Saturday, April 20, 2013
As some of you may know, I just got done making my biggest soap order to date. One of the ‘perks’ of being a creative is that in the act of creating itself, one is fed and revitalized in a way that I haven’t found any words for yet. So it goes with all my creative ventures – I’ve just been lucky that some people actually like my work enough to pay me for it. Because I like form and function (sometimes function over form), I usually find myself using traditional materials in non-traditional ways and creating ‘new’ functional items such as clocks, light switches, lamp shades, mini photo albums in aspirin tins, etc. I’ve had work published in Magazines and have had the great fortune of having my work featured by major craft supply companies.
Why should it be any different with soap? Just because I started making soap for practical reasons (got tired of so many chemical laden ’bath bars’ and soaps with that pesticide triclosan in them – our bodies are not chemical waste dumps!) doesn’t mean I couldn’t express myself creatively. I’ve had a great time doing this – each ingredient I add imparts something different to the texture or performance. Working with the earth-based and herbal colorants has been a wonderful experience as well. While some really don’t see soap as an artistic medium/endeavor, it truly has been for me so far and I’ve learned a lot, too.
So, when placing her order, my customer only said the words “and something blue”, it meant a lot to me. Instead of going into laborious detail about what she wanted, she handed me the reins and only a clue as to what she wanted – I got to fill in the rest.
Here’s what I did for that. The scent is a beautiful blend of Lavender, Lemongrass and a little Bergamot. Together, they make a whole new scent. Nifty. Why not call it Something Blue?