Update - soaps first
I have quite a bit to report (that wil teach me to not update regularly!).
First off, I made some complexion soaps - one for dry/mature skin and one for problem/oily skin. I haven't taken pictures yet, although they are going to be cured and ready in the next week or so. To differentiate them from my "regular" soaps, I decided to pour them into my heart shaped molds. They will be a bit smaller than my regular body bars, but facees are smaller as well. I have loaded both bars up with oils that are high in linoleic and linolenic fatty acids, which are wonderful for facial skin. I also added silk, buttermilk and carrots
I have been using the dry one on myself for the last week or so and it I have to admit it is nice (now and will only get better with time!). I need to check my recipe to see what essential oil blend I used, but I have to say I really like it. It is a blend of oils suited for dry or mature skin. I also added silk, buttermilk and carrots
The oily complexion soap has buttermilk added as well, but the addition of rhassoul clay and charcoal powder give it a dark grey color and help to clean problem skin. the essential oil blend is intended for balancing oils and helping to improve complexion.
I think that is all the new soaps I have made. I need to get working on some restocks! Market season will be here before I know it.
With my wax melter in place, I had to try it out. After reviewing what soaps are needed, I decided I needed more Baby Bee soap. I utilize the same base oils for a couple other soaps, so this seemed like the perfect recipe to take my new wax melter for a spin.
I got the baby bee soap out of the way first. I like to cool my lye mixture outside when its cold out, so yesterday was perfect (about 0 degrees F). Everything came together beautifully!
Next was a new soap. I decided to make a cedar bergamot soap and I have had an essential oil blend that was waiting for a soap. I decided to color this batch with orange illite clay and add a bit of walnut powder for a bit of scrubbiness. Oh, and I added some buttermilk goodness. I'm not sure what I will be calling it, so for now it is just cedar bergamot soap. If you have naming suggestions, I am open.
I still have some Baby Bee soaps, so I will be selling those first, but the Cedar Bergamot soap will be ready March 1st.
I like to walk the line between the creative and the analytical. Making soaps and other body care products allows me to explore both sides. I am always in awe of bees and what gifts they provide for us. There are many things to be learned....