Cosmic Springtime – or is it?…..

So a few weeks ago I got this brilliant idea to add to my “Cosmic” line of soaps (cosmic karma; cosmic patchouli; and cosmic rainbow) which are super popular due to the number of colors I use in one bar of soap – oh and they all smell awesome….anyway, I thought I would use one of my newest and heavenly fragrance mixtures and call it Cosmic-whatever-season-it-is, and use the same fragrance mix but each season change up the color scheme.  Still love this idea by the way.

Cosmic Springtime loaf
Cosmic Springtime loaf

My Springtime colors included micas in pink, soft green, light aqua blue, white.  So pretty just poured and like I said, the smell is so lovely, a little warmth of sandalwood, with hints of fresh clean and very soft perfumy notes with a little light powder scent. Intoxicating, BUT with this whole fragrance mix come a substantial amount of vanilla – and vanilla as yummy as it is, goes dark over time.

Cosmic Springtime cut
Cosmic Springtime cut – why can’t it stay like this?

After the initial cut, I was sooo happy with it, but during the past 3 weeks of curing they have gotten darker and darker, not so Springtime-ey, but that fragrance is still the best thing ever – question is, can I handle the color change, or should I change the fragrance mixture alltogether and use that in the whole concept of Cosmic-whatever-the-season-it-is bars.  Hmmmm still undecided

I think I will keep the concept, but create a new fragrance with a lot less vanilla 🙁  By the way, Cosmic “Springtime” will be available for sale the 1st of Feb, all 12 bars, just as they are, they are a little dark, but the soap is awesome and the scent marvelous!

Using Botanicals in Soap & a True Beauty Bar

I love using homegrown botanicals in my hand crafted soap.  I grow several types of lavender, rosemary,  rose geranium and lemon geranium.  I also use dried calendula petals and chamomile buds in my soaps as well.

Lavender in the garaden
Lavender in the garaden

My preferred method is to get a good amount of cuttings from the plant, rinse well under clean water and let air dry on paper towels overnight (they are still fresh and soft – not dried).  I then trim the leaves/buds from the main stalk.  When the botanicals are ready, I weigh my oil (I like to use coconut oil – its light weight and colorless – and once infused it can take on the natural color of the botanical) and pour it over the plant matter in a glass container. I I heat the oil over a double boiler of simmering water.  I let it infuse over low/medium heat for about 4 hours.  Then strain the plant matter from the oil into another glass container – I like to strain twice to make sure there are no sandy bits in the oil.  It’s now ready to use in my soap recipe.  All the good skin benefits from the plant are now infused in the coconut oil along with the natural scent and color from the plant!

I just replenished my supply of Rosemary Sage flower bars – using fresh rosemary along with essential oils of rosemary and sage – and Lavender Green Tea flower bars – using fresh lavender, steeped green tea and lavender essential oil

Rosemary Sage botanical soap
Rosemary Sage botanical soap
Lavender Green Tea botanical soap
Lavender Green Tea botanical soap

Then I created a new beauty bar using Chamomile petals and buds infused into coconut oil and fresh calendula petals stirred into the soap batter.  I also use Chamomile, Bergamot and YlangYlang essential oils for additional scent.  This is a true beauty bar.

Chamomile YlangYlang Calendula mixing soap batter colors
Chamomile YlangYlang Calendula mixing cosmetic mica colorants into the raw soap batter

Chamomile is a natural skin brightener, it has natural antioxidants that help protect the skin from free radical damage and suppress the visible signs of aging and it’s effective for all things needing anti-itch properties.

Calendula petals mixed into the plain white soap batter
Calendula petals mixed into the plain white soap batter

Calendula is known for its natural restorative properties that infuse the skin with a youthful glow. It helps to protect the skin from premature aging and thinning of the skin. Calendula is safe enough to be used on the delicate skin under the eyes to help prevent crow’s feet.

Chamomile YlangYlang Calendula Beauty Bar - A little powerhouse for beautiful skin!
Chamomile YlangYlang Calendula Beauty Bar – A little powerhouse for beautiful skin!

ALL 3 types of bars will be ready to purchase in the next few weeks!