Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Champagne, not just for toasting!

#testbatch #champagnefragranceoil  #testingfragranceoils

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

How can May be almost gone already??? Why haven't we been blogging more? Why are donuts fattening???  Alas, questions with no good answers, the time just slipped by incredibly quickly!

Obviously our grand plan to do monthly updates fell flat, and for that broken promise we apologize.  We have such good intentions, then life steps in and, well, the blog just doesn't get written.  Today we will try to make a small amends with a 4 in 1 soap extravaganza.

We recently bought the HIGHLY reviewed & acclaimed Champange FO from +Bramble Berry.  We've been reading about it for a while and decided, why not? So we placed the order and the FO arrived promptly.

When we opened the bottle I guess we were expecting some magical smell from the Gods. Actually it was, ummm, ok, but neither of us was doing the happy dance or swooning; its scent is just kind of different.  It is bubbly, sparkly, kind of gingery but not what we expected, although we really weren't sure what we expected. We jumped back to the reviews on the BB web site and read every single one.  Almost without exception it was given rave reviews.  Hmmmm, what now….obviously we do some test batches and see how we like it in CP soap rather than in the bottle as many of the reviews stated "better in the soap."

Today was the Champagne test batch day

Read about this FO here:  Champagne Fragrance Oil on Bramble Berry's site.
It is described as follows:   "Perfect for that special occasion. This fragrance smells just like champagne or the fizzy bubbles in ginger ale. The scent is incredibly strong and long lasting in CP soap and behaves like a dream when soaping. It's a unique and versatile scent that can be blended to make all manner of Italian iced soda scents or general pop scents (mix it with a berry for a yummy soda pop scent)."

Since we already knew we would use Champagne FO, we just had to decide what to blend it with. One thing was for sure, we had a lot to choose from so it was difficult.  Most of the reviews paired this FO with fruity or citrusy scents, not so much floral.  But our theory was that since we were testing, we should try a floral to see what happens.

We have 4 "test batch" molds, so we decided to split up the batch into four parts with both of us making two test batches.  We were both working quickly, so we didn't get as many pictures as we wanted, but we hope you will get a general idea of the chaos that followed.  Alison made the Calabrian Bergamot and Violet + Champagne, and the Blood Orange and Goji Berries + Champagne.  Kathy made the Orange Valencia + Champagne and the Mango Sage Tea + Champagne.
so first selection.

So, on to the first batch...

Calabrian Bergamot and Violet  FO + Champagne FO

We used a FO from +Rustic Escentuals - Calabrian Bergamot and Violet - and mixed it with the Champagne.  The colors we chose are just fun. The Ultramarine Violet  (from BB) is obviously a shout out to the violet in the FO, and since oxides can be clumpy we added a touch of Ivory Lace Sparkle from Crafters Choice to loosen it up a bit.  The Fired up Fuchsia (from BB) is another color we love, and again we added a touch of the Ivory Lace Sparkle to help with the blending.

Blood Orange and Goji Berries FO + Champagne FO

The FO for the batch comes from Aztec International who describe it as follows:   "An exotic tropical delight! The tart scent of juicy goji berry blended with deep blood orange.  A perfect marriage of fruit and citrus!"  We love this scent and have wanted to use it for a while, this test batch gives us the perfect opportunity.  We decided to use colors that we hope will match the name of the FO.  From BB we used Tangerine Wow, and from RE we used Desert Sunbeam Mica, our hope is they will resemble blood oranges and goji berries.

Orange Valencia EO + Champagne FO 

This blend is actually fairly straightforward.  We used the orange valencia EO with the Champagne FO, both are from BB.  The only thing we did a bit differently for this batch was to add a little kaolin clay to the blended scents, hopefully to help the orange valencia stay potent.

This is what the kaolin clay looked like when we whisked it into the EO/FO blend.

Mango Sage Tea FO + Champagne FO

In keeping with the idea that the Champagne FO blends with fruit and citrus scents really well, we decided to try it with Mango Sage Tea from +Natures Garden .  We have used it before and their description: "a unique combination of refreshing leaves of rubbed sage, juicy mango, papaya, and strawberries, with a wonderful base note of freshly brewed white tea leaves." is spot on.  
 The colors we decided to use are supposed to represent what is found in a mango, please use your imagination, just a bit.  From RE we have Blushed Pink Mica, and from NS we used Sunshine Yellow Mica and Celadon Green Mica. They may not scream mango, but we love these colors!

