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Bitter Cold! Time to make soap ;)

It’s zero degrees today…boys are home from school for the nasty wind chills.   So…they are relaxing…with their ipods. {I remember when they used to make huge forts all over the living room with those blankets}

So…I decided to make soap.  My shipment of Dead Sea Mud arrived and I have been so excited to try a new recipe. 

Dead Sea Mud is a skin wonder:  It is enriched with 26 minerals that are essential to health.  The high mineral content allows skin to stay naturally hydrated and moisturized while increasing oxygen to the skin cells.  It has been shown to provide excellent releif from Psoriasis and Eczema and for the treatment of acne.

Come along for a tour of making a 2 lb. batch of Dead Sea Mud Soap.

A few necessities

I gathered a few items to get started: my scale, Cranberry Butter, a bowl & my 2 lb. wooden soap mold.

I outfitted my 2 lb. wooden soap mold with freezer paper.

 

All of my oils measured….

and into the soap pot.

Distilled water

 

Measured distilled water….

and Sodium Hydroxide {ever so carefully…}

 Poured & carefully stirred the sodium hydroxide into the distilled water. 

      

blending the oils & the water/lye mixture

Soap after a 10 minute hot water bath

Back on the stove for more saponification

Mixing in the Dead Sea Mud, Cranberry Butter & Essential Oils

I added Cranberry Butter {a blend of shae butter, jojoba oil & cranberries for an extra punch of anti-oxidents}.  
The essential oils are lavender, clary sage & rosemary. 

Lavender essential oil =   antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammations. It heals wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns rapidly as it aids in the formation of scar tissues. 

Clary Sage essential oil = anti-depressant, anxiety relief, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, strengthens and tones skin, effective herbal deodorant, and hormone balance.

Rosemary Essential Oil = is effective for mental fatigue, circulation probems, pain relief for the muscular system, decongests the respirtory tract adn is a skin and hair booster.

Into the mold it goes

and a cozy spot on the radiator to cure

A big thanks to my camera man Hayden for shooting a pic or two.

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Making Caribbean Breeze…

I was making a couple of batches of soap today – one Caribbean Breeze which has a blend of Vetiver, Bay and Lime.   Perfect for summer days, and an affordable “‘trip” to the Caribbean 😉

A bit about Vetiver essential oil….. Vetiver essential oil is used for emotional grounding and stabilizing the emotions. It is considered relaxing to an overheated, hyperactive mind an nurturing to an insecure self-identity. The oil may then be suited to the type of individual who constantly strives for perfection, but who loses touch with the ability to absorb and replenish, not letting things just be.

Vetiver essential oil is said to provide stimulation to the endocrine glands (in cases of estrogen and progesterone insufficiency associated with premenstrual syndrome as well as menopause) and circulatory system, and may generally support a weakened immune system. Vetiver Oil has been noted to have an effect on lowering rapid heart rate and breathing, helping return the cardiorespiratory system to a calmer state.

Other well known traditional uses for Vetiver oil include application for arthritis symptoms due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Vetiver oil may also be useful acne, anxiety and depression.

So I took a few pics today and thought I’d give you a quick tour of soapmaking in my studio…..

Stirring a batch

blending the ingredients....till it comes to trace

A look at my stash to essential oils…..

A selection of therapeutic grade essential oils

Adding the essential oils – when the soap is just at “trace”….

Blending in the essential oils makes the studio smell amazing!

Almost done....

Adding dividers makes cutting the soap super easy!

tuck it away under a stack of cozy blankets and let the curing process begin....

 

Soap cures for a couple of days in the molds – then is unmolded, cut into bars and placed on the rack to cure for 4 – 6 weeks.

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HaNDmade soAp! It’s basic…it’s simple…it’s a luxury.

Patchouli and Madagascar Rustic Soaps

I started making soap because I wanted to know exactly what was in it….and I wanted to know that what was in it was the “good stuff.”  So many of the commercial soaps, the perfumed ones, dried out my skin and caused inflammation…and left a ring in my tub.  I wanted something better…something natural.

With research, trial and error, and a little perserverence, I have found that a handmade soap is an affordable luxury.  It’s simple, it’s basic, and it makes you feel pampered and special.  It’s moisturizing, smells amazing and looks great. And because it’s handcrafted  with all-natural ingredients, herbs, botanicals and essential oils – I know that it is good for my skin.

The process of making soap is ancient…it’s old school.  Although the tradition was not passed down to me by my family….it is a process that I find facinating, creative and, well, practical.  Soap is used by everyone, which makes it universal.  And so…I continue to make it…batch by batch, and enjoying the process…and the results! 

If you are interested in learning more about handmade soap visit our website at www.irishtwinssoaps.com.

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