Yes, I know I have said that 2012 is the year for paring down my soaps, but I love creating new soaps and a couple years I started soaping the full moons, taking inspiration from the names of the full moons. These are single batches that are not intended to be repeated. Essential oils are mixed on the fly as the whim takes me.
This year I have already made two of these... Sugar Moon and Grass Moon. Sugar moon was the March full moon and is ready for sale. The April one is not fully cured yet but will be available soon.
Sugar moon Soap I had envisioned as a sweet delicacy. I'll be honest.... I used an essential oil blend that I was developing for another soap and set aside, so I used that as a starting point and adding "sweeter" notes to it. While that was my goal, where I ended up was much less sweet than I expected, but really nice! I think my nose and palate crave more "green" in spring and this soap is headed in that direction. I used a whole mess of different essential oils like; bergamot, nutmeg, basil, cedarwood, black pepper, vetiver, japanese mint, patchouli, blood orange, benzoin, and petitgrain,
Grass Moon Soap on the other hand, was envisioned to be green and fresh and I nailed it! Stylistically, I wanted something more literal, but I am happy with the more symbolic interpretation. It is scented with an essential oil blend that contains sage, juniper, lavender, basil, lemongrass, may chang, anise, and vetiver. It also contains some clay (earth) and french green clay (grass) as well as the uncolored soap (air).
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....