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Why using Lanolin in Soap ROCKS! for dry skin…..

22 May

The Boonton Farmers Market  is starting June 7th, 2014. So, you know what I’m doing…I’m getting ready! This will be our third year. Wow, did I just say that? yes I did. I love being at the market. There are lots of great people!

Sometimes those people (our customers) give us reasons why they buy the soap they buy. There is one customer that gave me a lesson…..The first time she (I’ll call her Mary) Mary came to the table she asked if I had any Lanolin soaps.  Mary told me nothing beats Lanolin soap for dry skin and she won’t use any other kind. Thank God, I did have  some lanolin soaps that day because  she’s been buying them ever since.

Even though I had made some Lanolin Soaps I hadn’t really tested them out. To tell you the truth it wasn’t until recently when I had made some Lip Balms with a bit off lanolin in them. I had a test panel and one of the Testers told me that the lip balm was the best she’s Ever used. She went on to say that it stays on All Day and it moisturizes her lips like no other Lip Balm out there. (she’s a true Lip Balmer) That really peeked my interest.

So, what is Lanolin exactly and why does it Rock?

Well, I found out  it’s a waxy substance which can be called Wool Wax, Wool Grease or Wool Fat. It’s extracted from Sheep Wool….(don’t worry the sheep is not harmed in any way)

 

Eid_Sheep-coloredThere are chemical similarities between lanolin and human skin. AND it prevents moisture loss and it re-hydrates! Now, that ROCKS!!!!

No wonder that Mary and the Lip Balm Tester LOVE the products with Lanolin. No wonder Mary will only use Lanolin Soaps!

Because Lanolin is chemically similar to human skin it makes it perfect for Soaps, lotions and skincare products! You can READ more about Lanolin at Lanolin.com

****Please be advised some people are allergic to Lanolin****

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Huh, What is Kokum Butter?

17 May

hahaha, Glad you asked. I love use using Kokum Butter (pronounced Coke-um) in everything to soaps to lip balms. But what is it? Well, It comes from the Garcinia Indica tree (that’s the botanical name) and it’s from the St. John’s Wort family. But, I like to just call it the Kokum Butter Tree. LoL

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It’s  a tree that grows in the Western Ghats region of India.   The tree grows with dense glossy green leaves and produces fruits that look like small plums that are a brownish color.  Under the brownish skin is juicy white fruit with approximately  6 to 8 seeds. Supposedly, the fruit tastes yummy however I’ve never tried it so I have no clue how it tastes.

The Kokum Butter is made from the seeds of the fruit. The butter consists of up to 80% of triglycerides. Which is said to help prevent drying skin. And from what I’ve seen it certainly does. It’s one of my favorite “ALL Time” butters to use.

Soon you’ll be able to check  out our soaps with Kokum Butter here!

Fun Friday with a Poll….

8 Nov

I’ve been trying my hardest to get a blog post posted AND guess what I haven’t gotten it posted. I’ve been so busy that I had a hard time thinking. (does that ever happen to you?)

Anyway, this is going to be short and sweet ( could  you share? THANK YOU!!!)~ see the bottles below.

liquidThese bottles are filled with Liquid Soap! I’ll be posting a tutorial soon. (I Promise!)

in the meantime I need your help!

I NEED a name for the Spearmint Peppermint soap.

Please take this poll=

THANK YOU!!!!

Re-batched Soap!

30 Sep

Happy Monday!

The weekend went by so fast didn’t it?

Anyway, We’ve had this batch of soap (Guinness)soap that has been around for a bit. Mainly because we had forgotten to add the fragrance. We sell a lot of beer soap but believe or not Men actually like that added scent. Who knew, right?

So, what we needed to do was re-batch the batch we had made. What’s re-batch? It’s the same as Hand-milled soap. You take soap that has already been made (Great for anyone that doesn’t want to work with Lye) and melt it. Then you can add  fragrance and/or color of your choice. It’s wonderful way to make ALL Natural bars using essential oils.

For us it’s not our favorite way to make soap but it works especially when you forget something like fragrance! LoL 🙂

Since I take the pics by myself sometimes it’s hard to get just the right pictures that i was looking for…If you have ANY questions Please ask 🙂

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Red Wine Soap?

25 Sep

Yes, can you believe it? Soap can be made from Red Wine.

Here’s a bar right here….finished barLooks pretty good right?

Check it out…..

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Insulated overnight. Then un-molded and cut….

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One thing that really gets to me….

12 Sep

 I have the oils, butters, colors. fragrance and the mold ready to go. I have a vision in my mind of what I’d like to do in the mold. I’m ready!!

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AND then it happens,

I go to get the distilled water

and boom.

NO Distilled Water.

Ah, really no distilled water? Yep, as I look again in disbelief — It’s true I have no distilled water. Needless to say it does take air out of my balloon a tiny bit.

Right away, I start thinking Milks, Beer, Apple juice, Aloe Vera and which liquid will best fit my needs.

 I make my decision Buttermilk it will be.

So, I measure it out and put it into the freezer asap. Now, I wait! Hoping to get this batch done. I’ll post pics tomorrow (if it comes out, lol)

Sometimes, it happens!

9 Sep

This past weekend we were vendors at River Jam. It’s a festival that’s packed with 2 stages, 16 bands, food, beer, wine, and lots of crafters.  It’s a really great event especially if there’s good weather which it was! Couldn’t have asked for a better day.

