I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again now: making handmade soap would not be half as much fun without the internet.
Recently, Julia from Cocobong (one of my favorite soap blogs) came up with the clever idea of sending some soap around the world, a sort of round-robin for soap bloggers. Each soapmaker receives 3 bars, takes one and replaces it with one of her/his own. Then each participant agrees to blog about the whole process. What a great way to share our soap with each other (and the world) through our blogs.
First Julia sent 3 soaps that she had from different soapmakers to US soapmaker Joanna of The Soap Bar. From there they went to Serbian soapmaker SenMi, and now they are here at my house in California.
What a treat to have 3 different soaps to handle, smell, admire. But I had to choose only one to keep, and after much thought decided to keep the one from Mianra, all the way from Cork, Ireland. I love the way her soaps look, with the paisley stamp. But the deciding factor is that this bar has silk in it. I’ve never tried a soap with silk before. Although it seems to be quite popular with European soapmakers, it doesn’t seem to be so with the soapmakers that I know around here. I’m looking forward to experiencing it soon!
I’m replacing that bar with one of my Honey Bee Mine bars, sending a little bit of Valentine’s Day back to Europe. And now I say, “Bon Voyage” to this little soap trio: it’s off to France next! Look out Soap Session, some globe-trotting soap is heading your way!