March 24, 2015
I was feeling like making a green soap the day I made this one. Mixed up the greens and swirled the middle layer. Very fun and cool looking soap.
Fun Tidbit: My friend and I were exiting the food store talking about my soaps and what to use a props and we were talking about the Juniper Breeze soap and not knowing what to use when my friend stops and looks down at the median and goes: “I think that’s Juniper.” The entire parking lot was covered with juniper plants ha! We stole a few sprigs.
Juniper Breeze: Lots of pine, ozone, green notes with hints of berry and fruits. A very clean, fresh scent.
March 18, 2015
I love sunflowers. My mom plants them in her yard every year. As I was looking for some new fragrances to try I came across one called sunflower. I thought it’s the dead of winter (and we were in the middle of our THIRD massive snow storm here in New England). I was ready for spring to come. So I purchased the fragrance.
I didn’t know what to do with it though so I went online and searched “sunflower” hoping to come up with some ideas. Came across this photo:
And I thought it’s be really cool if I could create a field of sunflowers! The only way I could figure out how to do it realistically was to pipe them (so much work, but so worth it).
The first layer is brown with coffee grinds in it to create the speckled dirt layer. Then I created the field of “grass” and “stems” and “leaves” by using three different greens and swirling them. Then I piped the sunflowers on top.
This was the result: Field of Sunflowers
Alternate Field of Sunflowers
The first layer is brown with coffee grinds in it to create the speckled dirt layer. The difference in this one is I only swirled two greens and made actually “stems” and “leaves” in the dark green.
It’s a little more realistic. I like the first version better. There’s something about the abstractness of it I just love, but this one is still really pretty too. I’m not as happy with the yellow on this one. It got a little too dark for my liking, but if you didn’t have it to compare to the first I probably would have been happy ha!
February 21, 2015
I always have have an idea in mind for my finished soap when I start a batch. Most of the time it doesn’t quite come out as I pictured it, but it’s close enough and it looks good. This time I had this idea in my head and I was really, really skeptical that it would work, but I gave it a shot.
It worked. I was so surprised that the soap came out just like I envisioned!
Field of Flowers
Step 1: Pipe the grass.
Step 2: Pipe the flowers.
Step 3: Add the white center, because the flowers just needed a little something more.
February 19, 2015
Trying to decide what tag to go with the the new cupcake soap tags. What’s your pick?
PS: I don’t know if this is my computer or WordPress or what but the colors are showing up more bold and slightly morphed. Hopefully they look normal for you all. WordPress is definitely showing them slightly “off” but you can get the idea of the design at least.
October 3, 2014
Two years ago I made this soap. The fragrance was devine. I LOVED it. Last year I bought more, but the formula had changed. It was mediocre at best. I wasn’t happy. I didn’t even bother making a soap with it. I did have to try and find a new supplier for the applejack though since I had a customer that loved the scent. I ended up finding one that was close to the original. It wasn’t perfect, but still pretty darn close to the original.
This year I ordered more applejack to make the custom order and maybe a year passing since smelling it or maybe not having the original anymore to compare it to changed how I thought. The fragrance just spoke to me again. So, it’s back!
Applejack Peel: Wonderful fresh apples with spicy notes of cinnamon and clove.
I love wet soap pictures and this swirl was too pretty to not share!
September 26, 2014
I did two small batches of Autumn Wreath and Harvest Moon. These two soaps are having “trial runs” this year. I want to see how well they sell and how popular they are when people smell them at markets.
Autumn Wreath: A cheerful, fall, and welcoming fragrance oil by Natures Garden with the spicy warmth of autumn leaves, cinnamon apples, nutmeg and clove.
Design wise this soap didn’t quite come out as I pictured, but I do really like it. I should have swirled contrasting colors (instead of the yellow/orange), but otherwise I really like this one. It’s now available. I have a limited number available.
Harvest Moon: Starts with top notes of fresh pear, blueberries, and pineapple; followed by middle notes of juniper berries and eucalyptus; and well rounded with base notes of spruce, woods, Douglass fir, cedar, and white musk. No picture of these.