I may have gotten a bit carried away in BrambleBerry recently but it's hard not to when they have so many fantastic fragrances to choose from and new ones comiing out all the time.
They released a collection of cozy, homespun fragrances for Fall-Winter '18-'19 that lived up to the description of cozy without being overly rich or too cloying. Their version of Cashmere was perfect for the season and far better than others' version have been through the years. This one, called the Hygge Collection, included the following fragrances: Lingonberry, Cinnamon Cocoa, Cashmere, Alpine Frost and Birchwood Oud. These were all such well-behaved fragrances in soaps of all types, but a clear favorite came through for me as far as its scent is concerned. I truly loved the brightness of the Lingonberry! A subtle touch of crispness that sparkles through the berries and frosty notes. It would be ideal for home fragrancing in room sprays, candles or tarts.
Spring & Summer, they've released more collections to enjoy with their Seascape collection, which I could NOT do without! I love all things beachy or scents of the ocean, marine notes, aquatic touches, etc, so this one was a must-have. I've tried out Coastal Rain in a limited edition batch, which some might remember as Giant's Causeway, but it's such a memorable oceanside type of scent, it beg to be repeated - and often, so it will be redone in a less labor-intensive batch. I also am planning a batch using Dark Waters and Pacific Pearl. Both are watery or aquatic in their base yet totally different elsewhere within their contruct. While Pacific Pearl is very aquatic with hints of citrus just beneath the surface, Dark Waters has more. floral underlying its marine layer.
A separate, but long-time favorite at BrambleBerry amongst the beachcombing crowd is Salty Mariner. This scent has a warm undertone of something not unlike warm sands slightly washed by an incoming tide. It does have that tanning skin note to it but not strong enough to be off-putting. It just makes it all the more appealing, to my mind, as a beach scent. One I'd love to smell in a room in a beachhouse with the windows thrown wide and a breeze billowing the curtains inward. But for those planning to try it in a bar soap, be aware it's a racehorse! Put off adding it to your soap batter until the last possible moment because it does speed trace tremendously. Almost instantly. You could compromise and add it just to butters, lotions, body washes and cream soaps if the thought of a soap sieze has you jittery. For me, it's worth the risk!
I'm planning to do a few batches soon using the other seascape scents and will upload info about them, the ingredients, the fragrances used and how they performed when they are done. I also have gone back to making videos in YouTube, so check out my channels -
Neecys Necessities (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVrKOW-GqKfhXCGvklipb_gin)
in YouTube for those. I upload to both. Hope to see you there!
I've Been working on creating a more natural cleaning solution for my home for a couple of years now, but only now has it been possible to move into the phase of producing various types of cleaners for multiple surfaces.
So far a vinyl floor cleaner, multi-surface cleaner, glass cleaner, and a wood floor cleaner have been made and tested. The wood cleaner is very effective, gentle on wood floors and the mild scent of lemongrass is just the right finish to this product.
I studied several ebooks, bought several hard- and soft-cover books for my ever-growing library of resources then tested out some of the formula listed in one or two that hit all the right notes for the surfaces here, the age of the home, my health challenges, allergies, etc. It's amazing what you can use to clean your home that doesn't include parabens, triclosan, bleach, formaldehyde, mutagens or carcinogens!
The one overriding theme of the books I've added to the bookshelves is one of going with what works in a gentle safe yet effective way, then apply it in a method and schedule that doesn't dominate your days. I've found the following books to be the most help and worth the investent & time spent reading:
1) The Complete Book of Clean-Tips & Techniques for Your Home by Toni Hammersley
2)Simply Clean -The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean and Beautiful IN JUST 10 MINUTES A DAY by Becky Rapinchuk, Founder of Clean Mama. www.cleanmama.net
3)101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin Health & Home by Jan Berry, founder of the blog The Nerdy Farm Wife.
4) The Organically Clean Home - 150 Everyday Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself The Natural, Chemical-Free Way by Becky Rapinchuck.
All of these titles are available at Amazon.com.
All of these offer far more than recipes to produce safe, proven effective cleaners and washing products for your home and wardrobe. They offer a wealth of tips and tricks to make cleaning & organizing to make your life easier, less ruled by the need to tidy up so often. You may not need all parts of these books' information as some may not apply to you, but those that do will be priceless.
I also highly recommend the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Her other title Spark Joy - An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of ORganizing and Tidying Up.
Thanks to her book, I found a sofa, a daybed and a floor that were all preiously completely covered by stuff not used, never used, no longer fits, needed or wanted! Everything removed was either tossed if damaged, donated to the library if it was a book or donated to Goodwill if a small appliance or gently used clothing. Get receipts if you do the same. Make a rule and stick with it, too. I utilize a 2-year rule but you might want to be a bit more lenient. I'm strict due to the small size of our home and lack of storage space. If I have not used it or worn it in 2 years, odds are better than good I won't in the next two so away it goes. Simplicity itself.
If you've read any of these or tried this Spark Joy or the Tidying Up methods outlined by Kondo, post a comment below and tell me how you worked this method to your best advantage, of you liked it, or found it just not feasible for you and your family.
I'm so glad to be back, though still a bit hampered due to an illness that will be long, hard work to overcome, but overcome it I will, because I'll accept nothing less.
Our Spring & Sumer 2019 line is shaping up to be a spectacular treat for the eyes & nose so without further adieu, here are items RESTOCKED so far ---
Hibiscus - Peach
and still to come in restocks ---
Earl Grey Tea
Amongst our NEW scents comng to you soon ---
Magnolia & Orange Blossom
Cranberry - Fig
These scents or most of them will be available in our Body Cream and Body Wash as well. Our Body wash is in need of restocking and is on our very short To-Do list
If you have suggestions for a scent you'd like included in another product like cream soap or sugar scrub, either foaming or emulsified, please drop us a note here....
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. 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 while I work in the Bubble Lab in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.