The color has darkened to a nice chocolate brown. It was lighter than I wanted it to be when I first took it out of the mold but that happens a lot in soap making. I am not going to comment on the scent as I do not want to influence any of our tester’s opinions. I did, however, have a glass of Wolavers Oatmeal Stout over the weekend to compare color and scent…You know, I really like my job!
Yesterday we made a small batch of soap with 2 bottles of Wolaver’s Organic Oatmeal Stout Beer. In addition to our normal olive, coconut, palm and shea butter we added a good healthy dose of cocoa butter. To hint at the coffee and chocolate highlights that are present in the beer we added just a bit of chocolate and coffee fragrance oil, not too much, just a whiff! We added Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder to give it a rich dark brown color….. just like the poured beer in a tall frosty glass!
Today we took the soap out of the mold, a 9 x 12 x 3 inch slab and tomorrow we will cut it into bars and stack it so it can cure for about 3 – 4 weeks at which time we can test and evaluate the color and scent for possible improvements. So far it looks and smells good but soap can change as goes thru it’s curing process so only time will tell. I’ll keep you posted!
We have been unable to get one of the key ingredients in our Exotic Earth and our One Summer Night soaps. If you love either of those 2 bars you might want to stock up now because after our supply runs out we will not be able to make any more. We will, of course, try to recreate the ingredient ourselves but it is very complex and might take some time and then may never really be the same as the original. We apologize to all lovers of these 2 scents as we are also heartbroken ourselves. They are both our favorites too. As you might know, I created the One Summer Night scent for my daughter’s wedding in 2006 and it has always been a favorite of mine.
We will continue to bring you new scents, however, to replace the old. Right now we are working on a bar made with BEER! Yes, beer, and not just any old beer, but Wolaver’s organic Oatmeal Stout Beer. Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout has chocolate and coffee hightlights so our plan is to insure the soap is a rich dark color like the poured beer with a bit of a chocolate espresso scent, not too strong and maybe add a few coffee grounds for interest and exfoliation. Not sure on the coffee grounds yet though, we’ll see how I feel about it as it all comes together but right now I think the soap will be interesting on it’s own without the grounds! Till next time….Jackie
We would like to introduce our newest soap, Iced Vanilla, with a special price of only $4.50. It is an unusual combination of vanilla with a touch of peppermint that is surprisingly NICE! Angela, our head soap maker, created the scent in 2009 for her destination wedding on the beautiful island of St. John in the Caribbean. We all loved it here at Dragonfly headquarters and have been making it for ourselves and the Locals ever since. We now want to share it with you. For a limited time you can try it for $.50 less per bar. We think you will love it too!