Wednesday, March 31, 2010

the Pink and Green Sale

In Honor of over 200 fans on the Naiad Soap Arts Facebook Fan Page, and my favorite color combo, I am having a sale!
For the PINK and GREEN sale - anything in my Etsy shop that is either PINK or GREEN or BOTH with be marked 20% off starting April 1st through April 5th! For Instance:

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pure, Fantastic Pepo Park

At last year's HSMG Conference I had the privilege of hanging out with Kim Wilton, the little lady behind Pepo Park . Not only is she super cool but she is a super talented soap maker as well! Her products are all natural, simple but elegant, in fresh scents like Ylang Delight, Ginger Spice and Lavender, Lime + Grapefruit. I am using the Ginger Spice now and it makes taking a shower in the morning pure bliss with a heavenly scent and bubbly moisturizing lather!

Oh, and she makes a must have salve for dry weathered skin with Tea Tree and lavender essential oils called No More Rough Patches, as well as bath salts, lip balms and room sprays!

When she isn't making soap or donating soap to Clean the World and other charities you can find her on facebook, Etsy, and her website!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Winner of the Sunset Cliffs Giveaway!

Congrats to Adrian - the second commenter! Just send an email to me at with your shipping info!

Thanks to everyone for the comments and compliments!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Join me at the Soap Weekend Intensive at Otion!

If you haven't seen on the Soap Queen blog yet I am happy to announce that I will be teaching glycerin soap techniques at the Otion Soap Weekend Intensive August 13th, 14th and 15th in Bellingham Washington! Other classes are Cold Process soap, Liquid soap and Lotion Making! It will be a jam packed weekend of learning and fun, not to mention beautiful Pacific Northwest summer scenery!

It is my first time teaching at the SWI (so go easy on me) and I am so excited, absolutely giddy really, that I will be teaching this summer! A big thanks to Anne-Marie for inviting me!

Here is one of the projects I will be teaching
 You can register here: 2010 Soap Weekend Intensive
I hope you'll join us!

Monday, March 15, 2010

FINALLY! Geeeze! Presenting Sugar Whipped Soaps (again)

New Sugar Whipped soaps have arrived! (Just in time to still have them up March 15th, at least PST, so I don't look like such a slacker!
Just $11.00 for a 10oz tub! Look for them in the Body Scrub section of my Shop!

Six Yummy Scents, Bubbly Lather, Saturated with fine Sugar for a gentle scrub! Run Down:

~ Key Lime Pie ~ Buttery sweet graham cracker crust filled with sweet, citrusy Key Lime custard and sugared meringue!
 ~ Cardamom Vanilla ~  Warm buttery vanilla custard and fresh ground spicy green cardamom! 
~ Lemon Poppy Cake ~ Mouth watering Lemon butter cake drizzled with buttercreme icing!
~ Orange Sherbet ~ Cold and tangy orange sherbet filled with vanilla bean ice cream - just like an orange creamsicle! You will want to lick it! (but don't!)
~ Very Berry ~ Luscious, tart Acai Berry, Raspberry and Black Currant mingle into a perfect juicy sweet scent!
~ Brown Sugar Pumpkin Crunch ~ Sweet baked Pumpkin with golden crisp brown sugar and butter crumb topping!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

French Macarons First attempt!

You have all seen them - those delightful pastel confections in gorgeous colors and flavors that intrigue and tempt, and are notoriously know for being difficult to make! Did I mention they are my favorite cookie? (thank you Debbie at Soapylove) Well, I had to try making them of course! It all started when I got my daily email from Rare Bird Finds featuring "I (heart) Macarons" by Hisako Ogita. I immediately followed the link and bought the book! It is filled with beautiful pictures and easy to follow photographed instructions making the whole endeavor seem possible, so this weekend I dove in!

I pondered over the myriad color/flavor combos and came up with a simple Pistachio macaron with a Framboise buttercreme filling! All of the ingredients were easily found at Trader Joes and luckily I have a scale since I measured the ingredients by weight to be precise!

