Teaching Gigs in 2018

Still, soap, cream and pouch
Still, soap, cream and pouch

I will be teaching at different locations this winter and spring. Here is where you can find me:

Florida Earthskills Gathering (2/7-11): I will be teaching a class on soapmaking and a hand sewing one.

Rivercane Rendezvous (4/16-22): come learn to distill, make some face cream and soaps. I will also teach a hand sewing class.

In Atlanta with Homestead Atlanta on 4/28: I will be teaching a distillation class followed by a face cream making class. We will use the hydrosol made in the first part of the class to make the cream.

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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.

Soap Maker | Atlanta