I was describing how I make soap to one of my graphic arts instructors. He said, "Man, it sounds like a science experiment!" It does, too. Safety equipment, precise measurements of ingredients, exothermic reactions. It's all there and way cool.
I've been putting all this equipment to good use, too. Coming up next is Pineapple Cilantro & Valencia Orange and Lemon Zinger. Both smell fab. Ahhhhh....
I used some gold mica to make the yellow color here. It's amazing while wet, and I wish I could keep the transparency that wet soap has, but that's an entirely different chemical reaction. So I take pictures and just enjoy the moment.
You should smell my kitchen! So good!
This one's the Pineapple Cilantro & Valencia Orange. I just close my eyes and breathe deeply.
The Lemon Zinger is amazing too. Again, I used gold mica to make swirls, and they are beautiful while wet, not as dramatic when fully cured. The fragrance is pure summertime ~ lemonade and a touch of sandalwood. It sounds weird, I know, but it works! This is probably going to be a favorite for me this summer.
Just don't tell the other soaps...they think they're the favorite, which they are, just not today.
Sometimes things don't always go the way we plan. I like to plan things. Makes me feel like I'm in control. But color in soap can sometimes be like the hair on your head ~ there to remind us we're not really in control after all. ;)
So meet, Lilikoi. Lilikoi is the passion fruit in Hawaiian. Lilikoi is pronounced lil-li-koi, think lil as in slang for little, li as in lick, koi as in the fish (sounds like coy). This li'l girl was intended to be a bold red with deep gold, but she apparently has a mind of her own.
So what does she smell like? Well, the passion fruit is popular in many drinks in Hawaii and certainly not just for adults. The fresh and sweet notes are incredible. If you have never had a passion fruit let me try to explain. Citrus notes like lemon peel have a soft peachy highlight, then juicy raspberries and blackberries sweep the senses and bring in the violet undertones. Vanilla amber takes care of the dry down and you have a passionate thrill right in a bar of soap!
Ask me for a sample with your next order, and I'll include it free!
Yours ever and ever,
There once was a girl from Wyoming,
who sat in the corner, mouth foaming.
She had such great hope
for a beautiful soap,
and sent her mind out about roaming.
The soap smelled of flowers and fruit,
the colors to match, such a beaut.
Alas, for a quirk,
a mess was her work,
astonished and left her plain mute.
Hi. My name is Ana and I'm a coffee addict. Well, I was! That is until coffee and I had a falling out over a small issue of digestion, whereupon I swore off coffee and it sentenced me to worshiping at the porcelain queen for a full day, accompanied by a migraine that would make Thor cry. I have yet to decide who won that round.
Even though I no longer drink it, I still find coffee useful. I use it in my soap! Here's what it brings... Coffee strips odors off your skin. Gently. Fish, onions, garlic, even gasoline are all conquered by coffee, although I admit, when I spilled gasoline on my hands while playing with the lawn mower, I was sincerely skeptical. I reeked! It did take a couple of returns to the sink and soap, but it did work. Amazing!
The soap I make has no added fragrance. That would be counter-whatever... you know. Anyway, it does have coffee grounds and ground luffa for scrubbiness, so if you're mitts are especially grungy (expected when you're cooking!), this cuts right through the goo, and you're clean in no time. I've also designed this recipe with an excess of fats so it doesn't dry your skin. It's a dense bar that lasts a long, long time. Enjoy!!
AnaBanana, the recovering coffee addict.
With spring acting like spring for once (I say that because in Wyoming, spring tends to be a bit muddled - mostly it's winter with a tease of warmer weather), I've been thinking about weddings and spring flowers and wanting to add something new to my products line in both fragrance and content.
Today, in the soap pot, I've got two lovely fragrances. One is Honey Pear, which is delightful, fresh, has a touch of melons, green apples, pear, and definitely honey. I like it a lot. A whole lot! And I've put it in a new soap recipe using goat milk.
Goat milk is mild, soothing, and wonderful to your skin. It's different enough that you'll notice the very first time you use it. It makes a great soap for your face, too.
My second new and old theme in the soap pot today is a coconut milk soap fragranced with lilac. It smells like spring here!
Both soaps are lightly fragranced, good for your skin, and lovely. They'll be ready in about three weeks.
If you're planning a wedding and would like something unusual for your wedding favors, think about some custom-made handcrafted soaps! Let me know here.
Ana lives in a desert in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming with her husband, a ginger-headed daughter, a son, and stinky dog Ana loves creating stuff and sharing her creations. Alas, she's not so great at writing in third person. Ah, well...