Monday, 17 January 2011

7 Sins...

Stylin': Deep, dark chocolate cake with fondant icing fingers and cinnamon quills with thick dollops of whipped cream, dusted with mixed spice.

Scentin': 7 sins...of naughtiness. Banana cake infused with Ginger, topped with Vanilla Frosting and drizzled with melted Dark Chocolate. Toasted Madagascan Vanilla bean with a dribble of Honey and finished with a scattering of Hot Buttered Popcorn.

Butterin': Un-refined, dark, organic Cocoa Butter from Kenya.

A bit more....I decided to have a pop at creating a cake inspired soap after watching Kia from Beacon Creations do her thang on YouTube. She has such a flair for creating the ultimate in textured tops and for creating a want for her products inside me so deep that I want to buy her soaps all the time just lately. (i just placed an order...shhh!).
She makes all kinds of different soaps and I love how she talks you through what she's been doing. Her video's also chill me out so much so that I watch them before slumber.
Anyways, this soap is a one off from me. I rarely use 100% fragrance oils in my soaps so this is like somebody else made it. I walk into the curing room and sniff it not really registering that I made it!
I was so happy with the results though, really. Thanks Kia!
At this time of the year my thoughts turn to pastels, to finely iced cakes and to flowers and leaves...and my birthday is just around the corner so I am starting to feel very spring-like and inspired by what's happening around me in the outside world so much that my soap ideas are now flowing for summer soaps.
I have a few from the original line up to make once my Patchouli oil turns up (how I got so low I don't know), then I'll be cracking on with some newbies again.
Hope you like this one.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

5 New Soaps..and a lil Sale

Yep! Been busy...and there's still more to come.
In order of appearance (top to bottom), the new soaps are:
Temple Ball - a blend of Petitgrain, Orange, Benzoin (the very thick sticky stuff) and Nutmeg. Inside, what you can see is Coltsfoot leaf, which is know to aid the healing and the itch of eczema. There are random chunks of cocoa-dusted soap inside as well. It smells very fresh with a warm spicy background. 100% Natural.
NonScents - a blend of absolutely nothing. Just pure soap with extra virgin olive oil, organic cocoa butter and organic shea butter. The dark line and the crunchy looking topping is Aussie organic olive green clay. Smells like unscented soap! 100% Natural.
Festival 2011 - a fragrant blend of heady and dusty Nag Champa incense dipped in thick, black Indonesian Patchouli with a puff of woodsmoke. This is my favourite scent at the moment and will be available as bathing grains, SWASH and perfume oil in due course. The colours are yellow, blue and green oxide with Aussie organic red clay and Dead Sea Mud. 96% Natural.
Antiguan Firecracker - a tropical floral blend of Frangipani & Lilac petals lifted with Sicilian Lemon oil and Lavender oil. On the top are deep red rose petals, lavender buds (from my own bushes) and dried Chamomile buds. The colours are aqua, deep red and white to mimic the colours of my Antiguan holiday back in 2007. 98% Natural.
Garden of Cupid - named by Aleyah Jordon who entered our Facebook giveaway (she still hasn't come forth to claim her prize) if she's reading!
A blend of Sweet Fennel, Geranium, Lavender, Ylang Ylang and sticky pine resin. The top notes are the fennel and lavender, which then warms to a floral heart. At the end of the sniff you get the fresh pine aroma...but only if your nose is good at detective work. Inside the soap is Juniper Berry meal. 100% Natural.
All will be available from the shop at the end of January....or if you can't wait they're up in the Etsy shop to purchase and finish curing at your end until ready on 25th January.
Oh...before I forget and have to edit this post again...there's a SALE on in our online shop and in our Etsy! Go see x
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 2 January 2011

A New Season...

The last frozen piles of snow are now far and few between. The earth is wet and rich. The smell in the air is dank and cold. There are no hints of florals or greenery; only a dark & biting, nasal cooling wind.
Some of the trees we encountered today had signs of new buds but it's as if everything is waiting...with one eye open. Waiting for the first warmth of the sun to grace included.
A month I have come to value and enjoy as it enables me to forsee a future. There is a calmness, bringing with it and a time to reflect on the previous year, whilst gathering inspiration from the great outdoors for new scent blends and soap colourings to mix into future batters!
The new calendar is up and awating notes of soap curing times.
5 new soaps are curing on the rack filling the air in the curing room with a strong, herbal aroma.
The plant season is upon me so some final amendments are to be made before orders fly in from all over.
I'm poised, willing, ready and able (i think) for the delights that Mr. 2011 will bring my way.
pictures taken today at Tiddesley Woods, Pershore, Worcs. UK.