I really like this one
So I did this soap, mostly like I did last time, except I couldn't decide if I should use Annatto seeds and make it a soft yellow or use the fresh Rumex oil that I had just started and make it pink. So I used both. I thought: Maybe I'll get a pretty orange or coral colour. But I didn't and it's a rather dark yellow, but that's fine because the really nice thing is that I did a fragrance blend that I really, really liked and the decoration reflected that and I think it just so cute.
The recipe that this one turned out to be is:
38% - 200g / 7 oz. Olive oil
28% - 150g / 5.3 oz. Coconut oil
19% - 100g / 3.5 oz. Lard
6% - 30g / 1 oz. Cocoa butter
6% - 30g / 1 oz. Sunflower oil (half infused with Annatto seeds and half with Rumex root)
4% - 20g / 0.7 oz. Rice bran oil
I used an infusion of Baldursbra/Mayweed as the water. It gives a lovely yellow colour and also smells really nice. It's a local herb (almost weed) that is sometimes used the same way as Chamomile. I also added about a teaspoon of sugar too the tea before dissolving the lye. Then I added quite a bit of silk threads (still using the bridal silk) and let them dissolve in the lye.
For the scent I used some Sandalwood (the real expensive stuff), Bergamot, Bensoin, Palmarosa and Ylang Ylang. And as the crowning glory I threw on a few dried flowers: Some tiny rosebuds, some Chamomile and lavender and a few herb leaves that I had hanging somewhere. I put this in my boudoir (it's the previous girls room that I now filled with my thrifty treasures) because it smells so nice that I wanted that scent to infuse my special place.
I had this idea a while back that I would like to experiment more with fragrance blends but somehow I haven't really gotten into it that much. I guess there have been other things to occupy my mind. But now I feel that I want to make a few experiments. I've decided to make a few more soaps like this one, but with different fragrance combinations. I think one very white, but a rosy scent and perhaps one blue (if I can bear to sacrifice my indigo) with a greener sort of scent and then I should do a pink one with either Rumex or Rhubarb oil and something lovely smelling. Oh, I'm really quite excited about these. Maybe they look a bit "old lady", but I'm turning into one anyway. They will be my special blend soaps and I make them in my small 500g mold. And then I thought I could do a matching fragrance blend for some sugar scrub cubes. Or dollops, I think dollops look more old fashioned and lady like. And I would love to do both a bath bomb and lotion bar. That would make a wonderful Christmas present.
I'm really getting into the Christmas spirit now, in spite of unseasonably warm weather (it's been raining non stop for weeks). I even baked my first batch of Christmas cookies the other night. I've never been this early. Ever. This is going to be a lovely holiday season. I can just feel it. No. Actually. I know it. Because I decided it's going to be just that. A lovely holiday season.