August 26, 2015
I picked out my fall soaps (most of them) back in February this year. For all that time I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do design wise. About a week before I was set to start making them (in the end of July) everything just came together and I figured out what I wanted to do. Not sure why I was so uninspired this year, but ultimately the inspiration kicked in and I think I have a cool batch of fall soaps this year! Here’s what I went with! Pictures will follow over the next couple weeks of each soap!
1. Turkish Mocha
It starts with creamy top notes of milk, cardamom, cocoa and a touch of nutmeg. The alluring, complex blend winds down to heady scents of vanilla and honey run, and of course, Turkish Coffee.
2. Almond Biscotti
A mixture of toasted almonds, sweet cake flour, and drizzled chocolate.
3. Pinot Grigio
The main notes to make up this fruity wine scent are sparkling bergamot, peach nectar, apple, Italian white grape, black plum, violet rounding out with supporting notes of warm clove bud.
4. Nag Champa
Renowned for its earthy scent, it contains Juniper, Patchouli and Vanilla, Rose Geranium and Jasmine.
5. Pumpkin Spice
Dark, creamy, and rich pumpkin with notes of Cinnamon, Cardamom and Nutmeg.
6. Pumpkin Lager
A warm blend of Pumpkin Puree, Fresh Ginger, Crushed Nutmeg, Warm Cinnamon, Vanilla Sugar and Sparkling Rum.
7. Spiced Amber Ale
The fragrance starts with a fresh citrus top note and has a warm, exotic finish. The base is a wonderful synergy of pine, clove, honey and vanilla.
8. Patchouli Cinnamon
I can’t stand Patchouli, but so many have asked for it! I’ve gotten a large number of requests for different blends. Ultimately I decided to go with Cinnamon. The two scents work together!
Wet and earthy oakmoss with green vetiver, vanilla and nutmeg.
July 17, 2015
Pink Lemonade: Everything about this soap didn’t go right! Oh my word…the imprint on the bottom (you can’t see in this pic), I reversed the white/red layers, the jojoba beads on the top, the stars (which I used the wrong blue the first time I made them that morphed to brown)…This soap really didn’t want to get made this year apparently!
Juniper Sage: I love this design. It’s been a long time since I’ve done something like this and I forgot how pretty and elegant it looks.
Summer Sunshine: I apparently had a thing for doing embeds this year with my summer soaps. I love the yellow/blue combination of this one. It’s just really cheerful to me.
June 2, 2015
This was the second soap I did for the Saponifier Challenge. They call it am “Embedded Circle” technique, but I really think it should be called a double embed. That’s really what it is. You’re creating one embed and then embedding it into a batch then taking that new soap and embedding it AGAIN into another batch.
I’ve done double embeds many times before. It’s a massive amount of work for a bar of soap! That said I love the technique. I will usually only do it on limited edition soaps (because it is so much work). When I saw this as a challenge I knew right off I’d be adding my own twist. I had a fragrance called “Seaside Escape” that I had been sketching out different designs for, but hadn’t settled on one I really liked. The only thing I knew was I wanted a nautical theme. The challenge kind of solidified everything for me.
Step 1: First I had to make a batch of swirled soap in a circular mold. I went for a subtle mix of blues/greens that made me think of the ocean.
Step 2: I had these mini ocean themed cookie cutters. The problem was that they were only 1/2″ deep. I had to take the circle embed I made and cut them in my soap cutter twice (so that they were 1/2″ deep and then I had to cookie cut EACH SOAP! Tedious.
Step 3: Next I embedded all the pieces into a cube mold I had and poured a white soap around the cut outs.
(Sorry this isn’t the best picture. I cut open one of the cubes, so you could see how the white soap filled in around my circles.)
Step 4: Once I unmolded the cubes I put them into a loaf mold and then made a new batch of teal soap to pour around the cubes. I had to do a mica top on it! You all know how much I love that technique.
The end result:
Totally worth it, but a three day process to make this soap and a lot of work to prep each stage.
May 27, 2015
This technique had been on my to try list for about 6 months. I even had all the supplies I needed for it, I just never got around to making it! It was fun. There are a lot of possibilities with this one and I’ll definitely play around more with it in the future. I did two batches this go around. One with a simple criss-cross pattern and one with a weird swirl pattern.
Garden Soap (Cool Citrus Basil):
May 24, 2015
Here’s Black Tie Affair–a soap for the men! I love the colors of this soap. It just makes me smile!
Black Tie Affair: Sophisticated notes of black peppercorn and leather are carefully crafted with warm woods, patchouli, musk and citrus.
Now available! Find it HERE.
May 19, 2015
I’ve been making wedding and shower favors for over two years now (in fact it’s almost been three years)! I love doing it. I recently did a Bridal Expo, which forced me to really update my webpage and I decided to expand on the options I offered.
Well one change led to another which led to another (which if you know me is par for the course). The results were worth all the time and effort though.
Before I started all this custom orders were made via emailing me. I had a section on my webpage that explained the favors, but you couldn’t order on it. That’s all changed! All my favors can be ordered directly from the webpage now! Yay! Check it out: Custom Soap Favors
I offer mini cupcakes (always a favorite). They’re just so cute though!! I also have a variety of different shaped glycerin soaps and four (soon to be five) different Cold Process half bar options.
And then I spent hours creating new tags to match my new soaps. This I have to admit was fun and I had to tear myself away from it to move on to other things. I love creating the custom labels. Here’s an example of a few of the new tags!
What an interesting experience–and this was a relatively small one compared to some. I shared a table with another lady (a photographer). Half a table to display my products…it was a bit challenging, but I think we managed to make our table look pretty nice!
I created a brochure for the event. That was more work than I thought ha! But the results were well worth it and I loved having something I could give the people who visited my table that had all my contact info, pricing, pictures, and links on it. I also sent anyone who stopped by my table home with a sample soap.
It’s amazing what I thought would be a relatively simple event turned into quite the ordeal. I’m glad I did it though and finally took the time to update my webpage and offerings. It’s been something I’ve needed to do for a long time but never could seem to find the time.
March 29, 2015
These soaps are small batches that I made while testing new techniques. I have only 8 bars (or less) of each. Pardon the not so great photos. I was a bit rushed when doing the photos.
White Peach & Silk Blossom
White Tea & Ginger
Lavender & Lemon
Red Currant & Thyme
You can find these soaps listed here!