We ended up having to go out of town today, which meant that I didn’t get the last batches of soap I made cut or photographed. Soap Week here at Just Make a Mess has been a total blast, even though it ground my jewelery-building to a halt. Had to be done though. Soap HAS to cure.
Curing soap does a couple of things. It ensures that all of the lye in the soap has been completely saponified; that is, rendered harmless and non-caustic by converting fat to soap. Properly cured soap is much milder than fresh soap, as well. No one wants sandpaper-skin. Lastly, curing allows some of the water used in the soapmaking process to evaporate, making the bar harder and longer-lasting.
Once it’s ready for sale, though, it’s going to need a name. And packaging. Branding is integral in marketing and I wanted something unique that really represented how flat-out DECADENT these products are. If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll already know I’m on a Swirly kick these days. Swirls make me happy. They’re pretty and whimsical but also, for me, they represent “Flow”. Flow as in a melody line. As in life. As in art. As in the creative process in general. Getting things to flow is really what most of us strive for. We’re looking to eliminate bumps, have things roll smoothly along, and sometimes to make things just a little prettier.
I’m also into symmetry. Black Swan Bodyworks is symmetrical. BSB. Swans are elegant and posh. Black swans are unique; unique makes me happy too. If we were all the same life would be so incredibly boring. This swan’s swirly and it flows. It’s black and white; basic and sophisticated. It’s all good.
Now…..Truth or Dare? When it comes to your bath-time, do you reeeeally want to smell like an Irish countryside or a deodorant? Do you reeeally want to grab just whatever’s handy, whatever your children or dear hubby have left behind, soaking in a puddle of water until it’s all gooey and pulls off the soapdish like hot mozzarella cheese? Or do you want something chock-full of yumminess? Something that makes you slightly delirious because you’re inhaling the scent so deeply? Something just for YOU. Something so Decadently Good you stash it away so the kiddies don’t *gasp!* use it to wash the dog?!? Now tell the truth…..I Dare Ya.