Black Vetiver

Looking at my empty racks, I jumped right back to soaping on January 2.  But this time, it was at a leisurely pace. When I don’t soap for a couple of weeks, I feel rusty and my hands and arms seem heavier!  And it’s the same with blogging for me. Consider this my New Year blogging warm-up. 🙂

Here is Black Vetiver, a dupe of Jo Malone’s Black Vetyver Cafe, described as “a bitter coffee bean steeped in earthy notes of vetiver and temple incense.”  I have not smelled the original, but I mighty love the way this one came out in soap. I don’t smell coffee, but I detect woods, vanilla, and incense – making for a complex, sensual and mysterious scent.

I made 3 batches late last year, all using the hanger swirl technique, each with its own unique look. I had a hard time parting with them, but since my stock was running low, I eventually just kept 2 bars for myself.  I will definitely be making a new batch soon.

Black Vetiver 1


Black Vetiver 3


Black Vetiver 4

Black Vetiver



23 thoughts on “Black Vetiver

  1. ecovioletsoap

    Nice start for the new year! Love the wispy swirls and the combination of vetiver and vanilla sounds heavenly. I am a bit rusty too – been sick so no soaping for me over the holidays.

  2. Sabine

    They are just wonderfull!
    Love that colour combo, the amazing swirl and about Jo Malone we can never discuss!
    Absolutely perfect start in a nrw soaping year!

  3. Monica

    I love your swirls, they always look so delicate. The scent sounds fabulous, I’ve never smelled Black Vetyver Cafe, but it must be quite something.

    So I expect we’ll see much more blogging from you now the holidays are over? 😉

  4. Vicki

    You do amazing hanger swirls Sylvia, these are gorgeous! I’ve still not made any soap this year – I need to jump to it really as I have lots of restocks to make 🙂

  5. Maja

    Woo- hoo, three batches with identical colours and different swirls, that’s so fun! I like them all, maybe no.2 the most! You are real workoholic, I had a looong soap break- until this evening!


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