Miami, Purple, and Inspiration

I recently had the privilege of attending the HSMG (Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild) conference in Miami, Florida.

Not only was it a treat to visit the warmth and intriguing culture of Miami, but it was also a treat to meet with some of our readers.  You were all very kind in sharing your positive comments about how you loved the Saponifier, and it was very gratifying and encouraging to hear.  If you haven’t subscribed yet, take the plunge and join the Saponifier family!

So, have you learned what Purple Salsify is yet?  I was curious to find out about it as it is a new herb to me, and was excited to read that it would probably grow in my climate!  Now, just to find some of this elusive and uncommon herb. . .

Eucalyptus Oil is one that the majority of us are at least somewhat familiar with.  If you don’t use it for soaps, cosmetics and medicinal products, you’ve probably used the cough drops when suffering with upper respiratory infections.  Thinking I wouldn’t find much new information about this common essential oil, I was surprised to read that it is being grown outside of Australia.  To see that it is grown in Tasmania is one thing.  To learn that it is also grown in southern Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Portugal is quite another!  As with any essential oil, but sure to do extensive research on its safe usage before employing it in your products.

Did you see the Soapers’ Showcase?  Wow!  Silvia Victory’s (Indulgence by S.V. Soaps, Idaho) creations are indeed unique, and her use of color and texture, exhilarating.  Amber West’s (Bambu Earth, California)  natural soaps were simply inspiring.  And to think, they are all naturally colored.  Her labels are plantable, too.  These ladies are exhibiting the very best in beautiful soapmaking.

Until next time, happy bubbling and waxing!


2 Responses to “Miami, Purple, and Inspiration”
  1. Dawn Jones says:

    Since you brought up the subject, maybe we need to look into natural again. When making my soap, I do not like to use 100% natural everything because it stifles me in color and fragrance. I think most Americans do not like the smell of most essential oils and prefer the more mellow fragrance oils or a blend of essential and fragrance oils. Until glitter is 100% natural, I will have problems making 100% natural soaps. When using mica, oxide, and lab colors in soap, it makes soap less natural. So us in the soap industry should state that our soaps are mostly natural or 95% or what ever percentage natural, should we not? Do some of you feel this way, or do you think that if we should just say fragrance and coloring on our list of ingredients and be fine with that?

  2. SavonTalk says:

    Thanks for your comments, Dawn. You bring up a timely and important topic, the one of using the term, “natural,” and how we, as soapmakers, should use it. It is worthy of a separate blog topic, so stay tuned!

    One point I do want to clarify is using, “color,” in labeling. Although it is perfectly acceptable per FDA labeling regulations to use, “fragrance,” the same is not true of colorant. In correctly labeling color, the components of any particular color must be labeled. A simple example might be, “Ultramarine Pink.” This point was driven home to me many years ago, when a customer informed me about her severe skin allergy to one particular yellow dye. Had I only used “color” on the label, she would not have known whether or not the soap she wanted to buy was safe, and neither would I. Considering the remnants of her last bout with this allergy that she showed me, I would not want to have carried any responsibility in causing her to experience another! The good news is that your supplier will have the correct INCI label for any colorants that you use.

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