Can you believe Halloween is just days away? Have you all prepared excellent costumes? Are your cornucopias overflowing with sugary bounty?
A friend inquired recently about soaps for infants and children and I had to accommodate! How can you deny an expecting mother such a simple wish?
Tea-feuled and feisty,
This week we bore witness to a lucky occurrence of a Blood Moon. I slept through it but have indulged in pouring over pictures of it online, and it was stunning. A strange thing happens to me during full moons: my sleep becomes horrible. Perhaps the extra luminescence makes deep sleep more elusive or maybe full moon madness stirs my thoughts, keeping them from settling enough to sleep. Whatever transpires causes in me a restlessness that wriggles from my toes all the way up through my awareness. It’s bothersome but a minor complaint. However, because of my recent sleep deprivation I will not be attending tonight’s Yoga + Wine Under the Stars, John Lennon Vintage.
Instead I will stay in and work on soaps, butters and balms for you lovelies.
Read below the cut to learn all about this invigorating soap.
Welcome to October my friends,
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,
Read below the cut to learn all about this delectable soap.
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,
Read below the cut to learn all about this beautiful soap.
Today I’m relishing in the remaining warm days while formulating a special immune-boosting, synergistic blend of essential oils for a small batch of cold process soap to help you through the cooler months so you can focus on cuddling with loved ones and partaking of pumpkin & spiced goodnesses instead of worrying about the transmission of germs.
This special blend of essential oils will include a scoche of thyme, some spicy clove, crisp lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary. I am also including some bentonite and white kaolin clay with some super-nourishing oils and butters to boot! This soap will be decadent! I can’t wait to share it with you! I may need some help coming up with an awesome name for it. What would you call a luscious, immunity-boosting, smooth-as-clay bar o’ soap?
In other news: I’ll be attending a Fall Equinox Workshop hosted by the ever-lovely Imagine Yoga yogis. Their workshops are always wonderfully grounding & inspiring. I’m particularly excited to attend this one because it will be a nice, smooth transition into fall after a somewhat scattered summer. Also, a large part of my excitement is in seeing how this workshop inspires my mala designs in the coming months.
Such exciting transitions as we move ever-nearer the next new year!
With Windows Open Wide,