And we’re back!

It’s been a busy time lately, so busy that I’ve been able to keep the favorites, like my 1630 Oatmeal & Honey, and the seasonal goodies, like my 1630 Cider Spice, in stock in the shop, but I haven’t had the ability to do the experimenting that makes the process of soapmaking so rewarding for me.  It cost me my manicure, but today I managed to get two new soaps into the molds, both encouraged and enabled by the great folks over at Slumbrew.

It was totally worth it!

The first is going to be called Nut Brown Spice, as it’s made with a base of 1630 Cider Spice, melted down and blended with Slumbrew’s Attic & Eaves Toasted Brown Ale (good thing they sell this stuff in 22oz bottles so that I can put a little into the soap, then a little into the soapmaker…).  It certainly smells lovely, and with that hint of fall spices it will have just a touch of an exfoliating polish to help with dry winter skin.

The second batch is as yet unnamed.  It’s made with a base of 1630 Simply Clean but with a twist: the oil for the base soap is infused with cacao nibs!  The resulting soap has a warm, toasty, nutty scent and is delightfully moisturizing.  The cacao nib soap was then ground and blended with Slumbrew’s Porter Square Porter (which is itself made with plenty of cocoa powder and roasted cacao nibs from Taza Chocolate.  So this soap will be direct from the heart of Somerville three times over even if it’s named for a square in Cambridge!

The loaves will come out of their molds on Monday, so watch this space!