I'm a twenty something soap snob. I've grown up with hand made soaps and I love them! I really like making melt and pour soaps because they are so easy. My favorite scent is either Velocity or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!
Are you ready for Halloween? I am! I’m so excited for Halloween and the fun it brings. Costumes, cute kids and handing out treats. I love it all!
As a celebration for my anticipation of Halloween, we are going to make an awesome face mask. While I think this mask would be a great part of a Halloween themed spa treatment, you can make this year round and find it a staple in your bathroom.
This mask is perfect for any type of skin and I recommend using it only once or twice a week. I formulated this mask with the intention of leaving the skin feeling refreshed, but not dried out. I think I succeeded!
I loved every single entry in the Mosaic Soap Challenge. Each entry was a challenge in of itself and I had my breath taken away by each entry. How were we supposed to choose two winners with all of these wonderful entries? Join me this afternoon to review our two winners!
The winners are… (drum roll please) Christine and Svetlana! Congratulations! Watch your mail boxes for your prizes. There are some really fun things inside!
We had a really hard time choosing the winners. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us and all of our readers! We had so much fun admiring your pictures!
Welcome back! I’m excited to share two more mosaic inspired soaps with you today. Allow me to introduce you to Svetlana, who will be sharing the soaps she made.
I like the jewelry made by the famous jewel manufactory “FreyWille”. I like them for their originality and individuality. I like them for their uniqueness and vibrancy. Overall – I like them!
And my love could not stop me on the way of creating my “jewelry”. Meet them! Two “bracelets” from my personal latest collection: “Austria” and “Coloured”. I like both! I hope you enjoy them too!
To create this soap I chose some of the most famous designs of the jewelry house “FreyWille”. I spent a few hours drawing the future of soap and mosaic design fundamentals. Further it was filled with different colors, imitating mosaic solution. The “rim” of the soap follows the well-known designs jewelry. The main part of soap is made by cold process with powdered charcoal and fragranced with “Ginger Pomelo”. Very elegant, isn’t it?
You can see more of Svetlana’s work by visiting her blog.
Beautiful work! I stumbled down the rabbit hole of the internet looking at the FreyWillie designs and I think you will too. See you tomorrow to showcase our winners!
Welcome back! I’m excited to share another mosaic inspired soap with you today. Allow me to introduce you to Christine, who will be sharing the soap she made.
Looking at the beautiful mosaic pictures in the blog post had my brain working overtime. I have been on a journey this past year on creating soaps with pictures and been learning several new techniques to accomplish that. Most of my soap is hot processed, but I sometimes combine cold process, hot process and M&P to get the desired effects.
My first thought when I saw the mosaic pictures was to create embeds. I tried to decide on which one of the pictures was going to be the best inspiration. I liked the sun. That would have been fairly easy and I thought that it would be a lovely motif with the MMS Ginger Pomelo FO.
But here’s the thing about inspiration. If it’s not right, I procrastinate. I’m still mulling it over, and it takes me a while to get going. Then, I remembered a mosaic project I did a few years ago. Broken pieces of tile, glass pebbles, sea shells, ceramic pieces . . . all put on a wall behind our wood burning stove. It turned out great, but we lost the house and couldn’t take it with us. I do hope the new owners enjoyed the artwork. Besides, If I was doing an actual mosaic, I might have more control over the image and may be able to do something a bit more challenging. I chose the spider, because with Halloween coming up, I might actually sell the soap, since these bars will be going for premium price.
For the fragrance I decided on an old sample bottle of Caribbean Breeze (BBW type) I had sitting around that I personally didn’t care for much. I spiced it up and made it a bit funky with a few drops of dill essential oil that was just sitting in the drawer and wasn’t doing anything. It turned out not too bad and really took some of that sickly sweetness out of the FO.
At that point, the stage was set. Here are my supplies laid out:
I needed blank canvas, so I made a batch of plain soap, some of which I molded for white bars, the rest I colored in different colors and molded in smaller molds.
The next day, I unmolded and cut my white canvas bars and lots and lots of soap tiles.
I knew I needed liberal amounts of rubbing alcohol. I use a 1:1 mixture of rubbing alcohol and witch hazel. And some M&P soap to fill in for the grout and to glaze the soap tiles and hold it all together.
