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.


Fall 2022 New Soap Offerings


A wonderful fall “foodie” scent, Cinnabun smells like a muffin!  With a beautiful brown and cinnamon swirl and bubbly lather, this soap will leave your skin soft and your bathroom smelling wonderful.

Campfire Marshmallow

This soap is reminiscent of cool fall nights and s’mores by the fire.  It has a smoky sweet scent and a gold, red, and black swirl that is beautiful, fragrant and moisturizing.

Christmas Wish

This soap brings back wonderful holiday memories.  With hints of baking scents, peppermint, cinnamon, and vanilla, the fragrance is comforting and familiar.  The soap is fragrant, moisturizing, and has a very bubbly lather.  The addition of clay is very cleansing.  A great holiday addition.

Deep Woods Cabin

A great fall soap, this fragrance is a mix of pines on the green side, and apple/cinnamon on the red side.  Poppy seeds are mildly exfoliating.  Mango butter, wheat germ oil, and hemp seed oil are super nourishing and moisturizing, especially for dry or mature skin.

Spiced Caramel Pear

Sugar Plum

A sweet and fruity holiday soap offering!  The purple swirl is lovely and this soap has a big bubbly lather.



New Spring 2022 Soap Offerings

Butterfly Garden

With the colors of a monarch, and the scent of a flower garden, this soap is a beautiful spring addition to the shower.  Shea butter is moisturizing, Evening primrose oil nourishes mature skin, and jojoba oil forms a protective moisture barrier on your skin.

Castile Soap

Most soap is made with coconut oil, leaving few options for people who have a coconut oil allergy.  Pure castile soap is traditionally made with olive oil only, and creates a hard, long-lasting, and gentle soap.  However, lather from castile soap is often very creamy with few bubbles.  This soap is primarily olive oil based, with a small amount of castor oil to improve lather, kokum butter to make it harder, and clay for skin cleansing.  It is a wonderful option for people with allergies.

Cherry Marshmallow

With a sweet and fruity scent, and a beautiful design, this soap is a favorite.  It is very moisturizing, and has a wonderful bubbly lather.

Hickory and Suede

This soap was designed to have a “wood grain” look.  Though on this first attempt it doesn’t exactly look like wood, it does have a beautiful appearance and fragrance.  The scent, intended as a masculine offering, is broadly appealing.  It is a beautiful and fragrant addition to the shower.

Honey Ale Soap

Just like a light pale ale, this soap is a wonderful spring and summer offering.  The appearance and scent are intoxicating – light, sweet, and fruity, with a wonderful bubbly lather.

King of the North

With a subtle masculine scent, and beautiful appearance, this soap is a winner!


This soap is modeled in appearance after a piece of petrified wood.  It is sparkly with layers of brown, pink, gold and white, with colored sea salt on top.   It has a bubbly lather and leaves skin moisturized.

Lone Star

With a distinctly masculine scent, and gray, red, and white swirl, this soap is a wonderful addition to the shower.  It is a hard bar of soap, with moisturizing oils that will leave your skin feeling wonderful.

Sea Salt and Lily

This is a truly beautiful soap.  With a multi-tone blue swirl, and a mesmerizing scent, this soap is an instant favorite.  It is a hard and long-lasting bar of soap, with a bubbly lather.  Clay anchors the scent, and is super cleansing.  Shea butter adds extra moisturizing, jojoba leaves a moisture barrier layer on the skin, and evening primrose oil nurtures mature or dry skin.  Pair this soap with bath bombs or lotion of the same scent.

Shaving Soap

We’ve updated our shaving soap with a new look and new skin nourishing additions.  Bentonite clay increases slip, so the razor glides easily on your skin.  The additions of mango butter, hemp seed oil, and wheat germ oil are very moisturizing and nurturing for skin.  This is a great shaving soap and also a wonderful all-over body soap.  The beautiful green, purple, pink and white swirl and botanical spa fragrance add to its appeal.







