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Thundershower soap log

Sunny September

Blue skies and sweet briar rose hips

While we all wish it would rain more, to relieve our drought, still the glorious blue skies of late September, vs the awful brown/red from summers’ fiery weeks, are most welcome.

 

Summer was pretty stressful, between not being able to water the gardens enough to keep things happy, and the horrid air and worries, and the unsettling way things looked.  It was otherworldy, not to mention the modified stationary freakout as we all got ready to evacuate if we had to.  There were choppers on Black Mountain all day :S

The sun was an appalling tangerine-fuchsia color, the air was coral, and the moon was simply surreal.

Fiery nights :(

 

I’m always soaping to suit the weather of course, and being a water person and loving rain it features a lot in the soaps I make. . . here is Thundershower, one of my favorite soaps, with its blend of lavender and mint, on the cutter ready to slice:

Thundershower soap log

Cooler weather (finally!) brought fall colors to the garden including the Colchicums, some of my favorite fall bulbs.

It’s alsColchicumso heralded migrations, and for a few days last week the farmyard was full of bluebirds! When I recovered my brains and tried to take some photos, they had moved out of photo-range beyond the barns, but it was still a magnificent gift to have had them so close up.  This morning there was a magpie on the garden fence, so very odd to have him here as they never used to range this far north, but I have seen them several times this summer.  Perhaps the fire season chased them away from their homes :(

Farmers’ Market is almost done for the outdoor season (one week left) and I am prepping for the Holiday Market, and the Celebration of Craft, while also doing pre-winter chores… but today I have apples to sauce, and will take a few moments to pause and admire the changing of the seasons. Then it’s back to soaping and filling orders and getting photos uploaded.

I did get the furball in WP figured out, and am re-enabling comments :)At my market booth

Some website tweaks :) including a curing rack

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.

Fireweed soap

Summer soaps (from my wild woods to your shower!)

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,

'Roses' goatmilk soap

Rose soap with goatmilk from Wildwood Soap Company

High Plains Soap

High Plains soap with sweetgrass & fir needle infused oils

Green dusk for dreaming

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.

Fireweed soap

Fireweed soap

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.

New photos

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:

Orange Blossom soaps

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’?)

Wild Lichen oakmoss handmade soap

 

 

 

More pics to come as I learn how to get the new uploader in a full nelson. :P