Thursday, November 21, 2013

Inspired Soap - Watson's Library

I am a nerd. Self-proclaimed. Always have been, always will be. And with that comes my indisputable love for books. While I have switched to a Kindle (1 lb, vs 20 lbs of books on vacation, I'll take it) I still love books and reading. Currently, my favorite author is Clive Cussler, particularly the Fargo and  Isaac Bell series, but my most favorite stories of all time are the Sherlock Holmes collection. I've read them all at least three times but I STILL love to read them each and every time. Not only do I have two full collections, I also have a beautiful hardbound book with all of them and I keep them on my e-reader. I actually liked Sherlock Holmes before the movies and most of the shows. I may be a *little* bit of a fan.

Anyway, so while developing new soaps, I came across a fragrance that automatically took me to the Victorian Era in England. It smelled like what I imagine an old English gentleman's study would smell like; leather chairs, bound books, wood furniture, tea, a little pipe tobacco. In an instant, in my imagination, Dr. Watson came into the scene. And it hit me, this is exactly what Watson's study would smell like. And because he's a doctor and likes to study, his library. So the soap, Watson's Library, was born.

I still had to figure out the colors. It wasn't too hard, thinking of the elements that made up the fragrance. There was leather, books, tobacco...brown, black, and red came to mind.

And so, my good friends (said with English accent), that is how we came to the naming of Watson's Library. You also now know my weakness for all things relating to the amazing perceptive abilities of one Sherlock Holmes.

Every soap has a story.

Saponification, my dear Watson.