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Fairyland Soap, Perfumes, and Bath Salts

I was so, so excited to have a new theme to play with. New stuff to make? Heck yes! CMV, to me, is so scent-oriented in her writing of Fairyland, and I found her descriptions very inspiring! Here's what I made for the Fairyland Museum! It was all very, very fun to make and VERY, VERY smelly. In a good way, of course. ;) Suffice it to say, I reek in the best sense of the word. I think my favorites were September, the Luck bath, and Good Queen Mallow. Oh, and A-Through-L. And Hello, Goodbye-- Nevermind! Are you getting impatient with me? So am I!

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LYE (Soap)
"September turned to see a most curious lady standing serenely on a patch of tile depicting a great blue rose. The woman stood perfectly in the center of the rose. A rich, clean perfume surrounded her in a light pinkish haze, for the woman was carved entirely from soap. Her face was a deep olivey green castile, her hair a rich and oily Marseille, streaked with lime-peels. Her body was patchwork: here strawberry soap with bits of red fruit showing through, there saffron and sandalwood, orange and brown. Her belt was a cord of hard, tallowy honey-soap, her hands plain blue bathing soap, and her fingernails smelled like daisies and lemons. Her eyes were two piercing, faceted slivers of soapstone. On her brow someone had written TRUTH, in the kind of handwriting teachers always have: clear and curling and lovely."

Honey-soap with saffron, lime and lemon peel, sandalwood and lemon essential oils, a touch of strawberry, a hint of lime, and topped with a tiny daisy-like chamomile blossom.

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THE WYVERARY (Perfume Oil)
"September knew none of this. She knew only that A-Through-L was huge and warm and kind, and smelled like roasting cinnamon and chestnuts, and seemed to know simply everything. The rest of the alphabet held considerably less charm once she saw the world from her perch on his back."

Roasting cinnamon and chestnuts and an encyclopedia's worth of knowledge of all things A-Through-L.

SEPTEMBER (Perfume Oil)
"September smoothed the lap of her now-wrinkled and rumpled orange dress. She liked anything orange: leaves, some moons, marigolds, chrysanthemums, cheese, pumpkin, both in pie and out, orange juice, marmalade. Orange was bright and demanding. You couldn’t ignore orange things."

Orange leaves, marigolds, chrysanthemums, pumpkins, pumpkin pie, orange juice, marmalade, and a rumpled orange dress.

THE HOUSE WITHOUT WARNING (Perfume Oil)
"And then, suddenly, a house rose up before them, as though it had been crouching in wait for hours and sprang out when it thought it might scare them most. It looked much like a Spanish mosque—if a giant had firmly stepped on it. All the curly doorframes and tiled mosaics were broken and leaning, each blue-green wall propping up the other. Fragrant red wood lay about in rough piles, and pools of seeping black mud dotted the halls. Moss covered every shattered pillar.

Fragrant red wood, pools of seeping black mud, and moss.

GOOD QUEEN MALLOW (Perfume Oil)
“Before the Marquess came with her lions and her great old panther with his ivory collar, Fairyland dwelt in the eternal summer of Good Queen Mallow, the Bright and the Bold. She loved us and governed with rhyming songs and cherries for all on Sundays. When she rode out on holidays, she wore a crown of red pearls the selkies gave her, and all the pookas did gymnastics just to make her laugh. Every table groaned with milk and wheat and sugar and hot chocolate. Every horse was fat. Every churn was full. Queen Mallow danced in circles of silver mushrooms to bring on the spring—and apparently, before she became Queen, ran a bath house.”

Milk and wheat and sugar and hot chocolate and cherries for all.

THE GREEN WIND (Perfume Oil)
"The Green Wind took pity on her, and flew to her window one evening just after her eleventh birthday. He was dressed in a green smoking jacket, and a green carriage-driver’s cloak, and green jodhpurs, and green snowshoes."

Spearmint, green apple, lime, honeydew, and fresh, green grass.

HELLO, GOODBYE, AND MANYTHANKS (Perfume Oil)
"Manythanks reached into his pocket and took out a fat bundle wrapped in wax. He unwrapped it corner by corner, slowly, as if revealing the vanished dove at the end of a magic trick.

Inside was a thick slice of deeply red cake, so moist it wet the paper, slathered with rich red icing."


Deeply red cake slathered with rich red icing.

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THE FAIRY BATHS: COURAGE (Bath Salt)
Fireplaces crackling, warm cinnamon, autumn leaves, cider, a rainstorm, and butterscotch.

THE FAIRY BATHS: WISHING (Bath Salt)
Icy, green mint, forest nights, sweet cakes, hot tea, and very cold starlight.

THE FAIRY BATHS: LUCK (Bath Salt)
Creamy hot milk, vanilla and rum and maple syrup.

PS: Do you really need a link to my website? Alas. I do have an Etsy shoppe, The Misery/Love Co., but I haven't done anything with it yet other than some pendants for charity in collaboration with the ladies at glamourkin. My empty shoppe is because I keep finding friends who would just love so-and-so item and end up giving it all away. Okay! I'm done blathering on now.

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Decants! Aren't they pretty?

