What a difference a week can make… S.O.A.P. update 1 week later

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I was not surprised last weekend when I unmolded all of my new soaps I made and scented with the Bramble Berry S.O.A.P. panel secret scents and realized some were discolored. Just from smelling them I could tell that some contained enough vanilla to cause a color change. At 8 Days old I took the following picture of all of the soaps and recorded the following notes on how the scents have changed.

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#1. Apple Pie!! And not just any apple pie. Apple with the scrumptious brown sugar, butter and cinnamon crumb topping! It smells like fresh out of the oven Dutch apple pie. VERY yummy, and VERY dark brown due to the high vanilla content that gives this fragrance such a scentalicious (another Soapy Starfish word, lol) smell! I would definitely buy this one for soaping. I would just have to design the soap around the dark discoloration. The scent is well worth the extra designing time involved.

#2. Clean guy smell. Woodsy, and I smell more pine now than I remember smelling before, but to be partial I have purposely not looked back at my 1st impression notes so they don’t taint my 2nd impressions. I am not 100% sold on this scent now. Maybe if paired with something spicy to give it something extra.

#3. Roses. Lots of Roses. This is a very simple rose scent. I personally do not like the floral scents, but as florals go, this one is simple enough to be nice for those who are just looking for rose alone or to blend with something else. If you like rose scent you would love this one. And I no longer detect the scent of lemon furniture polish, thank goodness.

#4. Vanilla ice cream with fruit. This scent also darkened up a lot the last week. I definitely smell something like vanilla ice cream, however the fruity note is harder for me to pin down. I will have to keep sniffing this one and report back. Ok, after a few more sniffs, don’t laugh, but I am detecting a tart fruity smell like the old Zebra Stripe bubble gum that used to come in every color of the rainbow in one pack and each stick of gum was a different color of the rainbow. It’s that smell. But unfortunately, not enough of it,

#5. Ahh, my luv, I have found you at last! I didn’t think it was possible for you to get any better, but you have surprised me! Your smokey notes have lessened, allowing for the wood scent of the sandalwood to really come through and the patchouli is just a beautiful addition to your perfection. Like glitter on a cupcake soap, it makes you shine!! I cannot wait until you are cured so I can keep you all to myself. Xoxoxo… Seriously though, this scent is AMAZING!!!! It is sensual seduction wrapped up in an exotic scent that is sure to be a hit with both men and women. I think I am going to have to bring this one to work with me so I can smell it all day long. This scent did discolor to a dark tan, but nothing that isn’t workable design wise.

#6. I was actually surprised to see how darkly this scent discolored. I don’t detect anything vanilla based. However, there are some warm musky spices there in the bottom notes and my guess is that is where it is coming from. The first thing I smell is the cedar wood which is quite addicting actually. My husband doesn’t know it yet, but he will indeed be using this soap as soon as it cures! Luv this one! It is a very nice guy scent.

#7. This scent was one of the least discoloring ones. It is a softer fruity note. It isn’t juicy but rather a more mellowed fruit, almost overripe. It is one of my least favorite of the 8 for sure. In fact if given the choice between the #3 rose soap and this one, I would likely pick the rose instead. Its like I can tell it was trying to be something, but it just didn’t get there or else saponification killed it.

#8. Ahhh yes. I have figured out finally what this reminds me of. Even more now than when freshly poured or out of the bottle. It smells just like a peach wine cooler. I smell ripe peaches and something else. But I also smell something bubbly, carbonated, like champagne. It is actually very nice. It is a fruity sparkling scent that would go nicely alone or paired with something else like a single scent. And since it discolored only mildly, the design possibilities are endless.

So just to recap, I am still in love with #5 and #1 is pulling in at 2nd place with #8 rounding out the top 3 favorites (followed close by #6). #7, #3 and #2 are definitely in the least favorite category.

I have been having so much fun doing these tests that I have decided to start testing all of my Bramble Berry scents for cold process. Keep your eye on the blog for future postings. I am expecting a new package this week of scents that I will test next as I continue working on designing Christmas soaps. In the meantime, the next round of tests are melt & pour. Since I make both MP and CP soaps I wanted to be sure to check them both. Some scents that die a harsh death in CP process will hold really well in melt and pour so I am excited to see how they turn out. Well I am off to go work on a new CP soapy project, I can’t decide if I want to attempt, yet again, to master the Column mold, or put my lovely 9 bar Birchwood mold to use again with Christmas colors. Ah, decisions, decisions… In the meantime, I leave you with my latest new soap. My 1st Christmas soap this year! I used one of my favorite molds, the Bramble Berry 10″ silicone mold. they really do have the BEST molds out there! By the way, if you are looking for the perfect Christmas red for your soap, check out this Soapqueen blog. These are the colors I used for the pictures soap below. This was my 1st attempt at the Tiger Swirl (of course I swirled the top, I am a swirly addict, lol) so I cannot wait to cut into this later this week.

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Love & Bubbles,

Tammy Lindsey aka Soapy Starfish

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S.O.A.P.Y 1st Impressions

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As expected, I came home to my favorite cardboard box on the planet! The Bramble Berry box. 🙂 Inside were 8 little bottles of amazing super secret scents for me to try to identify and test out in things I make.

