Whilst skimming through my social media this morning as is my habit, I came across the Brambleberry twitter link about how to be on the SOAP panel. I think most readers of my little corner probably don't know what that is.. & no I'm not asking you to click on anything to vote for me. Not how it works. Briefly, the SOAP panel (Soap Opinion Awesome Panel) receives a new smattering of fragrance oils to try that are as yet unnamed, incognito. I probably don't have to tell you that this is Gemini Heaven. So, yes please! Do send them to my abode that I may mix them with soap, et al.
While musing on my lunchbreak, I remembered seeing a post on the Brambleberry blog some time ago by someone who said she was on the SOAP panel, & thought, wow, how did she get to do that? And now I get to throw my hat in. I just need to blog a little about Brambleberry's stuff, easy! I went home after work & read the entry steps again. FAVORITE Brambleberry product? Oh, no. I have to pick a favorite? How in the world to do that... I've never gotten anything from Brambleberry that was less than fabulous. At least not yet.. so whatever I'm currently working on is my favorite. Oh! 💡
So my current pick for favorite Brambleberry Cool Thing is the Purple Brazilian Clay: http://www.brambleberry.com/Purple-Brazilian-Clay-P5497.aspx
Mauvey Gem Mica that was used on the top layer of the soap in the above photo can be found here: http://www.brambleberry.com/mobile/Mauvey-Gem-Mica-P3072.aspx
I purchased the Purple Brazilian Clay with the idea of using it with Lavender essential oil: http://www.brambleberry.com/Organic-Lavender-Essential-Oil-P5451.aspx & it would also be great with other "purple" smelling fragrance oils. Ideas? Ok!
Use Bordeaux fragrance oil: http://www.brambleberry.com/Bordeaux-Blend-Fragrance-Oil-P5164.aspx in your (purple Brazilian Clay colored) soap, poured into this cute Grape Leaves tray mold: http://www.brambleberry.com/Grape-Leaves-Tray-Mold-P3531.aspx
What about a Violet Swirl? http://www.brambleberry.com/Violet-Fragrance-Oil-P3889.aspx
I myself chose to lunge right into Lilac, also available at Brambleberry, choose between: http://www.brambleberry.com/Lilac-Fragrance-Oil-P3891.aspx
Of course one should always be careful to read reviews & product descriptions, there's always a chance that a fragrance oil will yellow or even brown up the overall color of the finished soap. There are all kinds of things you can do though, if so, to work it into your design.
I had read somewhere that using clay in soap helped to anchor the fragrance- this seems to be true. I found another benefit of the Purple Brazilian Clay (besides the amazing color) in my own shower! My building has well water, and it is treated somewhat with a softener. At the end of the shower, no matter how completely one rinses, one is still slippery. A touch of clay in soap alleviates that slippery feeling like magic! I'm planning on making a batch for my neighbors.
At this point I would be remiss if I didn't mention that there ARE other colors of clay you could use. So, for the cautious amongst us, Brambleberry has made a sampler pack available: http://www.brambleberry.com/Brazilian-Clay-Sampler-P5510.aspx full of lovely clay colorants.
Now I may be the proverbial snowball in hell here. I'm not a big name soaper, just a my name soaper! I don't sell much, at least not yet, and it may not be my path to be "big" in that way. I have an unrelated day job in a doctors' office, though I do think aroma is related to health & well being. I soap primarily to make my own, for fun, leaning & sharing.
My favorite thing is to try new things and share them, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I'm excited to share fantastic stuff, as well as things that may better fit the category of "proceed at your own risk". Oh, I know I'm new Brambleberry berries, but pick me! Pick me!
Love from my berry patch,,
Child of Light & Self Appointed Connoisseur of Dynamic Aromatics,
Penelope Treat, purveyor of the idea called:
Light Expressions Candles & Sundry