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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.

Bath Bombs

Holiday Thank You! Special Offer on Bath Bombs

In this season of Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported my little business.  This year has been our best year ever, since people are coming back out again to craft shows.  Because of that, I want to give you advance notice of changes that will be occurring in 2023.

Our bath bombs are very popular, because they perform well and because we have tried to keep them at a reasonable price point.  I made some changes this year in an attempt to avoid a price increase. However, due to significant increases in the cost of ingredients I will be forced to increase the price of the standard bombs to $3 and the spinning bombs to $4 in 2023.

So, to thank everyone who has supported me by buying bath bombs, I want to give you a chance to purchase bath bombs at the current price, before 2022 ends.

And, for your loyalty, we have a special discount on your purchase of bath bombs.  You will receive a 10% discount on selected bath bombs, when you purchase a minimum of $10 of any combination of those eligible products.

You will find the products eligible for this discount at the bottom of this post!  The discount will apply in your cart once you have added $10 of the bombs below.

Bath bombs make a great stocking stuffer, and our boxed bath bombs also make a great gift.  Currently we have all scents of bath bombs, though supply is limited for some styles and scents.

Orders must be received by December 15 in order for us to ship before Christmas.  Orders received after December 15 will be shipped after Christmas.  In the event we are sold out of a specific fragrance, we will substitute a duplicate of another scent ordered, unless you specify other options in the “comments” box on your order.

Again, thank you for your support.  Have a Blessed Christmas season!



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.


Bath Bombs

NEW! Bath Bomb Gift Boxes

Our bath bombs are popular, and many people purchase multiples.  This is a wonderful way to gift someone who loves bath bombs.

Purchase either 4 or 6 bath bombs in fragrances of your choice, nicely packaged in a gift box and tied with a ribbon.


  • Box of 4 standard bombs $10
  • Box of 4 spinning milk bombs $14
  • Box of 6 standard bombs $14
  • Box of 6 spinning milk bombs $20

Updated bath bomb scents – all scents are available in both standard and milk bombs:

  • Apple sage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Brambleberry
  • Butterfly garden
  • Cherry Almond
  • Fresh air
  • Fruity fusion
  • Island escape
  • Lavender chamomile
  • Lavender mint
  • Lemongrass & Ylang Ylang
  • Peace and love
  • Rose quartz
  • Sea salt & lily
  • Serenity
  • Star showers
  • Turquoise
  • Vanilla fig
  • Yuzu

Click HERE to shop Bath Bomb Gift Boxes!



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.








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We provide the instruction, and all the materials. Sessions last approximately 3 hours.

You bring snacks and drinks for your group. If you prefer, we can provide snacks, water and soft drinks, for an extra $5 per person.

You may bring your own beer and wine if desired. We will provide plates, plastic cups, and napkins.

Call or email to schedule a date for your group!

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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



Happy Fall 2021

It has been wonderful to be back in craft fairs this year!  We have done both indoor and outdoor fairs, people have come out in large numbers, and fortunately Covid has not reared its ugly head!  It’s been great to see everyone again.  Many of you have come to events to find me, and I truly appreciate your support of my products.

Now, having said that, our Covid sale items are finally almost gone!  But, in an effort to avoid having a lot of soap sitting around losing its scent, I am trying to keep inventory lower this fall.  That way I will have very little to carry into next year, and I can make fresh product to start 2022.  Also, just for your information, due to increases in cost of ingredients, prices on bath bombs will increase a bit for next year.

If you would like to order gifts for Christmas, especially if you want custom items, please try to place your orders by December 1, and sooner if you want to order low stock items.  I still have 2 events left for the season, and I can’t guarantee the soap you want will still be available after those events.  As an appreciation for your support and to thank you for ordering early, I am offering a 15% discount for any order placed in November.  Enter coupon code GET15 on your order to automatically receive the discount.  We have low stock on most of our bath bombs.  Below is a list of soaps that are low stock, for your information.

Soaps out of stock until 2022

  • Sunset swirl (this has been a very popular new scent and will definitely be back in 2022!)
  • Grapefruit, Cedar and Lemongrass

Very low stock

  • Bergamot and Grapefruit (1)
  • Blueberry Thyme (3)
  • Rose Clay and Charcoal (5)
  • Cranberry fig (2)
  • Energizing Orange (2)
  • Farm Fresh Soap (3)
  • Lavender Chamomile (2)
  • Lemongrass and Lavender (8)
  • Oatmeal, Buttermilk, and Honey (3) – we still so have plenty of Oatmeal and Honey Soap as an alternative
  • Orange Chamomile Mint (5)
  • Pink Pomelo and Himalayan Salt (1)
  • Rainbow Soap (3)
  • Sage and Cinnamon (4)
  • Star Showers (4)
  • Tea Tree and Charcoal Facial Soap (4)
  • White Tea and Pear (4)


Again, thanks so much for your support, especially this year!  Have a wonderful fall and blessed holiday season.  Look for new products in 2022.  A few teasers…..

  • Poison Ivy Soap
  • Shower steamers
  • Sinus relieving bath and shower products
  • New bath bomb designs and scents – that will rival and be less expensive than Lush!
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!