Move over, Annette, you're not the only one who knows how to enjoy the surf and sun!
I have to say that after going to the pool yesterday with the family and smelling all that chlorine and suntan lotion (one of my favorite smells in the whole world), I was more than eager to create the "Beach Blanket Bingo" soap I've been dreaming of for quite a while.
A departure from my normal "all natural" stance, I don't know that I'll offer this for sale on the website...(unless there's a demand, of course) but I really never intended to sell it. (I told a friend about it at church this morning, and I offered to give her a bar to try because she loves that suntan lotion smell as much as I do.) As you know, this was a project of blatant self indulgence on my part....unusual for me, at least with regard to soap! : ) I usually use only the "culls"...bars that are too small or ugly to sell.
I love the way this fragrance oil/soap smells, but I still believe that for me at least, essential oils are better & healthier. It's not that they bother me when I use the soap, I actually find them very nice, but fragrance oils all seem to give me a stuffy nose and/or a headache when I'm exposed to the amount that is involved in making a batch of soap. Yesterday I wore the respirator that I usually only wear when combining the water and lye...that seemed to help a bit. I didn't end up with a headache.
The top light colored layer is my basic recipe, superfatted with a blend of shea/mango/cocoa butters. The bottom layer is the same except with honey added. The line in the middle is cocoa powder. I've never done one before, but I like the look of it in other soaps I've seen, so I thought I would try it. Over all I'm pleased with the look, I think.
At any rate, I'm anxious to try the soap in 4-6 weeks (if I can wait that long!) I'll let you all know how it is at that time.
Happy Skin! ~Becky