The fragrance is Black Mission Fig, with a sweet fruity fig fragrance, like they’re hanging on the branches underneath a sunny clear summer sky, the bees droning lazily in the blooms above, the earthy green scent of the stems underlying the fruit’s fragrance, rounding it out just enough to give a well-balanced scent that’s memorable yet seductive. To this lovely blend of sweet goes the wonderful extras of colloidal oatmeal, Kaolin clay, coconut milk, and a healthy heaping spoonful of shea butter and instead of the usual almond oil, vitamin-rich avocado oil was used in its place. This is one healthy bar of soap! The clay coupled with the silk will give it a silky smooth glide, while the avocado oil and colloidal oatmeal will pamper the skin outrageously, as it richly deserves. There’ s also the lushness of the coconut milk to boost the lather’s creaminess, to make it a genuinely decadent experience. I’d love to have a sample of this to try out once it’s ready. Sadly, that won’t be until October 7th! Nuts! But I’ll definitely give it a try when that day arrives.
I don’t know that I’ve ever looked so forward to fall as I am this year, though even saying that deeply shocks me. I’m a to-the-tiniest-molecule-of-my-being summer girl. Love the warmth of the sun, the drone of the bees, the chirp of the birds and singing of the treefrogs and crickets at dusk. That’s a balm to the soul. Somehow though, there’s something indefinably different about this year, though what it is, I cannot put a name to. This leaves me more than a little unsettled, yet it’s nice to look forward to fall rather than look at it with the dread of previous years and the ensuing depression that inevitably followed. Not severe as in the clinical sense. Just sad to see summer coming to a close. However, this year’s different somehow and I haven’t the foggiest what made that change. Well, I won’t over-think it, just roll with it and see what comes around the next bend in the road life takes me on.
The soaps are getting interesting for sure. I’ve added some earthy, decadent, subtle, rich, light, scents to the lineup for this Fall/Winter 2013 season. I used to stick with light and floral and a bit of fruity, but not anymore. There were the occasional ventures into wildly dangerous – case in point Black Pearl made with black tea and fragranced with Queen of the Nile FO from Nature’s Garden – but not too often. I was in a rut. I’ve extended my reach with regard to suppliers, too. I’ve gone with one I know from a group in Facebook who’s taken over for another soaper who sold fragrance oils online but sadly passed a little over a year ago. She’s fast, reliable, the prices are great and gives great customer service when so few do that well. You can find her site here – www.soapmakingfragranceoils.com. She has a page in the site called Gauging Interest. This helps her to know which oils not currently in stock are being sought the most by soapers and how much is needed. Once the interest level reaches a point where it’s viable to offer it on the In Stock page, she orders the stock and it’s offered as soon as it arrives, is bottled up, and posted to the site. She has some fantastic fragrances listed, several of which I offer in my web site in various forms and they’ve all sold extremely well. They stick, they rarely discolour, though that will depend on the content of the fragrance oil, and so far not a single episode of ricing, seizing, or acceleration. I tend to soap very cool anyway, so that helps prevent those typical soaping gremlins from staging an all out attack.
Our newest acquisitions to the fragrance line are, to date:
Black Mission Fig (which I’ve called Blush Fig in the soap made yesterday and is shown in the pic on this posting)
Frankincense & Teak
Those above are from soapmakingfragranceoils.com
The following are from another supplier I’ve never ordered from before, but her scents intrigued me, so I’m going to try them and see how they do. Here’s my first go ’round with her fragrances:
Those listed just above are from Moonworks Collection, unique fragrance oils, which I felt was perfectly suited to my tastes, which are best described as unique by those who know me best and are being diplomatic. Her site is in Etsy and you can find her here. She ships very quickly, has a great selection, and her prices are very reasonable. I’m still in the plotting stages of how to use the one I plan to make first, so no further discussion on this topic until it’s set. But if you’re in the market for fragrances, please keep these two suppliers in your short list as they’re so nice to work with and will probably have just what you’re looking for.
So, without any further ado, here’s the Blush Fig~