I've watched a lot of YouTube videos, hours upon hours, of various soap makers from every region in the US as well as a few from other countries to try to get an idea of their process on how they decide what to create and how they go about it. Some like to fly by the seat of their pants and do it with finesse while others plan well in advance, months in mosts cases, to bring just one design to life. It's always interesting to me to see what they choose to do and what the results is. Some are modern marvels and others give them a run for their money. Those soaping gremlins are alive and well though it's rare the soap is unsalvageable or even less than admirable.
As for me in the type of soaper I am, well, I'm definitely a planner now. Well in advance, in point of fact. Gremlins might still show up to try to spoil the party, but at least I know I've tried to set out a plan, brought together everything I need to bring this vision to life and gone through it with a fine-tooth comb for avoid potential troubles.
This particular planned batch is going to be a boozy bar, which are typically the ones I plan for the furthest in advance. It's just the nature of the beast to find a kernel of an idea ppping into my head first or some beverage catches my attention then I run with it. However, this time, it was an idea that popped into my husband's head and this is one I really like! It sounds like one that should be fun to do and with a kitchy yet trendy appeal that will reach a broad audience with men and women.
His idea has now been researched, distilled down to its most important & unique elements, items ordered and shopping locally will also be done, either today or tomorrow, to finalize prior to the making of it. This is going to be a fun one for sure and the only challenege I see is getting exactly the right shade of amber.
Wihtout going into too much detail and giving it all away, I'll close with that and let you anticipate what comes next. Think barrels.
Remember that commercial from the 70s? It's been 40 years since that commercial so I don't even recall what it was advertising, but the jingle bells chiming throughout the tune was a favorite of mine, never failing to bring that bright sparkle of fun, mystery, and magic to the moment. The scents that are hallmarks of this particular holiday are always in my top five and wish they could be as popular in June as they are in December, but usually no one wants to smell hot cocoa in June when it's 85 degrees outside. But a girl can dream.
We've added some wonderful scents to our roster for this years holiday scent selections to bring family gatherings & parties an even better atmosphere to wrap yourself and your guests in while the music plays, the food covers the tables and countertops, and childrens faces are lit up with eagerness to see what Santa brings them this year.
We now have a couple of familiar ones, one of which has a new name - White Christmas (formerly Snow Witch), plus the return of Humble Pie which to me smells like warm apple pie! Yum! We've also added Tobacco Road to add a warm touch of cured tobacco and old wood notes with a hint of sweetness. A few new ones are also here for your olfactory enjoyment. Lingonberry is like a sweet cranberry scent to my nose with just the right touch of crisp clean air mixed in. Want to add a little something extra? Add a drop of eucalyptus, balsam or fir needle and a light dash of spices (cinnamon, a grain to two of cloves & nutmeg) for an even better level of holiday cheer to the wax after it has melted. We added the warm, cozy scented Cashmere to this year's collection as well. This one is warm, inviting, sweet but not too sweet, aromatic resinous tones that entice, not overwhelm. I've never found a cashmere scent I liked until this one. It's like a luxurious sweater you wear for the best occasions and with every wearing you look and feel at your most beautiful. We've added Rose because of its rich yet subtle beauty with the purest dewy petals & stems scent like you'd experience when you step into a florists shop. I've never smelled anything like it! Just so elegant! Make Mine Chocolate, mentioned previously has been added to our wax melts as well as the bar soaps. It's lickably true to its name. It's a dead ringer for a seriously dark chocolate! Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater is both a wax melt and a bar soap. This one's a mouth watering blend of spices and pumpkin with the sugary sweetness of a pumpkin bread to bring them all together. Blood Orange is actually scented with an essential oil. It's a stronger orange note than a standard orange fragrance, with a richer sweeter scent that would mix very nicely with a touch of Make Mine Chocolate or Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater mixed in.
All of these plus the return of jarred candles are now up on the site, under Samplers, Bargain Bags, Wax Tarts. I flip back and forth between wax tarts and Wax Melts because many will know one name but not the other, but they're all the same thing.
Stay tuned for the holiday events to come. I have lots of things rolling around in my head for the coming weeks ahead!
What a mess out there today! Hurricane Michael is blowing through today, though greatly diminished in its size, strength and power from yesterday when it slammed into Florida. The devastation is overwhelming and my heart aches for those who have suffered from so much loss to the winds, rain and storm surge from this monstrous storm. Some have barely recovered from Florence here in North Carolina and now have to face Michael knocking on their door. It's just devastating to see the images I've seen from Florida and for anyone living there or know someone who does/did, my heart is with you in this harrowing time.
It's hard to stay focused on things here, but life and work goes on, so while we still have power, if it even goes out at all, we are cleaning up from previous projects like candles, wax melts and the last batch we made - Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater. Stuff piles up quickly when you make a batch that splits 5 or 6 fragrance & colour ways!
So once the clean up is completed, what comes next is already in the planning stages. Insider tip is shave bars. Our stock has been recently depleted, so it's now time to consider restocks and the fragrances we want to include this time. For our restock, I'm planning to do a dual-lye formulation as opposed to the single as our previous stock was. Why? Well, I'd like to try a dual lye this time, which I have not done so far, believe it or not. Ten years and never having done one is something of an embarrassing thing to admit, but we plan to correct that soon. As for the fragrances, there are two in the Seascape collection from Bramble Berry that will be beautiful in shave soaps that will be very pleasing for men. Fragrance Lab's 'Prime' is a long-time favorite which will be returning. We call it Alpha. Emerald Isle of course is popular with men & women so that too will be returning. One or two from Nature's Garden, including the Emerald Isle fragrance are coming soon, too. Two have not been available before!
So, there's a lot of variety for the shave soaps for men as before though most will be familiar. Beard oils will have matching scents to use with our shave soaps. Oh and the soap will not have colour added. Just plain soap though very fragrant! It also works great for women's shaving needs, too, so I should mention that most of the scents for men are perfect for women as well.
Hi and welcome to the Bubble Hut! I'm Neecy, aka Dee (Denise) Gunter. I'm the solo maker of Neecy's Necessities, which has been around since 2010. I'm a certified advanced soap maker and member of Hand Crafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild as well as a member of Indie Business Network. I'm an adventurous soap maker, frequently trying new things to make things even better yet I know when to stop when it's just fine as is. Follow along with my work in the lab in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.