Seasonal, Soaps

2021 Fall/Winter Soaps

Cranberry Fig
This is a basic cleansing soap with a lovely green, white, red and gold swirl. It produces a very hard soap with a bubbly cleansing lather and leaves a fresh scent on the skin. With a 4% superfat ratio, your skin will feel moisturized after its use!
Ingredients: Distilled water, Coconut oil, Canola oil, Palm oil (sustainably sourced), Olive oil, Sweet almond oil, Fragrance oil, Castor oil, Titanium dioxide, Micas, Sodium lactate
Net wt. approx. 4 oz

Bergamot and Grapefruit Soap
This lovely soap is two soaps in one! With a black swirl on one side, and poppy seeds to exfoliate on the other, it makes a beautiful addition to the bath. This is a very gentle and nourishing soap, especially for mature skin. It leaves the skin soft, and the oils and mango butter are especially nourishing.
Ingredients: Water, Olive oil, Coconut oil, Kokum or Cocoa butter, Sodium hydroxide lye, Mango butter, Avocado oil, Wheat germ oil, Hemp seed oil, Sunflower or Sweet almond oil, Castor oil, Rosehip seed or Evening primrose oil, Essential oils, Mica, Black oxide, Poppy seeds, Sodium lactate
Net wt. approx. 4 oz

Grapefruit, Cedar and Lemongrass Soap
This is our new version of lemongrass soap, with a scent combination that tempers the strength of lemongrass, and adds the woodsy scent of cedar and the bright scent of grapefruit. The pretty soap has swirls of pink, brown, green, and gold. It is a very hard soap with a conditioning lather.
Ingredients: Water, Coconut oil, Canola oil, Palm oil, Olive oil, Sodium hydroxide lye, Sunflower or Sweet almond oil, Castor oil, Essential oil blend, Micas, Sodium lactate
Net wt. approx. 4 oz

Sage and Cinnamon Soap
This soap has an herbaceous scent combination of sage and cinnamon. The moisturizing recipe has shea butter, evening primrose oil, and jojoba oil. Shea and evening primrose are wonderfully moisturizing especially for mature skin. Jojoba oil is a liquid wax, which leaves a light layer on the skin, and holds moisture in the skin.
Ingredients: Distilled water, Olive oil, Coconut oil, Beef tallow, Sodium hydroxide lye, Avocado oil, Shea butter, Fragrance oil, Jojoba oil, Castor oil, Evening primrose or Rosehip seed oil, Titanium dioxide, Mica, Sodium lactate
Net wt. approx. 4 oz

 

 

Gifts, Holidays, New Products

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mothers don’t often take the time to care for themselves, so pampering items and the time to use them are a wonderful gift for mom.

Purchase your items, and we will beautifully package them for mom!  Our special gift boxes include a bar of soap, a 2 oz. bottle of body lotion, a 2 oz. hand sanitizer, and a lip balm for $15.  You can choose scents of each item.  Also see other gift bag/box options on our website!

We also have some new soap offerings this spring! 

Star Showers
The beautiful blue and yellow swirl in this soap looks too pretty to use.  The dried calendula and cornflower on top adds to the beauty of the soap.  We included liquid silk in this soap to give your skin a luxurious, soft, and “silky” feel.  Rosehip seed oil is nourishing especially for mature skin.  And, the fragrance of this soap is truly heavenly!

Sunset Swirl Soap
This soap is a beautiful and bright addition to your shower.  It has a lovely fresh scent with citrus notes.  This is a very moisturizing soap, with Shea butter and Evening primrose oil, which are especially good for mature skin.  Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax, which leaves a light layer on the skin, and holds moisture in the skin.

Rainbow Soap
The layers of mica in this soap are the colors of the rainbow!  The moisturizing recipe leaves your skin feeling wonderful, and the fresh scent brightens your bath.

Berry Soap
This is a beautiful layered soap in the colors of fresh berries!  The scent is a lovely mixed berry combination, and the splash of heather flowers on top makes it especially beautiful.  The recipe is a gentle and nourishing blend of mango butter, wheat germ oil, and hemp oil, with rosehip seed oil for mature skin.