Also, I laid out a few tools, but turned out I still needed a small paring knife and some tweezers, which I went to get later.
Other things to have around are a clean cloth to keep your work surface clean. Rubbing alcohol will make the colored soap (especially the black) bleed and mess up your surface. I had to make sure it kept it clean. Also, with the alcohol making the soap tacky, it seemed like every single dog hair in the house came flying to my work spot and I had to be careful to keep those out of the equation.
Here I am starting to lay out my mosaic:
I found that liberal amounts of rubbing alcohol will soften the surface layer of the soap and keep the little mosaic pieces sticky and pliable for quite a while, so it’s a double edged sword. It makes it easier to stick them together, but also very easy to get unwanted things stuck to them. That is where the tweezers came in handy. It helped avoid finger prints and transfer of colors from other soap tiles.
The mosaics are starting to shape up nicely. I purposely made the little tiles different thicknesses to heighten the effect.
I set the soaps on the little screen to allow air flow. They are quite soft and sticky at this point and need to dry out.
All the tile work is done and it’s time for the grout. I tried brushing the M&P and immediately found that the black soap started bleeding and dragging color of the the rest of the tiles. So I had to carefully alternate spraying alcohol and dripping soap into all the little spaces and just very gently brushing along the edges of the soap bars.
Then give it a few minutes to dry up and harden, then another spray with alcohol and a thin layer brushed over the top of it to glaze it all and seal it off.
Then the bars were set aside to cool and dry for a couple of hours.
They are still a bit soft but not quite as tacky. Just perfect to trim all the little drips off the sides with my paring knife and clean them up a bit.
Tada! Here are the finished Mosaic Soaps! I will simply call them Black Widow. The slightly funky fragrance is just perfect.
Cool! Being the Halloween junkie that I am, I love this soap! See you tomorrow with our last entry!
Welcome back! I’m excited to share another mosaic inspired soap with you today. Allow me to introduce you to April, who will be sharing the soap she made.
When I saw this soap challenge, I admit, I was intimidated. Not being terribly creative in the drawing department as even stick-men elude me, I was afraid I would not be able to create a picture, with pieces of soap. Nevertheless, challenge accepted!
Since the challenge instructions said we could use melt and pour but I didn’t have any on hand (I’ve never bought or used it) I thought, no problem – I’ll just make my own! I set about making glycerin soap and managed to get through the stages okay. Cooked soap, added alcohol and glycerin (stirring carefully so the soap would not explode out of the pot), added sugar water a little at a time. The soap looked like it was doing exactly what it was supposed to do. I was so excited that I forgot to test the clear liquid on a cold glass to check for actual transparency. Alas, this soap is not transparent. I colored the soap with different micas (I thought a picture would come to mind, uh huh) and scented the batch with a mix of Lavender and Cedarwood EO’s because I did not want to chance the soap doing something weird with fragrance oil.
A week later, it was time to create a mosaic. I began slicing up my soap. At first carefully, piece by tiny piece, and eventually just chopping it up because I was beginning to become impatient with the tediousness of slicing and separating each piece individually. Now I had a bunch of pieces of glycerin soap.
I had formed a loose image of the mosaic I could attempt with the colors I had chosen. First, I tried to melt my white glycerin base soap in the microwave only to have it foam right out of the container. So instead, I melted it slowly on the stove. Then carefully layered, piece by piece, my “tiles” into my mold. Spritzing each layer with alcohol and adding the melted soap in between each layer. As I neared the top of the mold, I knew…
I should have brought in a 4 year old to help.
My mosaic wouldn’t look anything like the picture in my head/li>
I should have used a Bubblegum or Birthday Cake type fragrance.
I was going to have to post pictures on the internet (oh no’s!)
Mosaics are not my thing.
I learned quite a bit while attempting this challenge. I enjoyed making glycerin soap and will do it again in an attempt to achieve transparent soap. As for the Mosaic, well this was a journey, one I wouldn’t care to take again for pride’s sake. I decided one shot was enough, no reason to further taunt my ego with a mosaic mess on top of soap. Another attempt would just remind me of my grade school days in art class trying to make a picture with pieces of tissue paper and glue. I will limit my creativity to more abstract mediums. Thank you once again for pushing us to grow with this challenge. I tried I look forward to witnessing some real artistic works of art in other entries!!!
