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?

The September Scented Soap is Here

*This month’s scented soap is now available on etsy*

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Ingredients: Saponified oils of olive, coconut, sustainable palm, and Shea butter; red Brazilian clay, turmeric powder, lavender, lemon, rosemary, sage, cassia and peppermint essential oils.

For this soap, I used the hot process method where I cook the oils and lye/water mixture together for about an hour. Once the soap is cooked, I add essential oils and/or herb powders or clay to color the soap. The soap then sits in the mold for 24 hours. Then, in theory, it is ready to use since the cooking process takes the place of the regular 4-6 week curing of cold process soaps.  However, I tend to let my hot process soaps cure for at least 2 weeks before putting it on Etsy otherwise it tends to get gooey/ ‘melt’ in the shower.

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Ingredients: Saponified oils of olive, coconut, sustainable palm, and Shea butter; red Brazilian clay, turmeric powder, lavender, lemon, rosemary, sage, cassia and peppermint essential oils.

For this soap, I used red Brazilian clay and turmeric powder to add splashes of color. It is scented with a homemade blend of lavender, lemon, rosemary, sage, cassia and peppermint essential oils.

 

Change is upon Rambling Creations

20160802_141220While traveling over the summer, I have had a lot of time to think about what I want to do with different aspects of my business. Here are the two main changes:

1/ All of my soaps, except for one a month, will be unscented. I am moving my focus to creating beautiful bars of soaps for babies and people with sensitive skins or who are sensitive to scents.  Since having a baby we have only been using my unscented soap as I don’t want his skin to react to any scent.

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2/ I am going labeless! YAY! This is for several reasons:

  • I want to reduce the amount of waste that comes with creating labels and using them (doesn’t your soap label end up in the trash as soon as you use the bar?)
  • Spend the time I would spend on designing labels with my LO
  • Use a variety of different oils and natural colorants
  • Not depend on 3rd party to get my labels

However, if you really want a label (i.e. for gifts) I will create a simple pdf with the ingredients. UPDATE: the “print your won labels”  are here.

*Look for new soaps at the end of September*