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Inspired by the National Geographic

…by a photo of a hot air balloon, that is, from a National Geographic photo.  Here’s the original photo: Hot Air Balloon, New Mexico.  I immediately saw it as soap-able, especially in melt-and-pour, which I don’t do, and asked a friend in the Hague to play along.  While I am waiting for that soap to appear on my horizon, several other friends have joined in and made colorful, whimsical soaps based on that image.  I cut the first of two attempts today; this first one is a slab, the second will be done in a log and in brighter colors.

Colored with yellow, pink, and Australian red clays, and ultramarine blue, this is a muted version instead of the brilliant photo; I had fun swirling the poured soap and envisioning how it would look cut.

The cut bars, ready for a bit of edge-cleaning and a cure.  They are scented with a bright, sunny blend of lime-lemon and patchouli and turned out a bit better than I thought they might, graphically speaking.

Stay tuned, as variation number two is in the wings; more intensely colored, with a different scent, but still calling on the imagery in the photo (a small printout of it, for my workroom reference, is visible along next to the cut bars of soap.

Oakmoss & plinky bubbles

I collected more oakmoss last week, (bonus to the weird weather; woke up thinking it’d be a good day to look for it, after the gale and downpour)–I think I will try tincturing it just for fun.

It’s that or find a perfume locket for a chunk of it, I do like the smell….. at reasonable amounts.  The absolute is not only very very pricey, it is incredibly strong.  That and the possible irritancy of the tree mosses hold me back from soaping it.  There are a few fragrance oils that dupe it, and I have smelled a couple that come close, but haven’t yet found one I want to soap.  But since I keep returning to the moss fragments on my desk, and find myself stuffing bits in my pockets, I have to do something with the oakmoss that falls from the sky.  Even if that only ends up as a personal scent, or a perfume locket, and a guide for what fo to use when I give up and soap with a duplication.

LOL, Unreasonable amounts would also include the bathbomb I treated myself to the other day; some store brand, it was a nice scent but OVERPOWERING and CLINGY.  I had to take 2 showers afterwards, the smell was that hard to remove.  And then bleach the tub!  It’s too bad, cause the tech was there; it was nicely fizzy (the sound is my favorite, I think; those plinky bubbles), it emulsified well, left a nice emollience behind, it was pretty (pink and white) but the owls could probably smell the bath out on the county road.  I’m not sure a quarter of the remaining one wouldn’t be too strong!  Still, it was nice, and I will have to find a recipe and make some un/barely scented ones, using some favorite or new essential oil blends.  I could really see crawling gratefully into a eucalyptus or ginger-orangey fizzy bath to warm up after a day of shoveling and plowing.

Happy New Year

A new year for soaping and the farm..the weather is uncannily mild and it seems like spring, more than the snow encrusted time January usually is.  And I’m FINE with that! :)  I had to go to the Big City last week and I hauled soaping oils back; unthinkable usually in the winter.

I’m using the extra time I have that’s usually plowing and shoveling to do some testing and product development, and have pages of new soaps scrawled in the notebook, so there will be new things to share soon.

I’m going to be installing a different shopping cart this winter too; I’ve found another one that is more flexible and will allow coupons and other goodies; but that will come after getting the seed catalog done, so —look for a slight ‘disturbance in the (shopping cart) force’, but not until March.