Neato bandito, April! I’m really impressed with your attempt to make your own glycerin soap. You have challenged me to consider trying something new.
I sent out a challenge calling all soapmakers to submit their mosaic inspired soaps! I must say I have gotten some amazing responses. Allow me to introduce you to Shelly, who will be sharing the soap she made.
Hello, Artisan Shelly Here! For this Majestic Mountain Sage Soap Challenge of creating a Mosaic Soap Inspiration, I found many famous paintings using the mosaic backdrop. In my search for something original, I found that the greatest Mosaic artist to be the Maker of the Universe. Life itself has explosions of Mosaic Art from the colorful rocky riverbeds to the Majestic Mountains. My First submission is that of a Colorful Colorado Rocky River Bed. I have submitted a picture that was taken from a photographer named Mundy Hackett.
For my scent choice on this submission I have chosen to use the Majestic Mountain Sage Fragrance named “Just For You”.
I can just imagine floral scented water running off of a Majestic Mountain and running right into a riverbed. When I inhale this scent from MMS, I feel as if wild roses and other sweet floral are scattered throughout the side of a mountain where the run off into a riverbed would be romantically refreshing.
My second submission is that of a slab of stone cut out of the splendid Firework Mosaic Mountains in China where you can find a national geological park(Zhangye Danxia Landform). This Geo Park is full of Brilliant streaks of color that are embedded right into the actual rock of the mountainside.
In the Gansu province you can find these impressive mountains of colors that make up a landscape that stretches for about 300 square kilometers and is worthy of a fantasy world. Its a little rain climatic zone that shares with the Gobi desert and travelers say that the park is reminiscent of bottles with colored sand . This show of random colors on the layers was formed by successive deposits of minerals of varying pigmentation in the rock layers. The Indo-Australian collision and tectonic plate of Eurasia were responsible for causing ripples in the relief that resulted in this impressive and surreal Mosaic landscape.
I have also submitted a beautiful video that although it is not my own, it showcases the Mosaic Mountains of this national park in China for your viewing pleasure. A poster named NiNaWavs2U, has helped bring to life the splendor of this Geo Form Park. Please watch and enjoy!! My information came from many places but mostly from the following Youtube Video and its corresponding information:
Just like the Mosaic Art we find in paintings that is a collection of colors and shapes, I took the same concept and developed my own Fragrance. A Sweet but Weathered blend of Pure Wilderness with splashes of Mint, Clover leaf and Evergreen trees along with misty morning hues of Cedar and Nutmeg. An Earthy Sweet Scent that gives this special Mosaic Soap Lots of Justice!!
Thanks a Million to the Good Folks at Majestic Mountain Sage,
Wow! Shelly’s soaps are great! But so are the others I have waiting to be shared. Come back tomorrow for another amazing Mosaic Challenge Soap!
How did you do yesterday? I hope you came up with a blend that you like! I have a few blends that I’m kicking around in my head that were inspired by the photo yesterday. I’m going to challenge you again today. The only difference between yesterday and today is that I’m going to give you two photos for inspiration!
The first photo is of a Cucumber Mojito. This beverage isn’t just a mojito, but a mojito with a refreshing twist of cucumber. So let’s back up a little, what is a mojito? According to Dictionary.com, a mojito is “a cocktail consisting of rum, sugar, lime, mint, and soda water.” Our goal is find all these components in your fragrance stash and start blending! The lime and the mint are easy, but what about the sugar, rum and soda water? Look for bubbly or sweet scents like Champagne Sugar, Freckles or Warm Vanilla Sugar. Take the odor of alcohol out of the equation and work with the other components. You will find the blend will magically meld!
The second photo is of a mixed floral arrangement. What flowers do you see and smell? Let’s play around and start using our imaginations. Maybe this arrangement is the centerpiece at a fancy restaurant or used as decoration for a special occasion like a wedding, reunion or celebration. Once you have come up with how the arrangement and the venue smell, write down the descriptor words and then compare to your master list. Like yesterday, look for fragrances that jump out at you. You know your collection better than anyone else does!