We carefully measured out all blends, using a ratio of 75% - 25% (give or take).  The Champagne FO got the smaller amount as we didn't want it to overpower, but to give the other scents a bubbly boost.

In goes the lye/distilled water; we had goggles and gloves on at all times.

We mixed the soap until it was just emulsified to keep it loose because we would be working with it for longer than if we were making just one batch of soap.  We divided the batter into 4 smaller batches, and each of us did two.  We had to work quickly so the soap wouldn't thicken up too much before we could finish.  Luckily this combination of FO's & EO's behaved perfectly and we had plenty of time to "create" 4 different test batches.

The Orange Valencia and Champagne will be a two color swirl.   Once mixed together the scent was lovely, like an orange ice cream float.

Alison adding the Calabrian Bergamot and Violet + Champagne to the mold. The batter stayed workable for a long time.   All the blends we chose behaved beautifully, no acceleration, ricing, seizing or any other catastrophes, smooth soaping all the way.

The colors used for the Mango Sage Tea + Champagne, again, no problems, soaped like a dream.

This is what the Blood Orange and Goji Berry + Champagne looked like as Alison added the soap to the mold.  

The Calabrian Bergamot and Violet + Champagne in the mold.

How it looked the next day when un-molded.

The Blood Orange & Goji Berries + Champagne in the mold.

Freshly un-molded

Orange Valencia EO + Champagne in the mold.

Out of mold, next day.

Mango Sage Tea + Champagne in the mold.

Un-moulded, we think the colors changed more with this one, we love them but my how they morphed.

Every time we make a test batch we have batter left over, and today was no exception.  

Here are our assorted lady bugs, butterflies, dragonflies and bumble bees.

 All of which we wind up selling; our customers love the small soaps for gift giving.

So you thought soap making was all glamourous and fun? Think again as you look at the pile of bowls, measuring cups, spatulas etc. etc.

The various molds & soaps in the curing box.

We decided that we really do love the Champagne FO; it is very different and quite nice when mixed with other FO's and EO's.  The reviews on BB were accurate, and for sure we will use it again.  

We have different tastes, so we don't like all of them equally, but the champagne FO adds a nice, crisp, bubbly, zest, creating new blends, and adding interesting layers to favorite fragrances.

The other great thing is how well it behaves. We were able to divide a batch into 4 and still had time to get creative - our kind of FO for sure!

Here are the final shots of the soap.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Catching up for March

This will be our second installment of "catch up" blogs.  Our goal is to keep the blog as current as we can, granted we may slide occasionally, but our intentions are good.

Early March started out almost summer like here in NE Georgia.   Both of us wanted to make soap on the front porch, but obviously that didn't happen.  What did happen was us making some great, and some not so great soap.  

We will get to the soap making later, the most important news was that FINALLY,  finally, finally….we became official, we are Soap Lily, LLC!  Yes, we are incorporated, signed sealed and delivered.  And of course it's still us, but somehow we feel more official and business like.  Once the LLC was in place we jumped on getting insurance with Hand Made Artisan Insurance, it's relatively inexpensive and gives us great peace of mind.  You may ask why we need peace of mind….because the Soap Lily web site is up and running. Yes! Finally after working on the web site for over a year it's up and running!  One thing we were absolutely sure about was we would not make the web site active until we were incorporated and had the insurance, for obvious reasons.

One other bit of news is that we joined the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild, we discovered after joining that the business can't join, only individuals can, so Alison is our official member, for now. They have a ton of information for soap makers and we are excited to have this great resource available to us.  In addition to all the LLC stuff, the web site, keeping up with our Etsy Shop, our Twitter feed, our Instagram accountPinterestour Facebook page and last but (we hope) not least our YouTube page!  You can see social media takes up A LOT, LOT, LOT of our time, oh and We forgot the blog, literally, we forgot to post on it, which is the reason for this catch up post!  I am tired just thinking of all the work we have to do to get all the various sites current and keep interest piqued….it's a whole other job.  All we want to do is make soap and yet we spend almost half our days "media-izing".  But enough complaining, we will now actually catch you up on the rest of our soaping in March.

