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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!

Activated Charcoal Soap

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Patchouli Spearmint Goat Milk Soap

Activated Charcoal is messy by itself.  The fine powder tends to float up in the air and coat things it lands on (if one is not careful).  It’s tough, I’ll give it that.  It makes a BEAUTIFUL soap, however, and for that I can forgive it.  Our Patchouli Spearmint soap not only smells good, it contains this activated charcoal that has been obtained from renewable sources and it swirls and eddies in the soap.  Magically, the charcoal in the soap does not stain and the lather is white.  Why?  I have no idea.  Have you ever tried a soap containing activated charcoal?  It’s feels quite wonderful on the skin and additionally, you may feel as if the world is going to change, or not.  IF I can brave the charcoal, I may add it to another soap soon.

Orchid Soap

Years ago, I bought some orchid extract to use in a soap recipe.  I never used it.  I tend to do that (unfortunately) but lately, I’m trying not to buy anything I do not need since it’s so wasteful.  I actually have an orchid that I decided I could keep in a semi sunny spot in my living room.  The sun is very filtered there and it stays cool.  I really don’t know anything about orchids, other than my own, and other plants I tend to over love until they just die.  This one has stayed around and I feel somewhat proud of that!  It’s about to bloom as you can see in the picture.  So, of course I started to think about orchid soap and this led to orchid extract.  I forgot what it was supposed to do, so I looked it up.  It makes sense – it’s an exotic flower and it can beautify the skin.  Makes perfect sense.  I plan on making some orchid soap as soon as I can!  Yeah, orchid soap!

Orchid, about to bloom after over a year of no blooms at all.

Orchid, about to bloom after over a year of no blooms at all.

Old Soap, New Soap

I have just added a new soap which I didn’t really have time to make, but I just made it along with everything else – it’s Lagniappe, which means “a little something extra”.  I love that word!  Also, I added back Plantation Oat Mint.  It’s a combination of lavender and spearmint oils and a little bit of fragrance.  Please continue to provide feedback on all of these soaps, past and present.  I love to hear from you!  If you get a chance, please also review any soap on the website.  These reviews are valuable and insightful to me for improving and tweaking.  ab53125897fd903eb494d8df154ea1193d38212d_m

Finding Inspiration

I find inspiration from many things.  There was a time when I even dreamed about soap, but that was when things were out of balance and soap was all I thought about.  Thankfully, I find that having my priorities arranged makes life easier.

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