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!
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.