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First step, Open all the bottles and take a sniff, or two, or three….. So I grabbed a piece of paper and started writing and here are my 1st impressions:

#1 – Buttery popcorn was the 1st thing I smelled. 2nd whiff made me think of buttery popcorn with a caramel drizzle. And wait, what is that? a 3rd sniff detected a faint smell of something sweet and fruity, almost like Trix cereal. Silly Rabbit… Strange for sure, but I still kept smelling it every time I passed by the bottle last night.

#2 – Fresh & Clean. Oddly it was cool and warming at the same time with a crisp clean woods smell and a slight warm spice undertone. Hard to describe, but I like this. It is masculine, in a Irish Spring kind of way, but not too masculine to keep me from using soap that smelled like this. The guys in the house would like this scent.

#3 – Roses. And Lemon furniture polish. Not too keen on this one. So far it is my least favorite. But then again I am not a big floral scent person so that could be why.

#4 – Cherries! Sweet, Juicy and blended with another more ripe fruit undertone. Nice.

#5 – Ok, Its possible I am a bit partial to this one… Smokey sensual sandalwood beautifully blended with patchouli, but not in an offensive let’s go hop in the VW Bug and take a ride to the 60’s kinda way. This scent is just groovy baby….. ahhhhhhh… No.5 be a good little scent and behave so everyone will love you and I can buy you in BIG BIG bottles from Bramble Berry soon!!

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Where was I ? Oh yes, on to the next scent…

#6 – Woody? Cedar? Yes! Like walking down the Lumber isle at the local Lowe’s or Home Depot store. Or even that yummy smell when you first open the bag of sealed cedar woods chips for your hamster’s cage. I like that its not in your face woodsy. It is nice and I think it would blend well with other scents to make something really amazing, but would also be really nice all by itself. I hope it survives saponification.

#7 – Fruity. Ripe peaches, nectarines, plus a sweet soft floral. There is definitely a slightly overripe scent thrown in there, sort of like papaya or guava. But together they all blend well. I really do not like florals, but this one isn’t strong enough to bother my sensitive nose.

#8 – Eureka! Super JUICY fruit!! Mouth Watering plums, peaches, tangerine burst of citrus, nectarines, and cherries. Like a lovely and juicy fruit salad!! Its making me hungry. Speaking of which, time to go sniff the caramel drizzled popcorn #1 again!…

So of course after I sniffed them all it was time to get busy soaping if I was going to have them cured by the time the survey was to be done! I measured exactly .20 oz of each FO into separate (and labeled) jars, set out 8 little cups (also labeled). Next up, making the soap batter! After making up the batter, I poured 4 ounces into each labeled cup and one by one I added the FO and poured it into the Bramble Berry Silicone 12 bar square mold (LOVE this mold!), which was of course also labeled! I am nothing if not organized. 🙂

Here they are as wet and freshly poured soap:

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#1 Immediately turned a deep pink, almost burgundy color.  While #4 turned a beautiful citrus yellow. #7 turned to a lighter buttery yellow color. #2 became a medium tan color while #3 & #5 behaved well enough and only slightly turned a light tan color.#6 & #8 stayed true to their color and did not seem to change at all.

And here they are again after 24 hours:

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The #1 really pink soap has lightened to a very pale but still pink color. The very yellow #4 has mellowed as well but is still yellow with an orange hue now.

I am off for the weekend to soak up some sun on the beach with the hubby & kiddos and enjoy a belated birthday celebration for my oldest and youngest who share the same birthday of September 14. I will unmold the soaps when we get back. Until then, enjoy your weekend!!

Love & Bubbles,

Tammy (aka Soapy Starfish)

‘Twas the Night Before Secret S.O.A.P.ing and all through the house….

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There was great anticipation and SQUEEEEELS of delight!

I found out last week that I was chosen to be a panelist on Bramble Berry‘s Secret S.O.A.P. panel!!!! I posted all over Facebook the day I found out but am just now getting around to posting on my blog. Words cannot say how excited I am that they picked little ole ME out of all the applicants for this special group!! I checked on my super secret scents package tonight. I have resisted the urge to check on it sooner because the more I check, the more impatient I get. So tonight I hopped on and low and behold, my package arrived safe and sound into Orlando this afternoon!! Somebody’s gettin’ soapy tomorrow night!! The first thing I am doing after I give each bottle a good sniff is to test them all in a CP soap recipe. When I do that I am checking to see how the scent holds up through the process of saponification, how the color does or does not morph, and how the fragrance oil behaves while soaping with it. I believe that I only get 1 ounce of each scent to play with so I have to use it carefully in order to get to do everything I want.

So tonight I am gathering my information and getting things setup to do some soaping tomorrow night! I will post pics and my initial review of the scents after that. In he meantime, I will leave you with a cute picture of my daughter, Emma next to our Bramble Berry tower of colors! And we have more colors ordered and on the way!

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My personal favorite is Merlot Sparkle Mica! So many colors and so little time these days. 🙂

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