June 29, 2013
June 28, 2013
Just a quick snippet from my recent road trip. We just got in and it seemed like we drove forever. More road trip goodness as I am able to edit images, for now there is laundry to do and a hot shower with my name on it.
June 23, 2013
I originally wrote this post back in May upon returning from the 2013 Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild Conference for the Soap Queen blog-somehow I believe it got lost in the post conference/new Bramble Baby shuffle on the Bramble Berry end,so while it's not exactly timely it's still great information and was very well presented. I don't give you the "full" instructions for making the molds, but merely an overview as Amanda Griffin does have a nice PDF for download on her website Lovin Soap.
June 22, 2013
June 21, 2013
Recently, a customer purchased a shave brush like the one above for her husband along with a few shave soaps and a couple of soaps for herself. Today, she sent this lovely feedback and I'm grinning from ear to ear.
"Hi There~ Your package of loveliness arrived yesterday!! My husband got the mail and said "WOW, the mailbox smells amazing"!! He absolutely loves the shave brush and soaps. We found an old bowl that belonged to his parents and will work perfectly for the soap. He is very talented in metal/wood working and has already designed a stand to hold the brush and bowl as a wall mount. I will send you a picture of it once it's in place. I wouldn't be surprised if it's by next week. He is VERY excited about his new toys. As an added note, the soaps I purchased for myself smell heavenly!! The box the products were shipped in smells so nice that I put it in my guest room closet. Thank you so much for such a wonderful, quality product!!!!"
June 17, 2013
So, the Mister threw me together a rough practice slab. Can you believe I have been soaping since 2008 and have never owned a proper slab, or any slab for that matter? I wanted to see what I could do with one. I have some ideas that require a different shape bar plus lots of texture.
Anyway, on to the part about the monumental mess-well, I made one today-a big one. I'm not sure how one can use so many utensils, buckets, colorants, essential oils etc,but I manage to do it. I actually really like order,but you wouldn't know it if you could see my kitchen right now. Yikes!
This batch is a creamy white top with a black underlay (and perhaps some movement in between-unless is was obliterated by the fact I had a hard time wielding a bucket and pouring in a precise manner-this could have helped or hindered the situation-we'll see.)Scented with a blend of Lavender and Anise, and sprinkled with a few crushed lavender buds. A bit of purple would have been nice-but no purple. ( I do have some on the way though-so maybe soon.)
Oh well,I've put off kitchen clean up for as long as I could-for some reason people think they need to eat-off to clean up the monumental mess-stay tuned to see what mess I make tomorrow. lol!
June 16, 2013
June 15, 2013
June 10, 2013
For today's batch, I was inspired by one of my favorite flowers... the Sunflower. Not far from my house in the late of summer the Sunflower fields are majestic-as far as the eye can see the Sunflowers hang their heavy heads while bees busily buzz from flower to flower.
Beautiful mossy green stems and leaves, cheerful gold petals,and a deep brown center. I always thought that if a Sunflower had a pleasing scent it might smell like Lemongrass with a hint of Dark Patchouli...
June 6, 2013
June 5, 2013
I am loving this strikingly "Mansome" Etsy treasury today. Woot!!
June 2, 2013
Just playing-breaking some of my self imposed (anal)rules and what do you know...it was fun! For whatever reason I tend to be a bit of an uptight soaper- I take temps, I scrape every last bit of soap out of the bucket,I ponder over emulsification and trace, what colorants to use, what eo blend works with what colors...but then I got to watching other soapers (the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild Conference is a great place to observe other soapmakers in action) and realized that they just seem to fly by the seat of their pants. They make fabulous soap and yet it isn't a huge production with all kinds of pondering on the process. Hmmmm, I think I might need to pay heed to that lesson-how about you? What kind of soaper are you-it's all about fun and playing with scent and color-or very serious and calculating?
June 1, 2013
Well, as expected the orange is even lighter after gel. Like most of us, I wish color was more dependable,but it is what it is. This was a clay, and so it's to be expected really. Still I think they are beautiful and they smell very nice so that's what counts.