Gifts, Holidays, Lotions, Seasonal, Soaps

Stocking Stuffers!

Tis the season to think about gifting!  Bath and body products always make good stocking stuffers and gifts.  Barnyard Creations has created some great stocking stuffer options, all but one at $5 each!

Orders must be placed by December 15, to be received by Christmas.  Orders received after December 15 will be shipped after Christmas.


Handmade soap is always a thoughtful gift.  It is skin loving and environmentally friendly.  All of our cold process soap is priced at $5.


Soap lasts the longest if kept dry between uses.  These soap dishes allow soap to dry on all sides, and are the best soap dishes we have found.


Buy a bar of soap with a soap saver, in an organza bag, for a special price of $8!  This is a very lovely gift, and wonderful for gift exchanges, teacher gifts, etc.


Our bath salts look lovely, and smell even lovelier!  They come with a scoop on the side, in 5 fragrances – Garden Party, Lavender Chamomile, Rose Quartz, and Spa Tonic, and Vanilla Lavender


In the 1.5 ounce size, this hand cream is truly wonderful!  It goes on with a dry feel and absorbs quickly.  Works wonderfully on dry skin.  Now in 2 fragrances – Oatmeal, Milk & Honey, and Lavender Chamomile.


5 individual bath bombs in a cute package.  They look good enough to eat!  Children love these colorful bath bombs that also color their bath water.


This cute package of Harry Potter soaps and the Harry Potter bath bomb are each priced at $3.  Order one of each for a total cost of $5.  We will select the colors.  If you have strong preferences, please type a message on your order, to help us.

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!


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.

Ingredients, Lotions, Soaps

Why Is Handmade Soap and Lotion More Expensive Than What I Can Buy In The Store?

Purchasing handmade soap or lotion can seem like an extravagant expense, compared to their cost in the grocery store.  However, there are some very significant differences in the quality of commercial versus handmade soaps and lotions.  This blog post will attempt to explain some of those differences.

First, handcrafted soap is made in small batches by an artisan soap maker.  Handmade soap is a combination of science and art, and can come in a variety of shapes, colors, scents and sizes.  The artisan soap-maker can add specialty oils, healing herbs and spices, and other skin-loving products, that are rarely replicated in store-bought soaps.  Glycerin is present in soap as a by-product of the soap-making process, and draws moisture into the skin, keeping it soft.  However, because glycerin is valuable as a product by itself, commercial manufacturers of soaps remove the glycerin from the soap and sell it. The glycerin is replaced by detergents, which remove moisture from skin, drying it out.  While detergents suds well, and will clean the skin, the skin feel of commercial soap versus handmade soap is significant.   Handmade soaps have different amounts of suds and bubbles, depending on the type and amounts of oils used in the soap-making process.  The qualities you want in the finished bar will guide the choice of oils in the soap.  Some offer large bubbles, some offer creamy texture, and some create a hard and long-lasting bar of soap.  The art of soap-making is creating a combination of oils and fats to provide the texture and qualities you desire.  The benefit of small batch soap-making by an artisan allows for creation of  combinations that address different skin needs and include more decadent and expensive oils not often used in commercial soap products.

Commercial lotion products, while they contain many skin-loving oils, also contain high levels of alcohols, which in turn dry out skin, causing you to need even more lotion!  Handmade lotions and balms do not contain these alcohols.  Handmade products include skin-loving oils and ingredients that will not draw moisture from the skin, and have soothing and emollient properties.  The skin feel using handmade lotions is so different from commercial lotions that once you use a handmade product you will be reluctant to again use commercial products.

Though handmade products may initially seem decadent and costly, once you feel the difference in your skin, it will seem a small price to pay.  Indeed, you will find it difficult to return to the commercial soaps and lotions you have used in the past!