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


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



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
Net Wt. approximately 4 oz

All About Shampoo Bars

I get many questions at craft shows, about shampoo bars, mostly from people who have never used a soap bar as a shampoo.  Since we are conditioned to use liquid shampoo and conditioner on our hair, most people are not familiar with shampoo bars, and how they are used.  And, when trying a shampoo bar, many people use them incorrectly, resulting in dissatisfaction with the product.  This blog post will address many common questions about shampoo bars, and how to use them correctly.

What’s The Difference Between A Soap Bar And A Shampoo Bar?

While the process for making a shampoo bar is the same as making soap and the ingredients seem similar, a well-formulated shampoo bar is not your typical soap bar.  Shampoo bars contain carefully selected ingredients that promote a moisturized scalp and well-conditioned, shiny hair.  Most shampoo bars contain extra oils and butters to nourish your hair. You should lather up really well, or you may have areas that remain coated with the soap oils, which will make it look “gummy.”  Natural shampoo bars are developed to naturally clean and condition your scalp and leave hair soft, shiny, clean, and most of all healthy.

To use a shampoo bar, thoroughly wet hair. Rub shampoo bar directly on hair, from scalp to ends, covering each section of hair.  You can also rub the bar between hands to create a nice, foamy lather. Work shampoo into your hair, gently massaging the scalp and working through to ends.  I would recommend initially that you shampoo twice; the first wash is mixing with the dirt and excess oil in your hair and the second wash is cleaning your hair. So lather up, once, then twice at first. Be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse!!! Rinse at least 1 minute, to make sure to get all the soap out of your hair.

You can wash your hair with a natural shampoo bar everyday if you desire! It cleans thoroughly without drying or coating your hair or scalp. Dry and style your hair as normal.

Do I Still Need To Use Conditioner With A Shampoo Bar?

Some folks do, and some don’t!

Some commercial shampoos contain petroleum products which are actually drying to your hair and scalp, so conditioners are usually needed.

Natural shampoo bars will not strip the oils from your hair, so you will not need the typical moisturizing conditioners that people use to replace the natural oils stripped by detergent shampoos.  The shampoo bar we formulated at Barnyard Creations actually is shampoo and conditioner in one!  You should not need an additional conditioner when using our shampoo bar.

If you desire, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinses are an excellent addition to any natural hair care routine and can help bring back body and shine to dull, lackluster hair.  Some people find they like a conditioner each time they wash; others use a conditioner every few times.  If you rinse your hair well after using a shampoo bar, and depending on the quality of the shampoo bar, you may find you do not need a regular conditioner.

Can I Use A Shampoo Bar With Color Treated Hair?

Most people find that shampoo bars are easier on color treated hair than commercial shampoos.  Many find their color lasts longer with a natural shampoo bar.  But since everyone’s hair and coloring products are different, you may want to try a strand test to judge for yourself. To do a strand test, shampoo a strand of hair in a non-conspicuous area and rinse. Notice if there are any changes.

Can I Use A Shampoo Bar With Permed Hair?

Because they are simply soap, shampoo bars will not strip natural protective oils from your hair. Some feel that their perms stay “fresher” longer when  using shampoo bars. Again, since everyone’s hair and perming products are different, it is suggested to do a strand test to judge for yourself.

Is There An Adjustment Period When I Begin Using A Shampoo Bar?

Many people have little problem with their hair adjusting to a new routine, but some do.  The transition period can range from a few days to a few weeks. It really depends on how damaged your hair is, how much residue and build-up is present and how well you rinse your hair after shampooing.

When you first begin, your hair or scalp may become oily, dry, or even switch between the two extremes. You may have increased tangles or frizz and the hair shafts may feel weird or waxy.  This is your hair, which has been addicted to chemical-laden shampoo, going through withdrawal, and learning to live a chemical-free life. It’s not easy!  It will go away! It may take some patience, but if you can persevere, your reward will be healthy, soft and silky hair.

