Starting Over In Retirement

Hello, everyone!  I’m blowing this blog up and changing the theme.    I imagine my followers will decamp, if they haven’t already, because I haven’t posted anything about soap for a long time.  Those stories and photos are still there and are still valuable to me but I have moved on. Soap making was something […]

Two Home Made Melt and Pour Methods

What a way to start the new year!  A friend and I got together to try two methods of making melt and pour soap at home.  I teach melt and pour classes and sell melt and pour soaps. Since I have to label everything and would have to use a list of ingredients that doesn’t […]

Slick ’em Up and Scrub-a-Dub-Dub

Until I learned to make them, I was a little shy of lip balms.   I had read that they had ingredients in them that made you “addicted” to them so once you started using them, your lips would feel soft and moisturized for awhile but that ingredients in them would lead to drying of […]

Look, Mom, I’m Coloring!

Continuing our Anniversary experiment on my own yesterday I made these fun colors with gradations.  These were done using 8 oz. of soap mixed with 1 tsp. of a mixture of powdered colorant and glycerin.  One 4 oz. soap was poured and another 4 oz. of plain soap was added to the mix to dilute […]

Happy Anniversary!

A year ago yesterday, I met someone and made a plan to make soap for the first time.  This year, we got together to celebrate our Anniversary by doing some color testing and had a lot of fun.  From Left to Right, we tested these colors as follows in 100% coconut oil soap with 20% […]

Anyone Can Make Beautiful Soaps!

At the top left are the soaps that I made as a demonstration.  Students followed with layered soaps with embedded objects – either soap shapes or polished rocks that one young man brought to put in a soap as a gift for his grandfather! So much fun for moms and kids and I think everyone had […]

If You Can’t Have Balmy Weather…

Have a Balm!   The ones pictured in the tins are Peppermint.  They don’t color your lips but are really pretty!  Ingredients are Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Olive Oil infused with Alkanet Root for the color, Castor Oil for a little shine, and 2nd Distillation Peppermint Essential Oil for a fragrance that will make […]