Crystal Inspired Soap

Winter has always been a season that sparks creativity in me. I suppose it is due to the fact that everything outdoors is brown, gray and drab, and i crave color as well well as aromas that remind me of warmer months.

I spend much of my time creating bath and body products to sell in my shop as well as my online . I so enjoy creating things that engage all senses. 

Here are a few soaps i have created lately based on my love of stones, gems and crystals.

I made this soap woth a clear olive oil soap and embeded scraps from various soaps i made last week, then hand carved them into crystal shapes. Infused with smoked patchouli. 

I again used an olive oil base and mixed my colors using natural dye. I layered the colors in a silicone mold and took my swirl tool to create natural imperfections between the layers. I imfused the soap with vanilla and rosewood oils.

Again, using an olive oil base i embeded pieces of cit soap scraps into the clear base. I infused tgis one with an essential oil blend of ylang ylang, rose and vanilla.

Each soap is created to assist in bringing balance and enjoyed during bathtime as part of a bathing ritual and meditation.

Woodland Magic-On Soap

Into the woods–you have to grope, 

But that’s the way you learn to cope. 

Into the woods to find there’s hope 

Of getting through the journey. 

Into the woods, each time you go, 

There’s more to learn of what you know. 

Into the woods, but not too slow– 

Into the woods, it’s nearing midnight– 

Into the woods to mind the wolf, 

To heed the witch, to honor the giant, 

To mind, to heed, to find, to think, to teach, to join, to go to the Festival! 

Into the woods, 

Into the woods, 

Into the woods, 

Then out of the woods– 

And happy ever after!” 

― Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods

  
    I made soap today. Lots and lots 😉 this blend was inspired by the magic that is the winter wood. 

Woodland Magic (soap)
A rich, earthy blend of oils (Amber, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Cedarwood ) and the slightest essence of floral in a base of Castile, bentonite healing clay and matcha green tea extract. Naturally dyed with bentonite clay, matcha green tea and organic, unsweetened cocoa powder. What a lovely experience it was 🙂

Btw, you can purchase it here is you wish.  

Beauty in the Mundane-On Crafting Soap

Sometimes I feel like an outsider. I so enjoy my quiet, peaceful life here in the mountains. One thing I’ve become much more aware over the past two years of escaping the rat race is this deeper sense of appreciation for the simple things. In my previous life I rushed through everything, trying to cram it all in. Now? I am more mindful of even the most mundane. I take it all in and learn so much much from the seemingly small tasks.

I spent the morning making soap. My son was down for his nap and the house was just so quiet. As I prepared the soap, carefully measuring out all of the ingredients I was mindful of the textures and how each new ingredient reacted upon contact with the other; somewhat resistant initially, and then the merging and flow until each separate ingredient became one, in perfect balance. As I added the essential oils of frankincense, Myrrh and cinnamon I deeply breathed in the aroma, first of each oil, and then the combined essence of the three. With appreciation and a warm smile I thanked Mother Earth for providing the plant based colors I carefully blended to create just the right shade of greens and rusts. Berries of Elder and Juniper strategically placed along the top. 

A complicated process…..yes, yet a choice to be made, labor of love, creating something beautiful that not only reaches within the walls of my home, but countless homes throughout the country, perhaps even the world. 

How we set our eyes on end results and often times miss out on the process.  It’s in the process that we become more aware of each nuance, each subtle change, reaction and flow. We often loathe the moments of process in our lives, rushing through, eyes fixed on the result and often times find ourselves somewhat empty in the end. A sort of anticlimactic conclusion that leads us further along on our search for fulfillment.

 As I set the soap molds atop the worn cherrywood windowsill, beneath the ecru antique lace curtains I paused and with a sweet sigh was once again reminded of the depth of beauty and richness in the seemingly mundane.

And of course, the finished product is always an added bonus 😉

   
Cypress, white Tea Elderberry dye made from dried, crushed Alffalfa.

 
Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon white tea, dyed with ground annato.