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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fisherman's Soap

What in the world is fisherman soap?  It is soap with anise essential oil fragrance in the soap.  This soap is dual purpose.  It covers up the fish smell from your hands and it attracts fish.  Anise smells like black licorice.  I was told that black licorice can be used by itself to catch catfish.  I am not a fisher woman, but I am a great catch.  LOL  Anise essential oil can be used to dip fish hooks into for attracting fish.  I have also heard of someone putting a little sea sand inside soap for an additional aid in scrubbing dirty hands.  I got some of my information from our UPS man, Bill.  He loves to fish and will be giving my soap a try.

I made a batch of fisherman's soap today.  I decided it needed to be a blue or blue-green color, like water.   I have a lovely omega blue mica, and I hadn't used any of it for a long time.  I decided that would be perfect.  It is a royal blue, but it usually is lighter in color when added to soap.  Well,  the bottle spilled, so I got more into the batter than I wanted.  Oh well, I am going to add some salt to the batter and it will make the soap lighter in color.  (My last batch of soap was much darker in orange and it is a perfect peach color.)   I added sea salt and I have been saving some Hawaiian Lava Salt for a batch of soap.  I added some of the black salt into this batch too.  It is very attractive!  I hope it looks as good after it cures.  The rule of thumb I use for adding colors into soap is to keep it light enough that the suds are not colored, or at least the washrag isn't colored.  I may have broken my rule.  I have purchased navy blue soap in the past and many kid soaps are dark and bright in color.  I am not going to worry if no one likes it.  I do.  LOL  I love eating black licorice too.  I wonder how long I can go without buying some black licorice.

Gift from my brother who loves to garage sale. 
 How has your weekend gone?  I hope well.

I wondering if you use lard or tallow in your soap making?  What do you think about it?  Should I go to just vegetable oils?  I am not vegan, but I don't eat much meat.  I could never become a strict vegan.  I need, butter, milk, cream, sour cream, eggs, honey, etc.  What about you?  Dawnie

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Salt, Brine, and Soleseife Soap

It is funny how someone makes a type of soap and everyone wants to make that kind of soap.  A couple of years ago everyone was making salt soap.  Most recipes call for 25 to 50% salt.  My favorite is pink Himalayan salt.  It is full of minerals and it is good for your skin, it also works to  exfoliate, it helps relax muscles.  They say it is good on minor skin irritation, detoxifies your skin, and it is good for calming nerves, etc.  I don't claim it will cure anything.  I do say you will enjoy your bath when you use one of my handmade soaps.  It's a fact, Jack!
An Apple A Day Salt Soap

Recently everyone is making a different kind of salt soap.  This is where salt is dissolved in water and used in making soap.  This soap is called Soleseife or Brine soap.   Most of this soap is made with high coconut oil.  It is one of the few oils that will lather with salt.   My version of this is the Peachy Keen soap.  It contains coconut oil, shea butter, and sea salt, along with the other usual goodies including raw cow milk.

Photos for the Week Here at the Cottage.


Antique Chicken Toy which makes a chicken clucking sound when pulled.

Quality Time with Great Grandma

Combs and Wattles

The start of a birthday gift.

All finished.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient List

We all need soap.
Many soap-makers list soap ingredients on each bar of soap and use the International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient List, or standards for listing all ingredients.  It is for cosmetics.  Soap is not a cosmetic unless we make a claim on the soap.  For example if I state my activated charcoal soap cures all pimples and heals complexions. Even if I know charcoal is good for detoxing the skin and drawing out impurities, I can't state that it clears pimples unless I want it considered as a cosmetic and then the ingredients are required to be listed by from the INCI list.  I don't make claims on my soap.  I try to state that it may react on everyone differently.  I may say that other people have found it to be good soap for fighting acne.  This is not a claim that it cures anything.

To show an example of INCI lists, I will place one soap ingredient list that has all ingredients listed in readable English.  The ingredient list after that will be the ingredients listed with the INCI list.

