Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The following list contains the 2011 Buff Daddy Soap catalog and, eventually, ingredients.....

Plain and Simple
Rosemary Lemongrass
Rosemary Mint
Sage Woman
Skinny Dipping (didn't see that one coming, did you?)
Well Healed

Hey! What happened?!

I look up, and another year is gone. And, another Cherrywood Art Fair is gone? Did I miss it? Well, no. Just got too busy to post on the blog. But, I'm BAAAAACCCCKKKK. And, I'm feeling much better, now, Dave.

But, I promised folks I'd post my latest crop of ingredients (for the 2011 soap batches) on line. So, I better get to that.

In just a minute!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Whew! Did you see that?

Did anyone notice? Sometime during the last 48 hours, I spent two extremely busy days at the wonderful Cherrywood Art Fair. If either of the two people who "follow" this blog have actually looked, they may have noticed that this is the only place/time of the year that I actually sell my soap. Yea, yea, yea. I've talked about expanding but, while soapmaking is both good, clean fun AND fulfilling, I've not yet seen my way clear to focusing on it as more than an annual avocation.

So, those last 48 hours WERE my year. Buff Daddy's raison d'etre. After that, well. I'm done. Kerput. Over. Finished. Complete. Fulfilled. And exhausted. As always, the fair was really fun. If you missed it, well, too bad for you. It struck me as a well run a(rt)ffair, with lots of great art, great sponsors, lots of customers/visitors, and very little stress for the artists. It wasn't stress free. These things never are. But the process for the artists was easy, and damn near fun in itself. I'll apply, again, next year. I just hope I'm good enough to get in while competing against an increasingly talented group of artists/applicants. If I don't get in? Well, I'll still go. But, I wouldn't have a reason to make all this soap. I'd be dirtier. Less wholesome. Less creative. You get the drift.

And then, where would that leave my loyal follower(s)? Would I/could I/should I expand my soapmaking. Go beyond the fair? Only time time will tell. Should I expand/go beyond just soap making in my blog? Well, of course, but then it's just for me. You can read it, if you want to. I'll just keep writing.

One note of thanks, here. I couldn't possibly do this, in fact I wouldn't be doing this at all, if it weren't for the help of my wonderful muse/goad/ass-kicker/graphic-designer/branding consultant Christine of adaptive reUse. She's saved my ass more than once in this process, and she makes it all possible (she also happens to be my wife AND has a nice tush). So, thank you, Christine. I very much appreciate all you've done.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

2010 Soaps and Contents

Lemongrass Soybean Oil, Distilled Water, Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Lye, Walnut Oil, Lemongrass EO, Calendula Blossoms

Bergamint Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Distilled Water, Coconut Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Avocado Oil, Lye, Bergamot EO, Peppermint EO, Orange Five Fold EO

Beer’n’Brisket Olive Oil, Distilled Water, Soybean Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Lye, Shiner Bock Beer, Stubb’s Liquid Smoke (Mesquite), Charcoal, Alkanet Root

Eucalyptus Olive Oil, Soybean Oil, Distilled Water, Milk, Sweet Almond Oil, Lye, Avocado Oil, Apricot Kernal Oil, Eucalyptus EO, Green Tea Powder

BayBar Olive Oil, Soybean Oil, Distilled Water, Milk, Sweet Almond Oil, Lye, Avocado Oil, Apricot Kernal Oil, Bay Laurel EO, Orange EO, White Thyme EO

Rosemary Mint Soybean Oil, Olive Oil, Distilled Water, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernal Oil, Lye, Rosemary EO, Peppermint EO, Rosemary Leaves

Rosemary Lemongrass Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Distilled Water, Avocado Oil, Lye, Hempseed Oil, Rosemary EO, Lemongrass EO, Rosemary Leaves

Orange Olive Oil, Distilled Water, Soybean Oil, Milk, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Lye, Orange EO, Orange Zest

Caffeine Olive Oil, Soybean Oil Distilled Water, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Lye, Walnut Oil, Powdered Caffeine, Allspice EO, Turmeric

Sage Woman Olive Oil, Soybean Oil, Distilled Water, Milk, Sweet Almond Oil, Lye, Avocado Oil, Apricot Kernal Oil, Sage EO, Black Cohosh Powder, Green Tea Powder. Ground Chamomile Blossoms, Chopped Sage

Dreamsicle Olive Oil, Soybean Oil, Distilled Water, Coconut Oil, Lye, Sweet Almond Oil, Orange Five Fold EO, Fifth Dark Vanilla EO, Anatto Seed

Cinnabar Olive Oil, Lye, Apricot Kernal Oil, Soybean Oil, Avocado Oil, Milk, Lye, Cassia EO, Ground Cinnamon

DoubleMint Soybean Oil, Olive Oil, Water, Lye, Sweet Almond Oil, Walnut Oil, Coconut Oil, Peppermint EO, Wintergreen EO, Beet Root Powder

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hey, Look! Pretty colors!

Hey folks,

Here's a shot of the NEW and improved Buff Daddy Soaps Testing Facilities. Alas, no action shots. Turns out it's harder than I thought to get people to pose for public pictures while showering. Who'd have thunk?. Anyway, in lieu of photos of very attractive soapy people I present to you the new work of Holli Brown Mosaics. See that nifty paver-thingy at the base of the testing facilities? That's a mosaic (for you uncultured folks) made by said HBM.

Now, I'm thrilled with her work because, well, it's fun to shower on. But, I'm also thrilled that it looks good in the process--and I think it makes me look better, thinner, and more hip, at the same time. You should get one for yourself, don't you think? Then we could all look better, younger, thinner, richer, and more hip--just because we showered on some nice work.

If any of y'all are intrigued enough to wanna check out Holli's work, I suggest you start here: Holli Brown Mosaics.

If you want to check out the Buff Daddy Soaps Testing Facilities just give me a call!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ah! Fall harvest!

A new crop of soaps is ready for harvest! These beauties just came out of the molds and are, as of yet, unscented. I'm trying a new (to me) technique of making plain soap (sweet cream?) and making scents of it, later. The theory is I get a more efficient use of essential oils, better consistency, smoother texture, and world peace. I'm really only trying this for the sake of the world, after all.

These five loaves represent about 35 pounds of soap and I'll probably make two different flavors. But, with my new technique, I should be able to make much smaller, more experimental batches. Don't be surprised if you find me selling broccoli soap at the Cherrywood Art Fair. Ok, be a little surprised.....