Sunday, February 27, 2011

new soap lick me all over

Lick Me All Over is a wonderful exotic fragrance with base notes of raspberry, cantaloupe, and watermelon, middle notes of jasmine and violet, and fresh top notes of grapefruit and kumquat.

Poppy seeds are included for exfoliating.

Sometimes when picking out colors for soap I take into account color combos I don't already carry and that is how this one ended up being a straight purple.

Sometimes a swirl isn't needed to make a pretty soap :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

What is your style?

This post is thanks to Patrice's comment on my 7-Up soap picture from awhile back.
"This has the all the earmarks of a Misty soap"

That comment made me remember that I spent a year in photo school trying to learn really what style meant. It was a very hard thing to pin down when you were really just learning what you liked to take pictures of. I ended up doing something that wasn't at all my style because I didn't know what my style was back then but it taught me the general idea of what style is.

I ended up taking pictures of semi trucks that had lines on them and the trucks had to be parked just right so that the lines would match on the trucks. Can you imagine how hard it was to find all of these things together at the same time! I remember having to go to industrial areas and asking permission to go onto the lots, using ladders and anything else I could do to get the shots(I had to have 12+ different ones!). I attached a few pictures so you get an idea of what I did.

My real photographic style came out after I took lots and lots of pictures over time.
If you want to see my current photographic style check out my photography website. (check out all the galleries)

Style is being able to tell someone's work just by looking at it.

I think the same thing happens with soap, the soap I made when I started is nothing like what I make now. At some point with maybe 20-30 batches under my belt I could start seeing what my style is now coming out.

I think there are a number of soap makers who if you saw the bar but not the name of the maker you might be able to tell who made it. With soap it can be things like whipped tops, the colors or swirls, the line, the way bars are cut, even down to how someone packages them.

What is your style? (this applies to all types of media)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Floral Bouquet

New soap! Floral Bouquet smells just like a Flower shop; a unique combination of carnation, tulips, roses, and the ozony base note of fresh greenery.

This is the scent I mentioned on facebook that I usually don't like floral scents but this one has won me over. It is a dead ringer for walking into the flower shop and more on the carnation side which I like. So I guess I have to say I don't hate all floral scents now :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

out with the old

Blueberry Slushy

So it is time to decide what new scents I am going to carry this year.

Time to stop making some of the under performer soaps as I will call them. Going out(when supplies are gone) will be leather, cucumber melon, warm vanilla sugar, coconut, mulberry, basil nectarine, storm watch, enchanted apple & zombie punch(still undecided on these last two) and maybe some others.

Going to be lots of new scents this year starting with Beer scented soap for the guys. Cream Soda & Blueberry Slushy(see picture) to add to my cola/soda line. Many others that you will see when I get them done.

Also returning will be some of the scents I added right towards the end of the year that ended up being a hit including Plumeria, Wild Mountain Honey and Lilac.

One thing I do notice when I pick out new scents is I like fruity scents so my shopping cart will be full of them and nothing else, lol. I then have to go back and edit some out and go look for other non fruit ones.
I think if you look at most soap makers you can kinda get a feel for what they like themselves cause I think we all do this to some extent.
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