When my order for new fragrances (along with some re-stocking of old favorites) arrived I was especially excited about the espresso fragrance oil I purchased; the rich, warm, smooth aroma it bears is a perfect complement to the sweet, dense, familiar scent of dark rich chocolate, which is of my favorite fragrances so far.
What better way to warm yourself than by exalting in a truly delectable blend? The spirit of two beans, which pair so well they dance through cafes across the world, make me wish this soap was edible.
In addition to soap making I am busy formulating recipes for salves, balms and butters to help with winter skin problems. For this I infused mango butter with calendula, oils of avocado, sweet almond and grape seed with lavender and am currently infusing a large batch of grape seed oil with hops. I can’t wait to use these to make wonderfully smooth, emollient concoctions.
Waiting for the wind, Kelly
Succulent Mocha Soap — Full of Love
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Are you enjoying the last Saturday of this year’s summer? I hope so.
Great news! The soap I wrote about yesterday has come out absolutely beautifully. The bar itself is testament to the wonderful bentonite clay immersed throughout and boasts and stunning, gentle green tone. The thin layer of soap I poured on top has also turned out beautifully: it undulates gracefully across the surface of the bar, offering a little bit of visual interest and the wonderful properties of white kaolin clay!
What’s more is that the blend of essential oils smells fantastic! At first it comes across as a complex herbaceous aroma but as you inhale deeply you begin to notice the subtle spice notes. Overall I find the blended scent invigorating and refreshing. I eagerly await the end of this soap’s curing time so I may try it out.
All My Herbs Are Going to Seed, Kelly
Isn’t it lovely?
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As winter draws ever nearer we have begun making some delicious, richly scented soaps to keep spirits warm when it’s frosty outside. The first one we’ve done is a Dark Chocolate & Cocoa Butter Soap. This has a velvety smooth scent and the cocoa powder inclusion promises to be delightful! Since it’s full of antioxidants it boasts great benefits for skin and should be a great treat for those who suffer from dry skin during the cooler months.
Dark Chocolate & Cocoa Butter Soap
While we were at it we made a batch of Hazelnut Toffee & Loofah Soap! This is our first time using shredded loofah in a soap and we’re excited to see how well it exfoliates!