Thursday, August 27, 2009
Blended for Beauty with Lucky 13
Making it special, one oil at a time . . . or in this case 13!
I have a particular fondness for experimentation. When working with soap I find myself intentionally blending an army of ingredients just to see what will come of it. How does activated charcoal feel on the skin? How does myrrh effect the appearance? How do lavender and sweet orange smell when combined?
Something special does not result from a half-hearted effort. It takes intention and a curious spirit to bring forth something genuinely unique. For me soap is as much about exploring as it is about getting clean!
Perhaps it's The Muse of soapmakers or my guiding spirit, desert winds at his back as he prods me with ideas. Who knows? Today's exploration is a prime example. Today I am making Awaken Soap.
I've had more than one request from customers asking for more Awaken Soap, a golden bar colored with turmeric and scented with lemon grass. It was very pretty in it's own right, but being one of my first, it was a bit timid in it's ingredients. Wanting to maintain some loyalty to the original recipe, I kept the base the same but expanded it, blending an unbelievable oil base that I'm calling the Power Source or Lucky 13.
Check it out:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Shea Nut Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Natural Vitamin E Oil
wild flower honey
Of course, to protect the true nature of my recipe, I cannot tell you precise measurements, but that's 13 oils and liquid nutrients! It's the fattest, richest, most nourishing blend I have ever dared to create. I'm so excited to see how the soap pans out (literally) and how the addition of ground hibiscus and turmeric effects the color.
Lucky 13, baby! And not just any soap, mind you - this will be food for your flesh!
I'll get some pics up as soon as she is in the pan and setting up. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be making a new batch of patchouli and almond soap, Grounding. It's another one that's been missed at the shop and with my local buyers lately. I like to think of it as, "patchouli for those who don't like patchouli" soap!
Enjoy the day and remember to experiment. Half the joy is in the journey.
Posted by Milaka, proprietress,