I decided to go with Violet Bouquet as one of my Easter soaps. I’ve been asked a fair amount in the past for a violet fragrance. So! Here it is.
Violet Bouquet: Soft and feminine – sweet violet perfectly mingles blended with wild berries and iris.
This is the top.
It’s quite deceiving. The inside is going to be a surprise. Both loaves are going to give me a different design and I have NO IDEA how they’re going to look. I mean I know what I was going for…but we’ll see if I achieved that! Pictures to come after I cut the soap.
I make soaps with both fragrance oils and essential oils. I love fragrance oils. There are just some many fun scents out there that you can only get in a synthetic blend. I also love micas and color! The bolder and brighter and the more I usually fall in love with them! All the fragrance oils I use are of the highest quality and phthalate free and the micas I use are make up grade quality, so I don’t have a problem using them or selling them. I know they’re safe.
However, I also realize that some people want a 100% all natural soap. I have quite the collection of natural colorants and a wide range of essential oils. One of my goals (that I made last year) was to try and expand my offerings in these soaps. Yesterday I experimented with the first two of the new soaps.
Honey, Oats, Vanilla & Cinnamon: I wanted an alternate to my Oatmeal, Milk and Honey soap I make (using a fragrance oil). I used goat’s milk, honey, ground oats, cinnamon and vanilla essential oil (oh my word is that stuff EXPENSIVE! I’ve had this vanilla EO for 3 months now. Bought it back in October when I’d originally planned on making this soap. Took me long enough to get to it huh?). This one smells of oats and vanilla and you catch the honey coming through as an after scent. I think this is going to be an awesome soap!
Rosemary, Lavender & Peppermint: If you need help waking up in the morning this soap will do the job! I created an essential oil blend that I really like. The rosemary is the prominent fragrance, but you can definitely pick out the lavender and peppermint in this too. I experimented with Australian Red Reef clay (isn’t it a gorgeous burgundy color? I love it!). And I also use Australian midnight black clay. Both natural colorants.
Clove Bud & Orange: This one isn’t new but I had to restock on it so took a picture of the new soap to share. If you love spices this soap is for you. It’s a blend of clove bud and orange essential oil and I used cocoa powder to color it.
I’m also thinking ahead to summer fragrances…of course I’m having a hard time narrowing down my options…I just love summer scents too much! Which of these fragrances would you like to see in a soap?
OPTIONS: (Poll below after descriptions)
Tayberry and Teakwood: A very complex fragrance combination of base notes of bamboo and teakwood, with middle notes of tayberries, blackberries, mulberries, cloudberries, and peaches, with subtle hints of red clover and sweetgrass.
Mandarine Lime: a simple, but complimentary arrangement of fresh mandarin oranges to energize your spirit, and fresh lime to improve your mood.
Bummbleberry: An explosion of wild blackberries and strawberries, combined with just the right amount of earthy woods. Begins with top notes of blackberry, apricot, and strawberry; followed by middle notes of sweet pear, lavender, and jasmine; sitting on base notes of earthy woods.
Blackberry Fizz: begins with aldehydic fruity notes of blackberry, strawberry, and pomegranate, citrus middle notes of mandarin, grapefruit, and lime, with a base note of bamboo.
Island Orchard: Sweet, juicy peach with notes of pineapple, banana and exotic orchid.
Mango Tango Twist: Tropical mango and guava are wrapped with green melon and juicy pineapple.
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.)
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!
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Stay tuned for tomorrow! I’ll be experimenting with embeds!!
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!
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.