The typhoon came and went. It left behind a crystal blue sky and an air promicing cooler days and crisp mornings.
I love the first days of autumn. Though the sun is still high in the sky, I feel the calm of the coming season with every breath I take. The anticipation is so sweet that it makes me stop and listen – listen to the silence and feel, feel, feel it. The trees in Tokyo are still green but soon we will be walking on dry leaves and the rustle on the ground will caress the ears. Autumn is colour, scent and taste. And it is almost here.
Today’s soap is another one reflecting the coming season. With its deep purple colour tinged with pink, it is close to that a vegetable which in Japan is believed to be the tastiest in autumn – the plump, sweet aubergine.
This soap is scented with essential oils of ylang ylang and rose. I used ylang ylang extra which is more floral and lacks the intensity of ylang ylang 3rd.
The scent is a soft and round floral aroma, which makes me remember the soap my mother used when I was a child.
Did I say my soaps were pastel colors? Well, most of them are. However, this one, made with cold oil extract of purple gromwell, or shikon (purple root) in Japanese is far from pastel. As the the shikon soap of my previous post, this one has a fluffy, rich lather. The beautiful lather, however, is mostly due to the rosehip oil and its high content of linoleic fatty acids.
Now, as the most important event of the year for my company is over (a large trade show held every September), I can dedicate part of my free time to the pleasure of doing some research, choosing and buying a new camera. I have wanted a new one, a really good one, for several months now and have seen a great number of catalogues and read about the functions and specifications of different models. Technology has advanced tremendously in the past 2 years and there are several models which have caught my attention. I think I will opt for a camera by a maker whose lenses are renowned for their sharpness and clarity.
Cannot wait for the weekend to come.
I hope you enjoy the week ahead.