It’s been about 10 years since I’ve bought a bar of soap and boy am I glad I mean, really, have you ever looked at the ingredient list on a bar of soap that you buy at the grocery or drug store? The only thing those “beauty bars” do is create beautiful wads of cash for the big commercial companies that make them. If you can read, or pronounce, the mumbo jumbo written on the back of the label, do you actually know what they are? Most are chemicals, surfactants, detergents and in some cases carcinogens. Do we really need more of that stuff in our lives.
I took a look at the ingredient list for one of the beauty bars that says it “rinses cleaner” and just ONE of the ingredients is Tetrasodium EDTA. According to this article Tetrasodium EDTA is a preservative that’s made from the known carcinogen, formaldehyde and sodium cyanide. It is also a penetration enhancer, meaning it breaks down the skin’s protective barrier, going right into your bloodstream.
Now I had no idea about this stuff anymore than the next person. But, my husband Brian and I took a trip to visit my Dad. During our stay he took us sight seeing and doing the touristy thing. One of the places he took us was to a soap shop that did soap making demonstrations. We sat there mesmerized watching as luxurious oils miraculously started changing into soap by the addition of lye water. I was even given the chance to stir it At one point Brian leaned towards me and said “We should start making soap”. Well, we get back home and I start researching, and researching, and researching some more. I learned the history of soap making, the properties of the different oils used etc, and so on as well as what I don’t want on my skin. And that’s how I became a soap maker!!
Originally this post was just going to be a short one to tell you what I’ve got on the curing rack this week, but as you can see, I got side tracked. So without further ado, here’s what’s on the curing rack
Lavender. This is my fastest selling bar!
ingredients: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Shea Butter, Water, Lye Lavender Essential Oil 40/42, Lavender Buds and Iron Oxide Colour.
Available around April 1st. No Joke
Mandarine Green Tea.
ingredients: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Shea Butter, Water, Lye, Fragrance and Iron Oxide Colour.
Available around April 1st.
This is another batch of Mandarine Green Tea. You can see how the colouring is different in this batch but it still smells the same as the one above One of these batches is already sold as soon as it has cured.
This is a custom blend of 3 different essential oils. This batch, once cured is also sold.
I also have two other batches of custom blended soap that I haven’t photographed as they are also sold once the curing process is completed.
This is what my dining room table, come “curing rack” looks like right now. There’s not much room left on it so I’ll have to come up with a better system.
For my birthday, my step dad, Dennis gave me a tiered green house that I think will be pressed into service. I expect it will do the trick beautifully
My soap can be purchased as individual bars, or whole loaves. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a message.