What a weekend it was!

Time again for my weekly wrap-up!   It was quite a weekend.

Friday night I made two soaps:  Spearmint Patchouli and Carrot Ginger Orange.

Saturday I made 4 lotions – Dry feeling lotion, luxury facial cream, luxury facial lotion, luxury conditioner.

Today I made one more soap (Dragons’ Fire) and got my pictures taken and measured the pH of my lotions.

I’d say I had a great time!  I love my weekends!    And next week is a long weekend because I am taking July 3rd off work (the day before the US Independence day Holiday). So I will have a 4 day weekend!  Can’t wait! Continue reading “What a weekend it was!”

Thinking Geeky Thoughts

Just thinking out loud on a Monday night… you know — about fatty acid profiles of oils and butters.

Those of you who make cold process soaps are probably somewhat familiar with this concept, although it can be applied to lotion making and bath and body products as well.

Fatty acids are essential fats contained in our carrier oils and cosmetic butters.   They are called “essential” fats because our body needs them.  You may have heard of “Omega-3” and “Omega-6” – these are two types of fatty acids.  (You may have also heard of the Omega-13 if you have seen the movie “Galaxy Quest”, but that is off topic). Continue reading “Thinking Geeky Thoughts”

Brambleberry Fragrance Impressions

About a week ago, I placed an order with Brambleberry so that I could refill my stock of cocoa, shea, and mango butters.   Of course, when shopping at Brambleberry, I can never just stick to my list of items.  A few fragrances and other goodies usually “accidentally” fall into my shopping basket as well. Continue reading “Brambleberry Fragrance Impressions”

A Goat Milk Soap Called “Jane”

I think my husband was a monk in a previous life.  He likes everything plain and simple.   The same holds true for his soap.   He likes plain, un-fancy, un-scented soap.   He will accept goat milk, even though it might be a little bit sinfully decadent.

Last week I made him a batch of plain-jane goat milk soap and this week it was finally ready to unmold and cut.

Continue reading “A Goat Milk Soap Called “Jane””

Having Too Much Fun Learning Photography

I spent this weekend getting acquainted with my new camera, so I didn’t get any soap made, but I had a lot of fun anyway.

I just thought I would share a few of the snapshots I took today.  Not all of them are winners, but still, I think it’s pretty good for a newbie. Continue reading “Having Too Much Fun Learning Photography”

Exciting Results — First Attempt!

I posted a couple of days ago about my camera research in my quest to take better pictures of my soaps and other creations.   Well, Friday night, I pried open my wallet and invested in a new camera and today I am experimenting with my first attempts at taking the photos.

I would like to point out that I have never used a great camera, have always been just terrible at taking pictures, and I am just at the very beginning of my learning curve, but I am already so excited with the results! Continue reading “Exciting Results — First Attempt!”

Recognizing the Need for Improvement – a step back to take a leap forward

Many times we go about our lives doing the same routine and expecting or hoping for better results.    Eventually when we don’t get those better results, we need to step back and re-evaluate.   This is where I am at right now.

I realize with my product photography that everything I have tried, all the ticks and trips, all the pro-advice, and all the creativity I could muster have not been giving me the kind of photographs I would like to achieve.  My photos have improved somewhat over time, but not nearly as much as I would like.

While my blog post picture is purposefully poorly exposed, color corrected and blurred, it is an extreme example of all the things I need to work on:  Color correction, lighting, exposure, white balance, composition, and image clarity. Continue reading “Recognizing the Need for Improvement – a step back to take a leap forward”