Spring is Finally Here

It has taken Spring a very long time to arrive.  March was rather cold and snowy, two things I hate.  So it was a good time to work on my Spring and Summer soap inventory. With a love for ocean and water scents I did two.  A remake for the guys of South Pacific Water…

Celebrating Heritage and the Georgia Peach

If you read my About page, you know that I’m a third generation soapmaker with a rich Deep South heritage.  My father’s family is very entrepreneurial so its in my blood.   On a summer’s evening almost 10 years ago, my cousin in Miami filled in the details for me.  This is our story. It…

Love Yourself

This year I decided to do something to celebrate February’s designated day for love with a Strawberries and Champagne Soap.  This was a fun project with beautiful results.  I’m really pleased with how they turned out.  Of course, the scent is amazing.  A friend and customer said they look good enough to eat.  What do…

Lost – In the Forest

A good salt soap needs a bit more curing time.  Some recommend at least 6 months, just like a good castile soap.  Last year, I was ahead of the game when I made these in August and put them on the curing rack for the next 4 months.  Problem is, they kept getting pushed to…

Peppermint Stick

Holiday soap making needs to start early and I didn’t.  I had big plans but it just didn’t happen this year.  However, I did make a big batch of Peppermint Stick.  This year I made the based white and added red and green jojoba beads.  I like this one much better.  See my post from…

Holiday Fail of Peppermint Stick Soap

Most handcrafted artisans and crafters begin production for the fall and holiday season in July.  Many wholesale suppliers hold Christmas in July sales to prompt us for what’s to come.  Two years ago, I received a few samples fragrance oils perfect for the holiday season.  They were Holiday Candy,  Peppermint Candy, and Peppermint Stick. Holiday Candy smelled sugary sweet so I mixed…

Get Juiced with Cranberry Butter Soap

Get Juiced with my Cranberry Butter Soap. Made with a skin-loving, moisturizing combination of Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Cranberry fruit. The scent is ripe for fall with sweet and tart notes of cranberries and citrus. Cranberries are high in antioxidant and loaded with vitamins C, B3, and B5. Cranberries are said to regenerate, moisturize, and brighten…

Memories of “My Grandma’s Garden”

Scents are powerful and they come with memories.  Scents can bring you joy, laughter, and tears. On this day, I laughed and shed a few happy tears as I experienced the power of scent on memory when I received a sample bottle of Pink Peony fragrance oil.  My first and immediate reaction was a smile as the smell of the…

Coconut Milk Shake

Production for spring and summer favorites is in full swing.  I try to stay outside as much as I can when the weather turns hot, so its no problem at all for me to stay in during the  winter and rainy early spring making soap and other skincare goodies.  When the sun comes out and the temperature climbs you’ll find…

Welcome Spring

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Creating My First Soap

Research is an absolute must to become a successful soapmaker.  My first batch was made in a pot held between my legs, stirred with a spoon.  This method can takes hours to trace (combining the oils and lye water to a point they will not separate).  We, or maybe it was just I, had not discovered that stick blending will reduce…

For Mommy and Michelle

My mother had to have a piece of sweet potato pie or pound cake for dessert after Sunday dinner.  This was non-negotiable.  She would cook dinner and bake Saturday evening.  You see, when Mommy got home from church, all she wanted to do was heat it up and sit down to her dinner.  This wasn’t quick.  We’re talking pre-microwave….