Readying the ingredients was a snap - but them came the "Macronnage", the step where perfectly stiff egg whites are mixed with the dry ingredients: Ground almonds and powdered sugar (and ground pistachios in this case). This is the make or break step, mix too much or too little and the tops of the macarons could be cracked, they could lack feet (the little ridge at the bottom which it MUST have to be classified a macaron) or could have a dull appearance instead of a shiny hard shell.  The instructions said to do 15 strokes with a rubber spatula to mix the batter to the right consistency - I did exactly 15 strokes and the batter looked perfect.
When I piped the batter however it looked thin whereas in the pictures from the book the batter looked stiffer - perfectly round dots with a little height and dome to the top. I thought I was finished but I moved forward! They dryed for 45 minutes and then I popped them in the oven. The directions said a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes. I did this and the first baking sheet was overbaked (but with feet to my delight!). The second baking sheet I dropped the heat to 300 and baked for 7 minutes and they were underbaked. The third sheet was the charm at 300 degrees for 10 minutes with a rotation half way through baking! The hardest part was getting them off of the parchment paper so next time I will use silicone baking mats for sure!
Notes for next time:
1) the directions did not say this but while doign research I found that you should use dried egg whites, that is you separate the whites and let them sit out for 24-72 hours to reduce the moisture while still maintaining the protein bonds. I cheated and microwaved then for 15 seconds. Next time I will do it the right way and hopefully the batter will be a bit more stiff. (wish the book would have mentioned that)
2) use silicone baking mats.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

New Limited Edition Soap: Sunset Cliffs - Giveaway!

Introducing a happy little experiment with checkers:  my new Limited Edition soap - Sunset Cliffs! Scented like fresh squeezed Kumquat and juicy Mango slices! Fresh, citrusy and fruity, reminiscent of summer time, picnics and the beautiful San Diego Coast!

I am giving a bar of this yummy stuff away to someone lucky! You will get a huge 5 oz bar - just leave a comment under this post and a winner will be chosen at random. The giveaway closes Saturday March 20th at 9 pm PST.

You guys are the best!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

NEW - Masala Chai - as voted by you!

So a while back I posted a poll for the new addition to my permanent Luxury Shea Butter soap collection! Marsala Chai is here as voted by you! 

Packed with black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, coriander, nutmeg and warm buttery vanilla! Delightful indeed and great for men and women! The spice and tea mix acts as an exfoliant to gently scrub away dirt and dead skin. We used our classic shea butter recipe, including shea butter and vitamin rich oils for a luxurious feel!

Look for it in the Luxury CP Soap Section of my Etsy shop!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Five New Soap scents- Faery's Muse Exclusives!

I have teamed up with Laura at Faery's Muse to bring her scent ideas to life in five new soaps that you can only get at Faery's Muse!
Choose From:
Strawberry Mimosa:"Springtime sweet strawberry nectar mixes with sparkling champagne for an update to the favorite brunch drink. Salut!"
a La Chocolat: Puts one in mind of cobblestoned French villages and lovely chocolate shops where imaginary kangaroos roam freely. Chocolate with a pinch of mysterious Aztec spices mixes with robust French roast coffee from a sidestreet cafe. Hand delivery by Johnny Depp not included, unfortunately."
Chocolat Tea: "An intriguing blend of black tea--don't think Lipton's, think darker!--swirled with a smooth ribbon of milk chocolate. You'll want seconds of this special Tea!"
Mocha Breve:"Sweet chocolate and a hint of soft cream tempers robust espresso and a hint of orange in this lovely sniff, just like its namesake! This soap even looks like lovely dark chocolate."
Carnival Apple: "Brings back memories of country fairs---juicy, tart sweet apple mixes with buttery caramel in the heat of the day. You won't upset the apple cart if you pick one up for a friend too!"


Related Posts with Thumbnails