Pink Pomelo and Himalayan Salt Soap
This moisturizing soap leaves your skin very soft and smooth.  With a splash of pink salt to exfoliate, your skin will feel wonderful.  This soap has less salt content and is less scrubby than the salt spa bar, for those who want a medium strength exfoliation.  The scent is very mild and pleasant.

If mom loves gardening, this specialty soap may be perfect for her…

 

 

Also, consider some other items to pamper mom:

  • Ultra rich body lotion – skin loving oils and extracts to soften and soothe winter-dry skin. Check out our new scents!
  • Bath bombs
  • Bath salts – various attractive scents and colors
  • Lip balms made with infused oils for healing skin properties for lips dry from winter air

Email or call to order.  We will lovingly package the perfect gift for your special mom!

Gifts, Holidays

Happy Easter – Happy Spring!

Easter and spring!  After this cold, wet winter, and Covid lockdowns, spring fever is coming early at our house.  For Easter we have some options to candy, for Easter treats.  Barnyard Creations “treats” are fun, smell wonderful, and don’t add calories or destroy your childrens’ teeth!

As an alternative to candy, some fun Easter items:

  • Mermaid soaps – sparkly layered soap in aqua or pink
  • Animal and car shaped soaps in a variety of colors and scents (6 different animals and 3 different vehicles)
  • Harry Potter soaps – different shapes related to the Harry Potter books – 3 small soaps to a bag
  • Bunny bath bombs – 3 to a bag, mixed scents and colors
  • Sweetie tarts bath bombs – look like candy!
  • Flavored lip balms – nine fun flavors

And, for adults who still like Easter goodies:

  • Bath bombs – fizz and release moisturizing oils and relaxing scents into your bath water
  • Bath salts – Himalayan Sea Salt and Epsom Salt blend with sparkly mica coloring and relaxing scents, in a glass bottle with a cute wooden scoop!
  • Lotions and body balms for additional skin pampering

Please call to order, or use our website store, and we will ship to you.

Free delivery in Licking County!

Lotions, Sale, Soaps

Covid Sale!

2020 strikes again, but this time it is to your benefit!  It was an epic year, that saw every craft show cancelled.  We are retiring some products and soaps for 2021, to make room for new products.  Normally we sell our retired products in the “bargain bin” at craft shows.  However, Covid cancellations of craft shows means the bargain bin is full!  So, we are having a website sale on all retired items.  Most items have limited supply.  Sale will end at the end of February or while supplies last.  This is a great time to shop early for Valentine’s Day!

All soap, cold process and glycerin, is 4 bars for $12 ($3 per bar).  Mix and match any bars.  If items are sold out, we reserve the right to substitute as closely as possible.  Click here for sale page.

Available soap

Cold Process

  • Lavender Chamomile
  • Lavender Chamomile Sponge
  • Lemongrass and Poppy Seed
  • Rose Clay and Charcoal
  • Berrywine
  • Wildflower
  • Spring Rain (we are not retiring this soap – we just have some bars that are older and the scent has faded a bit)

Glycerin Soap

  • Berry Swirl
  • Marbled Lemon
  • Rose Clay and Poppy
  • Sea Sponge
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Purple Mermaid
  • Rose Clay and Charcoal Spa
  • Kitchen

Grab bag of other retired products – mix and match 6 items for $10

This is a great deal, as prices on these items ranges from $2 to $10 normally.  We will choose the largest size available as supplies allow, and we reserve the right to substitute other scents if what you choose is unavailable. Click here for sale page.

  • Cocoa Butter Cashmere Body Mousse
  • Body Lotions (very limited supplies)
    • Lilac
    • Lily of the Valley
    • Rain Forest
    • Wildflower
  • Sugar Scrubs (very limited supplies)
    • Blueberry Thyme
    • Fresh Rain
    • Fruity Fusion
    • Jasmine & White Rose
    • Lavender Rose
  • Fizzy Bath Powder
    • Cotton Candy
    • Fruity Fusion
    • Island Escape
  • Zombie Dust Fizzy Bath Powder
  • Bath Bombs
    • Orange Creamsicle (spinning and regular)
    • Acai (spinning only)
  • Monster-be-Gone Spray
Lotions, Soaps

Testing “Positive” About Covid 19

I prefer to think of the glass as “half full” rather than “half empty”.  During this time of fear and anxiety in our country, in this blog post I would like to offer some positive thoughts.

