June 30, 2015

Fragrance Introduction: Amazon D

Today's fragrance was inspired by the famous Amazonian, Diana, otherwise known as Wonder Woman. This deep, complicated, and feminine scent is a blend of lily of the valley, strawberries, grapefruit, orange blossom, citrus, lavender, white sandalwood, cedar wood, patchouli, frankincense, rosemary, and musk.

Amazon D Goat Milk and Glycerin Soap
The soaps are largely glycerin with a couple of goat milk stars inserted into the blue. This was another experimental technique born out of attempts to use molds I already had on hand. I attempted to use an insert wedged into the mold and held in place by a thin layer of clear glycerin to separate the red and blue. Unfortunately, a slice long enough to suit this purpose will push up from the bottom of a silicone mold, and any even a millimeter too small allows color leak through. Additionally, my small star molds are rounded, which led to problems with small bubbles getting trapped in the rounded portion of the stars that couldn't be seen until the soaps were removed from the molds.

Any Amazon D soaps made after these original six will be made in my big eight bar loaf mold. I'll be purchasing a star shaped tube mold or two to accommodate this, which is why I decided to try and work with the individual bar molds I had on hand instead of using a loaf since there is no way to position individual quarter ounce, rounded front stars inside a loaf tray precisely where they are needed. Even if you could, they'd probably fall over or end up sliding out of alignment as the soap set.

As frustrating as some of these issues have been in the thick of things, I've learned a lot from them that will help me in designing yet more new fragrances and soap designs in years to come.

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