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:
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.
- Gather about 6 handfuls of fresh rosemary. I left the rosemary leaves on the stems.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
What do you plan to make with your rosemary water?
*This month’s scented soap is now available on etsy*
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.
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.
While 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.
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*
Over the last two weeks, I have been busy making soap- 4 new ones and more liquid soap. My plan was to make all the soap I wanted to make before the baby arrives. It took some planning as I had to design all the recipes (scents are always hardest for me to pick, any suggestions?) and make sure I had enough time between cooking the soap, curing it and posting it on Etsy. In the end it all worked out, I even had time to pre-write all the Etsy listings and take pictures. All I have to do now is click “Publish” and share on social media.
Making all the soaps was a lot of fun as I got to play with new and old techniques of soapmaking. I look forward to using those techniques again and let my imagination create new soaps to share with you.
Here are the soaps:
*UPDATE as of June 2016, the coffee soap, the lavender/patchouli, and the marble clay bar of soaps have been sold out*