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!