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Bloomin’ Lilac and the March Soap Challenge


I really love this months’ drop swirl technique and no one does it better than Celine Blacow from Iamhandmade.  I’ve spent hours on YouTube watching Celine’s videos, along with her sidekick Titch Holland, as they create delightful and delicious looking goodies…er, um, soap.  It’s almost as yummy as watching a master pastry chef.

Amy Warden, from Great Cakes Soapworks, stated in her tutorial that the best advice for the soapmaker is to limit or restrict the scent use for the drop swirl technique, to those that will behave slowly and not advance trace too quickly.  The scent I choose was a beautiful lilac fragrance oil that I have experience with.  I tolerate this “love/hate” relationship we have because it has a beautiful, true lilac scent and customers love.  Yet I know this fragrance oil can’t be trusted.  I learned from Celine that you can add this untrustworthy friend just before pouring into your molds and although, like any co-dependent relationship, one learns to work with the pouting, it will submit with a little arm-twisting.

Truth be told, my inspiration came straight from some cabin fever. We have experienced record-breaking cold here in the northeastern United States and we’re still having some subzero nights.  Really now!  It’s the middle of March for heavens sake!  If you love floral gardens, and the anticipation of getting some outdoor time,  a local treat is the Lilac Festival, Highland Park in Rochester, New York.  It was established in 1887 and is a world class arboretum and a great way to welcome some warmer weather.  Some early lilacs will start blooming around here by the end of April and I, for one, can’t wait!  But for now, we can enjoy Bloomin’ Lilac Premium Goat’s Milk Soap.Bloomin' Lilac Premium Goat's Milk Soap


What’s All The Buzz About Honey Bee Products in Skin Care

You already know that honey is beyond yummy to eat, but did you know that honey bees have helped us achieve healthier skin for thousands of years?  Honey has antimicrobial properties, which means it doesn’t spoil, and it also means that the antibacterial qualities in this golden goodness can be use to tame acne and… Continue Reading

3 Reasons Why Pumpkin is Not Just Your Average Veggie

Excitement is in the air as the nights cool down and the days shorten, here in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region in Upstate New York.   Grape harvesting has started as well as many other crops of late summer and fall.  We couldn’t wait to pull out the Spiced Pumpkin Pie soap recipe and get… Continue Reading