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handmade soap

A few of my soaps from top left across: 1st row-rosemary lemongrass, grapefruit margarita, orange-patchouli, floral shampoo bar 2nd row-coconut milk ginger soap, eucalyptus peppermint, lavender-orange, rosemary lemongrass shampoo bar 3rd row-unscented, horchata, cinnamon tea, peppernuts, pan de muertos (anise-orange)

Hello Friends,

As you probably know, I’ve been on a soap making kick as of late. I have 175 bars in 15 scents (or unscented) that are ready, but curing. I made soap with ingredients that I look for.

So getting into soaping at this level has been a bit on the pricey side. I have all of these soaps ready, but I can’t sell them for another few weeks (it takes 4-6 weeks for them to cure), and I’m running out of supplies and would like to keep making them, experimenting, and adding new products.

The Offer

Would you be interested in investing in my little biz with the following offer? Buy 5 soaps for $20. Shipping is an additional $5.35. The retail cost will be $5.60 + tax per bar.  So you get a discount and some fun soaps, and I get a little bit more capital to buy more lye and essential oils.

The only catch is that for some of the bars, you will have to wait a couple of weeks before they can be used so they can finish curing. If you just can’t wait, they can be used, but they won’t last as long because they won’t be fully hardened. If it’s a heavy olive oil soap, the lather will be weird until it finishes curing.

I’m not ready to sell individual bars just yet. So this offer is only good for the 5/$20 and the offer ends 2/1/2013 2/7/2013. Some bars will be ready to use now, some will be ready by 2/15. The bars are between 4.5 and 5.5 oz which is a pretty big bar.

How to order

Send me a private message to jennyfrech at gmail and tell me what bars you would like, and then send a paypal payment of either $20 if you are close and will pick up from my house or $25.35 (and your shipping address) if you live far from me. If you plan on picking up, you can pay me in person too if you’d rather.

What is Soap, Really?

Real cold-process soap is made with lye. When you get the soap, the lye has gone through a chemical reaction with the oils to form soap. The stuff you buy at the store, both body soap and shampoo is really detergent. Even when you try to buy natural shampoos, there are still lots of things you can’t pronounce in them. In real soap your first grader can read the label.

My soaps all have nice lathers. They leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized. I’m most excited about the shampoo bars. I’m using one after just a week of curing, and I love how soft my hair feels. It cleans it without stripping all of the oils out. Huzzah!

What Isn’t In This Stuff?

First and foremost, I don’t use any palm oil. Even many soap makers that make natural soaps use palm oil. Palm oil is very unsustainable. It comes from the rainforest in areas that have been slashed and burned, pushing out habitat for chimpanzees.

Second, I don’t use any GMO products. I don’t use any corn, soybean, or canola oil (including vegetable shortening). These are the crops that are most likely to be Genetically Modified. Plus I hate Monsanto. Grrr. I don’t use synthetic fragrance oil or coloring with very few exceptions.

What Yummy Things Go Into the Soap?

So, what do I use? All of my soaps are made of at least 30% Olive Oil or Olive Pomace Oil. All of my soaps have coconut oil. Coconuts are harvested from trees that are viable for 30+ years. I also use smaller amounts of oils like shea butter, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, rice bran oil (non-gmo), castor oil, and cocoa butter, depending on the recipe and what it’s trying to accomplish.

I use essential oils almost exclusively (with the exception of a few things like Jasmine which would be cost prohibitive).  I use nice botanicals like dried calendula petals (so gentle and good for your skin), hibiscus flowers (good for your hair), chamomile, dried hops, dried kelp, rose hips, spirulina, spearmint, poppy seeds, lemon peel, orange peel, lavender petals and rosebuds.

The soaps are colored with natural ingredients like cinnamon, cocoa powder, kelp, spirulina, rose hips, paprika, and tumeric.

Milks and/or teas go into all of my soaps. I just love the creamy lather from these soaps. Depending on the recipe, I use goat’s milks, buttermilk, almond, coconut, or rice milk. I also use green tea, jasmine tea, and hibiscus tea in some of the recipes as well.

The Flavas

If you are ready to take the plunge into real soap, here is the list of soaps that I have available. I’ve been making small batches so far, so the quantities are limited. If you want vegan, the ones with asterisks are the ones that use goat’s milk or buttermilk. None use any other type of animal product. You could choose all 5 of one type, or mix and match.

Soaps:

Unscented with calendula petals

patchouli/orange*

lavender/orange*

horchata (cinnamon, lime made with almond milk with rice flour added)

cinnamon tea

coconut milk ginger soap

eucalyptus/peppermint

grapefruit margarita

peppernuts (anise, cinnamon, cardamon, made with almond milk)

Pan de Muertos (anise, orange)

Mojito (lime, spearmint)

gentle lavender buttermilk soap for babies*

lemon poppyseed

shampoo bar floral scented (hibiscus tea, jasmine, lavender)

shampoo bar (rosemary, lemongrass)

This offer will be good until February 1st.

A few of my soaps from top left across: 1st row-rosemary lemongrass, grapefruit margarita, orange-patchouli, floral shampoo bar 2nd row-coconut milk ginger soap, eucalyptus peppermint, lavender-orange, rosemary lemongrass shampoo bar 3rd row-unscented, horchata, cinnamon tea, peppernuts, pan de muertos (anise-orange)

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