Sunday, 27 July 2008

Just Soap Pics

I have been playing around with some soaps to get some photos for the website. So no big write up this time, just some pics.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Nettle Soap

I made my first nettle soap a couple of years ago, and was absolutely delighted with it. I felt it was about time I made another one, and this time I wanted a really deep green. So instead of water, I used a strong nettle infusion, I used ( amongst other oils ) unrefined hemp and avocado oils as well as deep green virgin olive oil, again to intensify the green I wanted. Together with a goodly amount of ground dried nettle to give it deep deep green flecks, it produced this soap:-

I am keeping my fingers crossed that this gorgeous green won't fade. It is scented with Sweetgrass FO, Rosemary and Lavender, yummy sweet herby smell.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Oriane and Clementine

I have been soaping a bit more lately, these two are the latest ones.

Oriane is coloured with UM Pink in the base, with a UM Purple and TD swirl. I keep sniffing this one constantly, I think I am addicted to the EO mix, it is awesome - Palmarosa, Geranium YlangYlang are just some of the EOs used. Oriane was done in a slab mould.

Clementine was only made last night. I have just unmoulded and cut it, couldnt restrain myelf any longer, lol, the beautiful citrus scent was driving me nuts! The FO is from Gracefruit, my favourite oil and FO supplier and it was an absolute dream to soap, no accelation at all. I coloured the base with an Annatto seed infusion and swirled with TD. The colour is glorious, a rich orangey yellow. This will fade after a while if the soap isn't stored in the dark, but if it is kept out of bright light, it will keep its colour for quite some time.

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Looking after mum-to-be with BBB Oil

No. 2 son and his partner are expecting their daughter towards the end of this year, and of course we are all absolutely delighted. I wanted to do something for my lovely daughter in law, because so often friends and family concentrate on the baby when buying treats and gifts and forget that mum-to-be needs a bit of pampering during her pregnancy. So, amongst other things, I have formulated a very special oil for her to try and reduce the risk of stretch marks. I could have gone for a belly balm but the idea of an oil appealed to me more. The oil contains a number of butters and oils specially selected for their abilities to nourish and soften the skin and improve elasticity and suppleness. Raspberry seed oil, plum kernel oil, rosehip oil as well as shea butter, mango butter and orchid complex are some of the ingredients used, along with a few drops of essential oils, like lavender, rosemary, rose geranium, ylang ylang and rose.

This particular batch was scented mostly with an amber infusion, which I have had brewing for nearly a year now. The scent is just awesome. I liked the oil and the way it sank into the skin so quickly without leaving the slightest bit of stickiness so much that I made a batch for myself as well. I am using it as a body oil and my skin feels so very smooth and velvety. I have to say I prefer this to a body lotion or body milk. This is definitely something I will be adding to the range of products as soon as possible.

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Clarisse for Sue

Three more weeks and my DS Nick will have finished his tree surgery course at college, and then I will be able to pester him to get the website finished! In the meantime, this is a special " For Sue " post to enable her to re-order the right soap, lol, which we think was this one, Clarisse.

This limited edition soap was enriched with skin loving oils like Cherry Kernel, Hazelnut and Rice bran, with a good dollop of rich Mango butter on top of the usual ingredients. Tussah silk ( Tussah is a humane silk, gathered after the moth has emerged from the cocoon ) was added for that extra luxurious touch. It was swirled with a natural alkanet root infusion ( the purple ) and ultramarine pink. To get get the crackle effect, Titanium Dioxide ( whitener ) was added.