At the beginning of this month I did a craft fair and it was such a great experience just like last year when I did. It is so funny how depending on the crowd really depends on what I need to make. For example at the farmer’s market I have a huge group of people who want as natural as possible. At this craft fair they want natural but love the fragrance oils over the essential oils. Here’s some pics of what we had:
26 Sep 2011 5 Comments
Last night I got two more batches done: Chai Tea and Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey. Both smell SOOOOOO good! I find that when I am using fragrance oils that discolor I just leave them pretty plain so that the discoloration decorates the soap more naturally. Here they are:
I sprinkled just a bit of chai tea on the soap to keep up with the rustic look that HP gives you.
This one has loofa embedded into the soap and just a bit of oatmeal again for a more rustic look. I can’t wait for the discolor to come through. It’s almost like magic every time it happens.
05 Sep 2011 6 Comments
This is my newest creation, Tea Tree Bastille Facial Soap (though you can totally use this on your body too!). What is Bastille soap? It is soap where the main ingredient is Olive Oil but also contains other oils as well. Mine has Olive Oil and Castor Oil. Castile Soap is Olive Oil only though many companies out there don’t follow this rule (ahem Dr. Bronner). Anyways what’s in my soap that makes it great for the face (and body too!)?
Olive Oil: This creates a mild soap great for sensitive skin. It’s highly conditioning and is said to also help with dry skin, minimizing scars, helps eczema and psoriasis, and rashes and it helps the skin hold in the moisture.
Castor Oil: Helps add lather to the soap while still adding conditioning properties.
Calendula: has anti-inflammatory qualities that can prevent infection in minor skin wounds when applied topically. It can reduce itching, redness, pain, and swelling of insect bites and rashes. It is soothing for sunburns, cuts, scrapes, dry and chapped hands, and minor burns.
Spirulina Powder: is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids (a type of antioxidant that can help protect cells from damage). It contains nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid).
French Green Clay: French Green Clay (Also Known as Illite Clay or Sea Clay) is very absorbent, and literally “drinks” oils, toxic substances, and impurities from your skin. Its toning action stimulates the skin by bringing fresh blood to damaged skin cells, revitalizing the complexion, and tightening pores. Mined from bedrock quarries in France, it is sun-dried, completely natural, unscented, and fragrance free. Green clay is a bio-mineral, and contains decomposed plant matter as well as many trace minerals, such as: silica, aluminum, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, copper, zinc, selenium, cobalt, manganese, phosphorous, silicon, micro-algaes, kelp, and phyto-nutrients. Green Clay has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which make it beneficial for muscular pain, swelling, and arthritic or rheumatic conditions. Cosmetically, French Green clay is revered for its ability to stimulate blood and lymph circulation, remove dead skin cells, absorb impurities and fats, and tone and strengthen connective tissues. After using French Green clay, skin feels fresh, smooth, radiant, and soft. French Green Clay is also marvelous for helping to clear problem skin areas, and is gentle enough to use weekly, or even daily on problem spots. (mountainroseherbs.com)
Coconut Milk: According to OptiDerma, coconut milk can treat a variety of skin ailments when applied topically. Coconut milk’s moisturizing properties soothe the symptoms of psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. It also prevents wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots. The natural fatty acids found in coconut milk make it an excellent topical treatment for dry, irritated skin, according to CareFair.com. These fatty acids allow coconut milk to remove harmful bacteria from your skin without overdrying. (Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/132040-home-skin-remedies-that-use-coconut-milk/#ixzz1X847fDQk)
Tea Tree Essential Oil: Has healing properties as well as being an antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiseptic.
It’s now cut and currently on the drying rack to sit for a few months. It will then be a gentile moisturizing facial soap. Can’t wait!
10 Jul 2011 7 Comments
Every Sunday I go out and sell my soaps and such at a Farmer’s Market. This is my first year doing so and I can say I have learned a lot. For example, I need to have far more stock before the season starts. Right now I am making soap every couple of weeks or so to keep up. Because of this my CP soap making has been put on hold because I don’t have time. I have been trying out a few bases from Bramble Berry. I recently got LCP base. I have heard that this one can be slightly drying than the others so I have tried out a few new additives such as coconut oil, avocado oil, palm oil, and honey. So far I like the experimentation. Here’s a few pics of my table at the Farmer’s Market and my newest creations:
I want to get back into making more CP soap but I think that is going to have to wait until I have a bit more time and it’s a tich cooler since we really don’t have any a/c.
