Saturday, March 22, 2008

Spiced Umeshu

I've been trying to come up with one more soap for Longcroft Soap Company's 2008 soap collection, but nothing took my fancy. After sniffing at least fifty different fragrances, I decided to try a spicy plum fragrance. I remembered liking this one a lot when I tested it, but I didn't realise until yesterday just how much. I think I might be in love!


I'm calling this soap Spiced Umeshu after the delicious Japanese plum wine. It has light citrus notes, but the main scent is rich plum resting on a base of patchouli and amber. There are touches of cinnamon and and clove which add a warm spiciness to the fragrance. It makes my nose very happy.

9 comments:

LoveMichie said...

Wow, another beautiful soap as usual :)

Anonymous said...

Another gorgeous soap!I love the rich color of the swirls. The fragrance sounds sublime - I LOVE plum wine.

-jc

gracefruit said...

Thank you! :)

Croap Queen said...

Any chance you could do a tutorial on how to swirl? Doesn't matter what I do, it never works like that!! :-)

gracefruit said...

There is a tutorial for how to do the hearts here:
http://www.thatsoapsite.com/Tutorials/Toppings/Toppings.html

It's pretty straightforward. Just put some circular blobs of coloured soap on top of your loaf and then pull a chopstick or toothpick through them to make the heart. I add some other spiral 'lines' by drizzling some ribbons of soap on top. I then drag the chopstick through to move them about and make them look a bit more wispy. The key is to swirl less than you think you shoud.

Joanna Schmidt said...

These are stunning! I especially like that calming blue beneath!

gracefruit said...

Thank you, Joanna! I am sorry to admit that the blue is my crap photography! ;)

02145 said...

If I could whistle at a soap, it would be this gorgeous number! You are such a talent, Elizabeth!

gracefruit said...

Thank you, Kim! This effect is criminally easy to get. Thre is a tutorial over at That Soap Site that shows you how. All you need is a chopstick.

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