Makeovers (2: Wake Up!)

Wake Up! was the first soap that I ever made using a blend of essential oils, way back in early 2010. Up until then I’d used fragrance oils in soap but, despite having an interest in aromatherapy, I’d never tried blending oils myself. Oh how things change! It’s a simple but refreshing mix of Peppermint and Rosemary essential oils – perfect for waking up the senses in the morning shower. While the fragrance blend has stayed the same since that time, it was a couple of years before it got its true name. Up until some point in 2012 it went by the predictable, if uninspiring, ‘Peppermint & Rosemary’.

This is the very first :

1st Incarnation of Peppermint & Rosemary - now known as Wake Up!

1st incarnation of Peppermint & Rosemary – now known as Wake Up!

I quite like the sprig of mint used there as a prop, but the least said about the background the better!

It wasn’t long after the above photo above was taken that I acquired my very first loaf mould (from The Moulds Shop – highly recommended btw), and my soaps became a more uniform shape and size.  For a while I was obsessed with the Tiger Swirl, and Wake Up! looked like this:

2nd incarnation of Wake Up!

2nd incarnation of Wake Up!

Interestingly, it’s only now that I realise that I hadn’t started bevelling the edges at this point – something I always do these days.

These days Wake Up! looks something like this:

Wake Up! from The Soap Mine

3rd incarnation of Wake Up!

Currently all my essential oil soaps are made using the Drop Swirl technique, as I wrote about here. Sometimes they have textured tops, sometimes mica swirls, but they are always (for now!) Drop Swirls.

I’m really enjoying looking back over old designs, so please bear with me in the short term while I indulge myself with these makeover posts – I will try to intersperse them with some other stuff as well 😀  Thanks for popping by!

17 thoughts on “Makeovers (2: Wake Up!)

    • The temptation to tinker is always there for me 🙂 I didnt bevel for quite a while but I discovered that I mich preferred USING bevelled soap so I had ni choice really ha ha!

  1. I love ‘makeover’ soaps! I love all of them – but would choose #2 based on your fragrance description…it just looks so invigorating! 🙂

  2. It’s really neat to see how far you’ve come along and all the “improvements” you’ve made. Beveling the soap gives a cleaner and more professional look, and I understand why you chose to do a drop swirl for all your soaps with essential oils. With all the different kinds of soap we make, it’s nice to have different categories and to make this clear to the customers.

    Wake Me looks and sounds lovely! I have a soap called Wake Me Up! but I named it for different reasons than yours. Mine has coffee and oatmeal – breakfast stuff! 🙂 The coffee part is scented with vanilla and the oatmeal part with lavender and grapefruit FOs. 🙂

  3. All three versions are beautiful, Vicki! You’ve got me wanting to do the tiger stripe swirl again! And I love drop swirls. Peppermint and rosemary sound very refreshing together.

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