All things green and spring

The air these days is full of green, new scents…poplar leaves unfolding put their spicy resin on the breeze, the warmed soil smells soft and alive, even the new grass underfoot has a sweetness.

Trying to capture these in soap (of course!) has led to several new soaps, including Lemongrass Forest (a blend of lemongrass, black spruce and spearmint, using an armload of freshly cut lemongrass to infuse in the water portion and a dab of galbanum, the King of Green); a batch of Avo-Avo-Avo using gorgeous emerald green cold pressed virgin avocado oil (I’ll have to post a pic of the oil!), Mojito Mint using fresh sprigs of Cuban mojito mint from the greenhouse and sprightly key lime essential oil, a re-stock of Evergreen, and Lavender-Chamomile layered soap that kisses chamomile infused oil with blue chamomile essential oil and western red-cedar essential oil.

It’s been a while since I tinkered with a few of my botanical colorants, and I have a new blue I am trying out (gardenia! who knew!), and some new clay colors, so I’m rounding that testing out with some greens: nettle from a different source (I refuse to grow it!  Too many hours weeding it out of show beds in the nursery I used to work for, too many welts on my hands and arms for me to ever approach it fresh again; luckily, when it’s dried it loses its sting), a pretty batch of alfalfa, and some other mints.  First, though, I have transplanting to do, and potting on, and the sun on the greenhouse is an invitation to run outside and play, so I am going!