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the benefits of palmarosa oil


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I love?experimenting?with different herbs, plants and essential oils that you don’t see everyday, and I always do lots of research before adding anything new to a product. ?I am asked a lot about palmarosa since it’s not as common as some of the more well known essential oils, like lavender or orange. ?I thought I … Read more

experimenting with natural colors, part 1


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Last week I got a big box o’ goodies in the mail from Mountain Rose Herbs, so I decided to do some experimenting with some of them this week. ?I ordered some brightly colored herb powders to try in my cold process soap, and also had a few other things already on hand that I … Read more

more swirly soap – chocolate and cherry and almond, oh my!


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So I think I’m finally getting the hang of this ‘swirl in the pot’ soap swirling thing. ?I even managed to swirl 2 colors this time (this is where you ‘ohhh’ and ‘ahhh’). ?This soap was actually inspired by a crafty friend, Stephanie of Robot Pop. ?She has become one of my ‘testers’ and has … Read more

swirly soap!


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I’ve been trying (unsuccessfully) to get a swirled soap that I think looks good for a while. ?Every time I do a test batch, something seems to go wrong and it doesn’t swirl. ?It either traces too quickly and is too thick to swirl, or doesn’t get quite thick enough and just blends together. ?I … Read more

new soaps in testing


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Here are a few new soaps I’m testing out right now.? I’m working on my fall and holiday scents, and have more ideas than I’ll be able to do, so only the best will make the cut.? Let’s start with the soaps I don’t have pics of yet (either because I just haven’t taken them, … Read more

natural colorants experiment


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2 weeks ago I attended the Lonestar?Soap and Toiletries Soapmakers Seminar in Austin – it was great!? It was a full day of talking about soap, which I don’t get to do very often with other people who actually LIKE to talk about soap.? Lots of great info shared, including an experiment that I participated … Read more

lemon poppy seed soap


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I’m excited about my newest soap that is freshly cut and just out of the mold today – lemon poppy seed.? It’s doing time on the soap rack for at least 4 weeks, but I can’t wait to use it.? This was my first successful attempt to use something natural (not a colored oxide) to … Read more


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