Friday, June 29, 2012

"Geisha" will be ready on July 20th!

This is the first of the newest batches that was made in June, 2012...I have been dreaming of working with these fragrances for months.  My goal was to have this done and out for the beginning of Spring, but clearly I am behind...but I do believe she is worth the wait...
"Geisha" Coconut Milk & Clay Soap (pre-stamping, just cut)
She was made with our main base mix of oils & butters: Palm, Olive, Coconut, and Castor Oils with a blend of Shea and Cocoa Butters with Coconut Milk Powder for a thick, rich, and creamy lather.

"Geisha" was made in two layers.  The first layer being burgundy in color from the Australian Red Reef Clay and is scented with a lovely and delicate blend of Cherry Blossoms, Pomegranate Seeds, Tart Currants, White Magnolias, Peaches, Strawberries, Lemons, Rose, Lily of the Valley, Spices, Creamy Vanilla, and a touch of Cedarwood.  She was then topped with a creamy opaque layer of Yuzu (a Japanese citrus fruit) and Smooth, Creamy Vanilla.  The top was delicately textured and then I sprinkled some Cranberry Seeds on the top to bring some of the deep burgundy color up to the top of the bar.

This bar is good for any skin type.  It has the coconut milk's thick, rich, creamy lather, the high iron and essential mineral content and detoxifying properties from the Australian Red Reef Clay, which help it to replenish and regenerate the epidermis of the skin.  If you can normally use things with fragrance on your face, you should not have any problems with this bar. 

More updates coming soon!

~Selena
XoXoXo

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Back in the Saddle...

It has been very interesting so far this year for us here at 13th Moon Creations.  We have met many great people, had many changes, and many, many set backs.  But, we have learned a lot from what has happened, what we did right, what we did not do so right, and what we still need to learn. 

But, with all of these new obstacles, the most heartbreaking thing to me was that I haven't had a chance to dive into my work, what I love the most, making soap.  I have been struggling through all the ugly stuff, hoping to get to the other side, but lost so much time that could have been spent doing what I love so that I can share it with all of you.  Finally, I am back to creating beautiful things. :)

I have been so blessed these past few months to have found such amazing people that sparked such great new ideas and a desire to create again.  Once again, the gears were turning and I needed to get to work.  This is a very good thing as stock has been dwindling very quickly.

I am hard at work, trying to get at least 7-10 batches a week done so that I can catch up from what I wasn't able to make during the supposed slow time in the beginning of the year.  The up side to this is that I will be forcing myself to document each of the new batches here.  Some have outright changes, some just small tweaks, some completely new concepts for me, some new techniques, some new fragrances, some new bases, but once again, I am ready to challenge myself to bring you the best that I possibly can in skin care.  So, please bear with me if there are a few more weeks where stock is limited.  I'm building it back up and fast!  I hope you can understand.  

A little teaser: here's a quick run down of the batches currently on the curing rack that I will be discussing in more detail:

~ The first batch I made after being out of the game for a lil while was inspired by the amazingly talented glass artist, Jayne Persico (http://www.jpglassworks.com/).  Stay tuned for info and pictures of the upcoming Studio Bars for Artists.

~ The second batch is one that I have been pondering since January.  I am so glad I finally got this one out.  This is a delicate fragrance blend that has a working name of "Geisha".  It is a beautifully light and clean, slightly sweet, floral with a main note of Cherry Blossoms and Pomegranate on the bottom layer, the top layer is mostly Yuzu (a Japanese Citrus) with a touch of Vanilla and a hint of Cedarwood.  It is a Coconut Milk Soap with Australian Red Reef Clay in one of it's 2 layers.  It is topped with Cranberry Seeds.

~ The third batch made was a customer favorite, From the Ashes...(formerly Ember).  This is usually a 3 layered bar, Activated Charcoal coloring the top and bottom layers a grayish-black, the middle layer the creamy opaque of a typical goat milk soap.  This time, I couldn't help myself, I have been wanting to try my hand at marbling a batch so badly.  It's not a bad first attempt, but I do believe that this batch will stay stoned or marbled and not go back to it's 3 layered original form. 

~ The fourth batch is a twist on a blend I've done for years now, Americana.  For some reason, this one just screams Summer to me.  Crisp, tart apples with fresh mint, clean & refreshing.  Although, in this revamp, it went from a Goat Milk Soap to a Wine & Goat Milk Soap made with Big Creek Vineyard's Apple Raspberry Wine.  This is swirled with Australian Red Reef Clay and a Blend of Blue Oxide and Micas.

~ The fifth is batch is Serenity, this one has been months and months in the works as well.  This is a blend with the main notes being Saffron, Honey, Cardamom, Cedarwood, and many other spices.  It smells delicious and very smooth.  The base of this bar was colored with tumeric and there is a redish-brown swirl going through that was colored with Cedar Red Clay.  This bar is topped with Saffron.

~ The sixth batch is called "Andromeda", it's another one that has been planned for a while, and makes the perfect Summer scent.  This is a blend of Cosmo, Margarita, and Coconut.  This has a neon pink base with neon green and black swirls going through it.  It is lightly topped with Fine Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.

