Sunday, April 30, 2006

On SALE through May 1 - Oatmeal Milk & Honey

This is the scent which made me realize I outgrew at least some of my allergies. The scent is a wonderfully honeyed oatmeal. It reminds me of cookies -- without the calories. I added extra oil to this soap to leave the skin soft after a shower and added a little ground oats for texture as well as physical exfoliation.

These are 3 handcut and beveled soaps made from food grade vegetable oils & a little beeswax for added hardness & conditioning using the cold-process (CP) method. The CP method is a variant of the lye+lard method my grandma used when my Dad's family probably were at their poorest. Fast forward to modern times, precision chemistry and I make small batches of gentle soap in a precise way. Not the stuff grandma used to make.

Anyway, it's on sale for May 1 only. Click on the picture to see more details.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

How to get 10% off

For purchase made and paid from now through the end of August, Pacific time - take 10% off your non-sale purchase (product price, excludes s/h/i) at by taking the following steps:

(1) go to to register (only email & password required to reg)

(2) type soap for Referrer Username

(3) login to your etsy account and click on and click on "add seller to favorites" on the right side

(4) make your puchase and in the comments, please include "I saved you as a fav"

(5) I'll then send you a paypal invoice adjusted by 10%

I'm a scent junkie!

I started out making soaps and other bath and body products because I have what has been called "sensitive skin." This has been the story for nearly all of my life and as far back as I can remember, including not being able to wear my dark green socks for my Girl Scout uniform *gasp*. Sacrilege. I got special dispensation for not wearing the socks, which frankly, were the least hideous part of the GS uniform. I still am convinced they were designed primarily as a repellant, lest the virtuous girls get any unwanted attention from boys.

Ahem. Back to the topic.

My first soaps and products were ALL unscented - pure olive oil products. I tested the scent waters a few years ago, decided essential oils might be the way to go. That went OK, so I got a hold of a few handmade soap bars using fragrances which sounded sooooo appealing. Went into the shower, expecting to have hives/rash afterwards, but it was all OK. So, now, I have been on a rampage with my soaps, having a great time blending my own creations. I am my own primary guinea pig although friends and family help me with testing. I am not a big floral scent fan, so my Mom is my primary tester for flowery scents and for color - my Mom is charming but she can be blunt too and often *encourages* me towards her and her cronies' [ahem, I mean friends' ;) ] favorite scents.

Here's a pic of one some of my delic lip stuff - mmm Mango:

Sunday, April 23, 2006

NO stinky Moms allowed!

6 months of non-stinky mom!

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Stumped for a gift for Mom? How about a 6-month subscription for a handmade soap and lip balm club? Every month, for 6 months, the recipient will get a full-sized handmade bar of soap (or 2 smaller ones) and a lip balm. Click here for more details on the subscription and how to purchase.

:: Why use handmade soaps?

Glycerin is produced during "saponification" – the process in which fatty acids are converted into soap. Glycerin is a humectant – it attracts moisture – and is removed during most commercial soap-making processes, reserved for use in more expensive products such as lotions or cosmetics. Well, I don't believe in that, so all of the glyecerin is kept in the bars of soap I produce which are made from food-grade oils. This results in a gentle soap which retains many additional constituents which are nourishing. Unfortunately, we in the US have been conditioned to regard high-lather capability with "good" soap but lathering often results in a harsh soap and lab-created chemicals such as lauryl sulfate (detergents) are added to many commercially-produced products (which the FDA does not allow to be labelled as soap) to provide such "super-lather." My soap formulations attempt to strike a balance between creating a nice, satisfying discernable lather and providing a gentle skin-pampering soap. Cruelty-free, no animal testing (except by me and those I know) & biodegradable.