I’m on the wire here for one of the biggest craft shows of the summer and I’m totallllly low on soap. This weekend I went full force into production with some staples and a two new seasonal soaps. I hate being crunched on time like this but really didn’t have much opportunity to get things done with relaxing and my other business. Throw in my “real” job (that always gets in the way of what I really want to be doing) and then spending quality time with the family, and other house-ly duties, soaping hasn’t been able to be a priority.
Now I hear all the time about priorities in our home and my husband really could care less at the moment if soap gets made, up until the point there isn’t any in the shower or any in the closet. Convenient. I told him a week in advance that soap. must. Get. MADE…Upcoming show and I need time to package everything! It can be daunting; especially when I’m a one-woman soap show now. B.D (before Derek) we would soap until the wee hours of the morning. Blissful in our teamwork. Haha..it really wasn’t blissful because we have different work styles. I’m the creative genius (I like to think) and there is a madness in my workflow. He is the methodical engineer, with his thoughts all streamlined. It’s an interesting work relationship, to say the least. And 2 a.m. puts a strain on a loving relationship when work is involved.
Which leads to some great ideas for new soap. Persona soaps, I would call them. Lumberjack and Earth Mama. Soaps that make me think of me and my love. They are by far the most complex scented soaps I have made thus far, I believe. And Earth Mama is one of the most colorful ones I have made. I hope the colors do come out. Lavender, a rosey pink, moss green and a bit of natural soap color…Lumberjack is a blend of lichen, cedar, and fir needle. Ooo woodsy with a slightly sweet undertone. What a delish man-scent. And Earth Mama is the compliment with lichen, ylang ylang, lavandin, orange and may chang. Oh, it is so lovely. I cut these tonight along with 3 other batches and 2 more batches of soap to make. Then there are 2 more batches after that to make…
The downside to all the soap is packaging all of it. This will be 100 bars of soap or so. And that’s even not really at full stock! The upside is that my house smells fabulous. Pretty much all the time. I love it. These two lovelies were spring soaps: Herb Garden and Fresh Day.
I just love the colors of these. And see that lovely layer of calendula. Ahh this is such a soothing soap! More soap porn tomorrow!