Before I begin, let me just announce that this is my 100th post! :) To everyone following my blog, thank you so much for reading and leaving comments. I hope to keep things interesting and I look forward to the 200th blog post!
Can you believe it’s 34 more days until Christmas? I still have not made my Christmas list. Mentally, I have, but with the way I keep on misplacing my phone and keys, it does not amount to much. This year though, I was early with my Christmas soaps in anticipation of my trip to Japan at the end of October – where I met up with Tokyo-based Maya, the creator of Infusion‘s ethereal soaps.
We spent the morning and lunch together, and talked non-stop! I am not exactly the talkative type, and I don’t think Maya is either, but it felt natural and easy to connect with her. And you know what, our conversation was probably only 10% about soap! We were supposed to go to Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, but because of a recent bout of dengue fever incidents, the park was temporarily closed. We ended up chatting away in a Tully’s coffee shop until it was time to meet my husband and a friend for lunch at Maya’s favourite sushi boat restaurant. Had the park been open, perhaps we would have remembered to whip out our cameras. But with Japan only 4.5 hours from the Philippines, there will definitely be more visits to Japan and I am hoping Maya will find her way to our shores. By then we shall have photos taken together! :)
Back to soap, the ones I made in September are mostly gone. I have been busily making new soaps and remaking favourites since I came back from my trip. Last year I only had 2 holiday-themed soaps, but this year, I have been bitten by the Christmas soap bug. You may find here the first set that I made, and here’s another one….
A warm and rich blend of juicy mandarin, frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood and spices. The colors are inspired by the beloved Christmastime ballet performance, The Nutcracker.
I made 4 batches and they all have different colour intensities and patterns. For some batches, I poured the coloured portions on one side only, and for the others, I poured in the middle. Which do you prefer?