I remember the ice storm of December 2004.  I had a college student and high school student who were home for the holidays and expecting to spend some time with friends.  Then the ice storm hit.  My heart was warmed as a mother, because my children were “stuck” at home.  We spent the entire week in our living room in front of the fireplace, because we had no heat or power.  We camped on the floor in sleeping bags, wrapped in blankets during the day, and cooked our Christmas French Toast breakfast on the Coleman camp stove.  We played games, read books, and spent the entire week together, something we would not have done if there had been no storm.

The current pandemic has us again “stuck” at home.  People are losing work, and finances are a concern.  These are legitimate reasons to be in fear, but since many of these things are  currently out of our control, it may help to focus on the things we do have some measure of control over.  To think of the glass as “half full”, families again have the opportunity to alter the way they interact and relate to one another.  It is my hope that this current situation will result in the following for families:

  • More dinners spent at home as a family, without cell phones and distractions
  • Family game and movie nights together
  • Improved emphasis on saving any amount of money, even if it means giving up some guilty pleasures
  • Less running our children all over to scheduled activities, and more emphasis on creative play at home

Now, I want to briefly touch on the COVID-19 virus.  In case you are not aware, COVID-19 is called a “jacketed” virus.  This means it has a protective fat covering allowing it to attach to your skin, making it more likely you will get sick.  The “jacket” is broken down and the virus killed by using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (CDC guidelines), or by using soap.  Soap is made by a chemical reaction between oils and sodium hydroxide, or lye.  The oils in soap break down the “jacket” on the virus, so you can remove it from your skin.  Also, soap makes your skin slippery, which allows you to rinse and wipe the germs off your skin more easily.  But, using so much soap and hand sanitizer can really dry your skin.  Now, more than ever, using handmade soap will benefit your skin.  Most store soaps are made from less expensive oils and have added detergents to improve lather and decrease the cost of making the soap.  They also do not leave as many oils on your skin, making them less “slippery”, and more dry.  Handmade soaps use more skin nurturing oils and have no detergents or artificial ingredients.  They make your skin more “slippery” so you can remove the germs, and they leave more moisture in your skin after washing.  When you are washing your hands many more times per day, your hands will thank you for using handmade soap.

One more note – if you have extra dry skin, or have to use industrial grade soaps at work, your skin may still be dry.  Water based lotions will work temporarily, but oil based skin balms or lotion bars will more effectively restore moisture to your skin.  Use them on your hands at bedtime, and you will find your skin feels much better in the morning.

So, stay home, read a book, exercise, and get enough rest.  And, wash your hands frequently with handmade soap.  All of these things will nurture your mind, body, and your skin!  And, hopefully, you will keep some of these healthy habits after the quarantine is over!

Holidays

Happy Easter – Happy Spring!

Easter and spring!  After this wet winter, spring fever is coming early at our house.  For Easter We have some always popular and some exciting new items to highlight this month.  Children love Easter treats.  Barnyard Creations “treats” are fun, smell wonderful, and don’t add calories or destroy your children’s’ teeth!

As an alternative to candy, some fun items for your children’s Easter baskets are:

  • Mermaid soaps – sparkly layered soap in aqua, pink or purple.
  • Animal and car shaped soaps in a variety of colors and scents (6 different animals and 3 different vehicles).
  • Harry Potter soaps – different shapes related to the Harry Potter books – 4 small soaps to a bag.
  • Bunny bath bombs – 3 to a bag, mixed scents and colors.
  • Sweetie tarts bath bombs – look like candy!
  • Fizzie bubble powders for the bathtub – sprinkle under running water for foam, bubbles and fizz.
  • Flavored lip balms – many fun flavors.

