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.
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 .
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.
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.
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 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.
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*