One of the first batches we did was kind of a fiasco, the soap turned out, but just not exactly as we had planned.  First thing, way back last fall we did 4 test batches, you can see that blog post here.  One of the fragrances was called French Vanilla Oak, and it is really an outstanding FO. We swore we'd make it again, and this was the time.  We decided to christen our new 36 bar mold. Why not? It's a great smelling soap that we both love.

So the batch of batter is huge, we used an FO from +Rustic Escentuals called French Vanilla Oak, it smelled exactly like the batch we made last fall.  So we got busy and whipped up the oils and lye and then added the FO and oopsie, it riced.

We could not figure out why it riced, after all we'd made it last fall and it performed perfectly!  One thing we had done (which we thought may have been the problem) was to hold out about 3 cups of batter to keep it white, so we did not add the FO to that 3-4 cups, did this upset the ratio and cause the soap rice? or was it just the FO? Hmmmmm what to do!  We finished the batch, coloring part of the batter green, removing approx. 3-4 cups to keep it "white" and the remaining soap we knew would be brown due to the vanilla content in the FO.  Once we removed it the soap looks almost all brown, the unscented "white"didn't stay that white, probably because it blended with the scented (vanilla) batter.  At any rate, the soap is dark, and has ricing, but it smells wonderful.  We were still trying to figure out what happened.  (please go to next picture & you will find out!)

French Vanilla Oak oopsie

Since we now had 36 bars of semi attractive, but great smelling soap we were determined to figure out exactly what happened.  The culprit we thought had been the removal of the 3-4 cups of batter which upset the FO to soap ratio.  What to do? If you are us, you make another batch and don't remove the batter, which is exactly what we did. Much to our dismay this batch riced, not as much as the 36 bar batch, so we concluded that removing the 3-4 cups of batter did contribute to the immediate ricing. The amount of ricing on the second batch was minimal, but there was a bit of ricing.  We took a deep breath and went back to the test batch recipe sheet from last fall and of course the light bulb went on….we figured out what had happened right away.  The FO from the batch last fall was from Natures Garden, not Rustic Escentuals!  So now we know, even though an FO may smell EXACTLY the same, it may not perform the same way. 

French Vanilla Oak second batch

After the ricing incident we pushed on to something we hoped would work - Star Wars soap molds (very detailed) using HP soap.  We decided to make a 1/2 batch of our old stand by and use part for Star Wars, and the balance we would color and scent with something more spring like.  In this case we used Tulips and Lilac FO from +Rustic Escentuals. It is a fantastic floral scent and we both love it.  We used a little Oh La La Pink mica (again from Rustic Escentuals) and divided the batter in half, so the soap turned out as a quasi in the pot swirl with the pink and white.  We used our silicone rose molds which resulted in 6 bars of soap weighing about 3-1/2 ounces each.  

We simultaneously scented the remaining batter with a great FO from Aztec International called Prince Charming, it leans towards a masculine scent, with a hint of goodness that ladies like too.  The color scheme for the Star Wars is pretty monochromatic, grey, black and white.  And we discovered that to use these molds and get really sharp details, it needs to be CP soap.  This HP batch will be ok as it still Star Wars, but not quite as detailed.

Tulip and Lilac Rose & HP Star Wars

Next we tried our hands using a comb tool, we used wooden skewers and created our own comb (that ultimately went into the trash). We were trying to be economical but it didn't work.  While making the soap we created a YouTube video you can watch on this link, and it shows more about the comb tool.  The comb we made kind of worked, but it had to be held exactly level (and when Kathy used it she wasn't level).  The soap is lovely, and it does smell nice. We used a FO from +Rustic Escentuals called Volcano.  It performs perfectly and it smells fantastic.  The colors we used were from Rustic as well, Caribbean Kiss, Lemon Shebert, Frosty Rose Petal, Oh La La (pink) and Icicle micas.  We were going for spring colors and we love how they turned out.

Energy Swirl
using "former" comb tool

We've kind of been on a Essential Oil kick recently, we have been experimenting with different blends and so far we like everything we've come up with.  This mixture was mostly citrus EO's - Pink Grapefruit and Lemon with a bit of Spearmint, all from +New Directions Aromatics.  It is a beautiful blend, the smell is both fresh and invigorating, and it may be our new favorite blend.  To give the soap some color we added a little Vibrance Yellow mica from +Nurture Soap Supplies  to a fourth of the batter, then a combination of Blushed Pink and Frosty Rose Petal micas from +Rustic Escentuals.  We were trying to hit the Lemon and the pink grapefruit colors found in the EO blend.

