Sunday, 15 January 2012

Green Room - a new soap

Cut up you see? do you see? It's only a cocoa line innit?!

A closer shot. Got that topping super white and made some super cool little wave crests with my chopstick.

A few cut bars.

Ok, so I made this new soap the other day for the spring line. I wouldn't normally show any of the soaps until the release is due to go live but this one I just love so wanted to share it.
The name Green Room is surf speak for riding the barrel of a wave. The aqua colour mimics the colour of the wave wall, whilst the white resembles the light shining through the break.
The blend is gorgeous. Uplifting and grounding at the same time. It's a blend of Rosemary & Spearmint with added Ho Wood oil and a smidge of Mandarin (hands up who loves Mandarin as much as me!).
The little bits inside are soap noodles - the offcuts from the edges of my bars after I've beveled them.
The base colour is a combo of green oxide & ultra blue. The cocoa line (yep sure is) and then a stark white TD topping dusted with Seaweed powder. 
I simply cannot wait to use a bar. 
Now onto 2 more new spring line soaps, of which both will also be scented with 100% pure essential oils.
We will also have a range of other products with some fancy schmancy fragrances (scrubs, body whips, whipped soap and aromatic oils) but for now I'm loving dreaming up new eo blends. I got the bug again!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

A Friendship Soap

Good Day!

I was asked to create a friendship soap for one of my good soaping friends, Donna from Valhalla Soap Co. Well, I actually chose Donna to make the soap for and she is making mine (can't wait!).
This is my first soap of the season and is a soap to signify hope and friendship and to give good wishes to Donna for the coming year. The colours I chose because I see Donna as an earthy soul with many hidden depths. The scent is a mossy, earthy, citrus made with fragrance and essential oils. I used Cypress, Palmarosa and Lemongrass eo's with 2 beautiful earthy fragrance oils.
The moss on the top was gathered from my garden.
The blend was chosen to give Donna protection, to bring her wealth and to give her vision.
I had so much fun making this soap.
Maybe because it isn't a soap from my range that I HAVE to make, I was allowed to get lost in my happy place for a while without that feeling of 'have to'.
I love making soap, that much is apparent. But when I have a list of soap to re-stock the fun can sometimes get a little lost. Getting creative is what I like best about soaping so making new ones and especially one for a very special somebody filled me with an inner peace.
I hope she likes the scent! (be a bummer if not huh?!).
Happy 2012 to you all! May it be a very happy, peaceful year for everybody.