I almost didn’t post a weekly update this week as it’s been a strange one, work-wise. The children have been off school for half term, and although the youngest only goes for two hours a day, I’ve still missed that time to ‘get stuff done’. Days have been spent entertaining the children, and evenings have been mostly spent wrapping and labelling for a couple of BIG wholesale orders I have going out this week. Then we had a weekend away visiting family, so I have very to share on the soapy front.
But then I remembered that I needed to show you the cut of the Tutti Frutti that I made last week:
The children start back at school tomorrow, so I’m hoping this coming week will be far more productive on the soaping front, and keep an eye out for my February update coming up in the next couple of days.
I found that photograph that I thought I’d deleted yesterday. Actually, I had deleted it, but discovered that my phone keeps a copy of recently deleted photos – who knew? (Many people, clearly, but not me 😉
So, just popping in and out quickly to finally share the third of last weeks batches:
Here it is in the mould:
Luscious Lavender in the Mould
And here it is freshly cut (and a little rough and ready). The twist (such as it is) is a slightly different shade of the darker purple – I’d run out of the regular mica so had to improvise:
As I was putting together yesterday’s ‘Wet Soap Wednesday on a Friday’ post, I was thinking about how much I like soap tops, and remembered that I’d done a post a while back about them. When I went looking, I was surprised to find it had been almost two years ago: Soap Tops from November 2014. I was also struck by how different those tops were to the way I do things now. So today’s post is a quick round up of my favourite soap tops from more recent times.
First up is a dupe of the DKNY fragrance, Be Delicious – appley, cucumbery and absolutely….Delicious:
Then there’s a recent batch of Clarity which turned out just beautifully (last night’s batch didn’t look quite as good as this in the mould!)
The top of this Oatmeal, Milk & Honey batch swirled really nicely:
Oatmeal, Milk & Honey
And this batch of Florida Sunrise (now discontinued) looked gorgeous as it started to gel:
Another recently discontinued fragrance – a custom blend called Enigma, looked luscious freshly swirled:
Finally I just LOVE how this batch of Serenity looked in the mould:
I’d be lying if I said every single batch looks like these, but I do tend to add a lot more texture to the tops than I used to, and I think I prefer them that way. I guess it’s about time I revised my header photo!!
The soap that I’ve long called ‘Love Spell’ is scented with a fragrance oil that is a copy of the designer perfume ‘Love Spell’ by Victoria’s Secret. Having recently applied for my bath bomb assessment, which includes bombs fragranced with the same fragrance oil, I was reminded that I can’t call them (or my soap!) Love Spell as it contravenes copyright. I knew this, and I should have changed it ages ago, but to be honest I just didn’t spend the time to come up with a replacement. As it was, when I received the message from my assessor, the new name came to me within a minute or two. Typical! Anyway, it will henceforth be known as Bewitched.
I first made it back in the summer of 2014. You can clearly see where the top portion, coloured with titanium dioxide, shrank more than the rest of the bar during the curing process. The top was simply spattered with leftover soap batter:
Soon after that I got into tiger stripe pouring, which I initially made with a flat top (and experimented with some black stripes):
And later with a textured top:
Finally I brought it in line with the rest of the range i.e. with a full bar drop swirl:
Day 23 of Blogtober 2016. I’m starting to believe I can actually do this 😀
I have a brand new essential oil bar, and it needs a name… This bar is scented with lavender, lemon and lime EOs. Heavier on the lavender and lemon, lighter on the lime, but it’s definitely discernible.
Please give me a name 🙂
I’m offering a free bar to the person who comes up with the name that I eventually select, and you can either enter below in the comments field, or on the competition post on my FB page. It’s open to anyone, wherever you are in the world – I’ll cover postage costs too (last time I did this it the bar went over the pond to the US). So don’t be shy – I know you’re a creative lot!!
FYI The other essential oil bars in my range are called Serenity, Clarity, Peace, Boho Baby, Flowers and Luscious Lavender.
PS – the winning name will be chosen on Saturday 29th October, 9pm UK time.
Wet Soap Wednesday comes round again surprisingly quickly. Though, a bit like Christmas, it shouldn’t really be as surprise should it? It’s not as if there’s a possibility it might not turn up on time…
I digress. These are Super Scrubby Peppermint, Love Spell and Clarity, all freshly poured and rocking the glossy look.
Soap in the Mould
This was Love Spell just poured and before the top was textured:
Love Spell, freshly poured
And here it is after the obligatory titivation:
Day 13 tomorrow – sooo close to halfway. If you’re still with me almost 2 weeks in I thank you, very much. If you have any themes or topics you’d like me to touch on during the second half of Blogtober do let me know – I’ll try to fit in a bit more of that personal stuff I find so awkward too 😀