Tuesday, January 27, 2009
This beautiful golden colored honeycomb soap is named Cleopatra. As we all have read Cleopatra liked taking milk baths. I believe she liked to add honey to it also. So in this creation I have used goat's milk, honey and scented it using Oatmeal, Milk and Honey fragrance oil. There is no colorant.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Every woman wants chocolate for Valentine's Day, whether she admits to it or not! I like mine filled with almonds. That's what I tried to duplicate with these almond scented hearts surrounded by the wonderful smell of Dutch Chocolate fragrance oil from The Scent Shack and infused with the additional essence of Hershey's cocoa. Yum! Yum!
The Valentines inspiration for this soap came from browsing through Martha Stewart living magazine. I decided that I wanted to use cherry & almond as a fragrance. What better reminder of Valentine's Day. The cherry fragrance is from Save On Scents, a supplier whose fragrances I've never used. The almond hearts are a combination of Sweetcakes Bitter Almond and Brambleberry Almond Biscotti.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I first made a small batch of this soap using a sample of Global Gardens Plumeria that I received in my Goodie Bag last year at The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild Conference. It was a such a hit at my Farmers Market that I immediately contacted Kelly Bloom from Southern Soapers to send me more.
After making a larger batch and receiving more rave reviews I decided to keep it as a staple, especially after a customer from Hawaii said it reminded her of home.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
My soapmaking group, Brooklyn CP Soapmakers, will be meeting on January 17 to watch a demonstration on how to make soap using whole eggs. I had never made this soap so decided that I would give it a test run before hand. It actually turned out pretty good.
I got the inspiration from the Yolk recipe in Merilyn Mohr's book The Art Of Soapmaking but tailored it to my own ingredients. This recipe has no colorants and gets those green specks from the herb horsetail. It's fragranced with a free sample of Moroccan Mint I received from Brambleberry.
My 12 carrot soap is patiently curing on the drying rack. It has no colorants and is lightly scented with Ancient Sedona by Brambleberry. The reason I call it 12 carrot is that I used 12 ounces of organic carrot juice to make it and it has a beautiful golden hue.
Friday, January 2, 2009
There is no better time to blog about rose soap than now, New Year's Day, when the Rose Bowl Parade is on TV and roses are fresh in our minds.
A definite bouquet of roses comes to mind when using this soap. A layer of baby rose petals have been infused in the top layer. The aroma is derived from a combination of two different rose fragrances.