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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Carma

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
One of my favorite parts of spring is that fresh produce starts to become available again. One of my particular favorites is strawberries. The is nothing better than biting into a luscious, plump, bright red strawberry and feeling a burst of flavor on the tongue. Carma thinks of fruit and fruity scents too!

 

I live in Minnesota and look forward to spring all winter long. We have had a very long, very cold winter this year and I have a bad case of Spring Fever!! This soap is scented with a blend of MMS fragrances. I had 3 – 1 oz bottles with a little left in each one, so I combined them to create a spring time scent. The scent includes Cherry Blossom and Kiwi, Mulberry and Enchanted Apple. I LOVE enchanted apple!
I included some skin softening ingredients to soften up our winter frozen skin and get it ready for springtime!!! The recipe includes cocoa butter, grapeseed oil and avocado oil. So luxurious I can’t wait for Spring!

Carma

Carma’s blend sounds delightful! I hope everyone is enjoying the spring-themed products! Which are inspiring you?

 
Taylor

Carma's Soap

Carma’s Soap

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Spring is Here Challenge Cosmetic Submission – Kathy

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Easter is approaching fast. I love all of the colors that decorate homes, cards and even candy! I love color. Kathy took those wonderful spring-time colors as inspiration for her bubble bars.

My name is Kathy and I live in Arizona. We never did have a winter season, so it’s hard to get into the Spring season. I want some cold weather!!! Snow would be awesome!!

Anyway, I’d like to submit my Bubble Bars for your challenge! Bubble Bars are pretty simple to make and use if you use small cupcake molds. But I wanted something a little more impressive, so I used graduated, flower-shaped cookie cutters to make mine. I held each layer together with “frosting”. Then I added some silk flowers into the “frosting” to give it a special WOW factor! What was I thinking??!! Yes, they’re pretty, but not really functional! They’re too big for one bath, so you have to cut or break them up into smaller pieces for a single bath – oh well, I still like the way they look! These are scented with Lavender EO.

The other problem I ran into with my Bubble Bars was using candy sprinkles imbedded into the frosting. That would be fine if you gave one to an adult. But I gave one to my little grandson, Dustin. Dustin thought I gave him something to eat – oh yes he did!! He ate the little candy sprinkles first, then he bit into the bubble bar itself. Unfortunately, we weren’t paying attention! Well, he looked at me then made a really bad face – “yuk! Grandma, these taste bad”!! Bad choice for children!

I hope you like them!

Kathy

Kathy’s story of her grandson really made me chuckle. I hope everyone is enjoying the spring-themed products! Which ones inspire you?

Taylor

After Frosting and Decorating

After Frosting and Decorating

Before Frosting

Before Frosting

3-tiered Bubble Bar with silk flowers

3-tiered Bubble Bar with silk flowers

3-tiered Bubble Bar with purple sugar sprinkles

3-tiered Bubble Bar with purple sugar sprinkles

3-tiered Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

3-tiered Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

Small Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

Small Bubble Bar with candy sprinkles

Small Plain Bubble Bar

Small Plain Bubble Bar

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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Mary

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Spring is achingly close but winter doesn’t seem to want to let go. I am ready for blue skies and greenery! I am ready for the sun to warm my car and skin and for the robins to come stay. I am ready for some warm weather. Mary is too! Come see the soap she made.

 

Nothing says warm weather to me like watermelon. I first made a watermelon scented soap (last year) to try swirling colors using a column to pour the soap over in a slab mold (I used a cardboard box lined with a plastic bag). It was such a hit with my family and friends, that I made another batch last week. This time I poured more over the column, and the colors really go all through. Happy Spring everyone!

Mary

I loved reading Mary’s write-up. I hope everyone is enjoying the spring-themed products! Which ones inspire you?
Taylor

Mary's Soap

Mary’s Soap

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Spring is Here Challenge Cosmetics Submission – Leilani

Friday, March 28th, 2014
Spring is amazing. I love how color just seems to flood the landscape. I will always remember the enormous lilac bushes that lined my grandparents property. They had white, light purple and dark purple lilacs. They were beautiful. Leilani also thinks of flowers in spring. Here is what she says. 

Spring means that we get to smell the lovely floral scents in the air, but you can enjoy those scents year round with perfume. Here are some solid perfumes I make, all of them are from mixing essential oils and MMS fragrance oils. The most popular one is Wicked, made using mostly MMS’s Wicked fragrance oil plus a splash of a secret ingredient J. I had fun designing these labels, they show the whimsy and colors of spring.

