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Me

My name is Marie-Lies. I was born and raised in Belgium and moved to the US almost 16 years ago! I love to make and create things with my hands. My current favorites are card weaving, soapmaking, gardening, sewing and knitting. I love being outside, camping, foraging, and attending primitive skills gatherings. A lot of my products are inspired by the outdoors (infusing oils with foraged plants) and by my 13 month old (making body products/soaps safe for the whole family).

Painting by my sister 🙂

First soaps of 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I made my first two batches of soap for 2017. Since then I have been coming up with other great soap ideas that I cannot wait to make.

Unscented heart soap
Hot process unscented soap with pink embeds and hearts.

All of my soaps this year will be unscented so that everyone can use them: from baby to adult, and for people with normal and sensitive skin. I will continue using a blend of nourishing oils, plants, clay, teas, and vegetable purees to make and color the soap. Using plants, clay, teas and purees  adds skin nourishing properties as well as vitamins and minerals .

Activated Charcoal Soap
Cold process unscented activated charcoal soap with rose clay inserts.

My goal this year is to go out in my yard and forage wild greens and flowers to infuse the olive oil I use so that the soaps have even more skin benefits and nutrients.

What is your skin nourishing goal this year?

New Soaps for the Fall

I recently released four new soaps on Etsy. I have been busy since the end of August making cold process soaps so that I have new products for the fall. Since every bar of soap needs to cure for at least 4 weeks, planning is key. Here are the new soaps:

Unscented Cucumber and Spirulina Soap

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Cucumbers contain vitamins that are nourishing to the skin, such as vitamin C, B1, B2, B3 and B5.

Unscented Baby Soap with Chamomille and Oatmeal Powder

his is the perfect bar to use to bathe your child before bed as the chamomile will help him relax. While the ground oatmeal is nourishing and soothing to the skin.
This is the perfect bar to use to bathe your child before bed as the chamomile will help him relax. While the ground oatmeal is nourishing and soothing to the skin.

Unscented Colorful Rebatch Soap

This means that I melted a bunch of small soaps I had to create a new soap. You can see the variety of soap colors and textures through the green base.
This means that I melted a bunch of small soaps I had to create a new soap. You can see the variety of soap colors and textures through the green base.

Activated Charcoal Soap with Cinnamon and Lavender Essential Oils

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The activated charcoal bar of soap works for any skin type and has many skin benefits. It is very cleansing, helps treat acne, and pulls toxins from the skin surface.

Make Your Own Rosemary Water

I have been working on a couple of new face cream recipes using infused apricot oil with herbs/flowers from my garden. I thought the lotions would be even more nourishing if I used my own herb/flower waters instead of the rosewater I usually buy So, this morning I gathered a bunch of fresh rosemary from the garden and made rosemary water. It was so easy that I want to share what I did with you so you can make it. You can also use other herbs or flowers but just about anyone has rosemary growing by them.

Rosemary is rich in antioxidants that nourish the skin and help prevent premature aging (such as droopiness and age spots). It has antiseptic and astringent properties making it a natural face cleanser and toner. Rosemary essential oil is used in shampoos to promote hair growth.

You can use your rosemary water as a face toner or body mist. You can also use it in cream recipes instead of distilled water.

  1. Gather about 6 handfuls of fresh rosemary. I left the rosemary leaves on the stems.
  2. Get your biggest stainless steel or glass pot and place a medium glass bowl in it (I used a round Pyrex dish). Place the rosemary around the bowl and cover it with distilled water (just enough water to cover the rosemary).

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    Ice covering the lid.
  3. Place the lid upside down on top of the pot and fill it with ice (I used a glass lid since that’s the lid that fit the tightest) . Turn the stove on low heat and let it come to a simmer (don’t let it boil). Once the ice has melted (it took about 20 minutes), I removed it and added more ice.

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    Steam rich in essential oils from the rosemary rises to the lid, condenses and drips into your glass bowl. Do you see the drops?
  4. I changed the ice twice and then I turned the stove off and let the rosemary water cool inside the pot before taking it out.

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    You can see the rosemary water in the glass bowl.
  5. Once your rosemary water has cooled pour it into a glass jar and keep it in a cool place. It will keep for 6+ months.

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    About to pour the rosemary water in an amber bottle.

What do you plan to make with your rosemary water?

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