Great Things About Shampoo Bars

  • Gentle: Gentle shampoo bars do not strip hair of natural oils. Your hair and scalp will get a break from harmful synthetic ingredients that rob the scalp of natural moisture.
  • Environmentally Friendly: Biodegradable. No plastic bottles. No toxic chemicals.
  • Cost Effective: Natural shampoo bars last a long time and for many, there is no need to buy separate conditioner.
  • Traveling: They won’t leak and can be packed in carry-on luggage while complying with TSA regulations.

Shop Barnyard Creation’s Shampoo Bars HERE!

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!


How Long Will My Handmade Soap Last?

A frequent question I am asked at craft shows is, “How long will this soap last compared to what I buy in the store”?  The answer is, “it depends”.  There are several factors that will affect the life of a bar of soap.  This blog post will discuss the things that affect the longevity of handmade soap.

First, it is important to note that most commercially produced soap has additives that make the soap harder and longer lasting.  The problem is that commercially produced soap is made with inexpensive oils, and much of the glycerin is removed because manufacturers make more profit by selling it separately.  Then, less expensive moisturizers are added to the soap, and other hardening agents are added to make a hard and long lasting bar of soap.  The soap will be long lasting and will most likely dry out your skin.

Enter handmade soap.  What makes it different is the lack of unnecessary additives or chemicals.  The independent soaper can add oils like Evening primrose, Rosehip, Jojoba, Shea, and other oils that that provide anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, antioxidant, and skin firming properties, but are not as cost effective.  They are, however, much better for your skin and will not remove moisture.  And, handmade soap has naturally occurring glycerin, which draws moisture into your skin.

But, I digress.  Most handmade recipes produce a hard bar of soap that should be long lasting, and compete with commercial soaps.  However, there are several things the soaper and you can do to make the soap last even longer.  Here is what you should know:

  • The more liquid oils the soap contains, the softer the bar. Most soaps contain a mixture of solid and liquid oils.  Solid oils and butters like Coconut oil, Palm oil, Animal fat, Cocoa butter or Kokum butter help to make a hard bar of soap.  A higher volume of liquid oils like Olive, Sunflower, or Canola typically make a softer bar of soap.  The exception to this rule is Castile soap, which is made almost entirely of Olive oil, and is a very hard bar of soap.  A hard bar of soap should contain slightly more solid oils than liquid oils.
  • Use of sodium lactate in soap making will produce a harder bar of soap that releases more quickly from the mold. Sodium lactate is a liquid salt that can be added to cooled lye water in order to speed up unmolding Using sodium lactate produces harder, longer-lasting bars of cold process soap. Derived from the natural fermentation of sugars found in corn and beets, sodium lactate is the sodium salt of lactic acid.  An added benefit of sodium lactate is that it moisturizes the skin by helping to draw moisture into the skin.
  • Use of a loofah or mesh scrubby sponge when showering will help the soap last longer. While some soaps, like salt soap or soaps that contain exfoliating additives, are most effective when used directly on the skin, most soap will last longer when used with a scrunchy.  You use less soap to get the same amount of lather.
  • Using a soap dish or rest that allows the soap to dry out between uses will help soap to last longer. Soap that stays wet or sits in moisture will break down, soften and have a shorter life.  Keeping the soap dry when not in use will improve its life.
  • And, of course, the more frequently the soap is used, the shorter life it will have. This is true of any soap – the more you use it, the more quickly it is gone.
  • Longer cure time improves soap life. Newly made soap should sit for 4-6 weeks to cure and dry.  This creates a harder bar of soap that has less water volume.  Even hot process soap, which technically can be used immediately without a long cure time benefits from drying for 1-2 weeks before use.  This allows it to harden ever further.

So, to get the most life from handmade soap, purchase soap that is hard and contains both solid and liquid oils (oils should be listed on the label), use a scrunchy when you shower, and keep the soap dry between uses.  Your handmade soap should then last at least as long, and possibly longer, than most commercial soaps, and your skin will be much happier!

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.