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Black Hills Legend!

Sylvan Lake in the Black Hills, SD

Sylvan Lake in the Black Hills, SD

My old stomping grounds is the Black Hills of South Dakota, and yes, I miss it desperately.  One of my very most favorite soaps is one I made to remind me of home.  It’s got pine and lavender essential oils and if you close your eyes and hold it to your nose, you might just end up at Slyvan Lake.

Click HERE for a look at our Black Hills Legend Rustic Pine Soap.


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Room & Linen Spray…Nice for bathrooms, kitchens, cars, lockers, etc.  Buy Fresh Pine if you have an artificial tree!

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An Update! New Products!

This girl hardly gets to blog anymore! We’re having a busy summer…making products, stocking shelves, attending shows and farmer’s markets, and of course….baseball!  So here’s an update on the latest…

And again…a humble and heartfelt thank you for your patronage.  We love what we do and are so grateful for your support!

We’ve got some new products that we’re excited to introduce.  We have been invited to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year and have developed some new soaps for our biker friends…and of course, all of our customers.  A little black and orange {Harley Davidson colors} seems fitting, so…we added two soaps to our lineup with Activated Charcoal.  Here is a brief description of our newest….

BadAss Biker Soap:  This soap is a specialty soap with all the goodness of Activated Charcoal.  Here’s why we love it:  One of the most impressive attributes of activated charcoal is its ability to adsorb (not absorb), which means it actually attracts other substances to its surface and holds it there. As that translates to soap, those other substances are impurities found on your skin! Although it is difficult to imagine, it is said that one teaspoon of activated charcoal has the surface area of 10,000 square feet! That, plus its ability to *draw* impurities to itself, makes this a super cleansing bar of soap!   This soap scented with Anise and Peppermint essential oils.

WARNING: {I guess this is the “BadAss” part….}  Rinse well, activated charcoal may stain.  Use old towels, etc. A soak in baking soda and vinegar should take out any staining.  Buy it here!

Our Dakota Gunsmoke is similar, only it’s scented with Peppermint and Lavender essential oils.  Buy it here!

Both are available through our website, etc.  If you are out at the Rally this year, come find us – we’re on Main Street, in the large SD Made tent, by the Sturgis Harley Davidson.  Woot!!!

BadAss Biker & Dakota Gunsmoke

and for our orange soap, Sunshine Citrus:

Sunshine Citrus is a delightful rustic soap made with Sweet Orange essential oil.  It’s fresh and invigorating with an uplifting aroma.  Orange essential oil is anti-depressant, anti-septic, and anti-inflammatory.  It promotes the production of collagen and increases blood flow to the skin. It’s helpful for soothing dry, irritated, or acne-prone skin.  Buy it here!

Sunshine Citrus soap made with Sweet Orange Essential Oil

We also have a new soap: Anise & Lavender, made with Anise & Lavender essential oils.  It’s aroma is fresh and it’s moisturizing, calming and refreshing.  Word has it that Anise essential oil masks the human scent and fisherman have been using it for that reason.   Give it a try and let me know.  Buy it here!

Anise & Lavender

Ok, so that’s our newest lineup…

Find our goodies online at www.irishtwinssoaps.com, at our retailers (found on our website), and at the following upcoming events.

Upcoming Events:

    • June 17, 2012 Tour deKota @Dark Horse Cafe & Bakery Beresford, SD
    • July 14 & 15, 2012 Brookings Arts Festival, Brookings, SD Sat. 10 – 7, Sun. 10 – 5 website
    • Aug. 2 – 12, 2012 STURGIS BIKE WEEK! Main Street Sturgis, South Dakota Made in SD tent
    • Oct. 19 & 20, 2012 Expo For Her Sioux Falls Convention Center
    • Oct. 26, 27 & 28, 2012 Autumn Festival 2012 Sioux Falls Convention Center Sioux Falls, SD
    • Nov. 9 & 10, 2012 Sioux Empire Arts & Crafts Show W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds Sioux Falls, SD Nov. 9, 3:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. Nov. 10, 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. website

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New PRODUCT: Aromatic Room & Linen Sprays

They’re ready!  Our new line of Aromatic Room & Linen Sprays are here just in time for Spring.  Blow out the dust, crank open the windows and freshen up your home with these all natural aromatic sprays made with essential oils. 

I've over the Moon!

Super excited to introduce this new line of room/linen sprays.  Three fragrances: Lavender Mist, Citrus Splash & Fresh Pine.

Aromatic Room Sprays!

Lavender Mist Aromatic Room & Linen Spray

A soothing blend of lavender and rosemary essential oils. Lavender oil has a soothing and calming effect on the nerves, relieving tension, depression, and nervous exhaustion in general and is effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia. Rosemary is wonderful for clearing the mind and mental awareness, It helps with headaches, migraines, neuralgia, mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion. This blend is perfect for nighttime peaceful rest.

Spray mist the air, on your sheets & towels, spritz laundry before tossing in the dryer. Use to freshen pet beds, lockers & cars, or simply anywhere you’d like a refresing scent.

Essential oils are the pure essense of the plant, unlike synthetic fragrance oils which are less expensive and do not have the therapeutic value that botanical oils have. Chemical reproductions contain fragrance oils (also known as phthalates) which have been chemically produced in a lab. Eventually long term exposure may cause allergies and other health problems.

Our Aromatic Sprays are:

Earth & Skin Friendly.

Not tested on Animals.


No Synthetic Fragrance. Phthalate Free

Pure All Natural Formula

Paraben Free

4 fluid ounces

See our site for descriptions of Fresh Pine & Citrus Splash!  http://www.irishtwinsoaps.com

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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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