Friday, August 1, 2014

GOOD 'OL HOMEMADE SHAVING SOAP




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

Sunday, January 26, 2014

MMM...ALOE VERA!



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

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



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.