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OUR BEST SOAPY SECRETS IN A BOOK!

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It's been a long project, but finally it's here: our soap recipes published in a book. Check it out from Amazon!

All Natural: A collection of the best handmade soap recipes
In this book you find the best-selling and absolute favorite soap recipes that we have produced to our customers during our years in soap business. After retiring from professional soapmaking we decided to share our secrets with you. You can read it free with Kindle Unlimited.

The book contains recipes for:

Mango Butter Heart - Unbelievable amounts of thick, creamy lather!Citrus & Lime - Use this both as a soap and as a shampoo barTea Tree & Charcoal - A soap especially for a problem skinMandarin & Coriander - Abundance of mild scented light bubblesBeeswax soap - Oven hot process methodJojoba & Lemongrass - Soap especially for gardeners’ handsOlive - Gentle for sensitive skinSpicy Mint - Invigorating and moisturizing shover barCinnamon & Vanilla - The christmas favorite hand soapCocon…

BEE HAPPY REVISITED

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Recipe: 
Coconut oil 40%
Olive oil 30%
Beeswax 20%
Castor oil 10%

38% water as percentage of oil weight
15% superfat

Method: oven hot process, 100C for 60 minutes.

Few years back Heidi created Bee Happy all natural handmade soap. We loved it because of it was so good for dry skin.

Today we planned to make this same soap, but using slightly different oils for even more bubbly and moisturizing soap. We substituted rapeseed oil with olive oil to get a nicer texture. Cocoa butter was substituted with castor oil for extra moisture. We expect to have a softer soap than the original Bee Happy although we reduced superfat percentage whic should harden the soap. 





We'll update you in couple of weeks how the soap turned out.

GOOD 'OL HOMEMADE SHAVING SOAP

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Couple of months ago the most implausible thing happened. I ran out of soap! I called Suvi and she volunteered to whip up something new for me. She knows that I just love soaps that give lots of really dense foam and that is exactly what I got.



This is perfect recipe for a basic everyday soap, because all the oils are easily available and not too expensive. Because of the dense and long lasting foam it is great for shaving. The texture is quite nice and even though the soap has very high percentage of castor oil the soap is quite hard.


I think the green color is really nice and matches with the little mysterious woody scent that she had mixed for this. I think I'm going to try this recipe but will make it yellow/orange with uplifting citrus scent.

Recipe:
17% Cocoa Butter
17% Castor oil
33% Olive oil
33% Coconut oil

Poppy seeds
Green Argiletz clay
Chlorophyll paste

MMM...ALOE VERA!

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These delicious round little babies are Aloe Vera-soaps. The soap base is almost exclusively olive oil soap, with just a little bit of coconut oil to break the 'slimy feel' of pure olive oil soaps. I used aloe vera gel in these, and a generous SF percentage of 10%.



Aloe Vera, with the Castle of Castelsardo in the background.
Aloe Vera calms irritated and burnt sking (we get plenty of sunshine in the summer here in Sardinia), helps little wounds to heal by promoting tissue renewal, and alleviates itching. Aloe Vera is also mildly antiseptic and antibacterial. This makes Aloe Vera soap a great choice for anyone with skin problems.
This is me me cutting some of my mother in law's Aloe for sunburnt visitors a few summers back.


And this is Heidi rubbing fresh aloe on her burnt face. Unfortunately it later turned out that she was, ah, allergic to fresh Aloe, so we did not repeat the experiment. Luckily she's OK with aloe soap though!

IT'S TIME TO MAKE VALENTINE'S DAY SOAP!

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Now is the perfect time to make soap for Valentine's Day! There is still a month or so to go so it will be cured and ready just in time.

One of our all time favourite soaps is white heart shaped salt soap. We pour the soap batter in silicone molds, this way they will be nice and smooth. We also made red ones that we coloured with red clay.


Individally packed soaps make nice gifts and they also sell really well in craft fairs.

NEW SOAP!!!

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Some of my readers might remember that I started a soap business with my sister Suvi under the company name Saponina. Even though the customers have loved our soap, the situation right now is that we just don't have the time to handle the manufacturing, storing and the delivery of the soap. We can't run the business part time because it needs to be done in larger scale to be profitable.  So we have decided to run down the production. The question is what to do with all the recipes of our soaps. Maybe we try to publish the recipes in some format... While we are figuring out what to do I thought I'd share my latest soap!

This is 100% olive oil soap made with coconut milk. To make it even more gorgeous I added Aloe Vera powder in it. I added the powder in the oils and then used a beater to mix it in. I was a bit worried that it might not dissolve but it came out ok.

I have saved a few grams of Neroli essential oil for some time and decided that this soap was fine enough to b…

Salt soap with Himalayan salt

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It's been a while since my last post. Please check out our business blog for more frequent posts. It has been very busy with the soaping business. It seems that at every fair we sell out our whole inventory and then we panic and try to make more as quickly as we can. Only to sell out at again at the next fair. So unfortunately, the webshop inventory is embarrassingly limited all the time.



This is something I made today. It's my regular salt soap with some Himalayan salt sprinkled on top of it. I padded the Himalayan salt a little with a spatula so that it would stick into the soap. We'll see in a few days how that's going to work out. I scented the soap with Palmarosa, Rosewood and the adorable Rose Absolute. I also added some Bergamot as a fixative. Suvi has used a similar blend before and I think the Bergamot gives a nice edge to the blend.