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Batch and Product Notes [Oct. 7th, 2005|08:32 pm]


Whipped Soap Batches: Fire and Ice

This was a small batch, custom made for a bespoke client. All of the oils are whipped, the lye bath added, and whipped again, then separated into two batches.  One section had brick red oxide and cinnamon bark essential oils added and the other had no color added, and peppermint and spearmint essential oils added.

The batches were spooned into the molds in dollops, then lightly swirled together with a spatula.  Each bar has a different pattern.  I love how the one on the right sort of looks like a stylized rabbit and the one on the left has some volcano action going.

Bath Melts: Chocolate Madeline  

Madeline refers to the shape of the bath melts.  Madelines are traditionally a small tea cookie or chocolate, but I just love the shape, and they foil beautifully.  The bath melts are made with cocoa butter, triple milled steel-cut oatmeal, citric acid and chocolate oil.  

This is what they look like in the box:

This is what the box looks like when it's been labeled.  Gorgeous, aren't they? 

Anointing Oils:  It was suggested to me, that since I was doing a very large religious convention this fall, that perhaps I should consider making anointing oils for the show.  I knew very little about them, but I figured since I could read the bible in Latin, perhaps I had a pretty good shot of coming up with recipes that stayed true to the source code. Each of these will come packaged with a little scroll that has the verse on it on one side, and the ingredients on the other.  It's totally a test product, although I do have bespoke clients who have requested to buy any remainders after the show.  (I'm holding off buying more bottles until we figure out if it'll sell.)  
Three Kings: 

This one was pretty easy. Based on Matthew 2:11, it's Frankincense and Myrrh blended with gold mica in a base of first fruit jojoba oil.  (Yes, I know olive would have been more traditional, but olive threw the scent off and just felt too greasy on the skin.)  This oil is beautiful in the dropper and leaves just a hint of shimmer on the skin when applied. 

River of Life: 

This one I'm pretty proud of creating.  Based on Revelation 22:1-5, it is a mix of Frankincense, Rose of Sharon, Spikenard, Cedar, Myrrh, Hyssop, Cinnamon, Cassia, Calamus, Aloes, Sandalwood and Styrax in a base of first fruit American jojoba oil.  It smells amazing.  I use it as a meditation aid.  I think I can probably sell it to yoga studios and my non-religious clients if I rename it something non-biblical...but nothing thus far has presented itself, name-wise. 


Other Stuff: 8 oz Body Polish, 4 ounce lotions, and organic lip balm in honey. 


[User Picture]From: gorzo
2005-10-08 02:41 am (UTC)
At first glance I mistook the fire & ice for meat.

Also, are the anointing oils on your site? I know of a church around here that may be interested in them.
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[User Picture]From: spiderfarmer
2005-10-08 03:01 am (UTC)
No, I don't have them on the site yet. I need to order more bottles. :) (Assuming the ones I have sell next weekend.) :)
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[User Picture]From: gracefruit
2005-10-08 11:13 am (UTC)
Everything looks great! Best of luck with your show. :)
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[User Picture]From: spiderfarmer
2005-10-08 03:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) It's next Friday and Saturday. So, if you read in the news that a small crazy woman has gone insane in Plano, TX...you'll know the promoters lied to me, and I'm busy feeding them to the ducks. ;)
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[User Picture]From: allpurposegirl
2005-10-08 01:52 pm (UTC)
It all looks very wonderful. You're making me wanna try bath melts again LOL.
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[User Picture]From: spiderfarmer
2005-10-08 03:53 pm (UTC)
They're fairly easy. :) I've had best luck, molding-wise, with silicone. :)
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[User Picture]From: allpurposegirl
2005-10-08 03:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah Im looking toward silicone molds.
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[User Picture]From: jabber
2005-10-08 02:49 pm (UTC)
The anointing oils in particular appeal to me, mostly as scenters. I think River of Life is a perfectly good non-bliblical name, so long as the Bible reference isn't on the label.
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[User Picture]From: spiderfarmer
2005-10-08 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's probably true. It's such an amazing scent, it really is.
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[User Picture]From: paleosarah
2005-10-08 10:19 pm (UTC)
MMMMMMMM.... organic honey lip balm! sounds delicious!!
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[User Picture]From: spiderfarmer
2005-10-09 12:43 am (UTC)
And I get all my bee products from a friendly beekeeper, so it's all fresh and yummy. Yay!
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