Mayan Musk

March 23, 2017

Love the colors in this soap.  I was playing around with a new technique that kind of sort of did what I was going for.  I’m going to play with it some more, but overall I think it’s fun and the colors work well together. As you can see from the suppliers description this is quite a complex scent, but it really does smell good!

It has fresh orange and crisp aldehyde which lead to a warm blend of woods and musk to create this sensual fragrance. Hints of rose are balanced with patchouli, cedar wood and sandalwood for warmth. A highly textured blend of musk notes is sweetened with hints of vanilla.

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Get your Mayan Musk HERE!


Lavender Vanilla

March 19, 2017

Lavender Vanilla…another vanilla.  I’ve had such a good response with this scent in my wax melts that I decided to make it in soap. I knew it would discolor and tried to use that to my advantage in the design.  And again with those darn vanilla beans. There wasn’t a single picture I was happy with how they looked in. *sigh*

It  is a relaxing and tranquil scent that is also unique and memorable.  A well-rounded combination of fresh lavender, fresh vanilla beans, with orange zests and patchouli.

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Now available in my store! Find it here!


Fig Lychee

March 10, 2017

This was one of those scents where I read the description and said…umm…I guess I’ll try it.  Sometimes they can be a complete flop. This one was a hit with me though. It wasn’t what I was expecting (though I’m not sure what I was expecting), but I like it!  And I love the swirl on this one!

Combines the fresh fruity aroma of fig with the unique addition of a popular Chinese fruit, lychee. Lychee fruit is noted for being sweet, yet slightly spicy.

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Now available HERE!


Coffee Soap w/ ground coffee beans

March 3, 2017

Coffee soap has been on my to do list for like a year. I finally got around to doing it.  It’s a simple soap with coffee grounds for an exfoliant.  Smells like coffee (not my favorite scent but I know many will love it).

So, I’m only slightly OCD or obsessive or whatever word we want to use to describe the fact that I individually places each coffee bean in this picture trying to get the groupings to look like they’d just perfectly and randomly fallen into place! 😀

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Cinnamon Vanilla

February 26, 2017

I’m not a vanilla girl (unless I’m eating it). The smell just turns me off in bath products and soap.  But I have to say there is something about this blend that I like.  It’s sweet, but the spicy element of the cinnamon makes it really appealing.

May I say trying to “pose” vanilla beans is a pain in the backside!  Oh my word I must have taken 15 different photos with the vanilla in different positions trying to get one that looked good.  I think these two were the best of them though I still wasn’t 100% happy.

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Vanilla Cinnamon Soap is now listed HERE!!


Vanilla Champagne

December 1, 2016

Vanilla Champagne…I had really good intentions with this soap, but it just didn’t do what I wanted.  There’s just too much gold.  I really like the stamps, but I needed to do something to break up the expanse of gold soap…maybe if I’d added starts or something. I don’t know.  I just wasn’t really happy with how this one turned out.

A sparkling aldehydic accent creates a fizzy effect for the citrus top notes of lime and orange to open this blend.  Hints of green floral and rum liquor notes from the fragrant heart.  Clear woody tones combine with earthy accents while a base of vanilla bean surrounds the fragrance.

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The Making of Safari Themed Soap Favors

November 22, 2016

First, let me say I am INSANE.  There is no other word to describe me trying to create animal favors during crazy show season when I don’t have time to do anything but constantly restock for my business.

I was told to just get the rubber safari ducks and embed them in a soap base and use those as favors.  They would have been cute and worked, but they just weren’t what I imagined.  So…out came the notepad as I started to brainstorm and sketch some ideas.

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This image was my inspiration. (I looked at so many safari themed cupcakes in trying to figure out how to make these soaps).

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I would normally make all the embeds first and then make the bases, but I was super short on time and I knew if they were going to have enough time to cure before the party I needed to make them asap.  So I made the bases and then started figuring out the embed pieces I’d need.  Eyes…ears…whiskers…faces…noses…mouths…oh my word! There were a million little different pieces I needed for each different animal.

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These were the bases that I was gonna have to attach a million tiny pieces to…

Once I figured that out there was then the challenge of cutting them all out. I needed an oval cookie cutter that I didn’t have.  So I sacrificed a piping tip and shaped it into an oval.  It worked in my hour of need, but piping tips don’t make good cookie cutters.

Piping tips as a cookie cutter...the brain figures out how to make it all work ha!

Piping tips as a cookie cutter…the brain figures out how to make it all work ha!

All those tiny circles?  Those are the other end of the misshapen piping tip.  Again, not a great cookie cutter ha, but it worked.

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Once the circle were cut I started playing around and realized I could imprint a circle into them and then fill them with a “wet” mica to add extra color.  I also used a skewer dipped in wet mica to make the whiskers marks on the tiger.  THE-MOST-ANNOYING-THING-EVER.  I was ready to pull my hair out.

Was it worth it? Yes.  The added extra touch just makes the soaps, but OYE!!

Because I didn’t make the embeds first I had to “embed” them onto already hard soap.  Which meant an extra step of putting wet soap on one side and then putting it on the hard soap.  Could have saved myself time if the embeds had been done before, but I didn’t know what I was going to need and I was in a crunch for time so the bases had to get done before everything else.

The final step was the piping.  Oh so much piping.

Giraffe: I had to pipe the spots and horns on him.  I love him. He’s so so so stinking cute!

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Lion: Piping his mane turned out so much better than I thought it would.  When all the pieces came together I was in love with him too.  The stringy mane/hair just totally did it for me ;).

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So many different stages to piping the lions. I still had the eyes and mouth left to do once I got to this point. Have I mentioned these were an incredible amount of work?

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Tiger: If I ever do these again I need to find a better way to do the stripes.  It was tedious to do these and it’s not as clean looking as I wanted, but it was the best I could do with what I had.  They’re still cute.

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Gorilla (which was supposed to be a monkey):  There was somr major improvising that went on with these when I started to pipe them.  What I wanted to do wasn’t happening and on the fly I just said…let’s try this and it worked.  I really do think these are cute.  Disaster averted!

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Zebra: The first couple I did were really bad.  It took a while to get the hang of these.  Piping straight or curved lines that need to come out steady and even is a hard hard thing to do.  They’re not bad looking. Not perfect and a few things I’d change next time, but I love them. I especially love the ears.  I happened to have the perfect mini cookie cutter to use as ears and the little pink in them just makes them stand out.

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And there you have it.  My absolute madness…and all this during prime busy season for me when I barely have two minutes for anything outside of the business.

The final soaps:

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tiger

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