Saturday, July 24, 2010

New website :-)

Latherati Soap Foundry has a new storefront! You still shop through etsy but now there are more pages to peruse. I'm hoping for a smooth transition. I know that changing things like this can be confusing to prior customers and my apologies for that. But Latherati is growing (yay!) and I wanted a more professional appearance. So, check out the new site and let me know what you think!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Alter Ego

Inspired by Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (and the winner of the Give Me Gothic Challenge), Alter Ego is double scented with a "good" and "evil" fragrance. The soap is curing and yesterday, I made the roll-on perfumes. Since there are two scents, I made two perfumes.
The "Dr. Jekyll" version is light and airy with ozone & sea spray notes intermingled with linden blossom
The "Mr. Hyde" version is a blend of cedarwood & sandalwood with notes of amber, dark musk and rich vanilla

I was thinking about selling them as a set but am now thinking that I will sell them individually and you can decide if you want both. They would be great for layering as you would get some nice base notes from the Mr. Hyde scent and some light, airy notes from Dr. Jekyll. Either way, look for them in the shop soon!

It was fun creating two scents for one book. I might have to do more of those :-)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The 802 & Bocce

My friend and I took a lovely trip to Vermont this past week. I LOVE Vermont! We spent our time as tourists, eating good food and taking lots of pics. Thought I'd share.

my sugar packet from Maxi's Restaurant in Waterbury, Vermont

Stowe, Vermont - too bad I don't ski

We had lunch at The Reservoir where we had a great laugh at their leg lamp :-)

The sun was beaming up from the clouds. Stunning!

Lots of covered bridges in Vermont. This one is in Waitsfield.

and this one was at our hotel in Waterbury


As soon as we got home Friday afternoon, it was time for the World Series of Bocce at the Toccolana Club. Basically, it's an excuse to eat a lot of sausage and pizza fritta and drink cheap beer, with a few peeks at the game of Bocce.

mmmmm, pizza fritta

Now, the mini vacation is over and it's time to get back to work. I'm working on a solid perfume and should have some listed over the next couple of days.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Cobb

Another Jane Austen novel has been turned into soap! Inspired by Persuasion, The Cobb is a refreshing ocean scent. A base blend of marine, ozone & sea spray with whispers of jasmine, freesia, lily, citrus and wood grounded by the slightest hint of musk. It's a very clean, cool and invigorating scent. Will be ready in four weeks!
This batch was my first double batch as most of the bars are heading to the Jane Austen Centre Gift Shop in Bath, England. I enjoyed the challenge of working with such large amounts of oils and butters and I'll probably start making double batches of all my soaps :-)

I'm working on the matching perfumes this week and will have them for sale in the Latherati shop soon.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July to all! Today will be spent cooking out on the grill, yard games, fireworks and other All-American shenanigans to celebrate our Independence Day.

The epitome of summer

Piper LOVES the boat!

An awesome review of Latherati goodies is to be found HERE. Jaime not only wrote up a very flattering (I'm still blushing) review but she also made a video for YouTube. Made my day. :-)
And finally...

Alter Ego

New soap is curing: The May 2010 Challenge winner - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Here is Latherati's interpretation...a double scented, two layer bar. The "evil" bottom layer is black amber, musk and sandalwood. The "good" top layer is a light rain scent and linden blossom. I loved this challenge - not only is the book a great read but blending two scents was fun. Call it what you will...light/dark, good/evil...this was a thought-provoking and intriquing project.