Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Kate Moss and soaps

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well and happy.  I am now in my 4th week since quitting my day job and its great!!  I am loving making soap and working on the business every day, I find my thoughts flow better not having to put it all down and pick it up again after rushing off to do another totally different job.  I realise I am a bit isolated in my work though which is why I am so excited about my new project.

You may know, my partner Rik and I have a lovely house in Portugal which we have been very slowly doing up, in fact so slowly its now 9 years this month since we bought it!  But, hey, the best things come to those who wait, so I am told.  Well I have a very good friend who is also a superb soap maker, in fact she was one of my inspirations for starting myself, and we have decided to go for it and launch a new range of soaps specifically for the Portuguese market.  So anyway, exciting times ahead, lots of work and, best of all, more trips over to Portugal!  I am off on 8th of September for 2 weeks and again in November, don't worry if you want to order from the website, My wonderful family are coming to the rescue again, packing and posting orders off for me.

I really sat up and took notice at this latest news announcement........

Kate Moss Wants Own Soap Range
Well I thought, shall I contact her NOW to suggest that I make them for her?  No, apparently Kate Moss is set to release her own range of soaps after experimenting on making some home-made bars.  The supermodel has been sorting out fresh ingredients from her garden in the Cotswolds, central UK, grinding them together and then trying them out in the shower and is now keen to create her own line of products.

From The Sun newspaper
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Kate loves her new hobby, she's gone soap mad.  She's been trying to master the art after one of her mates sent her a batch of home made bars, which she loved.

"She's adamant all the ingredients should be fresh and natural.  She's sent quite a few to her girlfriends to try out.  Depending on the feedback, she's thinking of releasing a range."

As well as being a soap fan, Kate has previously revealed she would never leave the house without a perfume and has her own line of fragrances as well as a range of clothes and handbags.

Well....................  could this be an opportunity for us soap makers?  making soaps for celebrities to endorse?

Which comes first - Honey or Heather?
I was out on Woodbury Common yesterday walking the dogs and the smell up there is simply intoxicating.  It was a warm sunny afternoon and it must have been the warm air that brought out the wonderful honey aroma of the heather which is blooming everywhere.  There must be at least 4 different varieties just in the one place I walked.

Perdy in the flowers
It got me thinking, has heather evolved to smell like honey to attract bees?  Why does honey not made from bees visiting heather smell like heather?  Anyway, whatever the answers it is absolutely lovely, I wish that we could create a fragrance for soap that smelt exactly like it.

Woodbury heathers in full bloom
Lastly, I just wanted to let you know about a fab new website that I have discovered.  It's called Pinterest and is a really fun way of collecting images from your computer sources to create an inspiration board or a virtual pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.  I am currently busy putting together some inspiration for our new Portuguese range as well as a new kitchen for our house in Portugal, I have only just started so I have not got a huge amount on my pin boards but it has been really good fun.  To get started you need to request an invite and they will contact you with joining details.  I think its well worth it - well if you have time to spare!!  It is very easy to use as well.

I have added a "follow me" button on the right of this page so you can see the kind of images I have been collecting myself. 

Well, thats it, I have been busy cutting my new Xmas soap testers and I am very, very happy with the results, I shall post photos soon.

Don't forget, my first soap making course starts on 8th October, email me at if you are interested in getting information.  More to follow very soon.

Take care and please leave a comment X

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on the 4th week of work freedom. I don't know where you worked but I know how you feel when trying to soap in the midst of such chaos.

    How exciting about your line of soaps in Portugal as well. I've never been there but it sounds like a wonderful place. I look forward to hearing how your line develops.

    I've often thought of making soap for some of my favourite celebrities.