Thursday, May 15, 2008


We made a foaming sugar scrub last night, scented passionfruit mimosa (the same scent as our Georgia O'Keefe soap) and I kinda sorta wanted to eat it. But I didn't. But I wanted to. It's been a while since we've made scrubs... I used to make them constantly. I was a total scrub ho, and even sent scrubs to three swaps I was in (a different recipe each time). Why do I love using scrubs so much?

1. they make my skin ohhhhh sooooo soft
2. they get rid of dry, flaky skin
3. they're luxurious... I feel like I'm truly pampering myself when I use one.

So we went back to a tried-and-true recipe that we'd used before, and I forgot how much I liked it... making it and using it. Maybe I'll do some R&D on this recipe and offer scrubs in my shop in the future. Jon also wants to play around with perfume at home (at work, he has particular fragrance projects he has to do, but he really wants to just play), but the raw materials are kind of expensive. But we can play around with single note FOs and EOs and make some fragrances of our own!

That's about it for today... to recap: Mary shouldn't be allowed near yummy-smelling scrubs when she's hungry because they make her want sweets. Bad scrub, bad.

Monday, May 12, 2008

You know what?.....

I think I AM going to graduate school after all.

Yesterday Jon and I took my mom to NYC and we went to the Met to look at some modern art. I took my modern art class in summer 2005 and I was sure that I'd forgotten everything, but a lot of it came back to me! I was worried my memory would suck, but I surprised myself. And I had a blast analyzing the art... it made me really miss undergrad school, where I got to learn about it every day. Museum-going is so much more fun when you've already learned about a particular artist, piece, or period... it's like you have a backstage pass into the artist's mindset or the historical period.

I don't know WHEN I'm going back to school... but I've made up my mind that I WILL go back. I really miss school... I know I'm a huge art history nerd, but I loved it. :) I have no idea what period I'd do though... I really enjoy art in situ (where it was originally located) and cool architecture so I'm leaning towards the British Isles circa the Middle Ages or the Renaissance. But we shall see!

A new soapie (made a few days ago, but I forgot to post it):

It smells like mango and cream... very yummy! Tonight I think we're going to make some salt bars... it's been a while so I hope it goes well!

My resolution is to update this blog as often as possible, so check back soon! :)


Saturday, May 3, 2008

Shimmy shimmy soap

Some recent soaps!

I think we're naming this one "Glitz" or "Glitter" or something along those lines. It smells like watermelon, strawberry, and cool fresh aloe. Very very yummy. I haven't listed any herringbone soaps yet, so I went with that design for this soap. The bottom is purple.

This one smells like lime, pear, and apple (maybe blackberry too) in a slushie. I'm really digging this scent in a major way. I decided to go retro in the design, because it's a bright, poppy scent. The bottom is pale pink.

Lavender... because we don't have a lavender soap yet! This is the most floral lavender fragrance I've ever smelled... usually I don't care much for lavender EO or FO because they're kind of camphorous, but I really love this one. I tried to make the design look like lavender stalks... not sure if I was successful or not. :/ The lavender and the white are too close in shade, I like a stronger contrast usually. We'll see how it looks cut. The bottom is light blue.