The scent I experience right out of the bottle doesn’t lie. I need to be present to that attraction or repulsion. Being aware of this response doesn’t have to stop me from using the fragrance oil, but being aware that the fragrance oil is helpful.
When fragrance oil accelerates or discolors doesn’t immediately take it off my roster. I need to take more care with it, treat it more gently and incorporate the behaviors of that particular fragrance oil in the design, if I want to enjoy it. I remember most of those that move fast or discolor. Many of my pies have gone in the trash because I’ve tried fruit scents with them. They were overwhelming and potent. That doesn’t mean you won’t like them, so I don’t list them, but I do not. I honor that about me. If I were to offer something I can’t stomach in my world, how could I stock it?
I have also learned that if I don’t like a fragrance oil in soap I cannot offer it. I can’t get behind the entire soap and say, “yeah, this is awesome.” Which is what I want to say. I want to create something extraordinary, something you can’t live without, at least trying once.
What do you want your soap to smell like? The ocean in winter? Meadow flowers in spring? The scent of fresh hay, leather and the hint of barn wood? How about fresh cut grass the first day of summer vacation?
I look for scents that are either so unique they create new memories, or sincere scents that drum up old pleasant memories. Right behind this desire to create something that makes a series of images in your mind I want you to get present to that moment – ground in that very moment of your present state while experiencing your soap. Yes, all that I ask from my fragrance oils and blends.
The last two companies, I used a lot of them, couldn’t like any but those listed, and love them. I can’t live without them.
This is my cultivated list. All those that have a “Y” means yes I would or have purchased again. Those I have listed are ones I happen to have, like, but not enough to buy again for the following reasons: 1.) I haven’t used it yet, 2.) I haven’t found a soap to use it in yet (like Whiskey) 3.) No answer means I might buy it again, but not soon. Those I have a big Yes to, means I love it so much I will use it for-EVER!
Much has happened this last week, as much happens so regularly I forget to bring it to the foreground. I will make a greater effort to do this in our upcoming year. I am also working on new videos to show you how each of the Sorcery creations is made. Check out the videos collection that is on the youtube Sorcery Soap channel now.
The temperatures in the low desert have dropped after some rain, which is how temperatures tend to change here.
After looking around Soap Queen’s site I ran across some mentions from Anne-Marie I had not noticed before. This created some cheer here at Sorcery Soapery, just to be acknowledged by the Queen of Soap is an honor.
The other news for Sorcery Soap is a new soap called Boudica.
This soap is based on the ancient fierce Queen. Boudica (d. AD 60 or 61) was a queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire. She did not abide by the customary roles of a woman in her time, but did what was necessary to defend, protect and avenge her family.
This soap is scented with Rhubarb and Fig fragrance which is sweet and sharp, and each loop of these chains are hand made from cold process soap with great intention to the user of this soap, as well as each key, heart and bauble. The pink hearts are dusted with Flash Dance from Mad Oils. A new soap for the upcoming holidays will be available by Valentine – in celebration of the change of the seasons, ready for Imbolc – the midway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.
This soap is made with Meadowfoam oil, which is one of my new favorite oils, for all the great qualities and it’s unique ability to help stabilize the other oils.
Imbolc (ihm-olk) Imbolg or Oimelc
Traditional date: Feb 2
Actual astrological date: Feb 4 in 2016
Midpoint between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox
Second Celtic fire festival (female)
Gaelic or Welsh “Imbolg” means “spring” (have not confirmed)
Festival of Lights, St Brigid’s Day
Celebrates the quickening of spring, the end of winter, time of abundance of milk
Time of planning and hopes, fire and purification are prominent factors
Ceremonies involve water, candles pledges and planting a hope or a seed, making candles
Burn your Christmas tree and light candles
Colours: Red, orange, white
Evolved into Groundhog Day: Scots looked for serpents leaving their winter holes. A Gaelic hag goddess, who rules the winter months, Cailleach, gathers her firewood for the rest of the winter. If the day is sunny, she gathers a great deal of wood, thusly the winter will continue for some time. If the day is rainy, she will not gather much wood and the remaining winter will be short.
The other new creation from the Sorcery Soap are Gnome Soap Cookies. Each little cookie is made with a custom cookie cutter (I made it) and scented with Mad Oils Velvet Peppercorn fragrance oil. Just enough spice to remind you that gnomes are slightly mischievous. These Sorcery Soap Cookies will be available by the new year.
Here’s hoping your holiday shopping is over, that all goes smoothly in your near future and that you have an abundance of creativity in your new year.
I am absolutely thrilled and honored to share this interview with you.
Please visit Soap Queen’s website to read the full interview.
Bee of Sorcery Soap (also known as “The Soap Witch”) creates amazing products with hand molded details and shapes. She uses her own soap dough recipe to create horses, flowers, birds, books and gnomes (and so much more). Bee shares the techniques on her YouTube channel as well as her soap blog. I’m in awe of each of her projects; they are extremely innovative and push the boundaries of what can be created with cold process soap! Learn more about Bee’s journey with soap dough, including her tips on getting started in the interview below. -A.M. Read more…
Favorite Soap blogs and soaping sites that are good to know.
I have more bookmarked soap sites than I care to admit. There are tons of soap blogs, youtube channels and websites. I chose these links for a few reasons:
Found them easy to navigate and delightful to visit.
Learned something new.
Enjoy the person presenting and have come to recognize these people in a variety of social media outlets and still like them.
Found inspiration from their sites/channel.
Here are some Soapers I visit regularly, in no particular order.
Here we go:
Royalty Soaps –Delightful, informative and just plain fun to watch Katie make her high-top signature style soaps.
Lovin Soap Studio – Amanda writes a weekly newsletter, shares tons of great and helpful soap information, everything from an extensive soap coloring guide to soap ebooks.
Van Yulay– A resource for a large variety of unique soap molds. I have only bought one mold, but it was great and I get tons of inspiration from this site.
Swift Craft Monkey – Tons of detailed, extensive and some times random, information about many aspects of soap making from a scientific mind, (if not scientific at least someone who share what’s down the rabbit hole, and I can appreciate that.)
Soap Queen TV – This channel’s star is Anne-Marie, she’s very approachable and my favorite part of her helpful youtube videos are her bloopers at the end of her videos. Anne-Marie runs a great Instagram channel and has Bramble Berry, offering a wide variety of soap supplies.
Making Soap Magazine – too many helpful and insightful articles to recount, but take a look at who’s on the cover for March/April 2016. I’ll bet you will recognize this soaping icon.
Sorcery Soap’s Pinterest Soap Board – if you find yourself in dire need of inspiration, I run a Soap board where I scour Pinterest for the best soaps I can find. I have 1,100 soap pins!