We set up our booth and decided to take our normal stroll around to look at what the other vendors were selling. Then came back and sat until it was time to sell.

Right off the bat, 

Boom….

We sold 5 bars of Clouds In the Sky!Clouds in the sky2a

I was thrilled because I LOVE this bar. I know how happy people are going to be with them. I’m not sure if they’re going to use them OR put them on a shelf to look at. I know that they all found great homes. 🙂

Anyway,

I’ve been making soap for over 8 years and every now and then I loose my mind. I had a potential customer come to the table and ask if I add Lauric Acid to my soaps? and I said “No.” Because I don’t……

She said ” Oh, not a problem, not a lot of soap people add it to the soap” and I was like okay….

When she walked away I started thinking that really All of my soaps have Lauric Acid in them. And I should have told her that… Dah….

You want to know what it is too, right?

What is Lauric Acid?

Lauric Acid is an unusual fatty acid that have saturation and a low Molecular weight. (Usually to create a hard, bar of soap you need a High Molecular) The exception to that rule are the oils listed below.  What does it mean to have saturation and a Low Molecular weight? It means it produces a hard bar of soap with great lather. These are some of the oils that are high in Lauric Acid.

Palm Kernel Oil

Coconut Oil

Babassu Oil

Happy MONDAY, Massage BAR Soap Recipe!

20 May

Happy MONDAY!

Do you ever feel like you NEED a massage but don’t have the time to get one?

Here’s a soap that will make your skin and muscles feel as if they are getting one

AND

all you have to do is jump into the shower to do it –

( Sorry, my mind just somewhere it shouldn’t have)

Anyway, It will feel as if you’re getting a massage!

You’ll have to make 2 batches. Start with Batch #1  and follow the tutorial below..

Don’t forget to READ LYE SAFETY  and use a LYE CALCULATOR!

 Ingredients:

(you can make whatever size batch you’d like, just use the percentages mentioned below)

Olive oil : 17.7 %

Wheat Germ: 7.8

Almond Oil, Sweet: 7.8%

Coconut Oil: 31.4%

Cocoa Butter: 7.8%

Palm Oil 27.5%

Measure LYE to your specific recipe.

Tapioca Pearls approximately 1 cup

Fragrance or Essential Oils

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>>> THEN MAKE THE NEXT BATCH<<<

 Ingredients:

(you can make whatever size batch you’d like, just use the percentages mentioned below)

Olive oil : 17.7 %

Wheat Germ: 7.8

Almond Oil, Sweet: 7.8%

Coconut Oil: 31.4%

Cocoa Butter: 7.8%

Palm Oil 27.5%

Measure LYE to your specific recipe.

Coloring

Fragrance or Essential Oils

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New soap and Solid SHAMPOO Bars Pics!

14 May

I’ve been extremely BUSY trying to get everything in order for the

BOONTON FARMERS MARKET

I’ve been making Lots of new Products….Like these Solid Shampoo bars (I use & Love them everyday):

SOLID SHAMPOO BARS

SOLID SHAMPOO BARS

I know there are a lot of people out there that frown upon using these types bars..Mainly because of the  Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or SLS. In the past years people believe that they cause cancer. The FACT is that there is absolutely no proof that it does and that’s according to the American Cancer Society.

After ALL of my years of making Cold Process Soaps. I still can’t switch my shampoo to a cold process shampoo bar. I make and sell lots of them.  I’ve tried MANY times to switch and each time my hair gets brittle and like hay and makes my head itch (you’re supposed to use an Apple cider vinegar rinse to bring the ph back to normal.) That’s too much work for me, as I don’t even use conditioner. LoL:)

These bars are GREAT because they can be customized.

Orange: Rosemary Grapefruit w/ Vitamin E

Yellow: Bergamot Geranium w/ Glycerin

Pink: Lavender w/ Jojoba

Green: Grapefruit / Avocado Oil

My Motto is:

Variety is the SPICE of LIFE.

Now, onto the new pics…..

LIME & LAVENDER

Goat Milk

Goat Milk Soap packed with Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Mango Seed Butter (just to name a few) and it’s scented with Essential Oils of Lime & Lavender. The Bluish layer is Alkanet Root with lots of Dead Sea Salt. The Greenish layer is Parsley Powder with Calendula and the Beige layer is left naked with no color. 

LEMONGRASS w/ hint of ROSEMARY

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Colored with Cocoa Powder & Lemon Powder. Poppy Seeds make it ALL come together.

Patchouli, Ylang & Sweet Orange.

Patchouli

 Colored w/ Paprika, Annatto Seed & Pink Kaolin Clay.

Are Handcrafted Soaps SAFE for Kids with NUT ALLERGIES?

23 Apr

This is one of those questions that I get asked every now and then.

And thought maybe there are others out there with the same question.

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 NUT ALLERGIES?

The simple fact is,  someone that has a

*NUT ALLERGY*

should probably NOT be using a bar of soap that is made  (for example with) Sweet ALMOND oil.

Here is a Quick reference to common tree nut names   it’s from the Kids with Food Allergies.org

If there is ANY doubt ask your Physician.

I know many soap-makers (me included) use lots of nut oils in our soap-making ventures.

For example here are some of the Nut Oils I use (that a person with NUT ALLERGIES shouldn’t be using):

Sweet Almond Oil

Hazelnut Oil

Shea Butter

Coconut Oil

Hope that little bit of information helps. Remember if there is ANY DOUBT ASK your DOCTOR!