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).
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:
*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.