Friday, August 26, 2011

Just in case anyone can hear me type!?

Here is the first recipe I might really turn into a product ~ baby soap!  This one is going to be a delicious organic baby morning wash!  It even has a cute name already picked out - my nickname my grandmother gave me when I was tiny.  But.... I can't share all the details yet because what if somebody takes it!  How does that even work?  I don't know!  There will be an organic sleepytime wash too - I have the ingredients all ready, just need a few hours to complete the batch!  To encourage little ones into a gentle restful state I will add a touch of lavendar & some smooth oatmeal at the trace!  Can't wait to see how this one turns out!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Homesteaders Soap

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

Soap 101, Tallow Blend

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

Morning wake up soap with Tea Tree & Peppermint

Here is one of my favorite new soaps I've created.  It's a morning wake up bar with refreshing Tea Tree & Peppermint essential Oils.  I also added peppermint leaves right from my own garden!  Delightful!

Monday, August 8, 2011

My quote for today

I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred,
I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

A collaborative effort!

A first product for Lily White & Clean Co. is starting to take shape!  Here is one version of a candle pot we are testing!  This candle pot was lovingly handcrafted by Leah of Raine or Shine Pottery Co.  and then hand poured using the finest soy candlewax and soy fragrence oil.  The scent is called Morning Coffee and smells much like a  Creamy Vanilla Latte (here in the NW that is a typical cup of morning joe!).  This is just one of many fragrences I've been testing!  Also under consideration ~ Summer Peach (my favorite), Country Pear Cake, Vanilla Cream, Sweet Lavender, Rosebud and more... we'll always be offering a seasonal choices because I live and breathe each season! 

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!