Category Archives: Homemade Soap

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.

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 is the main change:

1/ All of my soaps 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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*Look for new soaps at the end of September*

New Soaps to Come

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*

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Coffee Soap made with ground coffee, ginger, clove and cinnamon powder. The ground coffee adds exfoliating properties to the soap. Perfect for the coffee lover!
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Lavender and Patchouli rebatched soap. I melted all the random pieces of soap I have gathered over the last few months with some rose water and purple clay. I then added some lavender flowers as well as lavender and patchouli essential oils.
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The marbled clay bar of soap reminds me so much of a fire…the different colors remind me of flames twirling around in the wind. I used red Brazilian clay and turmeric for the coloring. I scented the soap with clove, geranium, juniper berry and patchouli essential oils.
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The Valentine’s day bar of soap was so fun to make as I got to play with soap frosting for the first time (the possibilities are endless!). I used the cold process method to make this soap (it had been a while since I had made a cold process soap but it brought back a lot of memories because that;s how I got started with soapmaking 8 years ago). I used purple clay to color the soap and red clay for the inner heart. I scented the soap with lavender, clary sage and bergamot essen