Friday, August 1, 2014


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.

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

Poppy seeds
Green Argiletz clay
Chlorophyll paste

Sunday, January 26, 2014


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!

Saturday, January 11, 2014


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.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


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 be scented with it. I combined it with lime essential oil and added a few drops of patchouli to fix it. The scent is expensive but sooo lovely.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Salt soap with Himalayan salt

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.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Thank you Ambra, writer of NaKIN soap blog, for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!

The rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are:
1 – Make a post and link it back to the person who gave you the award
(and include their website address)
2 – Share 7 random things about yourself
3 – Award 7 recently discovered bloggers with this award and
contact them to let them know they have won.

The seven random things of myself:

1. I have two sons and a daughter. 

2. I love gooseberries and homemade gooseberry jam.

3. I am training for my first Triathlon (sprint distance).

4. I suffer from difficult asthma. FOs give me an attack, EOs don't!

5. My favorite plant in my garden is the adorable Rosa 'Karen Blixen'

6. I love quilting almost as much as I love soaping.

7. I met my husband at high school. 

Ok, now the nominations. Some of these are my recent discoveries and some are my favorites that I have been reading for some time. 

El arte del jabón

Impara l'Arte

Monday, July 25, 2011


I absolutely love Sesame seed oil in soap. It gives wonderful lather but still feels moisturizing and conditioning. It's no wonder it has been used for healing skin conditions for thousands of years. Yet, I have been thinking of giving up on sesame seed oil in my soaps. I am suspecting that it contributes to the color change of the soap. I have two examples. What do you think about these?

Soap 1: Before
 Soap 1: After
Soap 2: Before
Soap 2: After

Here are some things I have considered:

Rancidity of the oils: The sesame seed oils of these soaps are from a different batch and both from the reputable supplier that has always delivered top quality oils. Therefore I think that the oil quality is not the cause for this.

Rancidity of the soap: Both soaps have been properly stored in a cool, dark and dry place. There is no scent of rancidness in either one of them. The change of color happened quite soon, about 10-12 weeks after the soap was made. Also, the color change does not look like soap gone bad.

Discoloring EO: The essential oils in Soap nr. 1 are palmarosa, rosewood and lemongrass. Soap nr. 2 is scented with bergamot, mandarin, coriander, sage, lemon, grapefruit and marjoram EO. The only thing common in these two EO blends is a high content of linalool.

Right now I'm pondering two options. Does the sesame seed oil itself make the soap change color? Or does linalool somehow react with the sesame oil causing this... Any suggestions?