Developer/Creator Appreciation Week
It is Developer/Creator Appreciation Week for Blapril. On Bel’s Blapril announcement post, he defines this week as follows.
One of the things that has happened over the years with Blaugust is that it enveloped some of the better ideas from other events and combined them as part of the single month long celebration. Years ago Scarybooster started this idea of devoting a week to the sharing our love of the Developers and Studios behind the games that we play. Last year this morphed a bit to also include a celebration of the various content creators that we enjoy as well, so I am officially tweaking the name of the week a bit as a result to serve both purposes. Essentially it is a time to gush unabashedly about the things that you love.
I find myself, as of late, not playing very many games (though I’m getting back into the swing of it), so I’ve not much to say for appreciation than things I have said before. So I decided to focus on shouting out some of the content creators I’ve been enjoying as of late instead. This post is going to be focused primarily on soap making YouTube channels I’ve been loving (as I partially sate my appetite to get into cold-process soap making myself). So here we go, in no particular order!
When I first thought about how I wanted to take up soap making as a hobby sometime last year, I searched for some videos on YouTube, and Royalty Soaps was the first one I stumbled upon. I’ve even mentioned her channel before as one I like to put on when I’m having a not so great day. Not only is she knowledgeable (she’s been doing this for a long while, and it’s been her job for a long while), she’s upbeat, and makes it a point to share her mistakes and thought process. I love purchasing Katie’s soaps, but I do find them to be on the bigger side for my taste. So I always cut the bars in half when I use them.
A totally different way of shooting and even soaping (she uses the heat transfer method for creating her cold process soap), Ophelia also has some pretty amazing designs, and I love watching them be made. While I like listening to Katie talk during her videos, it’s also nice to watch Ophelia do what she does while I listen to my own things. I’ve yet to purchase any of Ophelia’s soaps, but I love her bar sizing, and hope to pick up some soon.
GypsyFae’s videos are more like Royalty Soap videos. She talks about what she’s doing, and shares what’s going on in her life. She makes smaller batches and more varied soap products, which is fun to watch. I especially love her soap cupcake videos. I just love the idea of a cupcake made of soap, and it’s something I would like to try out myself, one day.
Missouri River Soap
I’ve only just started watching MO River Soaps recently, but I love how she also just goes with the flow and changes things as necessary. I also like hearing about her life, and her inspirations for the soaps she’s making. I also very much enjoy her pack and chat videos. I would never have thought I’d enjoy watching videos of soaps, candle melts, bath bombs, and bath scrubs being packed, but indeed I do.
Tree Marie Soapworks
Tree Marie Soapworks is one of the channels I look to for technique ideas. While I am nowhere near implementing nearly any of them, they’re fascinating to watch, and it’s nice to have a full post to go with her videos of recipes and written technique.