I’ve added a ‘curing rack’ page for soaps that are recently made and finishing cure, as a sneak-peek at coming attractions, and so that if your favorite bar is out of stock you will be able to check the curing rack for when it is available again.
As handmade soap takes a month and more to cure, I try to keep basic and seasonal scents in close rotation, and work in the background on the upcoming season and new scents. I’m doing autumn and winter testing now, for example, and will begin production on them soon; check out the new page for hints of what’s to come.
I’ve also refined the seasonal pages a bit to make them easier to navigate.
I’ve been making summery soaps lately, with wild gathered herbs & fruit, plus infused oils, all to capture the season; High Plains, with sweetgrass oil and sage & conifer essential oils, a summertime limited edition,
Rose soap with goatmilk from Wildwood Soap Company
High Plains soap with sweetgrass & fir needle infused oils
Green Dusk soap
Roses (a creamy goatmilk soap infused with Damask rose petals and swirled in shades of pinkest pink), Huckleberry (with shea butter and huckleberries), Fireweed, which uses the flowering tops of one of my favorite wild flowers, and smells deliciously of jasmine, ylang and patchouli, Green Dusk for Dreaming (an herbal blend of marjoram, lavender and pine) and Thundershower, with mint and French lavender to cool off with after a day in the sun. ‘Pend Orielle Skies’ reflects the shimmer of skies on big water, with a refreshing grapefruity-lemony blend and silky shea butter.
More cooling, from the peppermint of ‘Glacier’ and the cool lavender and fir needle of ‘Secret Garden’ are on the curing racks and will be ready to ship soon.
Spring having slipped away from us with the last of the rains, the last few Hyacinth and Lilac bars are on sale while they last.
My eremurus robustus has pink pollen; I noticed this because the honeybees that are on it all day while it is in flower have pink socks (the pollen they gather on their legs I think of them as stuffing in their socks).
It’s hard to get a pic because the plant is so tall and in the center of a bed, and the bees wave me off if I get too close, but today I finally got a pic that shows it.
Eremurus robustus with honeybees
Honeybees got pink socks!
Another very cool thing? The flowers are a great illustration of the whorls that nature makes, the flowers open in a rising spiral from the base.
First snow at ground level today came with the morning coffee; it’s been dusting the peaks up above for a few days now but I hope it doesn’t stick until after Thanksgiving, don’t you? I’m not ready for 4wD or the Tire Change Festival.
Here’s a phone-pic of ‘Winter’, one of the new holiday soaps for this year; it’s a woodsy-spicy-lavendery scent, all in white and pearl.
‘Winter’ handmade soap
Photos of recent soaps from the workshop.
First, a summery neroli-scented blend with a hint of coriander and a dab of patchouli, very creamy and softly floral:
Stack of handmade Orange Blossom soaps
And then a woodsy spicy “Guy soap” with the deep aroma of Oakmoss blended with woods and resins. Very masculine, and also comforting. (Did you know that Oakmoss lichen is also called ‘Antlered Perfume’?)
More pics to come as I learn how to get the new uploader in a full nelson. :P