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: Day 5

Soap a l'orange 5

I don’t know about you, but I am not a morning person. I’m groggy and can’t put together a coherent sentence. Once, I got to work and couldn’t remember if I let the dog back in the house. (And, yes, because I wasn’t sure, I went back home to check. I’m happy to report when I arrived, she was fine and snuggled into her favorite sleeping spot. Her favorite sleeping spot inside the house.)

Needless to say, getting ready for work in the morning is a challenge. On those particularly rough days, this Soap á l’orange is the perfect pick-me-up. The scent of orange essential oil perks you up and transforms your shower into an orange grove. It’s a proven winner on Emmet Street, it’s hard to keep the stuff in stock—you should get yours now!