Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Bramble Berry Christmas part 1

I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but when my mother and I first started soaping 10+ years ago, we ordered all our supplies from Bramble Berry and a company that's no longer in business.  When I returned to the craft a few years ago, I was glad to find our favorite fragrances still available.  But in spite of that, there are many fragrances I've never tried.  So my Givember project is trying out one of the fragrance sampler kits, specifically, the Christmas Cheer sampler kit.  I also received the neon colorant sampler pack  and the pigment sampler pack to have some fun coloring my Christmas-themed soaps.

I love, love, love the whole Christmas season and got a head start on the festivities this year trying out this stellar collection of fragrances (which explains the endless loop of Christmas songs in my head for the past month!)

Here are the first three of ten different soaps I made.

Cranberry Sweet  This is the only scent from the sampler that I have tried before.  And like the last time I used it, I added some Oatmeal, Milk and Honey to it to create a "cranberry crisp"-like fragrance that is perfect for this time of year.  I used merlot mica for the piped swirls on top.




Applejack Peel  I have seen this fragrance listed for years but now I know what I've been missing.  Oh my goodness, have I missed a lot! So, so yummy!  I expected a fresh apple scent, but this is a wonderfully spicy apple.  I used hydrated chrome green from the pigment pack (my new favorite soap color) to make this snowflake soap.




Cranberry Fig  This is a fresh, tart scent. The scent description lists blood orange as a component of this scent and it really comes through.  I swirled the batch with a mixture of burgundy pigment and tangerine wow.  I made this batch as fun little guest soaps.



This afternoon I think I'll dig out my LPs and crank up my Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby records.  After all, it's November 1st today, which means that Christmas is next month, so there is no time to waste!

17 comments:

  1. What beautiful piping Amy! I have used both Cranberry Sweet (I like it with Patchouli!) and Cranberry Fig, and they are both very nice. Congrats on your haul too!!!

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    1. Cranberry and patchouli? I never would have thought of that one! I'm usually not very good at coming up with my own blends.

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  2. I agree, beautiful piping! They all look great..you did a great job describing the scents (I haven't used any of them yet). I can almost smell them! I really like the snowflake soap too..super cute!

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    1. Thank you, Kalla! I wish you could smell them through the monitor; I'm sure technology will let us do that eventually.

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  3. Wow! That cranberry Sweet soap looks amazing! :):)

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    1. Thanks, Eden! I think I should pipe more often; I forget how much fun it is...

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  4. Great piping! It looks stunning!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Sometimes I surprise myself with a really pretty soap. :)

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  5. The frosting on the Cranberry Sweet is incredible! What a neat idea to pipe frosting on the soap bar after it's cut, it looks so pretty!

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    1. confession time--my original plan was piping in the mold, but the piping was more delicate and fell off in pieces as I cut the bars--oh, it was ghastly looking! My second attempt was much better, and I like the look of piping on individual bars.

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  6. Gorgeous soaps, Amy! The piping on the Cranberry Sweet is stunning! And what a great idea to mix the cranberry with OMH for a cranberry crisp scent. The snowflakes are cute - and the hydrated chrome green colorant is also one of my favorites. I like the swirls in the Cranberry Fig guest soaps, too. Bravo!

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  7. OMG! I'm totally in love with your Cranberry Sweet, the detail is incredible. You are such a creative soaper, Amy! Thanks for the shout-out! :)

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  8. Thanks, Anne-Marie! (you made my day!)

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  9. So nice and love your piping and the mica color was perfect. Don't you just love dragees! Merry Merry!

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    1. Thanks! I think dragees are THE way to decorate a Christmas cookie, but I'd never used them before in soap...but it won't be the last time, that's for sure!

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