Hello, my lovelies! Happy March! We got through the month of February and spring is almost here. I am really looking forward to working in my garden and getting my flower beds planted. If last year taught me anything, it was to be grateful for the good things. This year is off to a good start for me personally, so I am going to be grateful and send some good juju out into the universe for all of you too.
Okay, let's jump right in, shall we. From the top row starting on the left.
Spring Showers - I made this soap because I love spring. It is the one thing we have to look forward to in the final stretch of winter. Is it too dramatic to say that spring is the only reason why the winter doesn't end me? Probably. I have a Leo moon. It can be a bit much. Sorry about that. Anyway, this soap is scented with juniper and sea salt and smells just like spring should: fresh and bright.
Bunnies Up - I made this for stuffing Easter baskets. This soap is scented with a fragrance oil called Jelly Bean and it smells amazing. It is the perfect soap to add to your loved one's Easter basket because it smells like candy but won't rot their teeth. Although, it smells good enough to eat, so keep an eye on that.
Don't be shocked if you order this one and it arrives with a lot of padding/packaging, I am a bit nervous about keeping those carrots from breaking. The Easter Bunny hops around a lot, you know, so the journey to your house may be bumpy.
Emerald Isle - I couldn't have a March soap release without making a soap for St. Patrick's day. This one is scented with my favorite minty blend and is perfect for all my fellow Irish customers who want to show a little Irish pride in the bathroom. I am too old now to celebrate St. Patrick's Day American style but I do always make a nice Irish dinner to honor my Irish ancestors, even though they probably wouldn't like it since I'm vegetarian. You can't really get veggie corned beef to fit the bill no matter how much you drink beforehand.
Aries (March 21st - April 19th) - Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, a fire sign, and pretty damn awesome. I scented this soap with sweet orange and chili pepper since Aries needs a little spice.
Before I get into Aries characteristics, I'm going to sum up this sign with a story. I have an Aries ascendant which I love but it can be a challenge at times. Sometimes I can be called blunt, too impulsive, short-tempered, etc. When I was around 3 or 4 years old I was at the laundromat with my mom. It was a good day because there were a bunch of other kids there around my age. It turned out that they were all little girls. One of the girls was decked out in full-blown pageant clothes, a fancy dress, tights, shiny mary janes, you get the idea.
I was wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and my favorite pair of red tennis shoes. Well, the pageant girl wouldn't let me play with other girls because she said only girls could play and she informed me that I wasn't a girl because I wasn't wearing a dress. Naturally, I proceeded to educate her about the world.
I was calm and patiently explained that I was a girl and that girls could wear pants too. She wouldn't budge. I tried over and over to explain but she insisted that her mother told her that girls couldn't wear pants so that meant I was definitely a boy.
The thing with Aries (and fire signs in general) is they go from 0 to 100 in a split second. We have a rep for being hotheaded (not completely true) and impulsive (mostly true). I reached the end of my rope when she started singing, "He's a boy, he's a boy, he's a boy, and can't play with ussss.”
So, I punched her in the face.
To an Aries, this makes perfect sense. You were kind, you were patient, you made an effort. Punching was the only thing left to do.
However, my mom is a Capricorn. Basically, (in layman's terms), for a Capricorn to have a kid that loses their temper and then proceeds to closed fist punch another kid in the face because they called her a boy, well... it isn't the dignified Capricorn way.
The Capricorn walks away from that situation feeling like they failed as a parent while questioning all the parenting books they methodically studied over the course of your whole life and the Aries walks away from that situation hoping that the mother of the bratty kid learned their lesson for telling their child big whoppers just so they could get them to wear dresses without being difficult.
In the end, hitting isn't the answer but when all other avenues are exhausted, it is the Aries people who will take the leap and jump into the fire ready to tackle anything in their path. They are the trailblazers, the people that can turn a nickel into thousands of dollars with only enthusiasm and a bit of charm. They are fun, the life of the party, the friend who convinces you to ask the cute guy at the bar for his number and somehow makes you feel confident enough to do it. They will sing karaoke sober, skinny dip on a dare, and tell you if the outfit looks bad.
Mars is Aries' ruling planet. Mars brings the strong will, the passionate temper, stubborn determination, and endless energy to this sign. Aries gets a bad rap for being selfish, which I think comes from the fact that Aries knows what they want. If you ask them what movie they want to see and are hoping they will say, "Whatever you want," you are asking the wrong sign. Aries will answer you honestly and they won't appreciate it when you get annoyed with them for answering the question directly. If you don't want the truth, don't ask an Aries. Aries love to start projects and they have creativity and passion in droves; it's the staying power that can be a bit tricky for Aries. They can definitely stick things out but they will be most happy planting the seed, and when it's time to harvest the garden, the Aries has already designed a new one for next year.
Lemon Poppy Seed Cake - This soap smells literally like you would imagine. It is rich and buttery, with a fresh lemon finish. It is divine. This is perfect for the foodies in your life. I also added real poppy seeds for a bit of extra scrubbiness.
Charcoal and Turmeric - I have been wanting to make a turmeric soap for a long time and finally decided to do it after I ordered a big bag of turmeric for my dog's joints. I stashed a little on the side so I could make this. Shhh! He won't mind since I don't think he really likes it anyway. I'm not positive though, he's a Golden Retriever and will eat anything, even while gaging the whole time; It's their superpower. Anyway, this soap turned out better than I imagined. It is scented with a fragrance oil and essential oil blend of ginger, orange, and lemongrass. It smells like fresh ginger lemon tea.
Vegan Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey - I left the honey out of this soap so my vegan customers could try it too. It has a big dollop of colloidal oats and is scented with the classic oatmeal milk and honey scent we all know and love. It is a classic for a reason after all.
Robin - I am so in love with this bird soap collection. Robin was the first bird soap that I made. I scented it with the juiciest, freshest apple scent I could find because I think Robins should smell like apples. They are round, adorable, and with their red bellies, it just seems appropriate. Don't you agree?
Raven - Ravens are my favorite bird, hands down. I think of them a little like cats. They have that attitude like they think you're an idiot, but every once in a while they'll do you a solid and let you know when it's going to rain. We have a conspiracy of ravens in our neighborhood and four or five times a year they have conspiracy meetings in my neighbor's pine tree. I'm not sure if it's just the board of directors or the whole group but those meetings can get pretty heated. You usually know it didn't go well when the president stays in the tree cursing after all the other ravens fly off. I scented this soap with a vanilla fragrance that has a slightly smoky note.
Parrot - Parrot is scented with pineapple and cilantro and it smells wonderful! Did you know that the size of the parrot determines the size of the parrot's vocabulary? Can you imagine the conversations in the parrot world? "Polly, It's not how big your vocabulary is that counts, it's how you say the words!"
Peacock - I had a tough time settling on a scent for Peacock. I wanted something complex and floral, but it wasn't until I came across a scent I had forgotten about called narcissist that it fell into place. This soap is lightly scented with warm, woodsy, and floral notes. it has a distinct rose and sandalwood thing going on. If you like lightly scented soaps then this might be a good fit.
Chicken - I saved the best for last. I don't know why, but this was my favorite of all the bird soaps to make. I felt like crowing when I pulled this fine hen out of the mold and saw how perfect she looked. It isn't often that what you imagine in your head ends up looking like the final product, but this time it did. I scented Chicken with a fragrance oil called fresh-cut grass. It smells just like that: green, bright, and grassy. Perfect for chickens, whether they live on a farm or in your backyard.
Thank you for reading this far! I probably don't say this enough, but I love hearing from you all and enjoy answering your soap questions so make sure to say hi anytime. Until next time, my peeps!