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Naming Soap

Anyone who has been around here for a while knows that I sometimes change the name of soap!  Sometimes?  One favored customer would say always!  I have slowed down naming soap quite a bit.  You see, to me, each soap has a personality and sometimes it takes several times before I have it nailed down.  Some soap needs a unique name, while others just need a name of basically, what they are.  

Some examples of how much fun soap naming is can be found in the Southern Collection.  Since I am Southern, I often take for granted the uniqueness of the South and there are words and phrases that my past generations used that are now being forgotten that should be considered precious!  Going further than that, there are different words and phrases from different areas of the South.  We drop the g’s on the end of words, we stretch out the pronunciation, and so on.  So, names of soap such as Mornin Y’all is pretty much how it is said ’round here.  A few things I remember from my childhood are never spoken anymore, as far as I know.  One thing my mother often says now is “Well, I declare,” as if that explains everything that needs explaining.  And that may be the name of my next new soap, “Well, I declare!”

 

 

The Benefits of Having Salt in a Soap!

I have made several soap varieties that contain mineral salts.  I’ve used Dead Sea Salt as well as Himalayan Pink Salt.  There are MANY other salts from various parts of the world as well that I have not used!  Although salt is an exfoliant by nature, it also contains minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium.  Our skin is naturally supposed to be mineralized but many of us lose that balance, especially as skin ages.  Salt can help with that as well as softening the skin.  When salt is introduced to water, it softens and melts and so a soap that contains salt will act the same when mixed with water and applied to the skin.

Once a few years back, I made a true Salt Bar that contained so much Dead Sea Salt that there was not much soap to go around!  It was so solid I had to cut it the same day that I made it.  It was a very different sort of soap and I loved the truly unique quality of it.  Of course, it was pretty rough, especially since I used course salt (next time I would use fine), but once put under water, and rubbed on a washcloth, then applied to skin, it was amazing!  I am considering making that again as time would permit.

The biggest source of salt is from oceans and seas.  Salt is often obtained from deep shaft mining of ancient water deposits deep in the earth.  Salt may also be obtained by solution mining where brine is pumped out and taken to a plant for evaporation.  And there is also solar evaporation which would be my favorite method, if I could choose.  The salt that I have used in my soap comes from this method of extraction.  Salt is truly a gift and is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth.What-is-salt

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Inspiration Stone Soap

Be on the lookout for one of these in your soap order of any size!  No minimum purchase is required.  These are perfect guest size soaps with encouraging words such as courage, hope, blessings, faith, and more.

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Inspiration Stone Soap

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.

Thankful Sale!

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Egyptian Dragon

decadenceThis week, I’ll be making about six or seven batches of fresh soap.  One of the batches will be Egyptian Dragon (formerly known as Decadence), which is an extremely popular soap due to its really complex fragrance notes. A name change was required when I did a search for decadence and found something I did not want to find.  The internet is like that.  All my fun was gone and so Egyptian Dragon it is.  Egyptian Dragon has fragrance notes of sweet amber, frankincense and myrhh with a light base of patchouli.  Patchouli is great for adding depth to any fragrance blend.  It also include vanilla and musk in its base notes.  Top notes contain a hint of floral.

Citronella to the Rescue (Again)

Once again, Citronella has proven to be an invaluable soap.  It doesn’t leave a bug spray smell behind but I believe the way it must work is that it coats the skin and the bugs just aren’t attracted.  I did find out recently that ants and no-see-ums that live in the grass aren’t always deterred so easily.  I made a spray using the essential oils in the soap and sprayed my son’s shoes, which took care of the problem.  Try our Citronella (You Bug Me) goats milk soap and see for yourself!  It has a pleasant smell and for being outdoors, it is invaluable.  Many people use this as a dog soap.  If you have hard water though, soap may not rinse out completely from a dog’s fur, or your hair for that matter.  It isn’t guaranteed to work against all bugs, but it is a great alternative to chemicals.