Christmas 2015 Soaps

Last year I made just one batch of soap specifically for the holiday season.  I swapped the usual raffia for a seasonal ribbon, and it sold out within a couple of days.  I posted at the time that it was a case of bad planning, but by then it was too late to do anything about it, and I vowed to do better this year.

I was super-organised, and ordered my Christmas fragrances in August (!!). I decided to make four different Christmas soaps. Four different designs made with four different fragrances. If I’m totally honest, I have mixed feelings about this lot, but judge for yourselves:

First up was Candy Cane – a mouthwatering fragrance which blends peppermint and vanilla. I liked this one so much I made a second batch, and good thing too, as it’s proving very popular and the first batch is already sold out.

Candy Cane

Candy Cane

Next I had a plan to create a stylised Christmas Tree design, complete with baubles. My main disappointment with this one is that I somehow had a brain freeze while rolling the ‘baubles’ and I made them two small. To me they should be the same diameter as the baubles on the top of the soap. I also tried to get clever and create some variation in the colours/designs of the baubles themselves by rolling different colours together, but it didn’t work as well as I hoped. Perhaps they would have looked better had they been larger. Anyway, they may look a bit quirky, but they certainly smell like a Christmas tree – the fragrance oil has top notes of pine needles and and spicy, woodsy middle and base notes.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree

The third fragrance was called ‘Yule Log’ which, predictably, is a sweet chocolate scent, with notes of bitter almonds, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. I planned to use this fragrance oil to make my ‘Clyde Slide’ entry for the September Greatcakes Soapworks challenge and used colours which are reminiscent of a Christmas Yule Log:

Yule Log

Yule Log

Sadly I was focusing so much on mastering the technique that I forgot to add the fragrance oil – arrrgghhhh! Never mind, I made it again and now have a scented and an unscented version 😀

My final Christmas design for 2015 is a second Clyde Slide – Moonlit Mistletoe – in grey, silver and green. It’s a true unisex fragrance, the top notes are herbal, green and fruity, balanced with spices, amber and patchouli.

Moonlit Mistletoe

Moonlit Mistletoe

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back again soon!

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5 thoughts on “Christmas 2015 Soaps

  1. These are all beautiful, Vicki! I love your Clyde Slide soaps (another technique I’ll have to add to my to-try list, along with the Tall & Skinny Shimmy), and the baubles in the Christmas tree soap look like twinkling lights. I love the tiger stripes in the Candy Cane soap. I’ve made only one Christmas-y soap this year myself – it is a Candy Cane soap, too, and I finally got around to trying the Taiwan Swirl for that one. I hope that your holiday shows are going well!

    • Thanks so much Jenny! I’ve not mastered the Taiwan Swirl – did it once for one of Amy’s challenges and never got round to trying it again 🙂 Are you going to post some pics? Would love to see it!

  2. I can see why your candy cane soaps have sold out; they are beautiful! That Moonlit Mistletoe has some gorgeous swirls with small hints of holiday cheer. =)

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