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Bath salts in their snazzy labels.
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The decants all packaged in sets, with two extra September decants (there is one more that I forgot to make a label for, so there are, in fact, three extra.)

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lyssabard
Jul. 26th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
My god, I covet it all.
That soap especially is utterly beautiful!

rubymulligan
Jul. 26th, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
Wow. Thank you! :D
talkstowolves
Jul. 26th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
My reply is not very eloquent: WANT. 0_0
rubymulligan
Jul. 26th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
LOL, thank you! :D
catvalente
Jul. 26th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
OMG WANT. How do we buy these?? Or, you know, how do I buy them? I'm dying to try!
rubymulligan
Jul. 26th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
Really? OH, erm. I didn't expect to sell them? I just wanted to, you know, show them off and then use them up. Do you want? Maybe a bar of soap for you and then imps of the perfumes and then the bath salts, in whole or part? And maybe one of the other bars of soap and imp set up for grabs for a giveaway or something? And maybe the last bar of soap for a consolation prize? I don't know! ;)
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cupcakery
Jul. 26th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Oh dear lord, I want to wallow in these.
rubymulligan
Jul. 26th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! :)
sheistheweather
Jul. 26th, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
Fantastic! Wow!

If I had money to spare right now, I'd ask if/how they could be bought/bartered.
rubymulligan
Jul. 26th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D And I didn't even think about selling them, honestly.
zepooka
Jul. 26th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
Positively sumptuous! If you have fun making these and this is what you come up with on relatively short notice, that Etsy shop ought to be full. Or rather, it ought to be empty because it's sold out; these bits look deliciously wonderful. :)
rubymulligan
Jul. 29th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Honestly, I work best under pressure. A provided theme and deadline? Sure! Random making of "things" to put up for sale (and criticism!) at my leisure? Hrm, not as enticing. ;)
arielstarshadow
Jul. 26th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
Any hints on where you learned to make such wonderful things? It's something I've always wanted to try, but I'm not sure how to start!
rubymulligan
Jul. 29th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Honestly, the craft store is your friend. There are many soap-making kits out there! I have SO many dried herbs, flowers, and essential and fragrance oils that I've been amassing since I started making all of this stuff, so it kind of works in your favor if you have endless choices of ingredients, but there's a lot to be said for simple, dried herbs and spices. :/ The bath salts are a simple mix of household ingredients. A lot of homemade bath salts have the 3-2-1 ratio of Epsom salt-baking soda-salt, but I find that salt dries out the skin too much. I'll use a pinch or two of dead sea salts, but that's about it. The rest is just oils and fragrances (and some "other things"). ;) The perfume oils are simply safflower oil based with essential and fragrance oils added in!
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pyre006
Jul. 26th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
those are so lovely!
rubymulligan
Jul. 29th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
westlinwind
Jul. 26th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
If you ever make batches of September to sell, I'd be interested.
rubymulligan
Jul. 29th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
This was such a small bottle, but since people actually seem to be interested, I'm going to try and replicate them before the ones I have disappear! Thanks for your interest! :D
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ginskye
Jul. 27th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Wow - those look gorgeous, and sound fantastic! Count me among those who want to buy some of these :)
rubymulligan
Jul. 29th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! If/when I make more, I'll let everyone know.
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corvaxgirl
Jul. 27th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
O. Desperate. Lust.
rubymulligan
Jul. 29th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
LOL, thanks! :D
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oberonia
Aug. 4th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
I would totally be interested in the Fairy Bath Salts: Courage. (I'd be interested in all of them really, but Courage is the one that drew me in the most.)
rubymulligan
Aug. 9th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
I promised a set of the salts to the authoress, but I did make an extra Courage. After this contest craziness is over, let me know if you're still interested. :D
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melissima
Aug. 4th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous! *drools*

Okay I'm going to say something slightly weird. I don't have a batheable tub at the moment, but the Courage bath made a huge impression on me. (I posted about it Here.

So, if you ever made a perfume oil, or a soap, or a candle, inspired by that passage? I would totally buy it immediately via paypal. Just so you know.
rubymulligan
Aug. 9th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
I could probably prettily easily do a perfume, and a soap for that matter. The candles, I'm only so-so at. If you're still interested, let me play with it and see how it comes out, and if it's good enough, I'll let you know and it's (they're) yours. :D
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sterling_raptor
Aug. 4th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
Just like pretty much everyone else, WANT!

I think you may just need to fire up your etsy again! :)

If you ever do decide to produce these, please let me know and I will start saving my cash.
rubymulligan
Sep. 3rd, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
I will be putting up the Fairyland scents in my Etsy shop before the month's end, so please check back! miseryloveco, Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheMiseryLoveCo, and TheMiseryLoveCo.etsy.com.
courtcat79
Aug. 8th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
Man, those oils sound fantastic! (I think you should make more and put them in your etsy shop.) =D
rubymulligan
Sep. 3rd, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
I will be putting up the Fairyland scents in my Etsy shop before the month's end, so please check back! miseryloveco, Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheMiseryLoveCo, and TheMiseryLoveCo.etsy.com.
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