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.
November 12, 2016
The next soap on my list was Winder Garden (but I call it Winter Wonderland). I wanted to create a winter scene of pine trees. As you can see my background was too busy (too much blue) and so the stamped green trees get lost. It’s unfortunate, because I really like this design otherwise. If I ever do it again I know better.
This fragrance begins with top notes of fresh lime and menthol; middle notes of Douglas fir and lavender; with full-body base notes of eucalyptus and pine.
June 7, 2016
I’ve been asked a lot for vanilla, so here we go: vanilla! I really dislike the smell of straight vanilla. It’s too sweet for me and this soap it definitely one I’ll never use. However for everyone that’s asked for vanilla now’s your chance to get it!
Vanilla Bean: is a sweet, sugary aroma of fresh vanilla beans.
Available on my webpage!
June 3, 2016
Another Soap Conference is in the books–my third. It’s three days of craziness, but an inspiring craziness. I learned some new things, reinforced some known things, and overall felt that my knowledge as a soaper has grown.
I attended a variety of classes from Good Manufacturing Practices, Product Regulations, Bubble Bars, Cream Soap Making, and Making Shaving Soap. The two I was most excited for were the cream soap and shaving soap. I’ve been doing a lot of research on those two topics in particular and I’ve just not make the jump to “start” experimenting. I think part of my problem is I’ve read TOO much. So much so that I get overwhelmed by all the (conflicting–at times) information out there. Basically I need to experiment and discover my own methods that work for me. That’s what I’m hoping to sit down and do this June. If I put it off June will become July, and then August…and then it’ll be 2017!
I didn’t have my act together completely before I left. I’d planned to take both the MP Basic and Advanced Certification Tests at the conference. (I don’t do much with MP–mostly just teaching it with kids–but I figured I do teach it and I should get those two tests done and out of the way.) I took (and passed) the basic, but I didn’t have my soaps made in enough time in advanced to take the Advanced. I’ll finish up the soap testing this month and then just go to a local test center and take the Advanced test to get it out of the way.
Then! It’s full force ahead for the Masters. I’ve started studying (i.e. doing research and experimenting) with many of the portions on the test, but now it’s time to REALLY turn my focus to learning ALL aspects of the Masters Exam so I can officially register for it next year.
The venue was a beautiful place. The weather was hot (which I wasn’t complaining about seeing as I was coming from raining cold 50-60 temps). I made an awesome new soapy friend (we roomed together). And overall had a great time.
My goals for the next month:
- Make Cream Soap
- Make Shaving Soap
- Take Advanced MP Certification
- Experiment with natural Deodorant
- Continue to put together my “long term goal” plan
Those are some good goals and my goal is to make blog posts about them as I go.