Sunday, March 16, 2014


Each time I make a new batch of soap it makes it harder and harder for me to choose a favorite!! This one by far is the most beautiful and since I am a scent freak... this ones smells fantastic... oh to describe the scent.... its a fruity floral scent that reminds me of the scent of lotion my daughter Camille loves to wear.

I have decided to make this whole soaping thing even more fun for my family by allowing my children to pick a scent they like and then name the bar of soap.  Since this one smells so much like Camille this is "her soap".  Her favorite colors are pink and purple so I swirled these colors together and it turned out quite beautiful.  Some who have seen my sample bar told me its way to pretty to use.  Well, I have to say that defeats the reason I make soap which is to use it, love it and smell good!!

Here is a photo:

Now as I said above this was a sample batch to see if I could get colors to swirl nicely and to test out how much fragrance oil to use.. I think I got it about perfect on the first try.  I only have eight bars to share from this batch but I will make a full batch sometime this week to get ready to sell.  If I do say so myself, this would make a great Mothers' Day gift!!!

The ingredients for this bar are as follows:

Saponified Coconut Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Olive Oil, Water, Pink and Purple Mica for coloring and superfatted with Shea Butter for extra moisturizing benefits and fragrance oil.

I made this using the hot processed method so it will be ready in about two weeks.  I think I smell a best seller here!!!

Coming Next........The Boss Bar :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Soaps are Loaded up and Ready!!

After alot of interest in my homemade soaps I have decided to "try" a local shop to display some of my soaps for sale.  This is an exciting journey for me to share my soaps with others.   I have four scents ready and packaged to take to Reynolds Primitive Decor & More in Brockway.

This shop is having their grand opening this Saturday.  Below is information from their flier:

Reynolds Primitive Decor & More
429 Main Street
Brockway, PA  15825
(814) 265-0174

Saturday March 15th
10am - 8pm

Winery at Wilcox hosting wine tasting from 5-7pm
We will have dip samples, cookie samples and soup from our very own Jar Ladies.
There will be several giveaways to register for and 10% off entire store!

Over 25 vendors under one roof. Lots of gift ideas and home decor.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Soap Bar #3 Milk, Oats & Honey

I was inspired one morning as I sat and ate my oatmeal to make a Milk, Oat and Honey soap bar.  I have seen many beautiful photos online of this kind of soap and even a few recipes that I may someday try.  For this bar I stayed with my fabulous recipe base I learned from the soaping class I took from Quiet Creek Herb Farm.  When you sign up for the class there not only do you get detailed instruction you also get a little booklet written by Rusty Orner himself.  I refer to it each time I make soap.  He mentioned making a Milk, Oat and Honey bar and the fact that it reminds him of breakfast and could easily be called a breakfast bar.

One thing I have learned from parenting my twins with Autism and Down Syndrome is that I cannot label anything something it is not.. (ex. breakfast soap... they would eat it)

This particular soap is very good for people with sensitive skin.  I added no essential oil scents to it yet it smells amazing.  I love the coloring that came out and the oats you can see throughout.  They are ground up organic oats so you shouldn't end up with a bowl full of oatmeal at the end of your shower.

This is still on the curing rack and I am anxious to give it a try soon. The recipe is as follows:

Milk, Oats & Honey Bar

32 oz Organic Palm Kernal Oil
30 oz Coconut Oil
25 oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil
11.75 oz Sodium Hydroxide
32 oz water
1/3 c ground organic oats
1/3 c powdered milk
1/3 c local raw honey

Already have a few of these babies reserved for sale when they are done curing.  I think this will be a good seller!  You can get your bar for only $4.00, just shoot me an email at

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Homemade Laundry Soap Day

About twice a year I make a five gallon bucket full of homemade laundry soap for my family of seven to use.  I started this over two years ago and will probably honestly never go back to commercial laundry detergents.  I love that I can change the smell up by adding different scented laundry enhancers with each batch to keep things fresh to the nose.  I personally am a smell freak and I love to smell my clothes.   I would not change a thing about the recipe as our clothes are very clean and deodorized.  None of us have sensitive skin so the ingredients work well for us.  If you have sensitive skin I have read to eliminate the OxyClean from the recipe.

For Christmas I usually give a few bags away as gifts so I find myself running low quicker than usual.  In case your wondering, this make a great gift that the receivers remember and are very thankful for.

I recently decided to step up and rent a spot at a local primitive craft shop to display my soaps and see if there is any interest.  I felt this laundry soap was mighty appropriate to put in the Stacy's Soap Suds display.

So if your wondering if I am going to quit gabbing and just give you the recipe already, I have to confess that I found this recipe on Pintrest so I take no credit in developing this great mixture.  I took the idea from the website  Click HERE for the link to the laundry soap post.  I have enjoyed this detergent very much and everyone I've shared it with to this point loves it too.  I have a great testimony to this laundry soap as I have five children and two of them have special needs and are not potty trained yet at eight years old.  We clean lots of messy clothes in our household!!!

This was the starting point for me on making my own cleaning supplies and soaps.  It was a great first step and I am glad I took that first step!!