Today is one of those rare days when the streets are empty and the city is quiet. Most establishments are closed for the next two days in observance of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, and a lot of people are either at the beach or out of town. My husband and I are just staying home. We love the peace and quiet. It’s also a good time for me to make soap and take photos!
Here in the Philippines, we only have 2 seasons: wet and dry. March to early June is considered our summer, usually the driest and hottest months. But these days the weather is so unpredictable. It’s hot, yet it rains intermittently, with storm warnings.
While many of you in the temperate regions are happy to step out of the cold of winter and make soaps to welcome the blooms of spring, I’ve jumped seasons and went straight to summer.
Presenting my summer soap collection:
1. Sea Bubbles – a fresh and airy scent with a hint of floral and fruity notes. This is my first time to use ball embeds and to have this kind of height and dimension, and top surface design. I would have preferred a better arrangement for the balls, but it was hard to control where they moved as I was pouring the soap batter. I only had a few balls so this is a tiny batch of 6 bars. I am having a hard time parting with them.
2. Summer Breeze – light, breezy, fresh scent with apple and melon notes. Both men and women love this fresh and fruity fragrance.
3. Sea Sparkle – I think the embeds almost look sparkly against the blue, or I’d like to think so. This is a feminine scent with lilac, lavender and a hint of musk.
4. Berries and Violets – juicy smell of berries, apples, and oranges with a touch of violet.
Of all the soaps I’ve ever made, I love the colors of this collection the best. But it wasn’t without failure. The ball embeds in Sea Bubbles? The yellow was from a batch that slightly overheated and had a wrinkly surface, and the pink was from a batch that traced too fast. The embeds in Sea Sparkle was from a batch that somewhat riced and had colors that looked anaemic. Just like the weather, soap making is not always predictable. 🙂