I’ve got my head in the (citrus) clouds again…

Citrus Clouds

This soap makes me imagine what it’s like to be a famous celebrity living on my fabulous ranch in southern California.

I’m between movies having a lazy day. I decide to take a walk in my personal citrus grove; the one that is tended to by someone on my payroll. I decide to spread my ethically sourced bamboo and cashmere blanket on the ground and take in the scenery. The scent is intoxicating. I look up and see a sunny sky with perfect, fluffy clouds straight from central casting. My hunky boyfriend brings me my macrobiotic lunch and proceeds to rub my feet. It’s so good to be me…

Our Citrus Clouds soap may not bring you a perfect celebrity lifestyle, but it certainly is a favorite on Emmet Street. Whether you have to be on the set or in a cubicle at 8 a.m., this soap packs a wake-you-up-in-the-morning wallop with its orange and lemon verbena fragrance.

Look what we’ve cooked up in the kitchen: Chocolate lavender truffle handcrafted soap!

Emmet Street Creations Chocolate Lavender Truffle Handcrafted Soap

This soap leaves me feeling very confused.

It smells like a luscious chocolate lavender truffle made by a high-end chocolatier. I want to take a big bite out of it, but I know I can’t because it’s soap and–although it’s made from natural ingredients like olive, coconut and palm oils–soap is not good food.

My only consolation is because Emmet Street Creations Chocolate Lavender Truffle handcrafted soap is made from such natural moisturizing ingredients, I will be rewarded with luxuriously soft skin. The chocolate fragrance oil and lavender essential oil has me smelling great, too.

Don’t believe this soap can smell as good as I say it does? Why not try it out for yourself? You can find it, along with many other tantalizing scent options, in the Emmet Street Creations store on Etsy.

Sneak peek

Now that the holiday season is over, I’m back in my lab (a.k.a., my extremely tiny kitchen). Here’s a sampling of some of the things I’ve been working on.

I managed to crank out three loaves of soap in two days before I ran out of ingredients. The loaf on the left below is a new batch of Summer Block Party. The swirls turned out so differently this time around. I’m getting more bold in my use of colors and scent and you can see the results in the middle loaf. It’s scented with essential oils of eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender. I haven’t thought of a name yet but it is definitely a sinus clearer!  Finally, Soap á l’orange is a customer favorite. I make this anytime I get my soaping equipment out. I can’t wait to cut into these! They will need to cure for at least six weeks so I expect them to be in the shop in February.

(L-R) Cucumber Melon & Pear, Eucalyptus Mint & Lavender, Soap á l’orange

I’ve also been making “No Fuss Fizzies.” I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get a little frustrated by all the color and glitter and floaty things that go into some bath bombs. While I love anything that nourishes my dry skin, sometimes I just want to take a bath, relax, and not worry about scrubbing glitter off the sides of my tub (and out of other places).  My “No Fuss Fizzies” are the perfect solution. They are color and floaty-thing free and made with simple ingredients and gentle scents that will leave your skin feeling soft and your tub ring free. Look for these to make an appearance in my Etsy shop soon:

Large and small bath fizzies

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The 12 soaps of Christmas: And a partridge in a pear tree…

Crisp Pear 5

This pear-scented soap should come with a warning label:

Warning

The color swirls will enchant you with the way they change as you use it. It’s a good thing this soap is packed with moisturizers—specifically coconut, palm, olive, rice bran and castor oils—since you’re spending all your time in the shower.

We recommend using Crisp Pear only on weekends; you will be late for work if you try to use it during the week. If you are late for work too often, you may be unable to buy more of our soap; that would make us sad.

The 12 soaps of Christmas: Day 11

Winter Solstice

The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, but the hours the sun is in the sky are pretty amazing. Here in the northern hemisphere, we rejoice on the days the sun is shining bright—it makes the cold seem a little less, well, cold.

There are also a lot of holiday parties (i.e., eating occasions) this time of year. Maybe at one of those functions someone will bring a dessert featuring cranberry and fig. Don’t expect to see one of those fancy desserts if you come to my family’s house; the fanciest thing we make is pumpkin pie using an old, family recipe—the one featured on the label of the can of pumpkin.

But, if you do happen to stay as a guest, I will have Winter Solstice on hand for you to use when you shower. Not only does this soap look and smell lovely, it contains several moisturizing oils that will soothe your dry, itchy skin (and maybe your soul after your exposure to the insanity that is my family).


The 12 soaps of Christmas: Day 10

Snuggle Blanket 4

The long, cold winter nights have settled in. I don’t know about you, but one of the best ways to pass the time is to snuggle up with my honey under a cozy blankie and sip some homemade cocoa (marshmallows optional).

When I’m cold, I like to cuddle up to my sweetie pie and “steal his heat,” because the man freakin’ radiates heat. I am seriously jealous of his internal furnace, because I spend the winter months with my fingers and toes feeling permanently frozen. Sometimes I think getting hot flashes would be welcome, but my menopausal acquaintances assure me I will think otherwise when they actually start to happen.

Anyway… back to cuddling. If I’m lucky enough to catch my man after he showers, I can smell the scent of the shaving cream he uses. It’s lovely. The scent of this Snuggle Blanket soap smells just like it; it’s the next best thing to having him around.

The 12 soaps of Christmas: Day 9

Beachin 3

Nothing says Christmas to me like a day at the beach. Seriously.

For many years, some of my favorite Christmases were spent on a beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida. My parents wanted to flee the winter cold that had settled in. And, if I had to speculate, they also wanted to escape the frenzy of family gatherings we would be obligated to attend had we actually been in Ohio. (Thank you, Mom and Dad, for providing your introverted child the opportunity to avoid some of those functions. That was the greatest Christmas gift of all time.)

Looking at this soap reminds me of the ocean and the white sand beaches where my brothers and I spent hours looking for shells and other treasures that washed ashore when the tide rolled in. I can almost hear the waves hitting the shore. I think I’ll be booking a trip soon…

While I’m waiting for that day to come, I’ll use this Beachin’ soap and think fondly of Christmases past.