Sunday, July 10, 2011

Essential Oil Creativity Challenge

Anhoki's Place and GourmetSoaps wanted to challenge everyone to be creative with color and essential oils. Our team also wanted to help the victims of the tornadoes in Joplin. We decided to combine the two, by donating all of the proceeds from our entry fees from the challenge.

But, it gets even better! Our good friends at Brambleberry are joining us! Not only is Anne-Marie donating a $50 gift certificate to the winner, but Brambleberry is also donating an additional $50 to the money we're sending to Joplin. We've always loved Brambleberry for their awesome supplies, but now we know they have a big heart as well. Thank you Anne-Marie!

The Challenge......

A) Contestants were allowed to use only the essential oils listed below. (We must use essential oils) If you already have a blend or blends with 3 or more of the essential oils listed this will be less of a challenge ...
amyris (sandalwood), anise, bay, cedar, citronella, clary sage, clove, eucalyptus, fennel, ginger, grapefuit, juniper, Laurel, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, lime, nutmeg, orange, patchouli, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, rosemary, rosewood, vanilla, spearmint, verbena, vetiver, ylang

B) Contestants had to have at least 2 colors in their soap. I realize this will be a challenge for some as they only use herbs and spices for color OR none at all. This is why it is called a challenge.

The challenge for the public is...there is no smellovision. We ask that you vote on the two challenge components only. You will have the picture of the soap and a brief description of oils and color used. Vote for the one you feel best depicts the challenge requirements. To vote for your favorite just leave a comment with the number selection and your email address. When voting is over we will use random chooser to decide who will receive a winning bar. HAVE FUN.

1.Smells wonderful a blend of Lavender , Lime and Patchouli esssential oil.


3. This soap is made with Lavender, Eucalyptus and Rosemary Essential Oils

4. Essential oils lavender, lemon, lemongrass, ylang ylang, and titanium oxide, oxide, and ultramarine.

5. For the essential oils, I used Anise, Orange, Clary Sage, and Patchouli
For the colors, I made a layer of green using French Green Clay, and a layer of rose using Rose Clay.

6. I used the following essential oils to blend my Relax Scent: Lemon, Sweet Orange, Peppermint, and Rosemary. I also used 2 natural colorants, parsley powder and grapeseed powder

7. The scent is our own all-natural botanical blend of essential oils: top notes of energizing citrus, lavender and rose blend with spicy and amber accords, balanced with slight earthy notes and just a hint of mint.

8. Orange Marmalade (front)....Essential oils of Sweet Orange, Pink Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime. Sweet, tangy and a little tart.
Spring Gardens (back)....Citrus, Lavender, and Rosemary give it the warm earthiness that I experienced in the Memphis Botanical Garden.


Amelia's Soap Co. said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! They are ALL absolutely fantastic! The blends sound amazing and each soap is truly gorgeous. They are all wonderful!!

lunaessence said...

They all look delightful !

This one appeals to me the most.
essential oils lavender, lemon, lemongrass, ylang ylang, and titanium oxide, oxide, and ultramarine.

Good Luck to all !!


Life Soap Simple said...

Wowzers! These are so beautiful! I wish we had smell-ivision!! Excellent job team!

Anhoki's Place said...

#5 appeals to me. I love the blend. Well done everyone. :~)

Life Soap Simple said...

I'm voting #6 it is gorgeous and the scent blend sounds amazing! said...

I have to say even though i am in the challenge. I Love #4 Summmer Soltice.. It's just so pretty !
My vote very appealing too me !

BPR Designs said...

wow -- hard to choose but I think I will go with the blue and green swirl (is that 6 or 7?) with citrus, lavender and rose blend with spicy and amber accords, balanced with slight earthy notes and just a hint of mint.

Aunt Nancy said...

Number 7 !! Beautiful to look at, and the blend sounds yummy! :)

The Skin You're In said...

Wow, voting is so hard!!! There is such amazing talent on SAFE Team! I vote for #5 because I love the sound of that particular scent blend. Great job everyone!!

innerearthsoaps said...

#5 for me. Their scent blend sounds intriguing, and I love the simplicity of the design.

Starlet Glam Bath and Body said...

OMG they're all so beautiful! But I love the blend and the gorgeous colors of #7!

Ewenique said...

It's hard to pick just one! But...the peacock green and blue #7 is especially stunning.

Ewes Soap

PacificParadiseSoap said...

It's a shame that you can't smell #2 which is an enticing blend of Lavender, Lemon, Grapefruit, Clary Sage and Geranium. The colors are beautiful swirls of Green Chrome Oxide and Titanium Dioxide (ingredient in sunscreen). Enjoy!

Cody's Closet said...

What lovely soaps! My vote is for #2!

Gourmet Soaps said...

Wow, really hard to choose! What beautiful soaps everyone! I vote for #7. I bet it has a lot of flavors going on. And I so wish I sniff it through the screen!

Gourmet Soaps said...

I just realized I haven't changed my avatar in quite some time, lol.

Nancy Trujillo said...

They all look wonderful. My vote goes to #2 with the Evening Primrose Oil, Almond Oil and Grapeseed Oil From PacificParadise

IndyAndCleo said...

Oooooo yummy! Voting for #2 ~ Evening Primrose Oil, Almond Oil and Grapeseed Oil all sound simply amazing . . . plus, slows the signs of aging! Gotta love that! ✿

Lisa said...

Loving all these beautiful soaps, but my vote goes to #2.

TBI Craft Therapy said...

Wow, who knew soap could look so great?
#2 is my mad vote please

red bamboo said...

#5 is one I'm keen to smell - curious to know how the anise blends in with the other oils + it looks lovely.
Tough choice once again though!

Nina said...

I vote for #7. I love the peacock feather swirl!

shelly said...

I choose #7 also. They are all really beautiful, but I like #7 the best.

Yvonne said...

Oh wow! They are all gorgeous - look at all those colours and the essential oils sound divine.

A very difficult decision but definitely #5 for me. Love the colours and the blend sounds gorgeous.

Congratulations and good luck to all.

SAFEteam said...

Voting is now closed. Thanks to everyone who voted. We will randomly choose a commenter who will receive a bar from the winner.

Mukesh Speak said...

Amyris oil appears to lack the well documented, historically rich background of other essential oils. This is largely due to

the fact that the botanical origin of the tree that is used to produce amyris oil,
The sweet, balsamic, wood-like fragrance of Amyris oil allows it to blend well with geranium oil, pine oil, spruce oil, cedar

wood oil, myrrh oil, galbanum oil, frankincense oil, cypress oil, clove oil, aniseed oil, lemon oil, orange oil,

Commonly found in soaps and other 'Sandalwood' products in place of 'true' Sandalwood, Amyris supports vibrant physical

health by helping to remove physical and etheric toxins that congest and distort the body. An alternative choice in place of

the endangered 'true' Sandalwood, Amyris is a healthy, inexpensive and sustainable substitute in many aromatherapy

Amyris Oil