Totally Apples and More Cosmic Patchouli

I’m on a fruity kick lately and last week it was all about apples.  I had several great smelling apple fragrance oils, so I thought I’d put them all together and make a new bar called Totally Apples.  We have crisp red delicious, tart granny smith and sweet golden delicious.  Turned out pretty and fresh smelling.

Totally Apples the cut
Totally Apples the cut

For the colors, I took my que from the apples themselves, so we have a greenish yellow mica, dark red sparkle mica and apple green mica. The yellow was a new mica I had never soaped before, but in the container it was perfect.  I was using the yellow as my base color, as soon as the prepped color hit the soap batter it turned bright apricot!!  Soaping is so much fun, with surprises at every turn.  So I just moved forward thinking ‘oh well, I have red and green apples in an apricot base’  not ideal, but I could only hope the morphing would reverse after gel

the before apricot base on the left and the after gel pale yellow on the right.  Yaaay.

Totally Apples
Totally Apples – love how it came out after all

The same weekend I did a remake of my Cosmic Patchouli.  I changed up the scent just slightly, used my usual mix of smokey patchouli essential oil, dark sweet patchouli essential oil and this time added a secret ingredient of a dash of rosehips and jasmine.  Just enough to kick it up a bit – LOVE  it.

both Cosmic Patchouli and Totally Apples will be cured and ready for sell on March 7th.

 

Cucumber Melon and Bear Scrub Re-Stock

Spring is in the air (well in a few months anyway) which makes now the perfect time to start soaping for the season.  A few weeks ago I made a new soap called Cucumber Melon, very fresh and clean smelling, with great overtones of crisp cucumber plus warm cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon.  Awesome!

Cucumber Melon
Cucumber Melon

My fragrance mix soaped beautifully with a lot of working time before it got too thick.  I was able to do a nice drop swirl of the cream color, and the apple green mica and desert sunset mica with lots of layers for a really nice wispy look.

Cucumber melon swirls
Cucumber melon swirls

My recipe (which is the best in my humble opinion) has a few hard oils (cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil) which makes it a little hard to get working time, it wants to go to a medium to heavy trace pretty quickly – but it is such great soap, I am willing to keep the recipe as is.  The trade-off is I don’t often get to do more intricate designs UNLESS the fragrance oils are particularly nice to me.  So it’s fun to come across a mix that lets me play.

love the fresh Spring colors and swirly top
love the fresh Spring colors and swirly top

The same weekend I also did a re-make of Bear Scrub.  This has been a pretty popular soap, and (besides the Pink Himalayan Salt bars) the only exfoliating bar I make.  I use finely ground walnut shells in half the batter and orange peel powder in the other half.

Bear Scrub
Bear Scrub

It is scented with a lemony-limey-champagney type scent that is unisex.  It’s very cleansing, so it’s great for gardeners, mechanics, and anyone who is generally dirtier than the average joe 🙂

you can see the walnut shells and orange peel powder in the bar
look close – you can see the walnut shells and orange peel powder in the bar

Both the Cucumber Melon and Bear Scrub bars will be available for sale on Feb. 22 – and will both be at my Hillside Soapworks booth Sunday Farmer’s Market at the Valley Fort