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!