Archive | April, 2012

I Had a Guinness Stout & Hops Soap recipe kind of weekend!

30 Apr

First let me start off with the Farmer’s market updates….We finally got our canopy see:


And we got the Banner!


I have to say I kind of like it (the banner.) Of course what else would I say? The picture doesn’t really do it justice! It’s a simple yet powerful banner……That you can see from a mile away. Makes me happy:)

With all of the running around we’ve been doing I thought it would be fitting to make a Guinness Stout and hops soap. This can be done either Cold Process or Hot Process — I prefer to do it Hot! But you could do it whichever way you’d like. One of these days when I get some time I’ll actually go over the process to making soap……But for now here’s the Guinness Stout & hops recipe!

This recipe produces lots of lather, bubbles and moisture….It’s awesome!!!

Make sure you read LYE SAFETY and always run this and any other soap recipe through a LYE CALCULATOR!

Makes 2.5 lbs.


Boiled Guinness Stout (or any other beer) 388 grams

(When you boil the beer it will release the bubbles because you do not want bubbles)

Lye 164 grams

Palm Oil 363 grams

Olive Oil 363 grams

Coconut Oil 363 grams

Castor Oil 45 grams

1/3 cup whole leaf hops

2 to 3 tbsp powdered hops

This is how you put it together….

  1. Boil the Beer

    Boil Beer Until it looks like this....

  2. Measure the Oils.

    Measure Oils

  3. Melt the Oils. ( I put mine in a Crock-pot)

    Melt the Oils

  4. Measure the Lye.

    Measure the Lye.

  5. Add the Lye to the Beer. SLOWLY and stirring as you go….

    Add Lye to Beer.

  6. Add the Lye solution to the Oils. Take your stick blender and Blend!

    Add Lye Solution to Oils and Stick Blend.

  7. Blend until you reach thick Trace.

    Continue blending until you reach thick trace!

  8. Then put the lid on and cook. (I leave it on Low) It will separate and look a little wrong but it’s not. It will eventually look like Vaseline. When it does pick some up between your fingers. At that point I usually do the zap test. If it zaps then I let it cook more if it doesn’t it’s time to add the hops!
  9. Add the Hops! (I use 2 different kinds)

    Pellet Hops - Need to be crushed into powder..

    Whole leaf hops ( I cut them up some before adding)

  10. When you are finished adding the hops it’s time to put it into molds. Then I the soap cool off and then I UN-mold.
  11. Here’s the Finished Product!

    Guinness Stout & Hops Soap


Recap of the past week…….Here are the Cold Processed Soaps I listed on Etsy!

28 Apr

These are the soaps that I listed on Etsy this past week…..

1. This soap is packed with everything makes a cup of coffee. I start off using real Coffee, ground coffee, cream & even sugar. I’ve scented it with Coffee Mocha for that extra treat!

Cup of Coffee


2. Here is my Unscented All natural Goat Milk Oatmeal Soap. I pack and I mean pack this soap with Colloidal Oatmeal! It’s a great soap for anyone with skin problems! I myself have seen miracles….

All Natural Goat Milk Oatmeal Soap


3. This is Beneath the Stars it’s one of my BEST sellers. I have to say it’s one of my favorite scents too! These are the aromatic notes: Grape, Peach, Citrus, Plum, Rose and Musk. It doesn’t have much appeal on paper but the actual smell is awesome!

"Beneath the Stars"


4. Apricot Fig.. I love the way this soap looks and smells. It reminds me of a really Fun vacation!

Apricot Fig

So that’s it! Hope everyone has a Great weekend! Mine I’m sure will be extremely busy!!!!!!Aloha……

If you’re Looking for Great Cold Process Soap Recipe I’ve got it…..

27 Apr

Happy Friday Everyone!

Before I get to the Cold Process Soap Recipe. I thought I might give an update on my preparations for the Farmers Market.

I’ve started packaging, what do you think?

Loofah Soap

Shave Soap / Bay Rum

Rose Cream

Sea Soap

Dead Sea Salt Soap

Okay, now that I have that out of the way…..Here’s my recipe! (I like to give recipes because it seems as if more and more people are searching for a Great recipe)

Anyway this recipe  makes a really bubbly bar of soap…and of coarse moisturizing because isn’t that what handmade or handcrafted soap is ALL about (the moisture?)


As always, Make sure to Read Lye Safety and Always run this recipe and any other recipe through a Lye Calculator!

