Very Busy and A Giveaway!

Yes my dear readers I am back!  I am been very busy getting ready for the  craft show I did on Saturday.  Along with that I was testing the S.O.A.P. fragrances, and making a batch for the swap that Bramble Berry is putting on.  It has been very soaptastic in this house.  Here’s a few pictures of what I have been up to:

All of my supplies are ready to go:
Here’s a few things I have made:
The craft show went rather well and if I would have thought to bring my camera I could have shown all of you how wonderful my display looked.  I am going to do a craft show this weekend as well at the Medina Entertainment Center in Minnesota on Saturday.  I will try to remember to bring my camera so I can show you what my set up looks like.

Now time for the giveaway… you can win 2 bars of Sunshine scrub soap.  These are unmarked and wrapped in plastic wrap.  They smell just like sunshine (lemon and orange).  Since they are unmarked here are the ingredients:

Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerin (kosher, of vegetable origin), Shea Butter (refined naturally crushed), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent), Sorbitol (moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Soy bean protein (conditioner), Titanium Dioxide (mineral whitener used in opaque soaps), Valencia Orange Essential Oil, Litsea Essential Oil, Lemon Ginger Tea Leaves.



How to win:  Simply comment on this post and you will be entered.  Your name will be put into a hat and I will pull the winner on Tuesday.  I will post the winners name by 6pm on Tuesday night so make sure you check back to see if you have won.  Good luck!

(edit: I forgot to post the pictures of the soap!  Sorry guys and gals…. here’s a pic!)
I’ll take comments until 5:30pm on Tuesday.


S.O.A.P. Panel: Sugar Scrub Cubes

I personally love sugar scrub cubes.  They are easy to make, take few ingredients, and are easy to use.  I was interested to see if the sugar would alter the scents at all.  Here is what I found out:

First off let’s talk about my recipe.

2 oz Melt and Pour Soap
2 oz Liquid Oil (I used grapeseed)
6 oz White Sugar
1 ml FO

Here’s how the FO’s came through:

  1. Sweet, nice gardenia smell
  2. Deeper more complex floral
  3. This smells just like #1! (Interesting!)
  4. Sweet and slightly fruity
  5. Caramel smell, complex
  6. Very light clean smell
  7. Fruity floral, very complex
  8. Herbal, camphor or eucalyptus
  9. Very sweet
  10. Deep floral, complex, still smell lilac

I do think the sugar/oil did alter some of the notes in these FOs.  It was harder to pick out individual top and bottom notes.  I feel like many of the top notes disappeared in this application, but still the FO’s are lovely.

S.O.A.P. Panel: Sneak Peak

Here’s a sneak peak to my next test of the S.O.A.P. Panel FO’s….. SUGAR SCRUB!  I am 1/2 done (FO’s 1-5) and will finish the second 1/2 tomorrow (FO’s 6-10).  Enjoy the pics!
and cause just one picture isn’t enough…

S.O.A.P. Panel: MP test

This weekend is a very soap intensive weekend for a few reasons.  1. Testing out the S.O.A.P Panel FOs, 2. Making my CP soap for the soap swap, and 3. Getting ready for my craft show on the 19th.  But, I do love a challenge so let’s talk about number 1.

I want to test out each FO in a variety of applications.  The first application is Melt and Pour.  I used 1.5 oz of white MP with 1 ml of each FO.  Here are the initial results right after the pour.


  1. FO is yellow.  No initial discolor that I can see
  2. FO is yellow.  No initial discolor that I can see
  3. FO is yellow.  No initial discolor that I can see
  4. FO is light yellow.  No initial discolor that I can see
  5. Fo is light yellow.  No initial discolor that I can see
  6. FO is clear.  No initial discolor that I can see
  7. FO is clear.  No initial discolor that I can see
  8. Fo is light yellow.  No initial discolor that I can see
  9. FO is clear.  No initial discolor that I can see
  10. FO is yellow.  No initial discolor that I can see

I decided to take them out of the mold and wait until this morning to judge color and scent.  These are my observations:


  1. Discolored to cream.  Single Gardenia note comes through
  2. Discolored to cream.  Stronger scent then #1.  Nice sweet Gardenia scent.  Single note detected.
  3. Discolored to cream.  Richer Gardenia scent.  Most realistic to me.  Can get more notes from this FO.
  4. White.  Lilac scent comes through.  Nice balanced floral.
  5. Discolored to light cream.  Complex scent with strong butterscotch note.  Possible floral top note.
  6. White.  Very light clean smell.  Hard to pick out any individual notes.
  7. White.  Strong floral almost citronella smell.  Hard to pick out any other notes over the citronella.
  8. White.  Nice earthly floral.  Very well-rounded with possible lily note.
  9. White.  Strong sweet cherry blossom note.
  10. White.  Strong lilac Scent with a possible slight citrus undertone.

I think the next test will be bath bombs since I am already in that mode for the craft show.  It would be interesting to see what notes come out when they are dropped in water.

S.O.A.P. Panel

I got my package today!  Yay!!! There is nothing better than getting your S.O.A.P. Panel fragrances!  Well, there is one thing… my BB order came in today too!  It’s a BB product extravaganza!  Awesome is it not?!?!  Anyway let’s get into the stuff we really want to know about.  The mysterious S.O.A.P. panel fragrances.  They are labeled gardenia 1, gardenia 2, gardenia 3, mystery 4, mystery 5, mystery 6, mystery 7, mystery 8, mystery 9, and mystery 10.
So let’s talk initial thoughts on these fragrances… With a sniff out of the bottle this is what I smelled.  The funny thing about fragrance oils is that they usually don’t smell the same once in a product.  Different notes come out and others fade.  Anyway this is what I smelled tonight:

Gardenia 1: Simple smell, very sweet notes
Gardenia 2: Sweeter than 1, more complex notes found here
Gardenia 3: Strong gardenia smell, maybe a hint of rose?
#4: Rose maybe a lily note in this one
#5: butterscotch, sweet finish
#6: Clean smell, fresh linen, cotton
#7: Very sweet, orange and mint
#8: Peppermint, eucalyptus
#9: cherry blossom, citrus note
#10: Lilac

Now I am not saying that is what I think these FOs are… but these are the notes and scents that come out to me right out of the bottle.  This weekend will be a soap/bath bomb/linen spray intensive weekend and I can’t wait!