About blossomandtwig

Thanks for visiting! I'm a 50-something crafter of artisan soaps and bath & body products, aspiring photographer, cat lover, friend of planet Earth, avid reader, and devoted wifey. "They" say to do what you love, so here I am! Glad you are joining me on this journey.

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By now you’ve probably figured out that I’m passionate about a few things!  Soap, for one — no surprise there.  Protecting our environment.  Promoting healthy, GMO-free foods. Empowering women around the globe to become economically self-sustaining by learning marketable skills. … Continue reading

Happy SmallBizBlackCyber Weekend!

Christmas Sale

Yes, it’s that time again – the after-Thanksgiving manic search for the best products at the best prices.  And this year sees the “big three” sales happening back-to-back over a long weekend:  Black Friday on Nov. 29th, Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30th, and Cyber Monday on December 2nd.

So we’ve taken our cue from these sales events and turned them into one big sale, with a new name (SmallBizBlackCyber Weekend), with great savings on some great products!  Beginning at 12:01 am EST on Nov. 29th, and ending at 11:59 pm EST on December 2nd, simply visit our Etsy shop and receive 15% off everything in the store.  No coupon codes needed, either, since the sales prices will be in effect throughout the shop.

And yes, the sale covers Sunday as well because – hey! – that’s the way we roll!

Shop early while the selection is best.  This will be the final sale of the year, so don’t wait!

And as always, thank you for supporting Blossom & Twig Artisan Soaps.  We appreciate each and every one of you!

Happy Thanksgiving (and be safe).  And don’t eat too much (yeah, right).


Soap Challenge Club – Dandelion Zebra Swirl

This months’s challenge, hosted by Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks, is the Dandelion Zebra swirl.  And the prize, generously provided by Bramble Berry® Soap Making Supplies, is a 5-quart glass mixing bowl with lid, plus 4-piece silicone tool set!

The Dandelion Zebra Swirl is a variation of the tiger stripe swirl, which I’ve done before and liked.  Instead of stripes throughout the soap, though, they appear only in one part of the soap.  Since December is fast approaching, creating a holiday-themed soap seemed a natural choice for the challenge.  So I chose to make a two-tone green soap with red and white stripes, and to scent it with pine needle, black spruce, and eucalyptus essential oils, with a titch of floral lavandin.  Smells so fresh and clean, like being in an evergreen forest on a snowy winter’s day!


Overall, I’m pleased with the soap.  It would have been better if the two shades of green were a little more distinct, but the stripes show up really well.  And there’s a little bit of a red and white swirl on top of the soap, too, just to tie it all together.

As for names, it’s a tossup between Christmas Candy, Santa’s Stockings, or Stocking Stuffer.  Or…??

This challenge was a lot of fun, and this swirl will definitely find its way into future soaps. Thanks, Amy, for hosting the challenge. 🙂

Til next post, stay clean my friends!