Thursday 24 August 2023

Soap Making with Almost Autumn fragrance oil by Natures Garden.

 Acceleration - no.

Discolouration - no.
Performance - perfect!
Tiggy's score out of 10 - 6

OOB (out of the bottle) smells like a warm, amber laden fruit. In soap, it morphs a little bit. It soaped incredibly well despite me doing a 40% water discount. By 40% water discount I mean I simply remove 40% of the water required to make the soap. I don’t use soap calc to determine what this amount is, I take the default water amount from soap calc for my recipe and multiply it by 40%, then subtract that number from my water before I mix my lye.

For this soap I used three different micas. I used Dark Orange and Brushed Copper from Mica Moma, and Dark Green from Prima Mica. I left part of the batter neutral for a little added contrast. The colours in my soap could have been a little more vibrant so if I were to make this one again, I would add just a little more of each colour.

The scent in soap (after two days) seems to have lost the top notes of citrus. It has fallen slightly flat. Sometimes I have known scents in soap to change as they cure and even had soap that lost its scent entirely only for it to return nearer the cured date! The only time this happened was with a fragrance called Angelic from Scent Perfique. It’s a dupe of Angel perfume. Smells amazing OOB but totally disappeared in my soap, then after 4 weeks the scent re-appeared. I don’t understand the science behind that but maybe somebody does. If so, please feel free to leave a comment. If the scent changes in any way I'll come back to edit the notes here.

Would I buy this fragrance again? Nope. It’s ok, bit disappointing to be honest. I expected more from it when I saw the picture on the NG website. I was drawn in by the cup of dark coffee and autumn leaves all around only to be let down by what seems like a generic scent. I think it would work much better in candles or melts. Soap can really beat a fragrance up so maybe give it a try in some scented products for the home rather than in CP soap.

I made this soap using my original recipe that you can find here:

The video for the making and cutting of this soap can be found here:

Thursday 13 July 2023

The Lost Boys Collection

80s film fan? Us too!

The Lost Boys is one of our favourite cult classics so what better way to honour the movie than a whole bath and body collection dedicated to it? 

With scents plucked from our imagination you are taken on a journey back to Santa Carla - the home of the vampire!

The scent list is as follows:

Head Vampire - Suave, sophisticated, and totally untrustworthy. Saffron & mugwort, violet leaf, heavy musk, amber, drying incense, and oud entwined with notes of leather and light citrus.

Boardwalk - Blue cotton candy, coconut pulp, an old wooden carousel, pin ball machines, and salty sea air.

Civilian Wardrobe - Vintage comic books, army greens, a smidge of aftershave, and worn leather Nike’s.

Star - Sun drenched skin, caramel, freshly-washed hair infused with incense smoke, a crisp white cotton vest, and red lipstick.

Thou Shall Not Fall - A balmy seaside breeze carrying soft notes of caramel marshmallows, warm vanilla infused honey, and soft patchouli from a leather biker jacket.

In this collection you will find handmade soap, three in one whipped soap (for use on hair, body, and as a shave cream), luxury body cream, and conditioning hair rinse.

This collection is only available once per year - usually in the middle of summer to keep the vibe of the film alive. The Lost Boys is set in the fictional town of Santa Carla, California, where the sun always shines - apart from at night when the predators come out, of course!

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See you soon, vampire lovers!


Tuesday 28 February 2023

Recent handmade soap offerings

A pic heavy post of some soaps I've made recently. Most are restocks.

Lime Cooler Handmade Soap. Made with a sweet sugary lime fragrance oil. Simple green swirl on white base.

Protection Handmade Soap from The Witchcraft Collection. Made with an herbal infusion and an essential oil blend to help create a protective aura around yourself if you feel under attack from outside influences. 

Magpie Handmade Soap. An essential oil blend of spearmint and patchouli. This one has been in the line for quite some time. Made with activated bamboo charcoal. 

Call The Corners Handmade Soap. Another one from The Witchcraft Collection. My favourite of the bunch right now. This essential oil blend is super good. Lavender, Palmarosa, Patchouli and a smidge of Spearmint. The blend has been designed to honour the four elements. Made with Brazilian yellow clay.

Everybody's favourite White Witch Handmade soap. A classic blend of Indonesian patchouli and geranium.

Money Magick Handmade Soap with an essential oil blend to attract wealth and abundance. Made with an herbal infusion and a mint leaf scatter. Contains cedar, ginger, orange, and a few others. Smells divine!

Coconut Milk & Lavender Handmade Soap. Made with coconut milk and Bulgarian lavender oil. A reserved sprinkle of local lavender flowers on top. 

Wild Fig Handmade Soap will be back for spring sometime at the start of March. If you like the diptyque candle 'Figuier' you'll probably love this. I find the scent quite similar. 

Inches Lane Handmade Soap packaging. I still use our own branded wrap with a simple cigar band. Always finished with a wax seal. 

My word, times have changed since I started this blog. I've just written this from my phone. I can remember sitting on our desktop computer at home, taking it in turns with Matt to use the thing so that we could both upload to our blogs. There was no real social media. No Facebook or Instagram. YouTube was just about to be a thing! 
It's been nice to do this again. I should do more. 
Until next time, Tiggy x