New soaps!

Dec 28 2011 Published by under new soaps

I’m so excited, l have made some new soap flavours. Just when we decided l had to have a standard ‘range’ of soap, l realised that part of what l love, love, love about soapmaking is trying new things, tweaking recipes, even soaping in different moulds. So sod it, l think l’m going to have to break my own rules before l even started following them.

Above is ‘Meditate’ soap. I had an essential oil blend here of Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Frankincence & Rosemary, and l added pink rose clay, crushed rose petals, calendula and lavender buds to the soap mix. And just happened to have a clean milk carton here, so revisited my very first soap batch that was poured into a milk carton :-)

I love these bars, they are so rustic and chunky and oddly shaped, and the colour is exactly what l had in mind.

Next up is this lovely green bar, l want to call her Hello Myrtle! – she contains yummy organic crushed lemon myrtle leaves, as well as a blend of Lemon Myrtle fragrance and Lime essential oil. I adore the colour, and the smell is delish!

I can’t wait to test her out…

I’ve had so much fun dreaming up these…and it does make me wonder…how on earth does one stick to a ‘regular’ product range? Do you think it’s something that should even be attempted? (both as a customer if you are reading this, and also as a soapmaker?) l get so much pleasure out of trying new fragrances and playing with new soap designs that it seems almost silly to try and shoehorn myself into a set ‘range’. And the minute that John and l decided that l should try and define a range for practical reasons, l almost felt a little bit sad. I’m sure it had something to do with me not wanting to make soap the past week or two. Maybe it turns into a chore instead of something pleasureable?

Maybe l need to make the soaps that sell and that people ask for…but also make sure that in every soapmaking session there are one or two soaps that are ‘just for fun’ – ones that l make for my own entertainment.

(maybe l’m just looking for an excuse to buy more fragrance oils hahahahaha!)

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thoughts on Christmas…and some flower soaps

Nov 24 2011 Published by under daily soap stuff

Two of my Christmas soaps have sold out already. I’m disappointed now that l didn’t make more, but it’s too late now, and l really haven’t felt like making much soap of late. So instead of working myself into a lather (pun intended LOL) of what to offer customers for possible Christmas gifts, l have decided to do absolutely nothing about it. Yes, you read that correctly.

l think l am going to use the opportunity of a quieter Christmas to slow down a bit, and rethink some of the soaps l offer. l might even close the site for a couple of weeks. I really feel like l need to regroup and recharge, and the thought of having some time off to work on the website, make some soap in my own sweet time and just generally clean things up a bit is too good to resist. I have so many ideas swirling round in my head and so many things on my ‘to do’ list that won’t ever get done if l don’t take a bit of time out.

(I really feel like l need to justify this decision to myself LOL – it’s not exactly good marketing practice to go and have time off right in the middle of the busiest shopping season of the year, is it?)

I’m just tired, and a bit overwhelmed. And really unsure of where l want this little soap biz to go. (how do you decide such a thing anyway?)

Some thinking time could be a very good thing.

And some playtime with my new soap moulds would be fun ;-)

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