Soap Ingredients:  Coconut oil, raw cow milk, castor oil,  water, sunflower oil, lye, kokum butter, organic shea butter, fragrance, 2 farm fresh eggs, mica, rose petal powder, titanium dioxide, ROE, sunflower petals, blackberry seeds.  

INCI Ingredient t Names:  Sodium Cocoate (coconut oil), Raw Cow Milk, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Water (Aqua), Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil,  Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH), Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), 2 Farm Fresh eggs (eggs), Mica, Titanium Dioxide and Carmine, Helianth Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Petal Powder, Titanium Doxide (Titanium Dioxide), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, us Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Petals,  Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry) Seeds.

Even though you can figure out many of the ingredients from the INCI list, I like to give the customer an easier way to find out what ingredients are in my soaps.  I have many allergies and I like to read what something has in it so I can avoid hives.  

What would you rather read?

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Saturday, August 29, 2015



My tomatoes and peppers.  So far I have only picked one pepper.  How many peppers has Peter Piper picked???

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Creamy Coconut and Faded Rose Soaps

New Soap
Creamy Coconut
Still in the mold

Ingredients:  (In plain English) coconut oil, coconut milk, raw cow milk, lye, unrefined shea butter, sunflower oil,  fragrance oil, eggs, titanium dioxide, coconut soap shreds, rosemary oleoresin extract, flax seeds crushed, mica 

This should be a nice creamy bar of soap with added oils of 5%, not including the coconut milk fat, and raw cow milk fat.  I get the raw milk from an Amish Dairy.  The eggs give the bar a silky-smooth texture.  The eggs come from my urban farm hens.  Shea butter is great for moisture and sunflower oil helps retain moisture in your skin.  Titanium dioxide whitens the soap.  Brown mica is swirled in the soap for decoration.  Rosemary oleorsin extract helps keep the extra oils/fats from going rancid.  Flax seeds and shredded coconut soap are mostly for decoration.  In order to make soap, lye is needed, but it disappears once suponification occurs.  During the 4-6 week curing time, the soap will loose some of the water/liquids and the bar will become lighter.

This is not vegan soap since it contains raw cow milk and eggs.

This is not organic, even though a few items may be organic, such as the eggs.

This is made with sustainable products.

For those viewers that do not make soap, does it help to explain why certain ingredients are used?

New Soap
Faded Rose
On the curing rack

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All was fine here.  I appreciate all of you who follow my blog.  I hope you all have a great week!
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Part 3, Clearing things up about organic, sustanable....

What is the difference between fragrance oil and essential oil?
This answer is pretty simple;  however, soap fragrances may be blends containing both fragrance oil and essential oil.  Fragrance oil is less expensive and is basically an artificial smell.  It is similar artificial flavor in food.  Essential oil is extracted or distilled from the actual plant.  Essential oils are great for aromatherapy.  Soap makers like to create soaps that are all natural, but it is very expensive to make some fragrances, such as rose essential oil.  Due to the lower costs and the sheer variety of fragrances, soap makers generally use fragrance oils.  

Something that can be carried on for a long time without severe damage to our environment.  If I use tallow or lard in my soaps it would come from the fat of a dead animal.  Tallow and lard are considered sustainable.  They are not in danger of extinction and the cattle and/or pigs do not destroy the land during their lifetime.  If I use palm oil, most palm is not replenished, so most is not sustainable.   Orangutangs are loosing habitat size due to palm harvesting   Palm oil comes from the fruit of the palm tree.  It can be grown anywhere where there is a lot of rainfall but it originated in Africa.  Palm, tallow, and lard makes a nice hard bar of soap.  I have noticed more soap makers going back to using tallow and lard and using much less palm oil. 

An organic substance or matter would be a living substance or derived from a living substance where it had been made or grown without the use of artificial chemicals or ingredients. A carrot harvested without artificial chemicals could be considered organic.  Usually organic food or products are higher in price to purchase.

I hope some of this has answered your questions instead of making more questions.  LOL  Please send me a comment if you do or do not agree with me.  Thank you for viewing!

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