Well we got back from our holidays in the middle of August, the sun was still shining (sometimes!) and I still had a few days before I went back to the day job so I decided to make a tribute soap to our time in West Cork. For regular readers, you'll know that West Cork is the place that we feel most at home.. it's in the South West of the country and where we stay is right on the coast (the cottage is literally two minutes walk to the sea, and the pub less than 3 minutes walk in the other direction!) and it's the place where we feel most at home, most comfortable, most alive. So it had to be celebrated right?
I decided to make a new soap and called it Aqua Haven. I used our best selling formula using Sweet Almond & Golden Olive oils with tons of creamy Cocoa Butter - to this I added our new Triple Milk formula of Buttermilk, Goatsmilk & Coconut Milk along with Kaolin Clay, Colloidal Oatmeal, Aloe Vera & Pure Silk. A very luxurious soap indeed and how good is this going to be on your skin?
I fragranced it with blend of Grapefruit & Lemon, with hints of Blackberry & Champagne cooled with notes of Fresh Linen, Lavender & Violet on a base of Amber, Musk & Vanilla and the colours are inspired by West Cork countryside. There is a particular flower that grows in the hedgerows there and is the brightest orange ... against the blue sky and green sea, they are just stunning.
I've used the Celine Swirl for the design and swirled the two colours together ... take a look at the videos and photos below and you'll see what I mean.
Making Aqua Haven
And here are the final shots, courtesy of Titch Holland of http://www.facebook.com/takenbytitch
Hope you enjoy the photos... the soap is available now for sale on http://www.iamhandmade.com/ourshop/prod_2192168-Aqua-Haven-.html.