in my shower!  I love the design of this one.  It too was nothing like what I had planned, but I realized as I was making it I was gonna have to kind of go by the seat of my pants as the fragrance started to thicken my soap.  Thick soap usually makes for decent hanger swirls and so I gave it a shot and it paid off.

The fragrance is a shimmering citrus blend of high concentrations of the following essential oils:  lime, lemon, and orange creates an effervescent top note for this exotic scent, while accents of liquid ozone add a refreshing highlight.  Tropical floral notes and exotic agave greens balance at the heart of the fragrance.  Clear musk and rich sandalwood form a soft background for this highly textured scent.

Top Notes:  lime, lemon, orange, ozone
Mid Notes:  agave greens, hibiscus, plumeria
Base Notes:  musk, sandalwood

Asian Pear & Lily

April 7, 2018

A complex floral scented soap.  This soap’s design totally didn’t go as planned. No one will be able to know it, I know, but every time I look at it I just shake my head and go totally nothing like what I planned! Ha!

This fragrance is a beautiful, complex accord containing top notes of Nashi Pear, Apple, and Leafy Greenery; followed by middle notes of Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, and Rose Petals; all sitting on base notes of Pear Nectar, Musk, and Peony Blossoms.

Top Notes:  Nashi pear, apple, leafy greenery
Mid Notes:  jasmine, lily of the valley, rose petals
Base Notes:  pear nectar, musk, peony blossoms

Anjou Pear Blossom

April 3, 2018

I love this one. It’s pear, but so much more, and just a lovely scent!

The fragrance is a sophisticated blend of bergamot, pear nectar and ripe, orchard apples; enhanced by heady garden florals of jasmine, lily, rose, pear blossoms, and gardenia, intertwined with precious woods and vanilla.

Top Notes:  bergamot, pear, apple
Mid Notes:  jasmine, lily, rose, pear blossoms, gardenia
Base Notes:  woods, vanilla

March 12 in 12

March 31, 2018

And just like that we’re three months in to 2018.  While I can’t say I’m sad about that (I’m sooooo ready for warm weather), I’m still a little amazed at how time seems to just fly by!  March has been a busy month–busier than I expected–not a bad thing!  Here’s a little peak into what transpired the past 31 days!

March 2, 2018: New Webpage

It’s getting closer to actually being a reality!  This is a sketch I did which the new homepage should somewhat resemble when it’s done.  I’m super excited about this update. It’s a major overhaul and a lot of work, but my webpage needed it!

March 3, 2018: Testing Bubble Bath Recipes

I finally got into the lab and experimented on a dozen different recipes I’d created. I got to play with some new ingredients and try some new techniques!  It was fun!  And I have a new class now, with fun new products for student to make!

March 5, 2018: Packaging To Soon!

Here’s what happens when you seal bath bombs in a bag too soon after making them ;).  Ahh science!

March 6, 2018: SoapMaker3 

I continue to finish setting up SM3.  All my recipes are imputed and the final stage is getting my current inventory in there and then I’ll be ready to roll.  Oh the work! I’m not going to tell you how many hours I spent on this.  At least it’s almost all set up and from this point it should be easier to deal with.

March 7, 2018: New Scale

Isn’t she a beauty! I have quite the collection of scales.  From one that measures max 100 grams to this new baby. She can weigh over 20lbs so I can now move up my recipe size.  I’m super excited to be able to scale up my recipes.  It will be so handy come busy season!

March 8, 2018: Coconut Oil

Ahhh, restocking.  I should be all good with coconut oil for at least a few months ;).

March 10, 2018: Body Butter

My body butter is always a popular item in the winter.  I’ve had to make quite a number of batches this winter.  New England has brought us plenty of cold (VERY COLD) dry weather.  Doesn’t it look good enough to eat???

March 12, 2018: Dryer Balls

Oh my word!  These are the most tedious item I make and the most time consuming. I love them and customers love them so I’ll keep making them.  I made 14 lbs worth this go around.  It took a couple weeks (through their various stages) to get them all done, but they’re done and I should be good for the next six months or so!

March 14, 2018: Summer Fragrances

One night huddled under blankets on my couch I started day dreaming about summer and then thinking about scents I would do in my summer line and before I knew it I had my summer scents picked out and designs done!  This is not normal.  I don’t normally even start to figure out what I’m going to be doing for the summer until April, but when inspiration hits I go with it.

March 15, 2018: Spring Soaps

And now that I figured out my summer line it was time to package my spring soaps!

March 16, 2018: Custom Favors

It’s that time of year where weddings and showers are fast approaching and I get busy with making custom favors!  This cute cupcakes are going to be for a little girls first communion.

March 17, 2018: Mill No. 5

Shows are going to start up full time before I know it, but right now I just do a couple each month.  This show was at Mill No. 5 in Lowell.  I love the building it’s such a fun atmosphere!  IF you’re ever in MA you should go there and check it out!

March 18, 2018: Photo Day for the Soaps

I can’t say I was pleased with my photos.  I was lazy and didn’t set up my lighting and I should have. I know most people won’t be able to tell, but they’re definitely not the quality I’m used to producing.  Below are my “props”.  I had a hard time getting my props to look good with my soaps.  I think the day was just not meant to be a great photo day! Oh well!

PS: Yes, I know that was thirteen days and not twelve. I couldn’t narrow it down…and I left out the last week of march (it was just making soap and more soap). 😀