From the lack of activity here and elsewhere on the web, as well as a landing page announcement here and a Facebook notice we were going out of business a little over a month back, things weren't looking so great for Contented Comfort. However, the driving force behind that lack of activity and the notices evaporated a couple of weeks back, so the plans being put into motion to close up shop were halted!
We missed out on this year's Rocket City NerdCon, for which we're all sorry, but Contented Comfort is still alive and kicking. We've hit a bit of a speed bump with the events of the past four months, but C. L. and I are working to get everything back on track and better than ever.
You know I have to have at least one new Doctor Who fragrance mixed in here somewhere. This year we're adding a new fragrance in honor of one of the series most iconic companions, Sarah Jane Smith.
Fateful Stow Away is a deep but spritely blend of marine, ozone, hyacinth, rose, heather, grape, peach, blackberry, plum, citrus, sage, tea, rosemary, fresh leafy greens, and musk.
The soaps are made of a blend of goat milk and glycerin soap colored with mineral oxide powders. The soaps and perfumes are free of dyes, detergents, phthalates, and parabens to be as gentle as possible.
The soaps and perfumes will become available through our store front as of Saturday.
Chris and I will be at the Contented Comfort table in the dealer's room at Con Kasterborous this weekend, so if you're in the Huntsville metro area, we encourage you to come to the convention. It's a perennial favorite of ours, and we'd love to see you there.
Here's a new one for Star Wars fans. Jen Erso stands out among other Star Wars leads because she isn't a Jedi or a political figure. Her father was involved with the Empire, sure, but Jen herself was just a regular woman trying to keep her head down and survive prior to being contacted by the rebels. Yet when presented the opportunity, she stood up and fought.
The design of Martyr's Hope pays homage to Jen, and the rest of Rogue One's, part in the rebellion, modeled after the disk of plans they stole. The fragrance is a rich, earthy blend of sea spray, daylily, lavender, watery florals, black amber, mahogany, teak, oak, cedar, nutmeg, and clove.
The soaps are a blend of our glycerin and goat milk soap recipes colored with mineral oxide powders. The soaps and solid perfumes are free of detergents, dyes, parabens, and phthalates to be as gentle as possible.
Soaps and perfumes will become available through our store front on Saturday, June 10.
This new scent is one that's been in the back of my mind for a long time, and it's another that's been requested a few times since we debuted Demon Hunter. Either the lineup was already packed, or the budget just wasn't there for the new mold needed: something just seemed to keep getting in the way until now.
Fallen of the Lord was inspired by Supernatural's Castiel. The scent is a fresh yet earthy blend of Sandalwood, vanilla bean, evergreen, crackling firewood, clean laundry, and musk.
The soaps are a blend of our usual goat milk and glycerin recipes colored with mineral oxide powders. Like all of our bath and body products, the soaps and perfumes are free of dyes, phthalates, parabens, and detergents to be as gentle as possible.
The soaps and solid perfumes will become available through our store front on Saturday, June 10.
Chris and I heard numerous requests for soaps inspired by these two parallel characters from Marvel and DC, so of course, we made a note and did our best to fulfill them.
Capt. Boy Scout is a light and fresh blend of marine, ozone, sandalwood, musk, orange, vanilla bean, and warm apple pie. The design and fragrance was inspired by Marvel's Captain America.
The soaps are a blend of our goat milk and glycerin recipes colored with mineral oxide powders. As you can tell from the picture above, a matching solid perfume will also be available.
Several people pointed out the store's lack of Marvel inspired fragrances at conventions over the past year. I hadn't noticed how very out of balance the superhero fragrances were until this was pointed out, so this year, I'm working to correct that some.
Today's introduction includes two of the three Marvel inspired scents coming to the store next month.
It's design season here at Contented Comfort! Planning for 2017's nine new permanent fragrances began before New Year's Day, but production never begins before the end of April. Well, it's here. Manufacturing began last week, and today I'm pleased to introduce two of our upcoming fragrances.
Review originally posted on A. B. England's blog May 24, 2016.
Even the first go round, the review for Currently Untitled was very overdue. I had the novella for well over a year before I finished reading it because of personal issues I won't bore you by detailing. Suffice to say, it's a work that took a couple of readings to appreciate, and I'm glad I gave it a second chance.
That said, let's get to the review of this novella from Ian McLeod.
The story centers around a man in the midst of a midlife crisis. Like so many, he's convinced he has an idea for the next great American novel. He's also just deluded enough to believe he has the skill to write it and make it a best seller without the least bit of experience setting words to the page. He's also egotistical enough to become enraged by anything but the highest praise, and this is what gets him into trouble.
You'd think someone would stick to simple projects when they're trying to learn how to do something, but I've never been the smartest person when it comes to stuff like that. So I went from sewing pillows to making a "u" shaped rice bag, to trying to clone my youngest's favorite play dress.
Yes, you read that correctly. I didn't even have a pattern, just an existing dress, some newspaper, a yard and a half of material with matching thread, and a "let's try it and see" attitude.
So here's how I came about making the dress pictured above.
Today's recipe is one for the coffee lovers in your life. It's simple and easy to make, and it's one of those dishes that gets even better if you make it a day ahead.
It's a variation on an icebox cake, so it's perfect for late spring and into summer. It packs a lot of coffee flavor, and each bar is quite rich. So a little goes a long way.
Amanda is the artisan behind all the products made and sold by Contented Comfort.