Monday, January 24, 2011

Adirondack Soap, a collaboration

Adirondack soap

A new project has been in the works here at the Latherati studio. A collaborative effort with Dave & Shelly of the Get Out & Learn Foundation, a non-profit that provides environmental education for at-risk youth. The programs focus is on building self-esteem, community service and team building skills.

Dave and Shelly were inspired by the book Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv. They asked me to design a custom blend for their organization. They wanted a fresh, unisex fragrance incorporating eucalyptus and/or citrus scents. The final blend is warm cedarwood, crisp eucalyptus and citrus scents of lemon and orange. I used all essential oils for the blend and no color. The result is a simple bar that smells amazingly fresh and clean.

Along with the batches I made for them, I will be selling Adirondack at the Latherati etsy shop and donating 5% of every sale to the Get Out & Learn Foundation.

This was a wonderful project and I wish Dave & Shelly all the best in their very heartfelt and rewarding endeavor.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Valentine Giveaway CLOSED - Winners have been chosen!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED - Winners have been chosen and notified. With 334 unique entries, I used and numbers 49 and 172 were the winners. Thank you for all the participation and support. I truly appreciate it :-) ~ julie

In my previous post, I mentioned a new Giveaway (actually I mentioned a Challenge but this one's a bit different) here at the Latherati, without further ado, here are the details...
First of all, the scent: Inspired by the book "Valentine: A Love Story" by Chet Raymo, Latherati's Limited Edition Valentine fragrance kicks off with bottom notes of musk, incense, cedarwood and just a whisper of clove, followed by rich, warm honey and breathing in notes of jasmine and orange blossom. A sophisticated, lovely scent that captures the essence of Valentine.
What you win (2 winners!): A vintage style heart "vinaigrette" locket in an aged copper finish with a single pearl bead. Comes with two squares of linen and two vials of Latherati's Limited Edition Valentine perfume. Comes gift boxed in an elegant black satin-finish box.

Note: A vinaigrette comes from the Victorian era when personal hygiene wasn't as stringently observed and women wore their favorite perfume soaked in linen in a locket.

There are a number of ways to enter. The more you do, the better your chances :-)

How to enter:

1. Leave a comment below
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4. Subscribe/Follow the Latherati blog
5. Become a Facebook Fan of Latherati
6. Follow Latherati at Twitter
7. Favorite the Latherati etsy shop

Giveaway ends: January 24, 2011 at midnight EST

Two winners will be chosen via a random number generator. Winners will be contacted via email so please remember to include it in your comment. If it is not included, I will use the number generator to choose another winner.

Thank you and Good Luck :-)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

And the world was blanketed in snow...

As much as I do not like the cold of winter, I'll admit that my heart is at peace when I see that overnight, the world has been covered in a blanket of snow. Sounds are muffled, the trees, with their branches cradling snow, look like works of art and the air smells pure and clean and crisp.
I'll also admit that the thought of bundling up in my winter garb, grabbing my shovel and clearing my sidewalk upsets that peaceful feeling. I was preparing to do just that but wait...what do I hear? A very generous neighbor and his snowblower coming up the walk. Oh thank you, thank you. I get to stay in my cozy house with a hot cup of coffee for just a bit longer. I did send him a big wave of thanks however.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Valentine is on the blending shelf

The first day of the new year, I laid on my couch and devoured "Valentine: A Love Story" by Chet Raymo. An engrossing read, full of tension, superstition, history and religion, Valentine kept me turning the page well into the night. A great way to start off the year...a little love, a little torture (!) and an ending that left a few tears in my eyes.

This book was a sensory delight! Especially for the olfactory. I'm starting with a blend of sweet honey, musk and heady incense, followed by florals of orange blossom and jasmine. I'll let it sit a few days and take a whiff. I may be adding a bit of sandalwood, rose or clove but this process is not to be rushed so I patiently sit and wait as my fragrances meld. This is always the hardest part for me and I always want to get it right the first time. We shall see.

Once the blend is finalized, I'll be posting the "Challenge" and the prize this time will something new for me. I'm keeping it under wraps for now ;-)