During the past couple of weeks Tokyo turned greener and more colorful thanks to the azalea bushes which are everywhere in the city. I thought it might be good to recreate the colors on soap… some day. After the April’s Soap Challenge, I decided to make a few soaps without flowers — a kind of going back to the basics. I was very happy after my soap won the April’s Challenge. I have to say though that it was thanks to all my fellow soapers and their beautiful creations that I got inspired to make the flower power soap in April. Thank you for voting for the “Flower Path To…” I am grateful for your support. I also want to thank Bramble Berry for the wonderful opportunity to try some of the products they carry. I appreciate their amazing customer service and am very much looking forward to put all the things I ordered to use as soon as they get here! But before that…
Last month one of my friends asked me to make soap in pink for her. She loves subdued colors and I thought that a combination of pink, beige and brown would be something she might enjoy.
There is a strong tendency here in Japan for all natural soaps and so I used pink kaolin and cocoa powder as colorants. As I had run out of white kaolin, I used some titanium oxide for the white lines between the pinks and the browns. I love the pattern — it reminds me of agate stones you can find in some parts of my home country.
Nothing particularly outstanding as a pattern, yet I like the thin lines and the quiet colors of the soap.
It is scented with a blend of French lavender, Hokkaido lavender, vetivert and bergamot essential oils. Though Japan does not export lavender essential oil, its northernmost island produces one of the best lavender oils I have tried so far. While the French one I have is herbal with only slight floral notes, the Hokkaido’s oil is floral and fruity. Their combination and the addition of vetivert essential oil to the blend make for a deep and relaxing floral scent.
The soap from above.
I hope you all have a warm and sunny day and a successful week.