Last month, while I was going through Time magazine, I came across an article about the release of the 2 former members of the Russian punk protest group, Pussy Riot. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, who both spent 21 months in prison for charges of hooliganism, have been in the media spotlight for a while, but I never really followed their story. However, at that moment I was reading the news, I had a sudden hit of inspiration. It was so clear in my head – I was going to make soap called Color Riot, and it was going to be just that: an explosion of colors.
It was my first time to have the name of the soap come first before the fragrance and the design. I usually decide on the fragrance first, then the look. The name comes much much later because I usually have a hard time coming up with one. What about you? What kind of conceptualisation process do you go through?
If you haven’t noticed, I tend to be a bit restrained with my use of colors. Aside from titanium dioxide, I normally use just one or two other colors, and more often than not, they’re on the sedate side. It has only been the last few months that I started to achieve better color saturation and contrast. (Click here , here, and here to see my earlier color-challenged soaps.) Color Riot is thus quite a departure from my usual look. It is bold and loud. So not me. But I love it!
I really liked the ease and outcome of the drop swirl technique in Desert Dune, so I decided to do the same for Color Riot. For the first time ever, I used 5 colors: white (titanium dioxide), periwinkle blue, raging raspberry, neon yellow, and neon green. It is scented with Mango Pomegranate – a fun, tart, and fruity smell.
I made Color Riot last Jan. 26. I looked at it almost everyday and didn’t notice any bleeding of colors until I steamed it the other day. It had very light soda ash, mostly just on the two end pieces. I normally would leave it as is, but because of its name, I wanted the colors to really pop. Has anyone experienced this after steaming?
Aside from Color Riot, I made one other neon-colored soap last year. When I saw the colors in the cut soap, I hated it! I thought it was gaudy. After a while, I thought it was fun and learned to like it. Fragrance used was patchouli raspberry, which I renamed Happy Hippie. I later found out that Lush had a product with the same name. I will have to think of another name should I do a remake. The colors used in this soap are similar to those in Color Riot, but I don’t remember now if the colors bled. If it did, I didn’t notice.