Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
This recipe is as simple as they come! Just like in the pioneer days, this soap is pure water, tallow & lye. I read that families used to keep their animal fat to give to the soapmaker and then they would recieve bars of soap in return for the ingredients they contributed. That is, if they didn't make their own!
This soap can be used as is or can be milled into other delightful recipes. I used this as a base for lettuce soap with 8 leaves of lettuce right from my garden!
More to come!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Here is one of the first soap recipes I tried.
After buying suet from a local butcher and rendering the fat myself I was able to make this tallow blend containing some vegetable oils also. At this point, my goal is to try many recipes to find the ones I like working with, with the most local ingredients I can find. Part of my vision is to support local farms. I cannot wait to be able to incorporate fresh local goats milk, buttermilk, lavender and many more locally farmed ingredients into the basic recipes. I love living out in the country ~ I'm a farmgirl at heart!
So, I haven't decided whether or not I will continue to use tallow in my hand crafted soaps. Personally, I feel it supports the local cattle farmers whose meat is sold at my local butcher and utilizes all the parts of the animal so nothing is wasted. However, I know there are many people who would prefer not to use soap containing animal products and I respect that also. On the other hand, most of the vegetable based soaps require importing oils from far away and this doesn't do anything to support my local community. I will probably end up trying to strike a balance with this to be able to offer quality products, with a variety of choices.
I have tried milling the recipe above into cornmeal bars which was really fun - more on the milling adventures later!
What creative projects have you been working on? Please do tell!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
isn't this soap interesting and delightful? yes, but it's not mine...
ugh, this process is soooo much harder than it would seem! i've tested 4 different batches, i've remilled 3 smaller ones. i'm telling you just about nothing comes out like i imagine it will.
there are so many possible ingrediants, so many calculations to be made... and i want them to be perfect! i think i may have failed to plan a learning curve into the mix! about now i am wishing some savvy soaper would swoop into my kitchen or workshop and point me in all the right directions!
i have so many concepts i'm longing to pursue. baby soap sets with the most darling names & the sweetest scents... chickety chickety soap (more on that later)... i've thought up a whole product line but hmmm it looks like i may be gettin ahead of myself!
so back to the drawing board i go! and i haven't even started in on the candle troubles i've had! whew! just so ya all didn't think everything was always raindrops & roses around here! or maybe that's exactly what it is!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
And because I'm so excited to share what else my sweet friend is working on! Here are a few more designs by Leah as she is getting them ready for the Seattle Gift Show coming up in just a few weeks! In the photo are some buttons and pins she made. She will also be selling some beautiful lacey coaster sets of 4 and possibly spice pots too if they are ready in time!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
i have much to learn. like how do you get the creamy white coloring that i so desire? and then, how do you get the fluffy swirly tops?
one of my future plans is to give workshops on how to do all of these wonderful things...the dilema is i just need to get them figured out for myself first!
tomorrow i can check the first batch and then i need to determine how long to wait until i hand mill it and add in some special ingrediants. once this batch has been milled it will need to cure for at least 4 weeks!
photos to come!
Friday, July 15, 2011
olivia, owner of lily white & clean co. will offer beautiful hand crafted soaps, detergents, & soy candles while leah, owner of raine or shine pottery co. offers nesting bowls, buttons, pots and such. one of our first combined products will be her hand thrown pot with a naturally fragranced soy candle poured inside!