Now, some folks have questioned me on my use of scents like patchouli, pine and herbal extracts in my soaps. That’s cool…they certainly don’t represent the kind of thing you see in the supermarket’s soap aisle on a regular basis. Even with an adventurous spirit, this can take some getting used to!
For the record, I’m used to it! I’m playing with essential oils I’d never heard of before, and combining scents I would never have DREAMED of combining!
It. Is. Fun.
The first real confidence-booster was Rosy Cheek. I had played it pretty safe up to that point, but I was making that soap with my friend Bridget, and I wanted something really special and unusual for her. Plus…I was probably showing off a bit.
That soap had a blend of rose, rosemary, and a leeeetle bit of eucalyptus. It quickly became a best seller, and yes, it is cheeky.
In talking with other soapers last week, Rosemary essential oil was discussed more than one would think. Apparently, rosemary plays very well with others! Soapers seem to blend rosemary with everything! Well…I hadn’t come up with anything tremendously new in a while, so I started thinking about rosemary. I decided that I would plunge my hand into my big box of aroma-happinesses and blend whatever came out with rosemary somehow.
What did I pull out?
I should’ve taken that out before plunging. So I plunged again and came out with Vanilla.
Rosemary and vanilla? Fresh/herbal/spicy combined with warm, mellow and autumnal? ”Hrmmm…,” I thought, “I sure hope they don’t cancel each other out and end up smelling like distilled water.”
Then I laughed a little because I crack myself up.
Whellll, I’d made an agreement with myself so I got to work. I used 3 parts rosemary with 1 part vanilla, and the blended oils hit me like a ton of bricks. Intriguing…different…yet familiar…just wonderful! It’s invigorating and warm at the same time.
How NEAT is that??
In the finished soap at 24 hours, I got mostly that refreshing, snappy rosemary, but now, four days later, the bar gives off a comfortable undertone of vanilla. I can’t wait until it’s fully cured so I can see what happens when it lathers up! Here it is:
We are temporarily out of stock, but you can pre-order here.
I’ll admit, the thought of plunging in like that and just going for it was scary…and a teensy bit against my nature…after all, I, like everyone else, know what I like! I gotta tell you though…this might not be the last time I take the plunge!
In other news, I’ve recently discovered that St. Florian is the patron saint of soapmakers (among other things)! Perhaps he was watching out for me when I took the plunge and got this great scent blend!
St. Florian, pray for us!