Summer Holidays

Happy New Year, readers!

So, what have I been doing? Well, not a lot really, just rolling around and blissfully losing track of time! Which is just what I wanted. We were away over Christmas in sunny Queensland (in some lovely rainforest, see below), but more recently, I went for a little trip locally to the beaches down south.

I’ve always been fond of Kingston Park, a north-facing beach (unusual for Adelaide), though it is sadly losing its appeal with some pretty ugly oversized lumps being constructed. Fortunately, they’re unlikely to touch one of my favourite places to visit there, a terraced group of apartments, probably from the late 1950s or 1960s. Just looking at them makes me hum “I Found My Love In Portofino”! So breezy, look at them:

I think Sophia Loren lived here once. No.

I think Sophia Loren lived here once. No.

Apart from that, I have been relaxing at home, watching the sun rise and sun set with our feline master, Chickpea:

The future is MINE

The future is MINE

But, the holidays are nearly over and I have started to prepare for the year. I have nearly run out of all soap in our store, so I’ve started in earnest, today making a batch of Pink Moon Face Soap. This won’t be available for four weeks. I have a lot of plans for this year, I have some new products to come out and I can’t wait to tell you about them!

I hope 2019 is a good one for you, all the best for you and yours!


I’m at home with palms.

I’m at home with palms.

A Commission of Fun

Custom Soap Samples

I have nearly completed a recent commission for soap samples using our coloured ribbons and custom labels.  I love seeming them all lined up and couldn't resist taking a pic of their progress.

I am flexible about what the client wants on the label, including the client's name (for parties, weddings and so on) or logos (for promotional give-aways).  On the rear, I have a label which describes the soap and includes the ingredients.  I think they make very attractive gifts, I'm pleased how they have turned out.

These little envelopes contain a sample-sized Odalisque soap. The room is now filled with the scent of rose geranium and may chang!  I hope the lucky recipients enjoy the gifts as much as I did making them! If you have any queries about custom products, please let me know and we can discuss what options might suit your requirements.

What's in your soap?

Love, and some other stuff

Making soap from scratch is a mix of science and cooking.  On the one hand it is predictable and precise; on the other, it is creative and magical.  I guess that's one of the reasons I enjoy making soap.

I find using olive oil makes the best quality soap. It makes a robust and firm bar, and is free from association with cruel or unethical practices, as is the case with lard or palm oil.  In a way, the ready availability of olive oil in Australia I also consider to be a celebration of the success of post-war immigration to Australia, but in any event, olive oil makes great soap.

Olive oil has one, somewhat minor, drawback. It doesn't do bubbles. It's not the end of the world, but my preference is for soap to have a creamy lather. Adding coconut oil helps with the lather. A lovely oil to work with in its own right, and one with benefits for the skin, coconut oil loves to bubble. Too much, however, can be a tad drying as it likes to do its job as an excellent cleanser enthusiastically!  I like to strike a balance with keeping a high olive oil content and managing a luxurious lather.

With a basic soap blend, I add a number of different oils, depending on the type of soap.  All of the oils I use have benefits for the skin and give the different soap types varying personalities. Do you like your soap to feel like a satin pillowcase? Try Velvet Cream, North of Havana or When in Rome.  Prefer a super rich lather?  Try South Pacific, Madame X... or Spring Sherbert.  Something extra mild?  Try Winterfield or Smokey Joe. 

With about 20 soaps in the stable, I shouldn't really be creating opportunity for more indecision, but I love choice and experimentation, so I hope you do too!