Citrus Mint Bliss

We went back to using the "comb tool", but this time it was a new improved version that Alison's son made.  He made it free hand, and wasn't happy with the uneven angles of the holes, but it still made a beautiful swirl. (Now we actually have the 3rd generation comb tool that he just made and the 3rd one is pretty much perfect - he used a drill press to get the holes straight. But we didn't use it until April...) 

 This Lemon Verbena may be the best smelling soap we make; it honestly makes Kathy's whole house smell terrific.  We used a batter that was slow moving then we poured layer after layer of color.  We used Spring green and Green Vibrance over a pale yellow base that consisting of combined Vibrance Yellow and Winter White micas, all colors are from +Nurture Soap Supplies.  

Lemon Verbena

The next batch of soap is a repeat of one of our best selling soaps - Amazingly Grace. We buy the FO from +Natures Garden and it consistently sells well for us.  This was an easy day of HP soaping, we used our traditional Amazingly Grace colors Robin Egg Blue and Moss Green.  We pulled about 1-1/2 cups of batter out for each color then swirled them back into the base batter into which we had added a bit of winter white to brighten it up.  The end result is both pleasing to the eyes and nose.

Amazingly Grace

The last soap we made was Egyptian Musk, it was another of the soaps we did a test batch of back in the fall and LOVED.  We decided to do it using HP so we would have it for the first couple of shows we are doing this year.  Using our old standby soap recipe, we created a mica swirl using Toffeelicious and 24 Karat Gold which are both from +Rustic Escentuals, then we also added Sea Green mica from +Nurture Soap Supplies.  The in the pot swirl using just the mica colorants gives this soap a nice look and hopefully both men and women will love it as much as we do.

Egyptian Musk

So that pretty much brings you up to date with what Soap Lily, LLC (had to use it!) has been doing the past few weeks.  We are happy if you take the time to keep up with us and hope that in all the blogging, videoing, pinning, tweeting etc etc. you will learn a gem or two about soap making.  And even if you don't learn a thing, we hope you enjoy following our adventures.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Catching up for Feb.

#catchingupontheblog #handmadesoap #soaplilysoaps #Februaryrecap

We haven't been good bloggers. No, not at all.

What's the problem, you ask?  One big item was Alison's high school senior son had a pretty nasty accident and conked his head, and when we use the term conked, we mean big old skull fracture, overnight in hospital, concussion kind of conk.  Naturally Alison was preoccupied with keeping an eye on her son and making sure he followed all the doctors instructions so he could recover with no complications.  Happily almost 2 months after the accident he seems quite himself with (thankfully) no residual problems……whew!

Kathy was somewhat occupied with a more fun occupation - helping her daughter move. Yes, it was actually fun!  Our energies weren't quite 100% on soap making in early Feb.

The time just slipped away, in addition to tending son's and daughters's we were busy making all kinds of soap, working on the youtube videos, making sachets, making more soap and generally staying pretty busy, just not blogging.  So the next two posts will briefly catch you up on what Soap Lily has been up to, this one focusing on February and the next one on March.

In early February we started out making what we hoped would be a cool design, we call it the sundial swirl.  However like some great ideas, this one didn't work very well.  You can watch the making of the Sundial Swirl on that link.  The soap smelled great and the colors are just what we wanted, however, the swirling plan we hoped for didn't quite turn out.  

Cold process Sundial Swirl

We rarely get discouraged, though, because no matter how far our creations go from our original idea, in the end it's still soap, and it will do the job it's supposed to.  So, we forged ahead. One of our customers loved the Orange 5X essential oil, jasmine FO, and sweet patchouli FO blend we used in the Sundial swirl and wanted it to sell, so we whipped up a batch of HP soap using the same colors and fragrances.  It's much harder to do artistic swirls with HP so we decided to do an IPS (in the pot swirl) and it turned out fine. We're happy to report it is selling quite well (always a plus).

