Friday, February 3, 2012
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
Thank you Ambra, writer of NaKIN soap blog, for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!
The seven random things of myself:
1. I have two sons and a daughter.
6. I love quilting almost as much as I love soaping.
Monday, July 25, 2011
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
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.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Just to have a little fun, we asked the Facebook fans of Saponina to describe what their dreamsoap would be like and promised to create excatly those soaps. One of the wishes was a Eucalyptus scented soap. When I think of eucalyptus it brings to mind something green and fresh. As we all probably know, fresh and vibrant colours are not easy to produce using only natural colorants.
This time I used few drops of chlorophyllin and then added some fine sea salt into the batch. I think it gives really nice, fresh green texture. It seems that I cut it too late since the soap is a bit crumbly.
Monday, February 21, 2011
These are pictures taken by my 9 year old son on our way to my soaping room today. It's actually at my father's house so I usually take the kids along. It's a great arrangement because the kids get to spend time with their grandfather and I get a few quiet hours for soaping. Soaping is also a great excuse to check on my father who has not completely recovered from the cerebral aneyrysm rupture he had a couple of years ago.
The temperature here has been below -20 celsius degrees for weeks now. It has been too cold to make soap as I usually mix the lye solution outside. Today it was a couple of degrees warmer so I decided to finally make some batches for the upcoming market.
I think the cold had made me slow and dormant. I didn't remember where certain oils and additives were, filled in wrong oils in the lye calculator and struggled with simple percentage calculations. It took me almost two hours before the first batch was in the mold! But after that I started to wake up from the winter torpor and made three more batches: Coffee soap, Rhassoul clay soap and refreshing Eucalyptus soap. Let the spring (markets) begin, I am stocked up!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I must admit that until recently when I started to make larger quantities of soap I used to just toss all the odds and ends away. Now that the quantity of the leftovers is increasing it just does not feel good to throw away such a large amount of soap. So I cut the soap in pieces, some larger, some smaller.
Then I put them all into a pot together, add some water and put the pot into an oven heated to approximately 90 C. When about half of the soap cuttings have melted I stuff it into a mould.
And here is the result: My exclusive "Limited Edition" Tutti Frutti soap :-D