On to Jamie's soap . . .
|Jamie's Oatmeal Soap|
Oh Jamie. I have a little secret. I have a crush on a fictional character. His name is Jamie and he is a red-headed Scotsman from the 18th century. Okay, so it's not actually a big secret. Even Mike knows and has come to terms with the fact that if Jamie should suddenly walk out from the pages of the book, I would have to leave him. Yep, Diana Gabaldon is that good when it comes to making characters come alive. (I have a feeling I am not the only woman in the world who would compete for Jamie's attention.) She is also wickedly good at describing physical attributes and smells. I knew I had to make a Jamie soap but it took awhile to design it, more specifically, its scent. I knew it was going to be a beer soap with a good helping of oatmeal or "parritch". But the scent? I couldn't just throw anything together. It had to smell like Jamie, you know? After weeks of thinking, I decided upon an earthy blend of patchouli, rosemary and orange. I couldn't be happier witth his soap.
Both Jamie and Claire soaps are sold out at the moment but new batches are curing as I type. However, there is a chance for you to win a bar of each soap. Theresa of Outlander Kitchen is hosting a giveaway on her blog. I encourage you to visit her and not only for the soap. Theresa is a professional chef who develops recipes based upon the food found in the books. It's a brilliant idea and a great read. Her latest recipe : hearty Sheperd's Pie. Giveaway ends 9 pm PST, Wednesday April 18.