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December Soap Box

The December Soap Box sold out quickly.  I only made three of them.  If you have not heard about the soap boxes, I will have them every other month.  They will all be different, depending on the season, and they will contain unique goat milk soap that I will not be offering elsewhere.

The December Box is handmade by me!  The top is decoupaged and the outside, as well as the inside is painted with Milk Paint in the shade Brass Buckle (appropriate, since it contains goat milk soap).  The box contains pear shaped soap and some rose clay soap with Himalayan salt.  Both are scented for the Holidays.  There is also an ornament inside the box.  I had so much fun making these boxes!

Gift Soap

The December Box

 The soap box is gift worthy and would make a great “extra” something when something is needed.  I don’t know about you, but I always end up needing something extra to give at Christmas.  Here is a picture of the outside –

Goat Milk Soap Gift

December Box Outside

I hope these boxes will provide some joy to the recipients and continue to do so throughout the year.  There will be another box in February!  Hint:  winter.  The next box will be a different creation with some fun soap that signifies Winter and maybe a little bit of Spring.  Spring comes early in the South.  Following that one will be April, June, August, October and December once again!

Cow’s Milk Soap and A Walk Down Memory Lane

I know everyone thinks of goat milk soap when they think of milk. Really, any milk can be added to soap, as well as tea, pureed fruit and all sorts of things.  I used to sit around thinking of what I could possibly add to my soap!

The first batch of soap I ever made was unscented and it was small, it only made a few bars. I was so proud of that soap and from that moment, it was love.  The 2nd batch I made was Jasmine.  Now, that one was tricky, and I didn’t know about the term seizing, which that soap did.  It still turned out though, and I never looked back.  At that point in time, I was making cow’s milk soap!

Side note:  Seizing is when a fragrance oil reacts with the soap and within seconds can turn into a solid chunk of soap that can’t be poured.  Floral fragrances can certainly cause this to happen.  I have learned to avoid seizing and use all sorts of strategies to get around it.

So, I took a trip down memory lane and made my jasmine cow’s milk soap. I hope you like it as much as I do.  I am offering on my website and it’s up today!  It’s a pretty, floral and very like the actual flower.  Let me know what you think and be sure and tell me what other scents you like in soap!

Another year has gone by and it is once again Father’s Day!  I hope everyone and all the father’s, dad’s, granddads, and great granddad’s, uncles, brothers, sons, all have a great day tomorrow.  

Sorry, It’s Been A While

I did not realize how long it’s been since I posted anything on Milk Loves Soap!  Since December, to be exact.  So, as an apology, I wanted to share a few things with you.

  • First, this has been a tough year for me, on a personal level as well as from a business standpoint.  I believe you could call it a creative slump?  I’ve been going through the motions but my heart hasn’t been in it.  I think everyone must go through something like this at different points, or transitions in life.  I guess this involves the life cycle, so to speak.
  • Secondly, I finally cleaned up my work space.  When I did that, I felt a weight lift off me.  It was such an overwhelming task and I had been avoiding it for a very long time.  My shop had become a dungeon where people go who have been sentenced, like the Man In The Iron Mask?  Anyway, I have transformed my shop back into a working, clean area that is a pleasure to visit.
  • Thirdly, I have been tired without knowing why.  When I found out I had some vitamin deficiencies and started to address that, I am starting to have a ton more energy and feeling like my old self, maybe better than my old self.
  • Lesson learned:  Don’t neglect taking care of yourself and keep your work area clean and pleasant so you are not constantly distracted and dragged down, not to mention the guilt that goes with procrastination.

I hope to make some new soap this year.  I hope to not disappoint and I hope I can inspire you as much as you inspire me!

 

Bullet Journal

I started a Bullet Journal.  At first it didn’t really seems so special, nothing more than a planner.  But after using it for a few weeks, I discovered that it is so much more!  I have now added to it several “collections” where I can do whatever I want.  It is not often I can do whatever I want! It feels like being set free!  I am drying some very special flowers on one page, jotting down names of soap on another, and so on.  I cannot recommend this enough, especially if you are someone who likes to plan and is also creative.  Here is an instructional link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm15cmYU0IM

Focusing on What Needs to be Done

Lately with school starting and all of my young men going in different directions, I’ve been a bit distracted.  I do not always sleep well and sometimes I feel so stressed out, it’s alarming.  I’ve got some tips for anyone else who is in that boat.

Tip No. 1 (possibly the most important) – Have a routine in place for mornings, evenings and after school.  Stick to that until it becomes a habit and when things go awry, you can always make it back to your routine.  This keeps everything and everyone running smoothly.

Tip No. 2 – If you get upset or harried, frazzled, crazy, etc., take some deep breaths and get yourself moving, back to your routines.

Tip No. 3 – Have something that calms you and when nothing helps, do that for a while until you feel better, such as music, reading, or a craft.  Of course, soap is my grounding activity that keeps me in touch with beauty in the world and nature.  Go outside and admire the beauty there as well.

Tip No. 4 – Talk to someone and also be prepared to listen.  Many times other people have some of the same problems.

Tip No. 5 – Make lists and plan meals in advance.  I have recently made some checklists for what to pack for a school day, band practice, trips, as well as groceries for an entire week of meals.  Sometimes, you just have to get fast food though.

Those are some of my survival tips for busy moms mainly who keep everything going smoothly and hold the fort down for our families.

Happy Mother’s Day and May Special

Happy Mother’s Day (May 8th) and May Special Event At Country Scents Milk Soap

Receive a FREE PINE soap tray when you order $25.00 or more now until May 15th!

Just purchase $25.00 or more and we will automatically include this special handmade, pine soap tray that allows soap to drain and dry out between uses.  It has a country bath appeal and looks great in the kitchen or the bathroom.  We use it to distinguish between regular soap and facial soap.

handmade soap tray

Custom Pine Soap Tray

Goat Milk Soap likes to dry out in between uses and this soap tray is a great way to do that!  Don’t leave your soap sitting in water!  It is an investment in yourself and your skin so treat it nicely with this free soap tray!

This special does not exclude our regular special of buy 6, get one free as well as flat rate shipping!