Tag Archives: natural soap

And SO it begins!

29 Jan

YIPPEE YAHOO,

TOday was the day!

For what you ask?

TOday was the day that I made a batch of soap.

*hahahaha,  caution ramble about to happen…..*

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THE first batch of soap since October 2014. YES! that is just what I said October 2014. I can’t believe it’s been that long it seems like just yesterday. But it wasn’t like yesterday. My hubby told me I should make a test batch because it’s been so long.

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Did I listen?  Did I listen?

The answer to that question would be NO! Hahaha, NO  of coarse I didn’t listen to him.  I thought well I’ve made hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of batches of soap. It’ll be like riding a bike.

You know what?

It wasn’t like  riding a bike.  Oh, don’t get me wrong. I know how to make soap but it’s the little things like how a recipe reacts in order to do certain designs.

But I persevered and got the soap done! My fingers, toes, and everything else is crossed waiting for the the unveiling tomorrow………..Here’s a preview of the top. This is FRESH and I’m hoping the inside looks just as good as the outside! What are your thoughts? Leave your comments below…..

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This IS Exciting!

22 Jan

I’ve been pinching myself ALL day! and I mean ALL day! Finally after a very long, long, long hiatus I’ll be soaping once again!

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Yay! I mean does life get any better not for me.

I love soaping! I love my customers! I love that they love what I do!

It’s going to be a lot different though this time around. When I was in New Jersey I sold soaps at the Farmers Market and at Craft shows. But this time around I really won’t be storing any soap. It will be make one or two batches sell them and then make more! Crossing my fingers that this ALL works out!

Let me know what are you interested in buying?

YES or NO to Soap Recipes?

11 Nov

Wow, has it been a long time. I’ve been sort of relocated. I’m not able to create any soaps (which I’m dying to do) as of yet. I have to say I miss sharing ALL of my creations and/or soap recipes with you.

So,

Can you answer this for me…..

**Should I start posting my

tried & true recipes?**

These would be my own created recipes that I know my customers love!

 

SOAP RECIPES?

SOAP RECIPES?

 

 

Can you add herbs or rose petals to most or all soaps?

15 Mar

Flowers Floating in Herbal Tea

The answer to that question would be YES!

But, not the way you may be thinking. If you were to use Fresh Herbs or Flowers they could get moldy in the soap. (That’s not something you want to happen.)

So then the question becomes,

what types of herbs or rose petals can be used?

It’s best to use DRIED Herbs and Flowers. Depending on which dried herbs or flower you use will effect the outcome of the soap.

Here are some examples:

(If you have any questions feel to contact me, I love questions:) )

When using dried herbs keep in mind the soap can become scratchy!

1. Alkanet Root Powder – Herb (Will give the soap a light to deep purplish color depending on how much is used)

Usage : Add 1/2 tsp per pound of soap or make an infusion 1Tbsp per 4 oz. of oil to infuse (overnight to a week is best)

Then add 1 Tbsp. (strained) infusion to color to approximately 1.5 pounds of   soap.

Here’s a soap made with Alkanet root, It’s called Whimsical.

WHIMSICAL - MADE WITH ALKANET ROOT POWDER

WHIMSICAL – MADE WITH ALKANET ROOT POWDER

2. Annatto Seed Powder – pulp of a tropical fruit (Pale yellow to orange)

Usage: Add 1/2 tsp per pound of soap or make an infusion 1 to 2 Tbsp per 4 oz. of oil to infuse (overnight to a week is best or you could heat it up.)  Then add 1 Tbsp. or more (strained) infusion to color to approximately 1.5 pounds of   soap. The more you use the stronger the color. But, be sure not to use too much. It’s a fairly strong colorant.

LAV-ON Made with Annatto Seed Powder.

LAV-ON MADE WITH ANNATTO SEED POWDER

LAV-ON MADE WITH ANNATTO SEED POWDER

3. Parsley Powder – (extremely pale green to green)

Usage: Add 1 tsp per pound of soap at trace. There is no need to infuse in oil.

NICE Made with Parsley Powder.

NICE MADE WITH PARSLEY POWDER

NICE MADE WITH PARSLEY POWDER

4. Rose Buds – This one is simple. Just add a sprinkle to the top of the soap.

CHAMPAGNE and ROSE WITH ROSE BUDS ON TOP

CHAMPAGNE and ROSE WITH ROSE BUDS ON TOP

My newest Cold Processed Soap — Will be ready in 6 weeks……

17 Jan

Well, I finally did it!

I made a batch of soap…I know I  asked for suggestions and Darilyn of

The High Note 

gave the suggestion of Tuberose. Unfortunately, I have some Tuberose soaps in my inventory.  So,

This is the soap I made…….But I need a name now,( it’s an orchid, wood, spices & Lemon)

Anyone have a suggestion?

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Soaps that will be featured at Savannah Hope Vintage!

7 Jan

As the New year starts taking off. Thought I’d hurry up and post some of my ALL Natural soaps.

By ALL Natural I mean the scent is natural and the coloring is natural. I myself prefer other ways of scenting soap and coloring it via fragrance oil & colorings (like mica’s). I can be a lot more creative and make Happier Looking soap.

This past spring, summer & fall at the Boonton Farmers market I did a test. What I found was truly amazing. You know how people say you eat with your eyes first? Well, it seems to be the same with soap. I had a fairly large tray with my ALL Naturals and I even put a large sign saying that tray was ALL Natural.

My customers & potential customers would ask about the tray. (at the time there was  no price difference) you know what? Every single customer & potential customer veered away from that tray. They went to the soaps that made them HAPPY!

Which makes me Happy!