 Hot process Sundial Swirl

We pushed on into February and made a batch of HP Honeysuckle soap.  It seems as winter drags on our customers want to push spring's arrival with this familiar warm weather scent.  There is nothing fancy or earth shattering about this soap, it just smells good and continues to be one of our best sellers.  To make it we used Honeysuckle FO from Natures Garden which we love, the batter was brightened up with an IPS (in the pot swirl) of Yellow Vibrance and Moss Green, both from Nurture Soaps.

Hot Process Honeysuckle

The next soap could have been called Fat Tuesday soap because the colors are reminiscent of the colors of Mardi Gras. That wasn't planned, just a happy accident.  We used the tall and skinny mold for this one and scented it with a new combination (for us anyway) of essential oils: Lemon, Lavender, and Litsea Cubeba.  Oh boy, does it smell good! It's such fun to play with EO's; we don't always know if it's going to be a hit or miss, and this was a big hit.  The picture below shows the CP swirled soap on the R.  The HP bar on the L is from a batch we made for one of our customers.  She smelled the freshly made CP and wanted it to sell "as fast as I can get it" the resulting HP batch we made for her using an IPS.  They both smell great.

HP (L) & CP (R)
Lavender, Lemon, and Litsea Cubeba

Since it seemed we were on a roll, we used a FO that people seem to love called Oatmeal and Honey. We bought it from Lebermuth and LOVE it. We usually make this soap using the HP method, but this time decided to go with a CP batch so we could get all swirly.  Although it is called Oatmeal & Honey, the smell of almond is very noticable, so given the design we decided to call this soap Amaretto Swirl.

We forgot to add the colloidal oatmeal to the soap batter (big oopsie) so sprinkled some on the top once it was in the mold.  Sprinkling the oatmeal isn't as beneficial as adding it to the batter, but we hope customers will still get some exfoliation benefit from the dusting on top. Next time we will remember - add to batter.  Since neither honey, almonds or oatmeal screams bright colors we used arctic white from Rustic Escentuals in the base batter and then used aborigine amber from RE lightened with titanium dioxide from Brambleberry, and black star red from RE to create a soothing monochromatic swirl.

Amaretto Swirl

We found a great FO scent at Aztec International called Walk in the Woods.  If you follow the link you will see it's a great blend.  We think our customers will like it as much as we do.  We took some to some of our local customers and they immediately wanted it for their stores.  Since we live in an area where outdoor activities are a BIG tourist draw, we hope that this soap will prove to be a hit. We sure do like it.  Since our batch was HP we did an IPS using patina sheen from BB, aborigine amber mixed with gold sparks mica from RE, and the third color had no added colorant. After all, it had to be a little rustic looking, right?
Walk in the Woods

A soap we made last year for one of Amy Warden's Soap Challenge Club entries is called the Clyde Slide, named for a technique that Clyde Yoshida of Vibrant Soap developed.  We had a ball making the first batch using a delightful FO from RE called Cranberry Salsa.  Once again, the soap was a big hit (yay) and we had to recreate it for our customers so they could provide "that great smelling colorful" soap to their customers.  Obviously we couldn't recreate it exactly, but we sure tried.  You can watch us make this soap here.  We used the same colorants Clementine Pop, Desert Sunbeam, Arctic White, Pistachio, & Sunburst Sparkle - also all from Rustic Escentuals, and the design we were trying to achieve for the soap challenge came out better this time, as they say practice, practice…...

Clyde Slide #2

Towards the end of February we tried Star Wars soap much to the delight of Alison's son and Kathy's grandson who both LOVE all things SW related.  Alison found some silicone molds online and away we went.  We played around with colors for a while and here we make the soap.  It was fun, and we learned that the X Wing Fighters have to go into the freezer before un-molding or the delicate wings will break off.  The detail on the soap is amazing, we have a list of people who are waiting for these soaps.  We tried making it using HP, it worked, sort of,  but we lost some of the detail we got with CP.  We tried it again HP and added some of the liquid at the end of the cook to keep it more liquid and that worked.  So now almost every time we make a batch of HP soap Alison sneaks a 1/2 cup out of the batter and churns out more SW soap.  

