Poll: Summer Fragrances

January 16, 2013

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.

Passionfruit Nectarine: Passionfruit Nectar, Lemon Zest, Ripe Mango, Rome Apple, Plumeria, Juicy Nectarine Slices.

Pineapple-Mango: Sweet Pineapple, Luscious Mango, Lotus, Warm Vanilla.

You can pick multiple soaps! 🙂

Poll: Spring Fragrances

January 13, 2013

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.)

You can pick multiple soaps! 🙂

Salt Bars you say?

July 15, 2011

The first time I heard someone say “salt bar” my first thought was you’re crazy!  How can you have soap and salt together?  They’re like opposites.  Salt KILLS lather in a soap.   Off to reserach I went.  I had a lot of questions I wanted answers to.

Why would you want salt in your soap?

Salt is moisturizing, healing and overall great for your skin. It’s also a fabulous exfoliant.

How do you get a decent lather with soap in your bar?

As I’ve mentioned before coconut oil is a staple in almost every bar of soap.  A 100% coconut oil bar of soap could still lather even in salt water.  Pretty awesome!  There’s a downside though, coconut oil does dry out the skin.  Salt bars have a high percentage of coconut oil. This allows them to lather nicely with the salt in them.  The salt helps moisturize, but what really helps is adding some skin loving oils to the bar like castor oil or avocado oil.

Were there any other benefits to a salt bar?

I found a couple of interesting comments on this.  Apparently if you have troubled skin with acne breakouts or really oily skin, the salt helps clear it up in a matter of a week or two and helps keep it pretty and clear.

I’m interested to see if this is really true.  If it is that’s awesome!  One thing I’ve noticed throughout my reserach is everyone claims it’s a great moisturizing soap.  I’ve very excited to try this soap and hope it lives up to the endless praise I’ve found all over in my reserach!

I made a batch of bars with lemongrass essential oil.  Love the smell of lemongrass but it was way too strong for me.  So I made a second batch this time with Orange essential oil.  Much milder (orange eo isn’t a strong scent and it’s even hard to keep it strong in soaps.  Perfect for me who wanted a very mild soft scent).  I like both bars.  I think I’ve got strong from those that love strong and soft and mild for those looking for a gentler fragrance.

Lemongrass EO

Orange EO (I didn’t use any colorant.  The orange EO gave this a nice yellow color and I used pinked salt to give it a fun speckled look.)

Summer Soaps Poll

June 7, 2011

Thinking about Christmas in April…

April 28, 2011

I know you’re thinking I’m crazy to be thinking about Christmas in April, but now’s when I need to start planning my Fall/Winter soaps. I’ll have to start making them in August so that the soap is ready come time for all the October Fairs!

I need your help. There are a lot of fragrances out there for the Fall/Winter. I have some great ideas for fall, winter and Christmas soaps, but I need to know what fragrances you’d like me to use. You can select as many fragrances as you want from this list. Just select them and once you’ve selected all that you want just submit your vote!

Soaptastic Poll Friday!

March 18, 2011

Friday Soaptastic Poll Day!

March 11, 2011

Let’s start this off with a question about fragrances! Tell me what camp you side with!