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The Bestest Mother’s Day Video I Can Think Of

Gone are the days of me cringing at the thought of my mom yelling at me to do things (or Not to, more often!) — because I’m the one now sounding like a broken record when I’m with my two darlings!

My favourite line: “And if all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump too?” ;))

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mommies out there. And while I’m at it, why not treat your mom (or yourself) to some skin-loving goodness by getting her a bar or two of my soap? Go on, have a nose around the shop. 🙂

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Crazy Day

Here’s the gist of it: Brandon’s got hand, foot and mouth disease, and Andrea’s now warded at a local hospital after running a temperature and suddenly getting febrile convulsions shortly after. All in the same day.

Hubby and I will be running around doing what’s necessary for the kids and ourselves, and all soap-related things will be taking a backseat until the dust settles. The kids are actually both quite alright. Brandon will take about 5 days to a week to recover completely, and Andrea seems to be sporting a simple sore throat, which the doctor says is the reason for her fever in the first place. Administering antibiotics intravenously and keeping her overnight at the hospital seems a bit over the top to me, but I suppose it’s better for her to be there in case she does have another seizure.

In the meantime, I hope you’re all keeping well and healthy. Take care now.

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Now Curing: Sweet Orange, Rosemary and Peppermint Soap

I love how this recipe turned out! Although it looks like a pretty, demure bar thanks to the subtle colouring from french red, yellow and green clays, it smells rather like a fizzy drink. Lemony Coke perhaps? Whatever your skin type I’m sure this will be a pleasure to use in the bath or shower!

But fun scent aside, there’s a very grown-up reasoning as to why I put together particular blend of essential oils. For the skin, this soap is meant to soothe skin irritation and any itchy redness (that’s where the peppermint and rosemary essential oils come in). Sweet orange essential oil is said to encourage the natural production of collagen in the skin, helping to promote youthful suppleness (but as I mentioned in an earlier post about the Tangy Lavender bar, I haven’t been able to stake this claim for myself). Apart from these skin-loving properties, the essential oils also work together to stimulate the mind (rosemary), beat back mental fatigue (peppermint) and promote a general sense of happiness and warmth (sweet orange).

Suitable for all skin types, but I would caution against using this for very young children (they’re already so stimulated–wouldn’t want to risk pushing their parents over the edge! :p )

Available for sale from May 1st 2010 onwards.

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Uh Oh, Something’s Broken On The Website…

If you’re a regular visitor to this website, you may have noticed that it doesn’t look quite like its usual self at the moment–sorry about that! Hubby the Webmaestro will get around to fixing it up this weekend. In the meantime, you can still browse the shop, make purchases and use PayPal for them.

Hope you’ve been having a great week so far.

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Making Hampers Makes Me Happy!

My gift baskets are never really fancy, but I still thoroughly enjoy doing them up to present them to my customers or their intended recipients. Here are some shots of my latest send-off for a customer who ordered the 12 Soaps For The Year package to be delivered all at one go:

As this was a long-term supply of soap, I decided to shrink wrap each bar to preserve their freshness. I know it isn’t exactly environmentally friendly 🙁 but it would be even worse to let any bar of soap go funny over the next few months! There’s a kind of biodegradable shrink film called polyolefin that claims to completely break down and ‘disappear’ in just 3 years, but I haven’t been able to source that just yet.

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Now Curing: Goats Milk and Honey Soap

And here we have yesterday’s batch of soap. These are the soap logs, just popped out of the molds with the paper lining stripped away. The golden brown mid section is the portion of soap that contains honey. The entire soap base has powdered goats milk in it (this is premium stuff, mind you, all the way from the Netherlands!) giving it a nice, warm creamy colour. You might notice that the surface of the soap is cracked in some places–this is because my oil and lye mixture was a bit on the warm side when I poured it into the mold (thanks Melissa for pointing out this reason).

After the bars were cut, this is what they look like on the curing rack. I’m pretty pleased with the colours! The black lines you see running across the soap were made with cocoa powder, a technique I picked up from Tiggy Fiander of Future Primitive, a lovely soapmaker who not only makes amazing soap, but also sells really pretty plants online.

Since I used less water in this formula, these bars should be ready for use in about 2-3 weeks’ time. Will be keeping a close eye on these. My nose will be quite happy to sniff at the honeyed portions every so often. 😉

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Things That Can Go Wrong While Making Soap

Darn it, photos would have been brilliant to illustrate what I am about to describe, but I was too  busy a) panicking, then b) setting things right. I spent the afternoon making Goats Milk and Honey soap, and here are the mishaps that transpired along the way to finally setting the soap in their molds to harden (with a HUGE sigh of relief!). Continue reading Things That Can Go Wrong While Making Soap

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My First Etsy Treasury List!

My First Etsy Treasury, "What Mommy Wants" I waited and waited and waited…

Then finally the window of opportunity opened and grabbed my first chance to create an Etsy Treasury. 🙂 Oh, the (cheap) thrill! I called it “Mommy Wants These!”. You will not get a prize for guessing the rationale behind it.

Found that fun? Then please visit the Treasury and check out all the wonderful handmade things that other Etsy sellers lovingly craft for our enjoyment.

Happy weekend!