Star wars

Even though it's spring time we have people who love, love, love pumpkin scented soap (not mentioning any names, but one of the Soap Lily's could be suspect, right Alison?) However, finding a good scent that really smells like pumpkin proved tricky. We read tons of descriptions, reviews etc. and  finally decided on a Sweet Pumpkin FO from Rustic Escentuals.  We are very happy with the resulting PUMPKIN soap, yes,  there is a little vanilla, and it's going to turn dark, that's ok.  The main thing is it isn't all spicy, maybe there is a hint of nutmeg, cinnamon etc. it is mainly PUMPKIN and that's what we wanted so from now on this FO will be our go-to for Pumpkin soap.  We made a HP batch and of course did the ever popular IPS.  We tried to get a nice warm pumpkin-esque color but that was a pretty big fail because (as we knew it would) the soap has turned a nice dark brown color.

Sweet Pumpkin

Since it is spring and it seems we are going to launch right into summer (temps as this is written are in high 80's already and it's only mid March!) we know mosquitos and other summertime pests are going to be around so it's time to make our Bug B Gone soap.  In the past we just made a plain bar of white soap, but this year we got a bit more creative.  We designed the ever familiar "NO" symbol of a red  circle with a slash across it in over our own version of a bug (please use your imagination).  We have to say that the Really Red mica we used from Nurture Soaps is the best! It's RED, yes really red, they named it perfectly. We used a pre mixed EO blend from the Lebermuth company then we added some tea tree EO to that, hopefully blending a trifecta that will discourage annoying insects.  We used the Ebru technique on this soap and you can watch us make it here.

Bug B Gone

It seems whenever we use the squirt bottles, which we did making the Bug B Gone, we have left over batter.  So we felt it appropriate to use the left over batter in our silicone bug and insect molds.  The colors are crazy - University of GA fans are sure to love it (UGA colors are, can you guess Red and Black).
Bug B Gone extras

Moving right along towards the end of February we decided to make a batch of Cucumber Melon soap.  It smells so good, makes you think of slicing into a ripe, juicy melon and it's one of the first things you smell when you walk into the curing room!  Both of us love to swirl, and a specific swirl Alison has been itching to do is called the Taiwan Swirl, well she got to do it and it is spectacular.

We blended colors from several places to achieve the shades we wanted trying to match up the cucumber and melon colors.  The colors we used include the following: Lemon Sherbert from RE, Neon Yellow from Crafters Choice, Harlequin Green from RE, Moss Green from RE, Chrome Green from Nurture Soaps, Patina Sheen from BB, Moon Kissed Nights from RE, Apple Green and Green Vibrance from Nurture Soaps.  We love this soap! It looks so pretty and actually smells better than it looks.

Cucumber Melon Taiwan Swirl

Planning ahead - hmmmm, sometimes we do, and sometimes we don't. This time Kathy actually remembered that the first week of April she's going to be attending her 50th (talk about time flying, where did the last 50 years go?) high school class reunion.  What better way to commemorate the occasion than a bar of soap for special friends.  We got busy and designed the soap, again we used the Ebru technique (thanks again to Amy Warden for having this in the soap challenge).  We blended a nice combination of EO's that may make it into our regular line up.  We had left over batter so once again used our "extra soap" silicone rose mold with the end result being quite pretty.

Reunion soap and bonus bars

And finally, to wrap up February we finished up with what else but Total Hot Man.  We know we are going into the time of year when we have numerous shows and this soap is a big seller, so we're trying to be smart and stock up.  We've made so many batches of Total Hot Man we've lost count.  The popular FO comes from Natures Garden, and we should just buy it by the gallon. Yes, it's that popular.  For this batch we made HP soap and used an IPS with Copper Sparkle Mica from BB, and Passionata and Toffeelicious micas fromRE. We try to use what we think are "manly" colors; the end result is great and this scent continues to be one of our most popular sellers.

Total Hot Man and our new method of wrapping

So that is our February recap.

We created a lot of soap, and we will have youtube videos to add to some of these.  Alison is our video editor and there is only so much time in the day, so we run behind on posting them.  

One of the changes we've decided on is to move away from the fabric wrapped soap.  It was a great concept; however, as the soap cures it gets smaller and inevitebly we wind up with loose fabric that looks sketchy.  The fabric wrap took a lot of time and effort not to mention depleting our fabric stash. So for now we are going to wrap the bars with raffia and attach the label on a tag.  We may come up with something more exciting in the future, but for now this is our new look.

The next post will be what happened in the Soap Lily kitchen during the month of March. So much excitement….hope you will check it out.