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April 4, 2017

Early Bird is a hot processed soap scented with citrus and other yummy essential oils. With orange zest and coffee grounds, it smells like a bright, happy morning. I'm still perfecting my original soap recipes -- and my labels and my website and all the FDA stuff that need doing -- but I hope to be selling botanical apothecary goods as Soapfinch some time in the next few months. Wheee!!

March 31, 2017

This soap batch, overcooked to its death, was a major new recipe fail. Trimming off the crumbly ends and beveling the edges, though, revealed this gorgeous interior, marbled with nutmeg and ground coffee. Plus, with cocoa as an ingredient, it smells like mocha! Just a few tweaks to recipe, aesthetics, & technique, and this one might turn out a winner. The experimenting continues...

March 17, 2017

I'm still having fun with soap making, with a mind toward selling (hopefully sooner than later.) My business-to-be is called Soapfinch, and my plan is to name products after birds -- or birdy things like eggs, nests, or sounds. This cut loaf (above) contains yogurt, beeswax, oatmeal, and honey, so I'm thinking of calling it "Honeybird." It's unscented except for the divine, tangy smell of its natural, kinda delicious ingredients. Ahhh... :)

November 7, 2016

The last few weeks have seen me busy rebranding Shelli Makes to include a new passion -- soap making -- and a hint at more things to come. The redesign has been a true labor of love, but it's a labor all the same. I'm more than ready to escape to less digital, more hands-on, flights of creative fancy. Almost there... !

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