On the Curing Rack: Winter Wonderland

Yes, I did make the Winter Wonderland soap on Tuesday, cut it and took pictures yesterday that I posted on Facebook, but now have a few moments to post here. It’s the same great fragrance from the last two years, and mostly the same color palette as last year, with a few small tweaks. Because I love to experiment!

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Winter Wonderland Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

Since I had some electric bubblegum colorant left from the Magma soap project, I decided this would be a great time to test it out in cold process soap. Last year I used some pink micas that were less than stellar. I really like the way these pinks turned out – one light, one dark. Last year’s soap was also made with an in-the-pot swirl that was pretty cool, but I wanted to see what it would look like with larger patches of color.

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Top view of the Winter Wonderland soap

The greens are the same micas that I used last year, and I think they are perfect! The color palette reminds me of this super cute basket box from Nashville Wraps:

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Oh, and the scent blend goes something like this: Top notes of citrus, including grapefruit, orange, bergamot, and lemon. The refreshing heart is composed of violet, cyclamen, bois de rose, muguet, pineapple, and a hint of gardenia. Base notes are citronella, sandalwood, jasmine, and musk. Super fresh, clean scent!

Winter Wonderland Soap will be available at Greatcakessoapworks.com on December 4th!

Custom Peppermint Soaps

Sometimes I get requests for custom soaps that I know are just going to be really great, and I can’t wait to see how they turn out! This would be one of those projects. One of my local customers contacted me about making some half-size soaps for Christmas presents – her original idea was around 50. By the time we met together and I recommended making Peppermint soaps, she had increased her order to 70!

Tomorrow she will pick up these beauties:

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This is what 70 half-size Peppermint soaps look like (and some aren’t in the picture!)

Fortunately, I already had some clear, round labels which worked out perfectly!

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I wanted to be sure you could see the swirls behind the labels!

Today, I realized that I ordered Winter Wonderland fragrance a couple months ago, but haven’t made it into soap! I’m working on remedying that situation now, and hopefully I’ll have some photos of that soap tomorrow…

And just 9 more days to get your challenge soaps made! Only one entry so far to win the 5 lb. wooden log mold with silicone liner from Brambleberry!

On the Curing Rack: Winter Wonderland Soap

As promised, here are the photos of the Winter Wonderland soap:

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Winter Wonderland Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

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Winter Wonderland Soap - a different angle

I couldn’t take photos of a Christmas soap outside since it is 70 degrees and sunny today! Feels nothing like winter, that’s for sure! As you can see, I completely forgot the spritz of alcohol over the top. My girls say it makes the soap look “frosty.” So there you go.

The fragrance is definitely not weak. I’ve had these soaps all cut and sitting on a tray in the dining room since last night, and this morning I could smell them all the way to the breakfast table. Very refreshing!

With a four-week cure time, I am estimating the Winter Wonderland soaps will be available around November 8th.

Holiday Soap Status

If you’re like me, it’s time to start checking your lists and make sure everyone has a gift. Most of mine are already purchased, but I still have a few to pick up. Or, in the case of my dad, I have NO IDEA!! If anyone has suggestions, I’m open! He’s 62, still working his own construction business, not really into sports, books or movies. My mom has a gluten allergy, so gift cards to restaurants are generally out. My budget is about $40…and my last resort is ANOTHER shirt.

Ok, enough of my woes. Here are a couple soap updates for you:

1. Cherries & Chestnuts is back in stock! After this soap sold out early in the season, I received several requests for it. It really is an amazing scent for a beautiful soap! Oh, and did I mention that this was a clearance fragrance? I honestly don’t know if I can find any more. I know!!!!

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Cherries & Chestnuts Soap

2. Peppermint is available for purchase at Greatcakessoapworks.com. It’s sort of a pre-order though, because it won’t technically be ready until Saturday. So if you buy some now, your order won’t ship until the 12th. Still plenty of time before Christmas! I believe there are still 19 bars left, but I am NOT making any more until next season.

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Peppermint Soap

3. Low Inventory Notice: There are just 6 Apples & Spice soaps left. I’ve marked them down to $5.00 each.

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Apples & Spice Soap

4. The Christmas Splendor soap is GONE. Sold out via pre-orders before it officially hit the website. I was blown away!!!

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Christmas Splendor Soap

The Christmas Sale is still going on through the 18th, so make your dollar stretch –
Spend $20, get 10% off
Spend $40, get 15% off
Spend $60 or more, get 20% off

**Discounts are automatically calculated by the shopping cart. We guarantee your package will arrive before Christmas if you order by December 18. After that, you take your chances!**

Let’s go shopping!

(And seriously, if you have a gift idea for my dad – please comment!! Mom, that includes you too!)