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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Lavender Song

Purple has always, always, always been my favourite colour - it's so rich and expressive somehow, and I've always had a love affair with it.  However, lavender, as a fragrance, hasn't been top of my list ... for some reason, I've always associated it with old lady Yardley soaps my Great Aunt used to get for Christmas.  But, since I've started soaping, I've ventured into the world of essential oils and lavender, being one of the most popular, was one of my first purchases.  To this day, I'm not a huge fan of it on it's own but I do like what it can bring to a blend.  I'm also a fan of blending fragrance oils with essential oils... somehow, it can bring the best to the blend and breathe a new dimension into the fragrance.  So, for this soap, I've used a fragrance oil blend of White Lavender, Sicilian Lemon, Basil, Neroli, Vanilla & Amber along with lots of French Lavender Essential Oil.  

I had recently bought some new soap colours from Gracefruit - liquid cold process ones ... as anyone who reads this regularly will know, I'm a huge fan of micas in general and usually use them.  I've not really worked with a lot of liquid colours and wasn't 100% how well they'd colour, how much to use etc.  I mixed up my oils and lye (with silk in, of course!) and wanted a base colour which was to be darker than the rest.  I put in some violet and a little of the plum colour and it was a sort of grey.  Hmmmm... not what I wanted.  I decided the colour wasn't what I wanted, so added a little more.  Then I stick blended it all because I wanted to be the base layer that could hold the swirl on top.  Well I had a grey soap when I started blending, but oh my... the soap went BRIGHT purple on me when I stick blended it.  So, in future, I think I have to stick blend these colours into the soap to make sure I have the right colour depth.  I was afraid the purple would be too bright but I actually think it really matches the rest of the soap. 

I am loving the purple with the pale lavendery/lilac and white on top.. this is exactly the soap I wanted and, oh my Lord, does it smell sooooo good!!! The fragrance oil takes away the "old lady" element that I still associate with lavender but the lavender essential oil adds a floral/herbal scent to the fragrance oil blend... a perfect match. 

So, here is Lavender Song...











If you like Lavender Song, she'll be available from 26 September - if you'd like me to put one on pre-order, just drop me an email to info@soaperstar.com with your name and your PayPal email address.

15 comments:

  1. Woo~ Purples... Purples are my favorite too!

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  2. Beautiful soap, Celine. Great colors!

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  3. WOW! That is some beautiful soap!

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  4. Celine, very beautiful soap!!!

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  5. Beautiful,beautiful soap and I really love the name-it's perfect!

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  6. I absolutely love it! Purple is my all time favourite colour ... my hair, my clothes, my car, my house ... purple everywhere! ... but when it comes to making a purple soap ... so far mine have all been too grey in colour. Your soap looks amazing and the aroma sounds divine! Congratulations!

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  7. Preciosos esos azules!!!!
    Un saludo

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  8. I love the deep purple on the bottom and the second photo is my favourite. The tops of this one are so streusely (just made up that word). Very inviting soap. The scent sounds wonderful. I love Lavender essential oil.

    Michelle

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  9. This soap looks really great. Beautiful colours and the smell sounds very nice!!

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  10. Totally gorgeous! love the colour, I have a soft spot for purple soaps too:)

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  11. Beautiful soap, Celine!That purple is awesome!

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  12. Another georgeous soap! I especially love the dark purple swirl on the top. It is like an echo of the dark base.
    Petra

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  13. Thank you SOOOO much everyone for your fantastic comments! I love love love this one and I'm so glad to see that others do too!! Love you all xx

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