I’ve had fun talking about fragrance blending with you and I hope I’ve encouraged you to try something new. Have some ideas and want to talk about them? Comment on this blog post and I’ll be more than happy to help!
If you want to see more blogs about fragrance blending, let me know! I’d love to play!
Today I am going to challenge you. I’ve walked you through three blends using inspiration from photos and memories and we have had some great fun! We’ve seen how blending can easily be done with two to four fragrances and I promise you don’t have to add to your bulging collection of fragrances. (Unless you really want to and then I can give you many suggestions!)
Now I’m turning you loose with some photo inspiration. We are coming up on Halloween, which just happens to be my favorite time of year, so I found this wonderful picture* that makes me think … CANDY!! Now I know that this photo may make your teeth ache just thinking about it or possibly have you concerned for my relationship with my dentist (I can guarantee that we get along well and I love visiting for my regular checkups because they go so smoothly with a “Come back in 6 months!”.)
All dental talk aside, this picture is meant to be inspiration for creating a blend that smells like candy to you. Let’s start brain storming! What does a candy stash smell like to you? If you are looking at your computer screen with an expression on your face that resembles confusion, think of it this way. Imagine a drawer filled with your favorite candies. Open the drawer, what does the air smell like to you? Write down everything that you “smell”. I’ll give you some descriptor words to help.
Have your words written down? Now this is where the fun begins! (Well, at least I hope you are having fun now.) Take your list of words and let’s compare them to your master list of fragrances. The names of your fragrances may not have these words in them, but you know what is in your stash and what has scents that are reminiscent of one or two words on your list. Pull all of the fragrances that jump out at you and then start mixing.
When I first begin blending, I place one drop per fragrance of two to four fragrances on my Sachet Card. I will wave the card under my nose to check if the blend has potential. If it does, then I will begin adjusting the amount of each fragrance used. I always start a new card for blend after a few minutes so all the scents are the same “age” and will age together. You don’t want to find a blend never smells like what you thought it would only to find that your card had the top notes dissipate before you finished blending.
Have you come up with some ideas? Let’s talk about them and come up with some blend ideas. Just comment on this blog with your blend ideas and get a chance to win some goodies from my private stash.
*This picture was taken by Steven Depolo and is available under the Creative Commons License.
Wow! Do you feel like your brain is over loaded yet? Suzanne asked yesterday about using fragrance blends in soap. Do the parts come through or do they need to be changed?
It depends on what your fragrance blend components are. If you are making a blend that has a lot of the delicate vanilla or citrus components, you may need to change the blend for different uses. There is a big international brand that we all may be familiar with that produces lotions, body butters, shower gels, scrubs, hand soaps, electric scent diffusers and even candles that all have the same scent. Yet, each one of these products may have a slight change in the fragrance formula so the fragrance works to the best of its ability in the intended product.
Let’s look at the blend again from yesterday.
18% Natural Vanilla
18% Pink Grapefruit
For soap, we may change the Natural Vanilla to a vanilla that will be a little stronger in soap like our Vanilla Cream Fragrance. We could leave the Natural Vanilla in the blend and try the soap. It might turn out wonderfully, just like Taylor’s Chai Latte Blend
Make a test batch of soap. Test if your blend is soap worthy or if it needs a little change to make it just right. Don’t worry or panic if your test batch didn’t work out. Just like all fragrances we use, sometimes we need to make some changes before we can sell the finished product.
Today I’m going to share one of my favorite blends that was inspired by a picture of an iceberg.
When I looked at the picture and let my imagination go, I could feel the cold nipping at my nose and the crisp scent of cold water. I wanted to portray the biting winds, the frosty iceberg and frigid water. I knew my starting point would be with Peppermint Essential Oil as the naturally occurring menthol would help give the blend a “cold” scent. I looked through the catalog to find a “water” fragrance that would balance out the blend. The first fragrance to immediately jump out at me was Icy Water Fragrance Oil. I decided to start with the two fragrances and make a blend. After I tested the blend, I would be able to tell where I would need to make changes.