Makes 2.5 lbs

List of ingredients:

Evaporated Goat Milk 230 grams

Aloe Juice 201 grams (you can buy this at Walmart)

Lye 162 grams


Soybean oil 351 grams

Wheat Germ Oil 91 grams

Coconut Oil 306 grams

Palm Oil 295 grams

Hazelnut Oil 39 grams

Crisco 51 grams


Let me know if you try this recipe and if you like it……Well, happy Weekend!



3 reasons Why handcrafted Soap is better?

26 Apr

First let me say Happy Thursday!

Whew….It’s been quite a Week of torture for me. Not that you need to know or want to know but I had two Optical Migraines on Tuesday. For me an Optical Migraine is when I have trouble focusing and then out of the clear blue sky comes a rainbow looking zigzag pattern that stays in my vision for around 20 to 30 minutes and is followed by a Full Blown Migraine….That was Tuesday! Glad Tuesday is OVER!!!!

Wednesday I cut my finger and I mean Cut my finger… AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Anyway, I didn’t have to go to get stitches.So I guess that’s Good…..It just has not been a good week I Can Not Wait for Friday!!!!!!……….

Alright now that I have that off of my chest! I can get onto those 3 reasons! Are You Ready???

"Beneath The Stars"


1 – Handcrafted Soap Contains NO Detergents! (Can you imagine bathing in detergent!)

2 – Handcrafted Soap contains Lots of great Food Grade Oils & Butters…(My favorite are Olive, Shea, Cocoa Butter…Oh, I could keep going there are so many Great oils & butters)

3- Handcrafted Soap contains Glycerin! (Glycerin is a Humectant = attracts and retains moisture on your skin–Who doesn’t Need that?)




I’m Super Excited its Monday… must be good day for a Oatmeal Soap Recipe!

23 Apr

Okay, how was your weekend? Mine was Great!  It was nice and warm on Saturday.  So my husband and I decided to take our bird “Joe” for a walk. Here’s Joe.

…Yep! That’s what I said a walk. I have a backpack birdcage that he loves to go in. I know it’s a little bit weird. But I never said I was normal. LOL~~~~~ Anyway, Sunday it was Raining so we didn’t do much. Today it’s not much better but at least it’s a brand new week……

I have a project that I’m Super excited about. And today I start to document it. But for right now, I’m going to give you a Oatmeal Soap Recipe…….

Be sure you run this recipe and any other recipe through a Lye Calculator And read Lye Safety!

Make sure You run this recipe or any other recipe through a LYE Calculator And Read LYE Safety!

This recipe makes 2 ½ pounds

Goat Milk 431 grams

Lye 163 grams

Palm Oil 340 grams

Coconut Oil 340 grams

Soybean Oil 340 grams

Cocoa Butter 45 grams

Wheat Germ Oil 34 grams

Castor Oil 34 grams

4 heaping Tablespoons of Colloidal Oatmeal – Add this to Trace and stir until fully incorporated.

This is an excellent recipe for people with eczema or dry skin. Here’s what a bar looks like:

Now onto to Project!

Drum roll Please!!!!!

For the first time ever………I’m taking my soaps to the Farmer’s Market! Yippee yahoo!!! Since it starts in 6 weeks and 5 days I have a lot to get accomplished……

This past weekend we and got some baskets, chalkboard paper and some great holders (got them at the dollar store – I Love the Dollar store)

Anyway, I’ll marking my progress a long the way………………………………….Super Excited! Hope you come with me on my journey……………..:)


Happy, happy Saturday!

21 Apr

Hope everyone is doing something Fun this weekend! ! ! !  !

As for me I have a lot of running around……

But, just thought I’d show off my newly listed soap:  It’s a Kitchen / Gardener’s Soap. It’s a dedication to “coffee lovers”  Made with Real coffee, cream and sugar (if you can believe that?) Smells as Good as it LOOKS~~~~

Cup of COFFEE Kitchen Soap

Okay, bye for now! Just wanted to show that off……I guess you could call me a Show-off..Ha

Whew! It’s finally here FRIDAY! Yippee Yahoo…..Now what? Should I start w/ a kelp soap recipe?

20 Apr

Nah….. It’s time to Party!

Ah…but I have too many things on my Plate to do that. Starting Monday I’ll be documenting my newest project. Which I’m Super excited about!! (I’ll give that 2 exclamation points) Because I really am Super excited….. So stayed turned for that!

If you’re interested this is my newest listing on Etsy: Hawaiian Black Lava Salt Soap

Now, before I get to the Kelp Soap Recipe, I’d like to tell you about it and using it.

What is Kelp? Have you ever noticed in the ocean something that looks wavy or swaying back and forth? Well, that’s kelp. It’s a type of marine algae or seaweed and grows in 3 different colors (Green, Brown & Red.) If you’d like more information check out Help for Kelp!