And, for the adults who still like Easter goodies:

  • We have created several new soaps this year.
    Busy Beeswax Soap
    • Busy beeswax soap – created for the Lithopolis Honeyfest, which we attend each year. Beeswax in the soap helps keep moisture in the skin, and the scent, a combination of honey and black cherry is heavenly.
    • Hippie soap – this soap was created especially for the Hippiefest, a new festival for us this year. there are 2 options – one that is swirled like tie-dye, and the other is layered fun “hippie” colors.  Both are scented with essential oil blends.
    • Lavender chamomile soap – a relaxing scent blend, with a yellow swirl.
    • Flower power soap – this beautiful soap was also created for Hippiefest. This soap has cocoa and shea butters for extra moisturizing.  The scent is a fragrant blend of rosehip and jasmine.
  • Sugar scrubs – a decadent shower experience! Turns your shower into a spa and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and clean.  A wonderful and pampering gift!
  • Bath salts – Himalayan Sea Salt and Epsom Salt blend with sparkly mica coloring and relaxing scents, in a glass bottle with a cute wooden scoop!
  • Lotions and body balms for additional skin pampering…and MORE!

See our gift bag or gift basket section of the site.  We have lovely wrapped gift bags for $6, gift baskets for $10, and cigar boxes for $15.  We do the packaging for you!  Or, we can do custom baskets with items of your choice.

Please call to order, or use our website store, and we will ship to you.  Free delivery in Licking County.

For many of the products in this post, click HERE.

Gifts, Seasonal

Custom Orders

Yes, We Do Custom Orders!

I am often asked at craft shows whether I can make custom items.  The answer is, yes!  Custom body products are a unique and thoughtful alternative to more traditional options for your special events.  Some ideas:

  • Wedding favors
  • Shower gifts
  • Birthday party favors
  • Teacher gifts
  • Employee appreciation
  • Holiday gifts
  • Prizes

I will happily work with you to create the perfect gift for your event.  Pricing varies by item, complexity, and volume needed.  I am able to create custom colors or scents, however some scents may not behave well in handmade soap.  Please ask and we can help you with ideas and options to meet your needs.  Some things to remember in your planning:

  • Soap orders should be placed at least 6 weeks in advance. This allows us time to make and package the soap, including the 4 weeks needed for soap to cure fully.  If a custom scent must be ordered, we may need 8 weeks for soap
  • Most other custom items require a minimum of 4 weeks advance order. We appreciate as much lead time as possible, but this is the minimum we ask.

Some unique ideas for your event:

  • Organza gift bags – include 1 bar of soap of your choice, and one lip balm of your choice
  • Gift baskets – all sizes – priced by the items you want to include
  • Sugar scrubs – scrubs include gentle soap, so are a luxurious way to wash and exfoliate at the same time
  • Bath salts – include Epsom salts, Himalayan salt, and Dead Sea salts for a muscle and body loving, relaxing experience
  • Bath bombs – a fizzy and skin loving experience
  • Scented lotions with all natural ingredients
  • Handmade, all natural ingredient soaps
  • Children’s soaps – in animal or vehicle shapes, or with a Harry Potter theme

Now is the time to plan your custom orders for the holidays!  We believe you will be delighted with the options and presentation for your custom gifts.  Please contact Barnyard Creations now to place your order!

Seasonal

Spring 2019

HAPPY SPRING!

Happy spring!  For Spring and upcoming Mother’s Day we have some always popular and some exciting new items to highlight.  Mothers don’t often take the time to care for themselves, so pampering items and the time to use them are a wonderful gift for mom.  Purchase your items, and we will lovingly package them for mom in a berry box and gift bag!

Our new spring offerings:

  • First, we are very excited about our spring soap offering. In our Spring Blossom soap we embedded flower soap into our bar loaf, so each bar includes a cute little flower.  It has a nice dogwood and ginger blossom scent
  • Wildflower soap with a beautiful dried flower mix on top, and no coloring so it is simple and gentle on your skin, with a fresh subtle floral scent
  • Spring rain soap is back – with its lovely green swirl and fresh scent of Palmarosa and Chamomile oils
  • Unscented body lotion we will happily scent with any fragrance you request
  • We have several new soap offerings containing charcoal, for its amazing skin benefits; Charcoal facial soap, Sandalwood and charcoal, and Patchouli & vanilla

 

And, some of our regular soap offerings are great for spring:

