Friday, September 6, 2013

Revamped Beach Glass Soap

Have you ever seen my Beach Glass Soap? If not, you're in for a treat.

Gorgeous, right? Well, I think so. I grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and loved looking for beach glass as a kid. We have little bowls throughout the house with it to decorate. There was actually an interesting article recently on Hurrican Sandy and beach glass, here.

I've always loved beach glass. The colors, that it's a little rare to come by, and that you find it at the beach. Which is where this one was inspired. Plus, we used the same fragrance as our Sunrise on the Sand soap, and it smells just like the beach! A little salt air, a little suntan lotion, a little sand, completely amazing.

Recently, I switched colorants. Not because I didn't like them, but I've been working with micas more. I love how they look, how they shimmer, how easy they are to use and the colors I've been getting. So while this may be a little more muted than the old version, I think it is just as beautiful and love how they turned out. Make sure you check out our Beach Glass Soap in our Etsy shop.

Do you have anything from the beach that love? Have you ever found beach glass? What did you do with it?

Stay inspired!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

How times (and products) have changed

When I started this journey a little over two years ago, I had NO idea where it would lead. It started with bath salts (and not the kind that make you eat people's faces) then lotion for myself and then morphed into what it is today. Little did I know two years ago that I would make these little guys:

Spearmint Lip Balm
Also, I never knew that I would move from this type of soap:

Lily of the Valley Glycerin
 To this type:
Lily of the Valley From Scratch
I've had a few people ask me why the switch. To be honest, I love both. But there is something that truly speaks to me with our From Scratch line. Mostly, I have complete and utter control. With the Glycerin soaps, I have a base, I cut it up, melt it down, add color and fragrance, pour, and move on my merry way. With From Scratch, I mix every ingredient, carefully measure out, determine the type of pattern (and deal with any weird things that the fragrance may do) and then wait with what little patience I have for them to cure for testing.

Sure, not every batch turns out exactly the same as the last, but that's the joy of handmade. No two bars of soap will ever look exactly alike. They each have a personality and a story, just like we all do. One day, I'll go into a more in depth analysis (it is what a do for my day job after all, I'm just a soap ninja by night and weekend) on why I made the switch. But for now, if you've seen your favorite bar take on a more rustic look, that's why.