Monday, October 28, 2013

Sugar Plum Fairy

I’m baaaaaaaack! I am so sorry for the long silence, but October was such a hectic month! Am I ever glad that things seem to be settling down again and I can get back to soaping :)

I’ve been plotting my Christmas soaps for a while now, and this was the first Christmas-themed batch that I decided to make this year. I used a new fragrance oil, called Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, from Nature’s Garden. The description: "A charming fragrance oil which is filled with surprises to delight all of the senses with plums, dark cherries and sweet oranges enhanced with peppery woody undertones." 

Plums? Cherries? Peppery? Woody? Ummm, yes please!

It is definitely a complex fragrance; Christmassy (it's a word!) and yet juicy at the same time, I just love it! I think this is a new fragrance for NG because there weren't any reviews when I bought it, but it behaved beautifully in CP. Because the descriptions says it will discolour to a yellow-orange, I did add titanium dioxide to my base oils; however, I don’t know if that was necessary or not, I see no hint of discoloration yet but will try to update this again in a few weeks. The scent comes through strong and true in CP soap. I think this is my favorite of the 3 new Christmas fragrances that I tried this year.

The little soap ornaments were actually made in a chocolate mold, I just love them! Here is a quick Vine video showing how I highlighted the detail on them:


I wanted them to have just a little more sparkle, so I sprinkled a tiny bit of red glitter on top:


Here is the soap in the mold:

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And out of the mold:



So far, I have 2 more Christmas soaps planned, but I may make more as the inspiration strikes. Have you started your Christmas soaps yet, and are there any favorite Christmas soaps that you make every year?

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28 comments:

  1. The ornaments are super cute :o) The new FO sounds so good. I used a year ago a FO that was called Sugar Plum Pixie and the scent was really good, but I have not seen another FO discolor as fast. The soap batter got brown as I poured the FO.
    Still have not made any X-mas soaps (or other soaps). Too much to do and more to come. But I bought a X-mas FO already 1,5 months ago :)

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    1. Oh wow, the Sugar Plum Pixie must have had a lot of vanilla in it to discolor that quickly and drastically!

      Looking forward to seeing your Christmas soaps Marika! :D

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  2. Cee, I think I am in love with your Christmas soap! It's gorgeous! The red ornament makes it so cute and extra special! Is the ornament cp soap too and does it easily release from the chocolate mold?

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    1. Aw, thanks Silvia! The little ornaments are MP soap, but I think CP soap would work just fine (I would add sodium lactate just so they are nice and firm for removal). The chocolate mold is actually silicone, so the soap released easily!

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  3. How cute they are! The ornaments really give the festive look to the soap, ant they look so real. I see you have some left, you can hang them on the Christmas tree!
    Welcome back, can't wait to see your next creations

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    1. Thanks so much Maja, it's good to be back ;)

      I think I may use those leftover ornaments on some soap cupcakes, but I may make some extras to use on the tree, such a cute idea!

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  4. beautiful Cee, as always. wanna see more of your christmas soaps..

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  5. the ornaments are so cute...love that shade of red! The soaps are gorgeous as always. Lovely swirls and the fragrance sounds real nice...the dark cherries and sweet oranges in the description sound wonderful..mm!

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    1. Thanks so much Kalla! I always have such a hard time finding a good shade of red, I usually have to combine 2 different reds to get the right color! The fragrance is divine :)

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  6. beautiful soap as always cee! I made my first Xmas a week ago and am planing to do my next some time this week

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    1. Thanks so much Anna! Can't wait to see your Christmas soaps :)

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    2. Markeeta - I'm so sorry! I thought I was being helpful by deleting your duplicate comment, but it appears I deleted your actual comment too! Thank you so much for your kind words! =)

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  7. They are so beautiful, once again! I always admire your crafty work you are able to do on the top of your soaps.

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  8. I really missed your post and I am glad that you came back! I did not start making Christmas soaps yet... After cold September we have very sunny and hot October here (almost 30 C) so that I can hardly get in the Christmas mood :) But looking at your soaps, which turned out so grate, I am really inspired to start thinking about forthcoming season...

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    1. Thanks Gordana, I really missed you guys too! I'm so glad to hear you've been enjoying a nice October. We've had an unseasonably warm (and dry!) October too, I'm loving it! I'm so glad my soaps have inspired you to start thinking about the upcoming season, it's hard to believe it's just around the corner already!

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  9. BEAUTIFUL! I am really loving this XMAS soap! the little embeds are SO CUTE and the swirls are gorgeous. You have inspired me and I am going to see if I can finally try a XMAS soap =)

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    1. Oh, I`m so happy you`ve been inspired...I can't wait to see what beautiful creations you come up with Mz Pink Sudz! :D

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  10. Your Sugar Plum Fairy soap is gorgeous, Cee! The swirls are beautiful and the little ornaments are so cute! The mica dusting and glitter really make the details pop. I've made four batches of holiday soaps since September, and I think that will be enough for gift-giving. I usually have to make something pepperminty, and BB's Fresh Snow is always a favorite, too!

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    1. Oh wow, Jenny...you got a great jump on the season, good for you! I like the pepperminty ones too for Christmas. I haven't tried Fresh Snow, but I've heard lots of good things about it! :)

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  11. Lovely Cee! Just about when I think I saw it all, you come up with a new post and surprise me all over again! Don't let us wait long for the next one!

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    1. Thanks so much Ksenija, I'm glad I'm still able to surprise you! Sometimes I worry that I'll run out of these crazy ideas! ;)

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  12. Love the soap and the video Cee! You always teach me something new....Thank You! So glad your back!

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    1. Thanks Gloria, I'm glad you enjoyed the post...it's nice to be back ! =)

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    2. Wow, Christine, the little ornaments are so cute! You are really talented and we really missed these video's !
      Your final soap looks gorgeous, good enough to put on the christmas tree ,I would never dare to use it!

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