  • Gardener soap – mildly scrubby with layers of herbs, rose clay to absorb oils and grime, and moisturizing properties to keep frequently washed hands soft
  • Garden mint soap – made with mint infused water and essential oils. Mint has many skin benefits, including strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits.  Also contains salicylic acid, which helps prevent acne, and Vitamin A, which controls oil secretion in the skin.  French green clay in the soap absorbs oils and gives a mild green/tan color
  • Salt Spa bar – all natural soap bar loaded with Dead Sea and pink Himalayan salt. A very hard bar that is low sudsing due to the high salt content but that is moderately scrubby and leaves skin soft and smooth
  • Relaxing Lavender Soap – always a favorite, with soft lavender scent, lovely purple color, and embedded with lavender buds for light exfoliation. Also includes liquid silk, which leaves skin feeling wonderful.

 

Also, consider some other items to pamper mom:

  • Ultra rich body lotion – skin loving oils and extracts to soften and soothe winter-dry skin
  • Bath bombs
  • Sugar scrubs in a lovely bail jar – various attractive scents and colors
  • Lip balms made with infused oils for healing skin properties for lips dry from winter air

 

 

Email or call to order.  We will lovingly package the perfect gifts for Easter.

Lotions

Why Spend Extra for Handmade Body Lotion?

What is in handmade lotion that makes it so different from mass produced lotion?  Every recipe is different, but today I want to explain why the lotion we make at Barnyard Creations is so great for your skin.  I personally have rosacea, and I have to be very careful about what products I put on my skin.  After using many different commercial lotions, I finally decided to experiment with making my own products, and I have been absolutely astounded by how much healthier my skin has been.  I no longer struggle with facial irritation after using something that flares my rosacea.  I have not had a flare since I began using my handmade lotion.  I also struggle with dry skin, especially in the winter.  Since using my handmade lotion, I have not had chapped skin, even during the harshest winter weather.  What is different about this product?  To answer this question I thought it best to describe the skin loving benefits of the products I chose to include in my “Ultra-rich Body Lotion”.

 

Dulce extract

Palmaria palmate is a plant that grows in the Atlantic Ocean as well as the northwest Pacific Ocean and is often dubbed the ‘red seaweed.’  Its scientific name is “Dulse” (pronounced dullis).  Dulse is used for its natural antioxidant properties and abundance of vitamins B6, B12, C, E, and A.  Palmaria palmata helps turn back the clock on your skin in many ways.  First, it helps to improve blood and lymph circulation to promote brighter skin.  Second, it provides antioxidant support to neutralize damaging free radicals (unstable molecules that can damage the cells in your body).  Third, palmaria palmata contains seawater which helps to detoxify and cleanse the skin.  Last but certainly not least, it contains amino acids and vitamins that can help promote collagen production.

 

Evening Primrose extract

Evening Primrose Extract has long been known as a natural anti-inflammatory.  Evening Primrose extract has traditionally been used in mature skin preparations, but is also wonderful to soothe skin dryness, itchiness, and redness.  It’s commonly found in mature skin preparations because of its moisturizing and nourishing properties.

 

 

Mallow extract

Mallow was cherished by the Ancient Romans for its soothing and protecting properties for dry and sensitive skin. It is commonly used in skincare preparations to reduce inflammation.  The roots of the marshmallow plant contain a thick, gummy substance called mucilage. The mucilage is extracted from the root and used for medicinal purposes. The root extract also contains a number of other ingredients that promote skin health, such as polysaccharides and flavonoids.  Mallow extract possesses antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory properties, and can improve the function of the immune system.

 

Babassu oil

This non-greasy oil can moisturize the skin and keep it hydrated, especially oily and dry skin types.  It is easily absorbed by the skin, making it soft and smooth. The oil, when applied on the skin, balances the natural oils of the skin.  If you suffer from psoriasis, eczema, rosacea or even acne, using moderate amounts of babassu oil is an excellent idea. Unlike coconut oil, babassu oil absorbs into the skin much more rapidly, and leaves behind less of an oily residue.  Babassu oil is filled with antioxidants, such as Vitamin E and phytosterols. These antioxidants are known to combat inflammation very effectively.