Okay, now onto the usage: You do not want to use too much. Let me repeat that You Do Not want to use too much. I wouldn’t use anymore than 1 tsp per pound of oils. Otherwise, it could really stink (fish stink.) IK!

That wouldn’t be good…….Of coarse if you like that smell you could use more! The best part to making your own soap is you’re the one in control of the ingredients!

Alright I’ve said everything I need to say so let me give you the recipe:

Make sure you read “Lye Safety” and be sure to run this and any other soap recipe through a Lye Calculator

Here it is:

Distilled Water 390 grams

Lye 156 grams

Avocado Oil 142 grams

Castor oil 47 grams

Coconut Oil 283 grams

Palm Oil 189 grams

Olive Oil 331 grams

Shea butter 142 grams

2 tps Kelp (powdered) mix a little distilled water into the kelp and let it sit before adding it to trace.

This will be the color of the soap when you are done…..

It’s sort of a muted Green…Which i kind of like. What do you think?

In Need of a Palm Free soap recipe? If so, keep reading!

19 Apr

First let me say, Happy Thursday! I’m going to say that even though I thought it was Friday……Whew! Good thing my husband told me that it was Thursday.  It’s been an awful long WEEK. Anyone else think it’s been a long week?

Second here’s a picture of Goat milk soap scented w/ Lavender. (Made it yesterday)I also threw some Lavender buds in it and on top. Just for a little added something.

Now that I have that out of the way…

If you’ve been looking for a Palm Free Soap Recipe, I’ve got one for you! But first you may want to look at this recipe and then come back to this one……

This is probably going to be one of the easiest recipes ever! Why?

Glad you asked. This recipe has one oil and one butter. It is the complete opposite of everything you know about soap making. The INS# Iodine Number Saponification (which I’ll get into that on another post) is off the charts. With that being said it still produces a very hard & moisturizing bar………

Here’s a picture of Palm Free Soap. I made it  a few weeks ago, it has a layer of Black Hawaiian Lava Salt in the middle….

Palm Free Soap
Hawaiian Black Lava Salt
Scented w/ Drakkar fragrance

Okay, enough of that…….Make sure you read Lye Safety first! And if you haven’t made a batch you might want to consider one of these books Smart Soapmaking The Natural Soap Book


This is for a 2.5 pound batch.

Goat Milk (frozen) 15.2 ounces

Lye 185 grams

Coconut Oil 845 grams

Cocoa Butter 389 grams


That’s it that’s the whole recipe. Can you believe it? Anyway, Mix the lye slowly into the frozen goat milk (when I take the goat milk out of the freezer I put it into the microwave for approx. 20 to 30 seconds just to get it a bit slushy.)

Then let that mixture sit while you melt the Cocoa Butter. Then Take the melted Cocoa Butter and add it to the Coconut Oil. That should melt the Coconut Oil and bring down the temperature of the Cocoa butter.

***I like both the lye solution and the oil/butters to be around room temperature***


Make sure your mold is ready to GO!

Then add your Lye solution to the oil/butters and get the stick blender. This recipe will set up pretty fast…..Blend—When you reach trace Mold it. Unmold after 8 to 10 hours. Cut and then give this soap a long sure…….I like to give it at least 10 weeks! It’s well worth the wait. Let me know what you think!







I’m back with a Cow’s Milk Soap Recipe…..

17 Apr

Okay, like I was saying before I’d be back. Well, I’m back!

THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST SEARCHED RECIPES EVER!!….Now that I got that out of my system let me continue.

As with any Milk Soap recipe you can use any soap recipe you want! It’s up to you and your imagination to do whatever you want……

But, for those of you that are looking for a really great Cow’s Milk Soap recipe —– I have one!

Question, Are you ready? Then let me get to it!

Not sure how familiar you are with making soap. So, you may want to attend a soap making class or read a few books… are my favorites

Smart Soapmaking
The Soapmaker’s Companion The Natural Soap Book

AND don’t forget to go over the Lye Safety….Now that I have that out of the way. Here’s the recipe!

**Cute Cow Pic**

Recipe makes 2 lbs Ingredients:

Cow’s Milk  344 grams (Freeze the Milk)

Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) 124 grams Always with every recipe run through Lye Calc

Palm oil 40%

Cocoa Butter 20%

Castor Oil 20%

Coconut Oil 15%

Wheat Germ Oil 5%

Make sure you leave in the mold 10 to 12 hours and let it cure a full 6 to 8 weeks.

I usually make this recipe at room temp. If you give it a try come back and let me know what you think:)

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This is just a quick Howdy!

17 Apr

This is just a quick Howdy!.