~ The seventh batch that was just poured is a revamp of Wood Nymph, which is now the previous blend of Lavender, Apples, & Oak blended with a smooth, creamy Vanilla and a touch more Oak.  This is now a base of purple with teal-green and brown swirls, topped with Deep Blue Jojoba Beads and I plan on dusting it with mica once it is cured.

~ The eighth batch that I am currently waiting for the oil to cool is another batch of the Kitchen Soap, Laundry Soap, and Stain Sticks...and even more tomorrow since I am making a new master batch of oils!  Can't wait to actually show all the love that is put into each and every batch up here!

Thank you for your patience!

~ Selena
XoXoXo

Monday, February 6, 2012

It's All About Perception...

It's been quite a while.  My goal was never to make this a personal blog, but one for 13th Moon Creations and our products and events and other artists that we enjoy.  But there has been a recurring theme in the past few weeks that has brought up something for me that I am hoping may help others. 

My newest venture for us and our products has been opening a shop, Venus & the Moon, 31 Race Street, Jim Thorpe, PA.  The goal of this shop is not just to sell wonderful handmade products made by us and others, but to nourish the soul, our partner provides spiritual counseling, we have classes and workshops, and both of us are Universal Ministers.  The collective goal is to create a community where people can be themselves and thrive.  With this, there have been so many people to interact with.  All of which are brand new to us, we have no history, we just met them in the past few months.  We love all of our new colleagues, customers, neighbors, and friends that we have made.

Now, that being said, those that really know me, I mean really know who I am, know how I work and why.  After being around people that truly understand you, then being in a situation where no one really knows anything about you, it can be easy to forget that you may be misinterpreted.  But that being said, so can others.  I know them as little as they know me, I may misinterpret their actions or words just as they may mine.  This is the learning curve.

I have two very, very dear friends that have been with me through everything, they've seen me at my best and worst and are always there.  They've watched me grow and change.  I am far from the person they first met.  I am stronger, smarter, and a better person.  But I'm also so much softer, more emotional, cry more, get taken advantage of more, let my guard down more.  My last conversation with both of them involved my talking about going soft.  Somewhere between 27 & 32, I've lost my edge.  I've seen and been through too much to stay so "rough around the edges" so to speak.  But, my recent thinking has been that my being taken advantage of is most likely due to my appearing weak, or at least weaker than I was in combination with my bleeding heart.  So, I've been seeking a way to harden up again.  To go back to the the girl that no one messed with, never got bullied, the one that stood up for her friends at any cost, the one that was fearless.  But I'm not fearless anymore.  As I said, I've seen too much, there are things to fear.

So, it has come to my attention that while I am seeking ways to toughen up since I feel so weak and powerless at times, that some are perceiving me as too harsh.  My words are spoken too fast, I don't always let people finish their sentences before giving my input.  These are the same people that have seen me bend over backwards to help any way I can.  These are the same people I've, at times, put before myself.  So, I've been advised or requested to change my ways.  Now obviously, we do not have the same way of doing things, I could criticize their behavior since it is not like mine, but I understand that it is who they are.  Their soft spoken manner and avoidance of conflict is something I do not always agree with and perceive as a weakness, but I've never said, toughen up, hurry up, don't cry when people come after your or hurt you, do something about it.  It's not up to me to tell them how to behave.  I can tell them how I would handle it, if that may help, but my intention would never be to make them feel that they are wrong or inadaquate for doing things their way.  I would never tell them to react the way I do, my way is only right for me, it may not serve them well.  That doesn't mean I don't get annoyed or frustrated with their behavior, it's just not up to me to tell them to be different.  It's not my place to tell them how to transform their lives based on how I interpret their behavior.  This is their path, I am merely someone that they meet on their journey that may or may not be helpful and may or may not remain on the path with them.  All I can do is hope that I make a positive impact. 

Like everyone else, I have things I don't like about myself, things I'd like to change.  However, my getting loud when I speak when I get excited and getting animated and speaking my mind are not anywhere on the list.  My interrupting or allowing people to see when I am annoyed with what they say to me and always showing my emotions on my face is not something I am ashamed of or feel that I need to change about myself.  These things are what make me, me, and the me that I like.  All of the people closest to me have accepted this and actually embraced it, they are not trying to make me change.  I thank them for allowing me to be myself.  

This brings up my goal for Venus & the Moon.  I want people to be proud of who they are and embrace it.  I want to show them that they don't have to hide.  I want them to love themselves.  They can transform if they wish to, in what way they choose to, not how I think they should be.  If we all were the same and communicated the same, wouldn't that be boring as hell?  My goal is not to encourage clones or sheep, but individuality, it is not to make them feel bad about who they are, it's not to force my thoughts of what is right on them, if it were, I would open a church with doctorines.  I wish to encourage freedom, freedom of thought, freedom of religion, and most of all, a safe place to be themselves and open up without judgement. 

So, thank you for clarifying my vision for my place in this world.  I have become more focused and determined to help without judgement and to move forward with acceptance in my heart for who people are.  We never know what they have been through to make them respond or react to things the way they do, so, I will try to remember that it's not my goal for them, but my job is to help them realize their goals for themselves.  I look forward to moving on with this mission in mind always.

Thank you to everyone for helping with this revelation.  From now on, back to product info here............Lots in the soap pot this week, so more Soap Porn to come.....

XoXoXo