New Products, Soaps

Introducing 2 New Specialty Soaps With Unique Skin Benefits!

Winter is a great time for experimenting with new recipes.

After Christmas I take a break from craft shows and have time to catch up.  So, with this blog post I would like to introduce our two newest specialty soaps.

At every craft show I am asked about Poison Ivy Soap, and I always have to say I don’t offer it.  I am pleased to say that I have finally taken the time to research recipes, and I am introducing a poison ivy soap to the product line.  The old timers used lye soap for many things, including treating poison ivy and other skin irritations.

The key to the effectiveness of lye soap was the strong lye solution and the use of non-exotic oils, like rendered tallow or lard, in their soap.  Other old time and modern soap makers use jewel weed in their soap to treat the itch of poison ivy and wash its oils off the skin.  After much research, I have developed a recipe with the following beneficial ingredients/properties:

  • Old fashioned lye soap – I used beef tallow as the primary ingredient, so it more closely mimics old fashioned recipes. But, I also included small amounts of coconut oil for cleansing, olive oil for gentleness, and castor oil for lather.
  • Jewelweed – known for its anti-itch properties, jewelweed is a common ingredient in most poison ivy soaps. Substances in jewelweed may prevent poison ivy oil from penetrating the skin.
  • Plantain – plantain has long been considered by herbalists to be a remedy for inflamed skin, eczema, dermatitis or insect bites.
  • Oatmeal – oatmeal has been used for centuries to soothe irritated, dry, itchy skin. It has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory plant chemicals.  Oatmeal is also gentle for all skin types, even the most sensitive.  Oatmeal can be used in colloidal (finely ground) form or in a whole or coarsely ground form.
  • Chlorella powder – Though chlorella is often used as a colorant in soap because of the lovely green color it produces, it also is known for reducing redness and inflammation on the skin. Plus, it is thought to restore collagen production of the skin, which can improve skin tone.

In this soap, I infused both the water and coconut oil with plantain and jewelweed, to gain the skin benefits of both.  I included chlorella powder as a colorant and for its skin benefits.  I normally superfat my soaps at 4-5% so they are moisturizing and do not dry the skin.  I superfatted this soap only at 1%, so it effectively cleans poison ivy oils off the skin.  Because of that, it may be a bit less moisturizing, but it should clean skin very well.  Since the primary purpose of this soap is to reduce skin irritation from poison ivy, less moisturizing is a tradeoff.  Also, I included roughly ground oatmeal, both for its skin soothing properties and to provide a moderate level of exfoliation, which will help to fully remove poison ivy oils from the skin.

I am excited to introduce this new soap, and hope that customers like it as much as I do!

 I also have done some research into African Black Soap, since so many people use it for its skin improving properties.  True African Black Soap is a proprietary product made in West Africa, with ingredients like burnt cocoa pod ash, not easily found or reproduced in the U.S.  Some of the described benefits of African Black Soap are:

  1. Safe for most skin types and washes off the skin easily without leaving residue
  2. Anti-bacterial properties – one study in the Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology Research found that African Black Soap removed bacteria from the skin better than many medicated soaps
  3. May help treat acne and prevent oil buildup
  4. May help reduce fine lines and dark spots
  5. May help with makeup removal
  6. May have anti-fungal properties
  7. Skin soothing and naturally exfoliating

Some African Black soaps contain shea butter, which will moisturize the skin.  However, some may find that the ingredients in African Black Soap cause skin dryness or redness, and therefore cannot use it every day.

So, with that information, I set out to develop a recipe for a black soap that would reproduce the skin benefits of African Soap, but also be moisturizing and gentle enough to use every day.  I tried to use as many of the ingredients of African Soap readily available and beneficial for the skin, but also included some ingredients that reduce drying effects and sooth sensitive skin.  The result is mildly exfoliating, moisturizing, and gentle.  I am excited to share it with you.  Some of the beneficial ingredients in my Barnyard Black Soap are:

