Exciting news! Although it's not completely finished, I've been working on the website over the last few days and now have Valentines Day bath and body kits for sale. I'm offering four kits per scent...I don't want to get too overwhelmed at the start. Visit the shop page here.
I've also been having a lot of fun with the photos.
In the very near future, I'll be posting about upcoming workshops: SOAPMAKING 101 and Make Your Own Spa Kit workshop coming up at the end of February...which will make a great gift for your crafty sweetheart.
It's been pretty busy around here for the last few days. I was able to whip up a batch of Sublime Lime exfoliating sea salt soap with lime, rosemary and benzoin essential oils. I want to eat it. I also worked out a few bugs in my bath truffle recipe. Next is whipped body butter and whipped sugar scrub with finely ground sugar...I can't wait to try that one out :)
Here is the Winter Mint soap I made yesterday evening.
I've been experimenting with creating infusions from spices. The pink is from a madder root infusion I made a couple of days ago, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I will play around with the colors a bit more in the next batch but I consider this batch a soap success.
I must admit that I am smitten with bath bombs. I've never tried one before testing one out that I made last week. Now I get it. They're awesome. I'm not a fan of the giant round bombs. It, frankly, seems a bit much. Last night, I broke one of my giant bomb cakes in half and I still would have been satisfied with a bit less...so I decided to make little 1 oz fizzy bath truffles dredged in epsom salt.
I have settled on these for my bath bomb offerings. Whenever I open a storefront, I'm gonna have giant jars filled with these little shimmery lovelies.
I give you Hot August Nights, named after the sexiest album cover EVER. Neil Diamond. I KNOW, RIGHT?
So anyway, I feel like I am getting a real hang of soap making. Have I mentioned that I'm hooked?
To be honest, I'm patting myself on the back for this one. It came out as I intended. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the surprises, the happy accidents. I like even more that what I thought up in my head actually came out right.
The soap I made today is much more subtle and, honestly, I didn't have a clear vision for the look...so we'll have another surprise tomorrow.
Here's a nice closeup...for the full effect. Very yonic.
One thing that was easier about making soap in the kitchen was that Orion could hang out in his highchair (over 10 feet away from me...and the lye). I packed every toy he has in the pack-and-play in the workshop and can make soap while listening to his annoying talking dog robot. A friend came over the other night and noticed that Orion's zone in the workshop has grown substantially.
THIS SOAP SMELLS GOOD. It will definitely be a standard bar that I will always have for sale. I'm gonna cut into it first thing in the morning!
One thing you may not know about me is, once I started doing design work for my husband's sign company, I have become smitten with promotional material. I love seeing other small craft businesses nail it. It is intimidating and inspiring at the same time. I decided to up my game with the soaps (like the photo above). So, this is what I created today:
The giant white vinyl sticker (scraps from hubby's shop) I adhered to the work bench is PERFECT. It scatters the fluorescent shop light beautifully. I could have let you think I have full spectrum diffused lighting on stands or that there was a south facing window nearby, but that's not nearly as exciting as getting a great look from vinyl and fluorescent lights :)
I'm gonna whip out a batch of Hot August Nights soap tomorrow.