 

Grapeseed oil

Grapeseed oil comes from the pressed seeds of grapes. The oil is a by-product of the process of making wine. This oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-oxidant properties. These properties, along with the high amounts of omega chain fatty acids and vitamin E contained in grapeseed oil, have made it a popular topical treatment for skin.  The powerful antioxidants in grapeseed oil have another benefit; grapeseed oil may help to protect your skin from absorbing the full damage of UV rays.

 

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory properties which may help skin irritation, reduce redness caused by drying, ease the effects of eczema and rosacea, and keep skin calm.  The Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins in the Jojoba oil help in skin repair.  Jojoba Oil is referred to as “oil” but it is, in fact, a liquid wax.  The wax structure of jojoba oil is very similar to the natural oils of our skin, which means it not only moisturizes, but absorbs faster than other oils. Jojoba is full of nutrients and antioxidants, and is suitable for all skin types.

 

Meadowfoam oil

The composition of naturally occurring fatty acids in Meadowfoam oil gives it a unique, non-greasy feel that works as an excellent moisturizer.   Meadowfoam oil is thick enough that it is able to form a barrier across the skin to lock in moisture and provide UV protection properties.  Meadowfoam is a very earth-friendly product. The Meadowfoam plant is a sustainable and renewable resource.  Meadowfoam oil drastically increases the moisturizing effects of any lotion or cream. Its unmatched stability also makes it useful in extending the shelf life of other oils.  Meadowfoam oil is not only a super-moisturizer, but it is also high in antioxidants and a variety of other nutrients.

 

 

Rosehip seed oil

Rosehip oil is a pure plant oil, which is similar in design to our own natural skin oil (sebum).  This means it is a very light, dry oil that is readily absorbed by the skin while helping to promote normal, healthy cell function.  Rich in Vitamin A, which is known to help fight against age spots and wrinkles, rosehip oil is great for anti-aging.  It’s also packed with molecules that are small enough to penetrate deep layers of the skin, improving moisture and collagen levels, reducing wrinkles and fine lines.  Rosehip oil is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which are essential for tissue and cell regeneration in the skin.

 

 

A note about Parabens…..

 

There is an overwhelming amount of information that refutes the war cry against Parabens, but once that bell was rung there is no silencing the ripple effect caused by the scare.  Many manufacturers removed Parabens from products in response to the fear caused by the early Paraben reports.  It is important to note that The American Cancer Society, The National Cancer Institute, and the FDA (the FDA has a page dedicated to Parabens) have all come out to say that there is no proof that Parabens cause cancer.  Unfortunately, many critics will say that the industry is tainted.  Most companies have moved away from Parabens but many refuse to because putting out a “Paraben-free” product means that they agree with the bad science.

 

I use a Paraben and formaldehyde free preservative in my oil based products, because there are effective products available that do not contain Parabens.  However, for water based products there are not equally effective products available.  Most natural products or Paraben free products have a very short shelf life, and the products must be destroyed after about 6 months.  Paraben based products provide a much longer shelf life and significantly reduce the risk of bacteria development.  I choose to use Gemaben II, which is a Paraben based product.  The amount of Paraben used is so small that you have a negligible amount of Paraben on the skin each time you use the product.  And, even with cumulative use the amounts of exposure are insignificant compared with the levels of Paraben studied.  I have had no rosacea exacerbations or skin irritation as a result of using these products.

 

You must choose what you feel is best for yourself and your family.  However, I would encourage you to review the available research before choosing a Paraben free product simply because of the scare messages and bad science.

Holidays

Easter 2019

Happy Easter!

Easter – The promise of spring coming!  For Easter We have some always popular and some exciting new items to highlight this month.  Children love Easter treats.  Barnyard Creations “treats” are fun, smell wonderful, and don’t add calories or destroy your childrens’ teeth!

 

As an alternative to candy, some suggestions for your children’s Easter baskets are:

 

 

And, for the adults who still like Easter goodies:

 

See our gift bag or gift basket section of the site.  We have lovely wrapped gift bags for $6, gift baskets for $10, and cigar boxes for $15.  We do the packaging for you!

Please call to order, or use our new website store, and we will ship to you.  Free delivery in Licking County.