A Book Review

Hi Friends!  It’s been a while and I’ve had many things going on.  A phase maybe?  I thought I would just do a post about a book I have been reading.  The book is 300 Years of Natural Soap & Cosmetic Recipes, by Marie Gale.  After reading this book, I think of the Bible verse from Ecclesiastes 1:9  What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

In the book, the earliest documented soap recipe is from 1898.  Some of the recipes are named Yellow Domestic Soap, Pale Soap, etc. and later soap names in 1918 were French White Soap, A Good Soap, etc.  The ingredients are not so different from what soap is made from today.  The difference is that today, there are many oils and butters that are readily available to anyone who wants to obtains them.

The next chapter in the book contains scent blends made of essential oils.  Some of the scent blends include names like Spanish Bouquet, Jockey Club and Lemon.  The first synthetic fragrance oil was made on or around 1898 and expanded from there.

There are more chapters with recipes for all sorts of lotions, creams, and beauty aids.  The book is chock full of information and is a great compilation of the past leading up to the present.  I enjoyed this book very much as it offers inspiration for new scent blends and other types of soap.  It is interesting that milk soaps were not made until much later when the cold process method became widely used.

Soap making has changed since it began but not very much in a few hundred years.

I hope you find this interesting and informative!

Soap Scents

Berries & Cream Goat Milk Soap

Goat Milk Soap Berries & CreamI love Berries & Cream goat milk soap!  I’ve been making it for years now.  It is one of the few goat milk soaps I add any color to (although, I’m starting to add natural mica now).  The color comes from Rose Clay.  The fragrance is Black Raspberry Vanilla Type.  I made this soap today and it fills up my home with scent.  It is cold and rainy today, so this definitely brightens things up a bit.  I used the oil I got from a new company, which I am keeping a secret since I need all the edges I can get.  I had a slight problem with the sodium hydroxide becoming too cold and settling on the bottom of my pot as a solid chunk.  Don’t worry, I fixed it!

Today, I also made a batch of Dead Sea Mud soap, another consistently good soap.  Dead Sea Mud contains many minerals and this soap is very good for most skin types.  The fragrance has gone through several changes in the past few years though.  The original fragrance oil I used is never in stock and because I make this one so often, I had to find another fragrance, which brings me to the point of this post.

I have found some amazing, beautiful, fragrance oils that have been consistently good in everything I have tried.  That being said, I’m going over to them and as I make soap, I am switching to these fragrances.  They have depth, longevity and many contain essential oils as an ingredient.  I love them so much and I look forward to making soap with them!

I will also be making some new soap when I have time, but I’ve been promising that for a while.  I just never seem to have time.  I try to keep my priorities in order – God, family, work and that seems to work for me.  When I do that, time seems to come more easily.  But it’s hard sometimes, isn’t it?

“What you do today can improve all of your tomorrows.”  – Ralph Marston


This and That

Recently, I changed the look of my website to just a simple black and white.  I have wanted to do this for a long time.  I finally decided to make the change and I am so glad I did!  My shopping cart theme was originally just black and white with some red highlights.  Mostly though, it is just black and white, so the heading at the top matches up perfectly now with the theme I already had.  Brilliant!  No, not me, just why didn’t I do this sooner?

  • Next change – I will be listing individual soap loaves.  This will make ordering easy and it will also speed up the shopping cart.
  • One more change, but probably not the only one – I will list the cream fragrances separately and add more of them.
  • Great news for some – I will be adding the lotion back, along with Milk Bath Salts.
Soap Gift

February Box

Y’all don’t forget your sweetie!  I have a few February Boxes left and there’s still time to get one.  

That’s all for now.  Stay warm and well. 

February Box – Valentine’s Day Gift


Women't Soap Gift

February Valentine Box

Hello, cold world!  It’s cold, even in the Deep South.  I guess you do not needme to tell you that!  This post is not about the cold though,it is about the gift of a February Box!  

The February Box is up on the website and it is simple and sweet,  containing a bag of milk bath salts, along with Amber Romance soap.  Did I mention that it smells good?  The soap also contains Himalayan Pink salt.  The bars are only about 1.5 ounces each, but they pack a fragrant punch.

