Luxe Naturals

Citrus Cypress – This is the same as the Japanese Indigo Soap I made earlier this year, minus the indigo, and with the addition of Australian red clay and bamboo charcoal for a new look.  I still plan on doing more experiments with indigo but using clear-colored essential oils.  This soap has cypress, petitgrain, lemon 5-fold, orange 5-fold, cajeput, and basil – too yellow to use in an indigo soap, but perfect with the current look.  I really love the smell – so fresh and uplifting!

Citrus Cypress _1

Citrus Cypress

Orange Ylang Ylang – I was a little bit apprehensive when I made this.  Ylang ylang is known to accelerate trace or even seize soap.  Luckily, everything went smoothly.  Pure ylang ylang is so strong that a little goes a long way.  I blended it with lavender, orange 5-fold, copaiba balsam and ginger, and anchored them with kaolin and French pink clays.  This soap has olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter, orange wax, fresh yogurt, and goat’s milk.  If this soap were a woman, she would be someone confident and sexy, yet down to earth. 🙂

Orange Ylang Ylang 3

Orange Ylang Ylang

Shikon and Bamboo Charcoal – This is a remake of the one I made last February.  The only difference is that I lessened the amount of shikon.  I found the first batch too dark; I think this new batch looks better.  But knowing me, I will probably continue to tinker with the recipe.  This has lavender, rosemary, cajeput and patchouli for their restorative properties.  The smell is herbal, a bit camphoraceous, and earthy.

Shikon Charcoal

Shikon and Bamboo Charcoal

 

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22 thoughts on “Luxe Naturals

  1. Madame Propre

    Hi Silvia! No mint today! I love citrus blends, such as the first soap you made. Rosemary and lavender are great together, it is a lovely base to build from. Those soaps will surely be a great success, they look beautiful and their smell will fill your cupboards!

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  2. ecovioletsoap

    Hi Silvia! Love how natural these soaps look. I also had problems with Ylang ylang moving quickly but yours looks perfect. As long as you avoid intricate designs, it is nice to blend with.

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Hi Janet! I came prepared for the Ylang Ylang, but to my surprise it was behaved. Perhaps it was due to the other EOs that are slow moving. I feel more confident now about using it.

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  3. Infusions

    Beautiful and intriguing, Silvia! I love your description of the scent of the Orange Ylang Ylang. The thinner shikon color does make the charcoal marble stand out.

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  4. Monica

    Beautiful soaps as always Silvia, but I’m really intrigued by your combination of scents. I love the description of the orange ylang ylang. I think I need that as my perfume. 😀

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  5. Anne-Marie Faiola

    All three of these soaps are so lovely. I love the scent combinations of the Citrus Cypress. And your stamping technique is so clean and right on. Thanks for sharing these with us. =)

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  6. soapsbysly

    Silvia: Such beautiful soaps and scent combos! You are an artist to always come up with such great scent blends – that look so lovely. Thanks for sharing!
    Sly

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  7. Gina Gracie

    Your soaps are truly gorgeous! I’ve been wanting to try making soap for a long time, but have been wary of using LYE in my kitchen. Your soaps look so professional! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Charmaine

    Hi Sylvia,

    I’m keen on soap making.
    Could you share with me from the basic to cold process and more?
    Where should i start?

    Thank you.

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Hi Charmaine! I would suggest going to Anne Marie’s Soap Queen blog. It is a great starting point with lots of tutorials. It helped me a lot when I was starting out like you. 🙂

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