I will at one point work on the ALL Naturals but for me right now Ah….I’m not in a rush. But, I did make some for

Savannah Hope Vintage

Located right here in Downtown Boonton,NJ

This one I call:

REFRESHING

A combination of Lavender, Pink Grapefruit and Tea Tree Essential Oils

Refreshing

This is:

Whimsical

combination of Lavender, Blood Orange & Petitgrain Essential oils

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Uplifting & Balanced is this One!

Rosemary and Pink Grapefruit Essential Oils

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This is is called

Nice!

It’s a combination of Ylang Ylang and lemon

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What are your Favorite Fall Recipes?

15 Oct

Good Morning & Happy Monday!

Here in New Jersey we’ve had some quirky weather over the weekend.

It started off with the coldest Saturday morning that I haven’t felt in a year.

Ahhhhhh, Cold and refreshing that’s of coarse if you’re not standing at the Boonton Farmers’ market @ 7:30 am setting up. LOL. it did warm up on Sunday though

but

it got me thinking about Fall recipes.

I have 2 favorites! One of coarse is a soap recipe and the other is an absolutely fantastic Apple Walnut Bread w/ a streusel topping. (if you like that type of thing)

I’ll start off with the Apple Walnut Bread

(preheat oven 350*)

(MAKES “2” LOAVES)

Ingredients:

2 cups apples

2 cups sugar

3 cups of flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

3 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg (freshly ground)

3 eggs

2 sticks melted margarine

3 tsp Vanilla

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup chopped Walnuts

1/4 cup white raisins (optional)

STREUSEL TOPPING:

1/2 cup flour

4 Tbsp Butter

4 Tbsp Sugar

1 1/2 to 2 tsp Cinnamon

Mix together to make a Crumble !

Putting it together:

1. Combine Sugar, eggs, margarine & apples.

2. Add ALL dry ingredients mix until moistened.

3. Divide mixture into 2 loaf pans & add Streusel to top

4. Bake for 1 Hour

5. ENJOY!

Now onto the Soap recipe….If you have never made Cold Processed Soap before I suggest reading a book like:

Smart Soapmaking

Don’t forget to read  LYE SAFTEY and remember to ALWAYS use a LYE CALCULATOR!

(I can make mistakes too!)

I love this Salt Bar recipe.

Alaea Hawaiian Red Salt Bar

Ingredients:

Distilled Water: 15 ounces

*pinch silk threads diluted into the lye solution

Lye:  164 grams

Olive oil: 397 grams

Coconut Oil: 341 grams

Palm Oil: 341 grams

Shea Butter: 56 grams

1 pound of Alaea Red Hawaiian Salt

Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil of your liking!

Coloring of you choice too.

Putting it together….

1 –  Add the Lye to the water (set aside to cool)

2 – Melt Coconut & Palm Oils together (I usually stick it into the microwave for 3 mins – if you do just make sure it doesn’t boil you just want to melt the oils)

3 – Add the Shea Butter to the warm oils  – dissolve the Shea Butter slowly into the warm oils

4 – Once the Shea Butter is Melted ADD the Olive Oil

5 – Add the Lye solution to the Oils

6 – blend to a light trace

7 – take approximately 3 to 3 1/2 cups out the mixture and place it in two other cups.

8 – add coloring to one of the cups

9 – Now, you are going to have to work quickly!

10 – Add fragrance or essential oil to the 3 mixtures

11 – Add Salt to the original container (it has most of the mixture)

12- Now pour 1 – 3rd of the salt mixture into the mold

13- then pour (stream) some of the colored mixture & uncolored unsalted mixture on top

14 – Then Add more of the Salt Mixture

15- do that until you’re finished with All 3 containers.

16 –  Cover & insulate – I usually un-mold and cut within 3 to 4 hours. That way I avoid cutting crumbly soap and getting aggravated. You can leave it longer. If you decide to un-mold early make sure to where gloves as the lye is still there!

HAVE QUESTIONS? Shoot me an email:)

Sneek Peek ~ Christmas Soaps!

11 Oct

Ginger Bread Cookie

 

First Snow

 

Tuberose

 

Coffee Mocha

Lemongrass Sage

~Colorants for COLD PROCESSED soap~

11 Oct

Hi everyone!  Hope your day is going well:)

COLORS!!!

Yes, I’m going to try and talk about colors a bit.

Colors

Who doesn’t LOVE colors?

Not me,

 I “LOVE” colors and I love colors that really Pop!

Most of the time I use  manufactured colors.

But, I have been trying to work with natural colors more.

For this Blog post I’ll be sticking to the manufactured colors though.

MICA”S:  (powdered) Natural minerals (quartz-like) that have a sparkle to them.  Colored mica’s usually have  been coated with  FDA approved dyes or pigments . They come in a wide variety of colors. Be careful when using them. You don’t want to use too much or your bubbles can be very colorful too…. You need very little to color your soap. 1/4 to 1 tsp per pound of soap. Depending on what your desired outcome is.

**I mix mica’s w/ a little bit of avocado or sweet almond oil**

OXIDES & ULTRAMARINE’S:  These are Pigments. Although, there are natural pigments from the earth (such as iron) the kind used in soap making are Man made and FDA approved. Here’s a list of  ingredients that may be in them: koalin, sodium carbonate, sulfur, silica, carbon & resin

**1 tsp per pound of soap** You can use more depending on your intended results

Check Out this Cold Processed Soap Recipe!

4 Oct

Well, I just discovered this

100% Coconut Oil Cold Processed Soap Recipe……

I haven’t tried it yet but it sounds really interesting!

I figure I’m going to give it a try but why not share the recipe with you.

That way “we” can try it together!

100%Coconut Oil Soap Recipe

Looks interesting right?

If you decide to give it a try, let me know how it worked for you:)