  • High oleic sunflower oil – in addition to Omega-3 and Omega-6, high-oleic sunflower oil contains Omega-9. All three of these monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) can help prevent and reduce skin inflammation, protect against infection, and reduce signs of aging caused by sun exposure.
  • Shea butter – shea butter is known to be moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and its antioxidant properties may promote anti-aging. It may also help fight skin breakouts.
  • Cocoa butter – has a high amount of fatty acids, and is very moisturizing for the skin. It creates a protective barrier over the skin which can prevent dryness.
  • Oatmeal – Oatmeal is used to soothe irritated, dry, itchy skin. It has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory plant chemicals.  Oatmeal is also gentle for all skin types, even the most sensitive, and is a gentle exfoliant.
  • Activated coconut ash charcoal – charcoal is the latest skin craze, but use of activated charcoal dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who used it for deodorizing, preserving, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal purposes. Today, charcoal is a common ingredient in skin care products because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, exfoliating, deep pore cleansing, and oil balancing properties.
  • Plantain – plantain has long been considered by herbalists to be a remedy for inflamed skin and dermatitis.
  • Tamarind paste – tamarind contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), which are known for their exfoliating properties. It unclogs pores, may reduce age-related spots and blemishes, and may help keep skin clear. Tamarind also is thought to have an anti-aging effect on skin.  Its antioxidants, plus vitamin C and A, may prevent formation of free radicals.
  • Tea tree, rosemary, and eucalyptus essential oils – all of which have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

This soap is superfatted at 4%, so is very moisturizing for the skin.  Rosemary, Aloe and Oat extracts are botanicals that are also moisturizing and soothing for sensitive or dry skin.  I think that people who both love and have been unable to use African Black Soap will love my Barnyard version!

Old Fashioned Lye Soap with Jewel Weed (for Poison Ivy)

Barnyard Black Soap


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!

Holidays, New Products



This Christmas we have some fun items for your favorite children, or for adults
who are children at heart and still love bubble baths.

Our newest bath items:

Sweetie Tarts Bath Bombs

These cute little bath bombs come in a package of 5. They look good enough to eat, and are fragranced with “candy crush” scent. Cost is $5

Ingredients: Baking soda, Citric acid, Arrowroot powder, Fragrance oil, Mica, Iron oxide, Fluorphlogopite (a mica mineral), Titanium dioxide, Tin dioxide, Yellow 5 lake, Blue 1 lake

Pampering Bath Bombs

These bath bombs have a relaxing Moroccan mint scent, and are a beautiful mint green color. They contain sea salt to relax muscles, and dried healing herbs and flowers. They come 4 to a package, for a cost of $4

Ingredients: Baking soda, Citric acid, Sea salt, Fragrance oil, Rose flower, Hibiscus flower, Chamomile flower, Lavender flower, Calendula flower, Orange peel, Fragrance oil, Green 5

Zombie Dust Bath Fizzie Powder

For the child in your life who loves all things, zombie, this is the perfect Christmas stocking stuffer! Zombie dust is a bath bomb in powder form, plus it also creates lots of bubbles! It has a fun bubble gum scent. Each bag is enough for one bath, at a price of $2. Simply pour under running bath water and you have purple and green fizzie bubbly fun.

Ingredients: Baking soda, Citric acid, Kaolin clay, Cocamidopropylbetaine (surfactant – creates foam), Fragrance oil, Fluorphlogopite (a mica mineral), Titanium dioxide, Tin dioxide, Manganese violet, Water, Propylene Glycol (helps to clump the powders together), Tetrasodium Methylparaben (preservative), Propulparaben, Green 5, Yellow 5

Fizzie Bubble Powder

Fizzie bubble powder is a bath bomb in a bag. Each bag comes with enough powder for 2 baths, at a cost of $3. There are 2 different colors, each with a different scent. Orange powder is a Fruity fusion scent, and green powder is Island escape scent. Simply sprinkle it under running bath water, and you get instant fun, with colored fizzy and bubble action!

Ingredients: Baking soda, Citric acid, Powdered goats milk, Fragrance oil, Colorant – Mica, Hydrated chromium oxide, or Labomb colorant (glycerin, isopropyl alcohol, FD&C Red 40)

New Products, Seasonal, Soaps

Our New Fall Soap Offerings

First, for the football fan, and because we are huge OSU fans, we have created “Buckeye” soap. There are 3 different styles, all colored in scarlet and gray, and each having a distinctive scent. No, there is not a peanut butter scent, but all are still pleasant and inviting.