Taylor

Leilani's Perfume

Leilani’s Perfume

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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Michael

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
There comes a point every year when I get absolutely sick of popsicle toes, gallons of hot beverages and snow. I’m fast approaching my breaking point. I am wanting color! Loads of color! Buckets of color! Give me color! 

Michael is feeling much the same way. Check out the soap Michael made to make sure spring gets here and stays!

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of winter, enough already! Looking at this soap and smelling it just gets me in the mood for spring. This is an Orange Basil Castile Soap.
Taylor

Michael's Spring Soap

Michael’s Spring Soap

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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Genny

Monday, March 24th, 2014
One of my favorite things about living where I do is when spring comes, everything from the valley floor to the tips of the mountain peaks is carpeted in the most beautiful green. It is awe-inspiring. Genny thinks of green too, but of a slightly different version.

 

This is my Green Tea Silk Soap recently made with Spring in mind. It’s scented with Green Tea, because it’s got such a nice green & lightly floral scent that reminds me so much of Spring. The green color is completely from doing a very strong infusion of real green tea. I added a bit of silk to give it some nice silkiness to help wash away winter.
Taylor

Genny's Green Tea and Silk Soap

Genny’s Green Tea and Silk Soap

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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Leilani

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
Every person has a different feeling of what spring is. For me, the heart of spring is mid-March. Even when it is snowing, it is spring to me. Leilani has a different perspective of spring. I loved the way she describes spring. What do you think?

What spring means to me is the return of color after a long pale winter. I love the attack on my senses of vivid greens splattered with reds, yellows and purples as well as the wonderful damp green smells. This cold process soap is made using the Pixie Dust Fragrance Oil. It has a wonderful damp mossy scent, floral and citrus under tones with a touch of magic that only Spring can bring. I just love it.

Taylor

Leilani's Spring Soap

Leilani’s Spring Soap

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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Karen

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
The robins are back! I loved listening to them sing as I got up this morning. I am ready for the tulips and the narcissus. I am not the only one looking forward to flowers. Karen is too!

Hi, I’ve been making a few things and just tried a new (to me) MMS fragrance called “Tangerine and Tulip”. I love it. It does smell like its name and just like spring!

 

Here is another one that is very popular with tourists here.  I scent it with my own blend of MMS  Lilac and Lavender 40-42 Extra.  Smells so wonderful.  I make the blend because I think Lavender adds a  wonderful dimension to floral aroma from the Lilac Fragrance Oil.
Taylor

Karen's Tangerine and Tulip scented Soap

Karen’s Tangerine and Tulip scented Soap

Karen's Lilac and Lavender scented Soap

Karen’s Lilac and Lavender scented Soap

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Spring is Here Challenge – Janet

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Here in Cache Valley we have some very spring inspired weather. A rain filled day here, a bright sunny one there. It has done nothing but fuel my spring fever. I am anxiously waiting for to be able to harvest asparagus. In the mean time, let introduce Janet who submitted her own spring inspired soap!

 

I made this soap for two reasons….1- This has been a very long winter for some of us, and 2- I wanted to make a fun soap for one of my Daughters friends who is fighting cancer right now. SO, I had some fun duck embeds that I used for my grandkids soaps and I wanted it to look like spring…I used a lot of embeds (some are in the water…some are the reeds or grass next to the ducks, and of course the sun). I scented it with Green Clover & Aloe because that is a nice green scent. I hope you like it!
Janet

 

Taylor

Janet's Duck Soap

Janet’s Duck Soap

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Spring is Here Challenge Soap Submission – Sharon

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
My spring fever is running rampant. I spent the weekend cleaning, sweeping, steaming and buffing as many possible surfaces to get the house ready. I don’t know what is it, but spring brings the clean freak out in me. Sharon also has some spring fever. She wanted to share her first batch of  cold process soap. Please help me welcome Sharon to the fun!

 

Today was a balmy -1C in Toronto, and it felt like spring was on its way!

Spring is when everything comes back to life and the world has a sense of awakening. It is hands down my most favorite time of year!

I call this soap: Ode to Monet. Monet is my favorite painter and the colors and techniques he used screams nature. I am not comparing my work to his by a long shot, but I draw inspiration from his work.

I used a blend of all things citrus: Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba (from MMS of course), Orange and Tangerine. I used a blend of Coconut oil, Olive Oil, Sustainable Palm Oil and Castor Oil. The colorants are natural oxides and micas.

PS: Would you believe this was my very first CP soap?

Don’t forget! We will accept submissions for our challenge until today at midnight! Here is a chance to strut your stuff and get a goodie box from the MMS Blog Kitchen. Good luck!
Taylor

Sharon's Finished Soap

Sharon’s Finished Soap

Sharon's Soap in Mold

Sharon’s Soap in Mold

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