Green and leafy, fruity, spicy and sweet

Spring green soap 'Bright Green'The amazing smell of chlorophyll, that green life that drives the planet, is in full force now, and heavy on the air with all the rain we are having.  I tinkered a bit with essential oils to evoke that GREEN, fresh scent, and ended up with a blend of lime, lime leaf (my new favorite citrus/green scent; bright and lively with a hint, just a hint, of rosy somewhere in the background), lavender, lemony may chang and a splash of black spruce, with its jammy sweet, rich and ethereal notes.

The black spruce wanted further investigation, and I paired it with folded tangerine; those two essential oils are divine together!  They want to be together.  A sprinkle of poppy seed sparkled through the batch gives a nice visual interest, and by some twist of luck, the scent and those speckly seeds make for a very mango-looking soap.  All in all, satisfying scent exploration leading to two blends I will definitely use again, and a fun use of botanicals from the garden.

I had the Tropics on my mind, and made a batch of Gardenia, a floral that is hard to do well, as fragrance oils usually are overly sweet or metallic to me; but I had some Monoi on hand from a splurge (you splurge once in a while, don’t you?  I love splurging on things I can share, like Monoi)–it’s virgin coconut oil, infused with Gardenia blossoms, in far off Tahiti.  I lifted the scent just a wee with the nicest Gardenia fragrance oil I could find, but when I make the next batch, I won’t need it, as the Monoi came through very nicely.

Carrying the warmer-climates theme forward, I restocked ‘Cardamom’, and this time used some infused oil I had prepared from a pound of Cardamom pods; mmmmm!  Often customers say they feel like taking a bite of my soaps, it’s a running joke at the Market (I even have a sort of Victorian sign, tongue in cheek, “Please Don’t Eat the Soap”)—but the Cardamom makes me feel like taking a nibble!