Pumpkins are synonymous with fall! For the pumpkin lover, we have created a lovely new soap. Pumpkin spice soap is scented with a blend of pumpkin soufflé and cinnamon leaf oils. It will make your shower smell heavenly, and distinctively autumn.

Garden mint soap is a new addition for fall. It is created with a tea made with fresh garden mint, and the scent is enhanced with a blend of peppermint and spearmint essential oils. Mint has many skin benefits, including strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. It may help relieve skin irritations. Mint also contains salicylic acid, which helps prevent acne, and Vitamin A, which controls oil secretion in the skin. French green clay is added to the soap, creating the soft green color and adding extra oil absorption properties to the soap. Clay also provides gentle exfoliation. This soap will make the entire bath smell fresh and clean.

Old Bay is our newest male soap offering. It is a blend of tobacco and bay scents; the scent and color (from red sandalwood powder) are very attractive.

New Products, Seasonal

Happy Spring!

It’s finally spring!  The flowers are blooming and the weather is finally warming up.  My chickens are enjoying foraging in the flower beds, and it is warm enough to allow my new chicks to go out in the yard.

We have some wonderful new spring products, just in time for Mother’s Day!  Our spring lotion collection includes a variety of floral scents.  We have added new lotions in scents of Lilac, Honeysuckle, Lily of the Valley, and Baby’s Breath.  The Lilac and Honeysuckle scents are a bit stronger.  If you are looking for a more subtle scent the Lily of the Valley or Baby’s Breath may be more appealing.

Bath bombs or sugar scrubs are wonderful and decadent gifts for mom as well.  Moms usually won’t buy pampering items for themselves.   What a wonderful way to encourage the special woman in your life to take some “me” time.  Springtime also brings new soaping inspiration.  We have several new soap products in bright spring colors and scents.

  • Orange Spice Soap
    Combines fresh orange with cinnamon leaf essential oils for a wonderfully scented soap.  Calendula flowers and orange peel powder provide the beautiful orange color and mild exfoliation.  Shea butter also leaves your skin feeling soft and silky after washing.
  • Lemongrass and Lavender Soap
    This beautiful green soap has a subtle purple swirl through it.  Lavender buds and green zeolite clay provide gentle exfoliation while shea butter leaves your skin feeling soft.  The lemongrass and lavender essential oils are one of my favorite scent combinations.
  • Spearmint and Grapefruit Soap
    This simple natural soap is uncolored and scented with spearmint and grapefruit essential oils, for those who prefer less additives in their soap.
  • Apple Sage Soap
    The beautiful blue and white swirl of this soap is combined with popular apple sage scenting oil.  Rice bran oil is prized as an anti-aging ingredient, and has a high percentage of fatty acids, which makes it a great skin moisturizer.
  • Intoxicating Blossom Soap
    The combination of Ylang Ylang and Palmarosa essential oils in this soap is reminiscent of walking through a summer garden.  This soap lathers well, and the scent holds well as you use the soap
  • Spring Rain Soap
    The beautiful green and white swirl in this soap  just feels like spring!  And, the combination of palmarosa and chamomile essential oils smells so fresh and clean.  Babbasu oil has natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.  It is also an anti-inflammatory and is used to fight acne, reduce skin irritation, and decrease itching and dryness.  Plus, it also has natural anti-aging properties.
  • Lilac Soap
    Many floral scents do not hold well in cold process soap, but this lilac scent has staying power.  And, the beautiful and colorful pink, purple and white swirl reminds you of the varied colors of lilac blossoms.   It makes a lovely Mother’s Day gift

If you have never tried hand made soap before, spring is a great time to do something wonderful for your skin.  You will be amazed by how soft and smooth your skin feels when you use soaps with natural glycerin and skin loving oils, and none of the chemicals you often find in store bought soap.  Do your skin a favor and  try one of our spring skin products!