less is more

I'm sitting here wondering what the heck I've been up to lately.....Everything?  That's what I hate about my brain sometimes.  It wants to learn and do everything.  I've actually stopped myself from experimenting with too many products and have focused on finalizing my favorites.  This only happens when I feel like I have a revelation or fantastic idea.  

My recent soaps have been my absolute favorites.  I reduced my castor oil to almost nothing and added more olive oil and suddenly I have plenty of time to play with my batter.  It has really saved me from failed batches.  I had just about given up for awhile.  The kicker is that I think it lathers better.  It has a silkiness to it that I love.  One of my favorites I'm using now is White Ginger & Amber from Brambleberry.  I find it to be a unisex and calming, subtle fragrance.  I used natural cocoa butter in this one.  


I also made another batch of my Birthday Party Cake Fun soap!  I love this one.  I don't have any photos of it cut yet, but they are just simple white bars of soap.  I have to make sure I use light oils to get a white bar (along with titanium dioxide).  Here is a photo of my previous batch.  I scented it with Green Tea from NG, which is probably my favorite fragrance right now.  It's strong, behaves, and lasts and lasts.


I was also playing around with labeling my lip balms.  Of course I had to name them after my dog, Milla!  Not sure if everyone knows how to pronounce it, but it's mela with a long e.  I randomly give these out to friends and soon my family and want them to be labeled.  I like to know that they know what they are putting on their lips.  I wasted a bunch of lip balms by trying to put the maximum amount of flavor in them, i.e. 3-4%, and I just wasn't happy.  I felt like it changed the feel of them so I reduced the amount in half and I'm happy now.  I think it just goes my whole philosophy....sometimes less is more.



On another note, spring is approaching (and sometimes retreating), but it makes me excited to get out and go mountain biking soon.  I blinged up my bike with some cute tassels!  We'll see how long they last or if they end up hitting trees or something.  Maybe people will think I'm weird?  That's okay, because I am!


Happy soaping!

Comments

  1. Pretty soaps...the textured tops are just beautiful! I am still trying to cut down on my oils, but it's not working...however, that's interesting that you mentioned reducing the castor. I made a batch without it (and I always use it) but increased the coconut oil amount. Lovely lather, and I'm contemplating phasing out castor...we'll see! I like that you named your lip balms after your dog..so sweet! I had to laugh at the last sentence...weird is good, I think I'm weird too lol! :)

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    1. Thank you! I love my fluffy tops. LOL! I believe each oil brings its own quality to a soap and I've definitely changed my mind over the years as to what oils I want in my soap. One time it was rice bran, another time mango butter, then safflower...but in the end I'm using olive, organic palm, coconut, shea or cocoa butter, and 2% castor. I decided that instead of leaving all of the castor out that 2% gave me just a touch of what I needed. I also use 1% SL because it just needs to be there! LOL!

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  2. The Birthday Party Cake Fun soap is so sweet with all that colors! Love the lebelling of your lip balms too!

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    1. Thank you Natalia! Birthday Party Cake Fun soap is one of my favorite soaps and the best part is that it's so easy to make. Mix and pour! White soaps are just pretty! I'm glad you like my labeling. It seems like it took me forever to finally figure out what I wanted.

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  3. Both soaps are realy pretty!

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    1. Thank you! I probably should take pictures of them out of the mold someday!

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