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Merry Christmas

It has been a while since I posted and this has constantly been on my mind.  After all, this blog and soapmaking are my babies – born one month apart.  It’s just that it is much faster for me to post pictures and updates primarily on Instagram, and secondarily on Facebook.  I hope you follow me there!

Last Sunday was my last day to make soap for the year.  It’s nice to see my kitchen free of soapmaking clutter!  There’s still a lot of things to do and finish before my husband and I leave for Tokyo, where we will be spending the New Year.  I am really looking forward to this break and to see Maya again!

For those of you who have been following my blog, you know that I have a beloved shih-tzu named Chewie. He is currently in doggie hospital for ehrlichia, a serious bacterial infection transmitted by ticks.  Not only that, he needs his gallbladder removed for stones, but I am still hoping that the reading is wrong, or that the stones would miraculously dissolve, so that he would not require surgery.  He is staying in the hospital until we come back.  Please send him prayers and healing energy.

To close the year, I leave you with these holiday soaps I made.  See you again in 2016!  Wishing you all a Joyful Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, and Peaceful New Year!

Gift Basket 2

Gift Basket

jack frost

Jack Frost

Mistletoe

Mistletoe

Nutcracker

Nutcracker

Red Currant and Pine 1

Red Currant and Pine

Vanilla Mint

Vanilla Mint

 

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More Christmas Soaps

Exactly a month to go before Christmas! Do you feel the Christmas spirit yet?

I have been on a soap making marathon since I got back from Japan, but starting this week, I am going to take it easy all the way to December, or at least that’s the plan.  I have started working on new scents and designs, and as it is with unfamiliar territory, there have been surprises. I will be writing about them soon, but before then, here are the last 3 of the 9 holiday soaps I made this year (you may find the others here and here).  This last batch looks the least Christmasy, and in fact, they are scents that can be enjoyed the whole year round.

Minty Apple – deliciously tart and minty. I make this popular scent regularly, not just during the holidays.

Minty Apple

Minty Apple

Sugar and Spice – the lower part smells invitingly of fluffy marshmallow, and the blue and orange portion of spiced orange and vanilla. This photo was taken when the soap was newly made.  Since then the colors have become more saturated because of the vanillin content.

Sugar and Spice

Sugar and Spice

Citrus & Pine – Christmas forest meets candied citrus and cranberry.  Smells so good, I want to smell this the whole day!

Citrus and Pine

Citrus and Pine

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Nutcracker

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….

Nutcracker

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?

Nutcracker 1

Nutcracker 2

Nutcracker 3

Nutcracker 4

Nutcracker 6

Nutcracker 5

 

 

 

 

Holiday Soaps

Oh my, where did time go?!  It has been 2 months since my last post, and Christmas is just 73 days away.  I may have been neglectful with blogging, but I’ve actually been busy making soap. In fact, lots of soap, but barely enough time to take photos!

Next weekend, my husband and I are taking off for a holiday in Japan.  I am so excited for our trip and to be meeting a fellow soaper and blogger. Yup! I have a date with Maya of Infusions on October 27.  🙂

Before I leave, here’s a peak into my holiday line-up.

1. Peppermint Bark – one of my favourite candies!  I also love it in soap form, although smelling it makes me hungry.

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

2.  Jack Frost – winter air mingles with candied citrus, berries, forest pine, cool peppermint and vanilla.  It’s a gorgeous unisex scent that sticks.

Jack Frost

Jack Frost

3.  Pumpkin Spice Latte – smooth and creamy coffee aroma made richer with pumpkin spice. I am not a fan of pumpkin pie but surprisingly I really like the way this smells!  It’s more coffee than spice.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

4.  Snow – a few months back, I made an all-white soap called Aqua.  And how to turn water into snow? With a splash of cooling peppermint, naturellement!

Snow

Snow

5.  Winter Wonderland – a beautiful medley of candied citrus, red currant, balsam, woods, and spice.  Some find it a bit on the masculine side, but I personally love it and think it’s good for both men and women.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Thank you for stopping by and wishing you a great week ahead! 🙂