Once there was a quiet, unassuming tea leaf, green and summery, subtle and soft, but she wanted more. She wanted a moment in the limelight where everyone’s eyes were firmly fixed on her and no other. Yet being the soft-spoken type, this would not happen without a bit of help, so she went in search of a friend to call her own. One that would walk hand-in-hand with her on those halcyon days of summer when the birds sing and the bees hum all in harmony whilst she savors the sunshine in good company. As luck would have it, a lonely Nectarine happened by in search of someone who’d be there for him as well. Being so similar to peach, poor lonely Nectarine was often overlooked or suffered from frequent episodes of mistaken identity. He struck a chord with this gentle verdant Green Tea upon proper introduction and walked softly towards that summer sunset, happily together, speaking in notes that perfectly matched and complemented one another and they’re forever friends for all time.
Well, that’s the story anyway. A scent blended from two Fragrance Laboratory fragrance oils is a sure winner. It’s just a given. Green Tea, a new one to FL’s selection is soft, subtle, mild yet welcoming part of any spring & summer collection. If you are a soap maker, this is one you’ll simply have to try to see just what a soothing yet elegant scent it is and how reliably it soaps in the often-befuddling, gremlin-riddled world of cold process. It’s a dreamboat! No discolouration whatsoever, no acceleration, just pure luxury and the scent is in a category of its own.
The Nectarine is not your mama’s Nectarine. This one’s more sophisticated, modern, clean, with a green crisp edge that satisfies and evokes a time of sandals, sunshine, and juicy gratifying drinks that the grown-ups only can appreciate. Leafy green notes from this marry perfectly with the Green Tea to make it a match made in heaven.
With these two, it seemed inevitable they’d go together, though when I bought them that was not the plan. I’d thought to use them separately, once I had them all out on sniffy strips and had these two close together it hit me in a wave of scent that had my sense reeling, mind drifting, nearly fainting with the headiness of it. With the help of a lovely lady, Joene Lasky, in a Facebook group we both belong to that’s company run by Cindy Gooding of Fragrance Laboratory, base notes were added and the fragrance soared into a whole new level of depth and body.
The colours used were from two sources. The Enchanted Forest (darker green) is from Mad Oils as is the main base soap colour, Celery. The silvery white is Silver White mixed with Extra Bright from TKB Trading, a reliable, non-crackling white that I’ve begun to use more and more in place of titanium dioxide. The Silver White makes a sparkling, eye-catching oil/mica swirl for soap tops, too! The peachy colour is Peach Sunset from The Conservatorie. These are some of my favorite places to order the micas in soaps of all sorts and my favorite colours used in many, so you see these names frequently linked to their supply sites in here and I add them over and over in case you don’t want to have to dig through the earlier posts to find the link again and again. These suppliers are ones that many soap makers rely on for excellent stock, customer service, and extensive colour ranges. In the case of the micas, many are easy to work with but some can be temperamental about changing colour in the high pH of soap making and in most cases each colour from TKB and Conservatorie is tested for CP soap stability. There are a few exceptions, but over all, they’re pretty good about giving you all the information you need to make a spectacular soap. I’ve personally found a few that were those exceptions, so one day soon, I’ll gather those together and make a list to let you know which ones were genuine demons in cp soap. Meantime, here’s to Spring, which begins on Friday of this week and all that it brings with it! Namely warmth & sunshine!
A quick add-in for the sliced images from this morning’s cutting of Green Tea & Nectarine –