Dear Friends and Customers, I have been out of commission for a while and am slowly returning to soap-making. As many of you know I am a 10-year breast cancer survivor. Unfortunately the cancer did recur on the same side. In May 2013 I underwent a mastectomy and the start of reconstruction, with a recent follow-up surgery at the end of September. It is taking a long time for my chest muscles and shoulder to return to a level of function where I am able to efficiently make soap and other products.
I am updating this site in anticipation of the holiday season. Due to the need to recover, I've opted not to apply for the Winter Fair this year, but rest assured, you will still be able to get your holiday gifts. Please check the 'find me at craft fairs' for updated information. Be well. Deb
My handcrafted soap is made from pure plant and vegetable oils. It is carefully formulated to provide a luxurious, bubbly lather and excellent skin conditioning. Whenever possible I choose oils that are certified organic and have been ethically harvested.
My ingredient list includes skin-loving olive oil, high-oleic sunflower oil, organic coconut oil, organic palm oil, avocado oil and castor oil. I use specialty butters such as cocoa, shea and mango in many of my formulas.
I often add herbs, clays, oxides or mica to provide visual interest. I scent with essential oils or skin-safe fragrance oils. Some soaps have added silk fibers or honey or exfoliating products like jojoba meal or pumice. Many of my soaps are Vegan-friendly.
All of my soaps are made in small batches and are cured for a minimum of 3 weeks before use. Handcrafted soap is much like fine wine--a bit of aging always improves the experience!
I formulate a recipe that will produce a moisturizing, bubbly lather and smooth feel. Sodium hydroxide (lye) initiates the chemical reaction that will turn the oils into soap. During this process (called 'saponification') all of the lye is destroyed and GLYCERIN is produced.Glycerin is a humectant (attracts moisture). Commercial soap manufacturers remove much of the glycerin as it is produced and sell it for other purposes. Handcrafted soap retains all of its original glycerin. That is why properly made handcrafted soap has such a wonderful feel on your skin!
You can use my soap as is, or with a bath pouf, wash cloth or soap-saver bag. A bath pouf or soap-saver bag will give loads of lather from just a small amount of soap. To prolong the life of your soap, store it on a soap-dish that drains, and keep it out of puddles of water and direct sunlight. Occasionally you may notice beads of moisture on your soap; this is perfectly normal and is an indication that the natural glycerin is working to attract moisture from the air. Please do not store your soap in a plastic baggie; like you, it's happier when it can breathe!!
Are you one of those people who can't stand the idea of actually using your soap, you'd rather just look at it and sniff it occasionally? You are not alone! You can also use your soap as a drawer sachet, a closet freshener, etc. Some folks sit a bar of soap on their desk for an occasional sniff-break during the day.
I make soap. A lot of soap. Making soap is not my full-time job, however. It is what I do for relaxation and creativity, and I manage to fit it in around my real-life responsibilities! I have a very patient spouse and 3 equally patient dogs, who tolerate my addiction to all things soap. I have posted this website for my customers and their friends, so it will be easier for you to browse my products and make your selections.I will do my best to respond to you as quickly as possible, to answer your questions and/or confirm your order. I appreciate you stopping by!
Meet the newest addition to our home, Caela (when she is old enough to be registered with the Jack Russell Terrier Association she will be Mad River Micaela) Pictured at 4.5 months old in March 2013.