Soapers collect a wide range of fragrance oils. It’s like an addiction. You just start loading that shopping cart and never wonder how many soap batches it will take to use them all.
I have been lucky that I have plenty of stock on hand right now, to the point that I can’t figure out what to soap with. For some reason I am having a really hard time getting into “Holiday Fragrances”. I am still loving the fruity, yummy, scents of summer.
Recently I have been eyeing one of my fragrance bottles that I purchased a couple of months back. “Rocking the Stars” from Nature’s Garden. The vendor’s description:
vanilla embraces succulent, ripe strawberries and the delicate floralcy of violets and jasmine.
It’s pretty sweet and sexy, a nice fall fragrance for me. At least I think so 🙂
With all the trouble with non-gelling my soap lately I decide to gel it this time around. Now I wanted to stay away from the crackling and decided not to use any titanium dioxide. I did use all micas, and mixed in a little ultramarine to my purple to make it a little deeper.
The fragrance started to thinken up on me pretty quick and I was not able to do the droplet swirls I was envisioning. In the end I ended up doing a spoon swirl. Here are the results:
I got a little carried away with my texturing on the top. The soap had started to set on me so my tops are not nice and smooth, but a little jagged. I also wanted to add some mica drizzling and in the end it actually looks more messy than anything else.
I must say that I LOVE that I was able to cut this baby right away! With the non-gelling soaps I usually have to wait a couple of days. With this soap it was ready the following day! I need to try gelling more often 🙂
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