Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Time To Catch Up Again! (It's a long one!)

I've been on another soaping spree. Well, several soaps in a row is always a spree for me. :-)

Last week I made a batch of Rosemary Mint Essential Oil Soap with fresh avocado and cream. Many people know that rosemary and mint is a wonderful blend. It smells like mint chocolates to me. Love it! I was hoping to get a bit of green from the avocado but it virtually disappeared. I should have known that.

From there I soaped a vanilla chai fragrance. It is to be more of a cozy, spicy, sweet scent than a straight up chai tea. It has notes of golden butter, shaved coconut, sticky maple syrup, white chocolate tea, vanilla rum, and warm holiday spices. I used a fragrance and also added some cinnamon and nutmeg. Not much, just a tad will do ya! This soap is called Creamy Vanilla Chai and has quickly become one of my favorites visually as I haven't given it a test run quite yet.

I did not upload a making video of the Creamy Vanilla Chai because it didn't come out right. So here is the unmolding of Rosemary Mint and the cutting of Creamy Vanilla Chai:

From there I made a slab soap to try swirling (I've only done a thin slab swirl once before) with this Wild Mountain Honey Soap. It is a honey and wildflowers scent though to me it is heavier on the perfume side. I love it, it's familiar to me. However, it seems to be one of those fragrances that you either love it or hate it. It was so hard to get a decent picture of the swirls. They were a bit mottled but I know now how I could have prevented it.

When I don't achieve the desired affect in my soap that I want, I must try, try again. So yesterday back into the soap kitchen I went. I made a yet unnamed batch of soap to test my swirling techniques and I am very happy with the results! The scent blend is one of lavender flowers, lilacs, and juniper breeze (a BBW dupe) and it's just downright wonderful.

There will be a making video, I just haven't edited it yet. Today I will cut it and the Wild Mountain Honey Soaps. Stay tuned!


Cee Gee said...

Lovely soaps Holly, every one of them! I especially love your colors and swirls on the last one....stunning!

Jenny said...

Beautiful soaps, Holly! I enjoyed watching you make the Rosemary Mint soap with avocado and cream. The Vanilla Chai looks absolutely edible, and I love the swirls in the bottom photo!

Holly said...

Thank you ladies!

dragonsong86 said...

Have you named the 2nd swirl yet? Summer Breeze? Colors of the Wind? All the soaps are very pretty. The contrast on the Chai one is very striking. :)

Holly said...

Thank you! No, I haven't named my soap yet but I need to write down all the suggestions and make a decision.