08 Jun 2011 2 Comments
I am now selling my soap every Sunday at the Somerset, WI Farmer’s Market from 8-12. It is such a nice little market. All the vendor’s are great. We all stand around in our bare feet, and it is located in a campground which gives us great traffic. I had a lot of interest and I cannot wait to go back this week. Here’s the soaps I am selling this week:
On Sunday I will take pics of our set up and the other things we are selling. Anyone else selling their wares at a market this year? How are sales going for you?
29 May 2011 Leave a Comment
I have been a soaping machine lately, and by lately I mean yesterday and today. You all saw what I made yesterday and now I get to share my latest 3 batches I just made this morning. Here they are:
This one is Chamomile Lavender (Huggie’s type) in my silicone flower mold. Smells great!
This one is Caramel Chocolate Espresso. The soap balls are scented with Caramel Sundae and the rest is Chocolate Espresso with coffee grounds for exfoliation. This one should discolor.
This one is Carrot Cupcake that I attempted to do an in the pot swirl with. It also decided to gel on me (oh well). Smells great though and I can’t wait to see what this one looks like when it cures.
So there you have it. 5 batches in under 24 hours (love!). I may make a few batches tomorrow depending on when we get home. I am now off to my parent’s house for a BBQ. Num!
28 May 2011 3 Comments
Got my supplies all out and ready
I made a 4 lb batch of soap that I split into 2 batches.
15 May 2011 Leave a Comment
I have been a busy girl who has been hording all her pictures on her camera. I recently have been working more on holistic care type things. For example I am into herbal infusions (great way to get your vitamins and minerals), making my own tinctures (I have Echinacea brewing now), my own salves and infused oils, and my own medicines like cough syrup. I love it. I think I may find myself getting my masters (not like a 2 year masters) in Herbalism. I can see the benefit for myself and my family but also when I use oils and herbs in soap. Anyways. My last post I talked about 3 soaps I had made: caramel sundae, Italian Olivo, and Mandarin Myrrh. Here’s the freshly cut and out of the mold photos:
I love all three of them but I think I really love Mandarin Myrrh (it’s from Bramble Berry in case you would like some too!) All of them have no zap (yay!) and are discoloring beautifully. Here’s a few pictures of my infusing oils and my tincture:
Anyways on my plate today is some natural cough medicine and maybe a few more batches of soap. Have a wonderful Sunday!
02 May 2011 1 Comment
Yesterday was a soap day for me. I had a few ideas going through my head and some new scents I wanted to try out. I decided to make 3 batches.
1 batch was a 2 lbs loaf with a blend of Capri Olive and Basil, Sage, and Mint. I added tomato powder to this one as well as some soap balls I made from some of the extras of an older batch. So far it’s still too soft in the mold to try and get out so I have it sitting on the curing rack for a few days and then we will try again. This batch had lard, coconut oil, olive oil, and castor oil. I am finding more and more that I really like lard soap. I cannot wait to cut this batch and see how it looks. For some reason it turned out much lighter than my other batches (I only had dk olive oil on hand).
The second and third batches I used one of my favorite molds. I really need to get more of these. I love that I don’t have to worry about cutting these. They are already a perfect size. I made a 2 lbs batch of coconut oil, olive oil, and castor oil soap and split it into 2 batches. The first batch I used Mandarin and Myrrh FO which will discolor to a light tan. I added a bit of coral mica to 1/2 of this batch in hopes that when it discolors that 1/2 will look slightly different. We’ll see how that works. It smells wonderful and right now I get a lot of the citrus notes. I cannot wait to try this one out after curing! The other batch I didn’t color because I used Caramel Sundae FO which will discolor to a dark brown. I love naturally colored soaps due to the FOs. This one smells just like Caramel too! For some reason it made more bars than the other batch (even though I weighed it out) but oh well.
I still have some oils left and lard so I am thinking I might be able to get one more 2 lbs batch in possibly tonight maybe tomorrow. I have this Carrot Cupcake FO from Nature’s Garden that I want to try out. It was one of my best sellers in my MP soaps and I would love to see how it behaves in CP. I also tried to get some more stuff together for a small little craft show I am doing on Saturday at the local elementary school. So what have you all been up to this past weekend?
07 Apr 2011 5 Comments
They decided that they would save me and form an awesome looking bar of soap. Now of course it has to cure and then we can try it out and see how it really did but so far I am in love. Here is the progression this poor little soap had to take:
So when I got home today I got the soap out of the mold and started to cut it and this is what I found!