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Makeovers (1: Serenity)

Quite a few of my soaps have had a makeover recently. No matter that I have (more or less) a set range of fragrances & designs, there’s always room to improve and to flex those creative muscles.

One of the most popular essential oil soaps that I sell is Serenity. The fragrance is a blend of Bergamot, Patchouli, Orange and Ylang Ylang essential oils.  The very first time I made a full batch of this one I carefully weighed out the appropriate amount of essential oil blend for the amount of soaping oils used, then put it to one side.  I then split my batter into three, coloured one white and two different shades of blue, then poured the soap into the mold, creating what I fully expected to be an awesome drop swirl. Except I’d forgotten to the add the fragrance. Argghhhh! There was nothing to do but scoop it all out, thoroughly mix in the essential oils, and put the whole lot back into the mould. Of course I ended up with a very plain, pale blue bar of soap which smelled amazing but looked nothing like my original plan:

Serenity Take 1
First incarnation of Serenity

The next few times I made Serenity, I decided to go with a single colour drop in a paler background.  Most of my drop swirls up to this point had been a white soap with coloured drops, but I wanted to try something a little different.  Here I used Icelandic Blue mica for the base colour and Denim Blue mica for the drop:

The second incarnation of Serenity
Second incarnation of Serenity

I used that design for a while, and it sold well enough, but it didn’t wow me, and last year I decided it needed updating.  The current Serenity has a base of Icelandic Blue mica, and drops coloured with Titanium Dioxide and Blue Dragon mica. I think it’s rather pretty and goes well with the name, so this design will be staying (for now anyway :-D)

Third incarnation of Serenity
Third incarnation of Serenity





14 thoughts on “Makeovers (1: Serenity)

  1. Thanks Yvonne, it does smell lovely 🙂

  2. The third one looks great, Vicki! >3

    1. Thanks Natalia 🙂

  3. What a lovely colour, that Icelandic Blue mica, Vicki, it’s gorgeous! I must say I love the second version best, albeit all are beautiful.
    The scent blend also sounds terrific!

    1. That’s interesting Maja – I liked the colours in the second one (especially that Icelandic Blue) but it just looked a bit flat to me, I definitely prefer the last one. Mind you, it would be a dull world if we all like the same thing 😀 Thanks for stopping by.

  4. I actually adore the plain white one. It looks so clean and wintery – just the perfect colour for the season. 🙂

    1. Ah thank you! I have considered making a very plain, simple one again, but I just can’t resist adding some colour. Every. Time. 😀

  5. I’m glad to see remakes! I do it all the time! 🙂

    1. Haha – I find I just can’t help myself 🙂

      1. Me either! I never have the same design twice!

  6. Love the designs of all 3, but I’m with you. I really love the last one! I can’t resist color either!

    1. Ah thank you Katie, I suspect the obsession with colour is very common among Soapers 😀

  7. All three look great, Vicki! And the scent combo sounds amazing.

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