Sunday, January 26, 2014

MMM...ALOE VERA!



These delicious round little babies are Aloe Vera-soaps. The soap base is almost exclusively olive oil soap, with just a little bit of coconut oil to break the 'slimy feel' of pure olive oil soaps. I used aloe vera gel in these, and a generous SF percentage of 10%.



Aloe Vera, with the Castle of Castelsardo in the background.

 
Aloe Vera calms irritated and burnt sking (we get plenty of sunshine in the summer here in Sardinia), helps little wounds to heal by promoting tissue renewal, and alleviates itching. Aloe Vera is also mildly antiseptic and antibacterial. This makes Aloe Vera soap a great choice for anyone with skin problems.
This is me me cutting some of my mother in law's Aloe for sunburnt visitors a few summers back.


And this is Heidi rubbing fresh aloe on her burnt face. Unfortunately it later turned out that she was, ah, allergic to fresh Aloe, so we did not repeat the experiment. Luckily she's OK with aloe soap though!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

IT'S TIME TO MAKE VALENTINE'S DAY SOAP!



Now is the perfect time to make soap for Valentine's Day! There is still a month or so to go so it will be cured and ready just in time.

One of our all time favourite soaps is white heart shaped salt soap. We pour the soap batter in silicone molds, this way they will be nice and smooth. We also made red ones that we coloured with red clay.


Individally packed soaps make nice gifts and they also sell really well in craft fairs.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

NEW SOAP!!!



Some of my readers might remember that I started a soap business with my sister Suvi under the company name Saponina. Even though the customers have loved our soap, the situation right now is that we just don't have the time to handle the manufacturing, storing and the delivery of the soap. We can't run the business part time because it needs to be done in larger scale to be profitable.  So we have decided to run down the production. The question is what to do with all the recipes of our soaps. Maybe we try to publish the recipes in some format... While we are figuring out what to do I thought I'd share my latest soap!

This is 100% olive oil soap made with coconut milk. To make it even more gorgeous I added Aloe Vera powder in it. I added the powder in the oils and then used a beater to mix it in. I was a bit worried that it might not dissolve but it came out ok.

I have saved a few grams of Neroli essential oil for some time and decided that this soap was fine enough to be scented with it. I combined it with lime essential oil and added a few drops of patchouli to fix it. The scent is expensive but sooo lovely.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Salt soap with Himalayan salt



It's been a while since my last post. Please check out our business blog for more frequent posts. It has been very busy with the soaping business. It seems that at every fair we sell out our whole inventory and then we panic and try to make more as quickly as we can. Only to sell out at again at the next fair. So unfortunately, the webshop inventory is embarrassingly limited all the time.



This is something I made today. It's my regular salt soap with some Himalayan salt sprinkled on top of it. I padded the Himalayan salt a little with a spatula so that it would stick into the soap. We'll see in a few days how that's going to work out. I scented the soap with Palmarosa, Rosewood and the adorable Rose Absolute. I also added some Bergamot as a fixative. Suvi has used a similar blend before and I think the Bergamot gives a nice edge to the blend.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD


Thank you Ambra, writer of NaKIN soap blog, for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!

The rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are:
1 – Make a post and link it back to the person who gave you the award
(and include their website address)
2 – Share 7 random things about yourself
3 – Award 7 recently discovered bloggers with this award and
contact them to let them know they have won.

The seven random things of myself:

1. I have two sons and a daughter. 

2. I love gooseberries and homemade gooseberry jam.

3. I am training for my first Triathlon (sprint distance).

4. I suffer from difficult asthma. FOs give me an attack, EOs don't!

5. My favorite plant in my garden is the adorable Rosa 'Karen Blixen'

6. I love quilting almost as much as I love soaping.

7. I met my husband at high school. 

Ok, now the nominations. Some of these are my recent discoveries and some are my favorites that I have been reading for some time. 

El arte del jabón

Impara l'Arte


Monday, July 25, 2011

THINGS HAPPEN, COLORS CHANGE...

I absolutely love Sesame seed oil in soap. It gives wonderful lather but still feels moisturizing and conditioning. It's no wonder it has been used for healing skin conditions for thousands of years. Yet, I have been thinking of giving up on sesame seed oil in my soaps. I am suspecting that it contributes to the color change of the soap. I have two examples. What do you think about these?

Soap 1: Before
 Soap 1: After
Soap 2: Before
Soap 2: After

Here are some things I have considered:

Rancidity of the oils: The sesame seed oils of these soaps are from a different batch and both from the reputable supplier that has always delivered top quality oils. Therefore I think that the oil quality is not the cause for this.

Rancidity of the soap: Both soaps have been properly stored in a cool, dark and dry place. There is no scent of rancidness in either one of them. The change of color happened quite soon, about 10-12 weeks after the soap was made. Also, the color change does not look like soap gone bad.

Discoloring EO: The essential oils in Soap nr. 1 are palmarosa, rosewood and lemongrass. Soap nr. 2 is scented with bergamot, mandarin, coriander, sage, lemon, grapefruit and marjoram EO. The only thing common in these two EO blends is a high content of linalool.

Right now I'm pondering two options. Does the sesame seed oil itself make the soap change color? Or does linalool somehow react with the sesame oil causing this... Any suggestions?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

WHIPPED ANTI-WRINKLE CREAM


I whipped up my first batch of facial & body cream today! A few weeks earlier I was having dinner with some of my friends and they were talking about all the special facial creams they had. I have no experience in those kinds of products because of my allergies so I've always had to use just the basic unscented creams from the pharmacy. I decided that it was time for me to have one of those lovely scented miracle creams that turns you 20 years younger over one night :-)


I did several tests and the final recipe still needs some tweaking, but below are the ingredients I used:

Castor Oil: stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, softens and hydrates skin, rejuvenates, natural treatment for wrinkles, gives skin a youthful appearance.

Coconut Oil: anti-oxidant, slows down aging, smoothens irregularities and moisturises efficiently.

Horse Chestnut Oil: anti-inflammatory, prevents capillary fragility, balances circulation, promotes clear skin and even complexion.

Mango Butter: emollient, moisturizing, anti-oxidant, regenerative.

Rose Hip Oil: reduces wrinkles and fine lines, repares damaged skin cells, rehydrates dry skin, rich source of Vitamin A, omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids.

Wheatgerm Oil: rich source of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and protein, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, regenerative, improves circulation, reduces scarring.

Lemongrass essential oil: revitalizes body and mind, reduces cellulite.

Palmarosa essential oil: helps with scar tissue and wrinkles.

Rosewood essentail oil: cell stimulant, rejuvenates skin, reduces wrinkles.