All of this is nestled in a box and tied with a ribbon.  It makes a great Valentine’s gift for a woman, or a gift for yourself.  If you are anything like me, I really enjoy gifts for moi!

I have only 12 of these boxes and they are priced to sell.  So, warm up with milk bath and sweet soap to get through the cold weather.


All About Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates are perfect for last minute gifts or hard to buy for people.  They are great for those of us who struggle with gift buying every year (like me).  Country Scents offers gift certificates that can be sent by email to anyone.

The gift certificate option is located on the left toolbar of the home page of countryscents.net website.  It is not glaringly obvious and I have not been able to change that (not yet).  So, I am just reminding anyone who is frantically thinking that Christmas is here!  That sort of thing, there are options.  I, myself, love to receive gift cards and certificates.  They can be used after Christmas when stuff goes on sale.  Yea!

Gift Certificate

A soapy gift certificate

Premium members who have created a profile and login earn gift points with every order which may then be converted to a gift certificate!  There are a few premium members who have gift certificates waiting for them to use!  If you haven’t checked lately or placed an order in a while, please check out your profile to find out how many points you have earned and may convert to a gift for yourself or someone else.


Trip to Raven Haven Bed and Breakfast

Recently, my husband and I had our 31st anniversary.  We decided to go to a Bed and Breakfast that was not too far away.  We chose Raven Haven in Mentone, Alabama.  I’m so glad we did!

Raven Haven is a traditional Bed and Breakfast in that the guests have their own rooms, but share the dining and kitchen area.  We happened to be the only guests there that day (possibly because the SEC Championship game was that same day! #footballinAlabama).  We picked the Prairie Room to stay in.  Here’s a picture of the mantel in that room, all decorated for Christmas –

Bed and Breakfast

Prairie Room Mantel

Here are some more pictures from the room –

Raven Haven

Prairie Room Christmas Tree

Bed and Breakfast

Prairie Room Painted Door

We had such a good time!  Everything was decorated for Christmas and there was so much wonderful decor.  The weather was nice and we were able to walk around the grounds a bit.  I took these pictures of a few sights around the house.  The gardens are beautiful and in the Spring and Summer would be bursting with blooms.

Raven Haven

Raven Haven Grounds

Raven Haven

Raven Haven Bridge

Raven Haven Gnomes

Gnome Habitat

The Gnome village may have been my favorite thing there!

The breakfast they served was superb.  In fact, everything about it was great.  We went shopping in town, ate at a local restaurant and stayed in the Prairie Room.

Maybe next year, we can go back for another visit!

Black Friday Sale is Now!

Just a reminder – our first ever Black Friday sale is still going on and does not end until Monday.  For all orders, receive a 15% discount, no matter the size.  No coupon requited for this discount.  Next, receive free shipping for any order over $35.00 by using the coupon NOVEMBER.  Last, all purchases will receive a free mini Christmas stocking with mini soaps!  Best of all, these specials are in addition to our regular specials!

Black Friday Sale

Christmas Mini Stocking

7 Household uses for Goat Milk Soap

(Also, read all the way to bottom for a special!)

Goat Milk Soap

Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Goat Milk Soap

1. Makeup Brush Cleaner

2. White Band Shoe Cleaner

3. Spot Remover on Clothing

4. Clarifying Shampoo Bar (If you have soft water, can use as shampoo bar)

5. Laundry Detergent Booster (a little bit grated into a really grimy load will boost cleaning power, or you can make your own but beware of hard water)

6. Drawer/Closet Fresheners (use a really fragrant bar or an enclosed area)

7. Sachet (grated soap in a drawstring bag)


Now for some extra good news!  I have new soap coming soon! Yea!  I have

had zero time during football season to do anything but run around in

circles.  Sometimes, I think if I literally did that, I might laugh myself into a

good mood.  Football here will go all the way into December!  Our team is

undeafeated!  My son is in the band and it is getting cold here for Friday

night football.  So, from now until Monday, October 30th, you may receive 

15% off any order.  Just enter the code football during checkout to receive

this discount. High School Band

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!