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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
Net Wt. approximately 4 oz
Soaps

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!

Holidays

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 includes a bar of soap, a bottle of bath salts, a small hand cream or body balm, and a lip balm.  You can choose scents of each item.

We also have some new glycerin soap offerings this spring.

Berry Swirl SoapThis beautiful new soap has a luscious berry scent and each bar has a unique swirl. It creates a nice lather and is very moisturizing.

Marbled Lemon SoapThe subtle citrus scent of this new soap is refreshing in the shower.  The soap’s color is from Yellow Brazilian clay and charcoal.  Both the clay and charcoal absorb oils without drying your skin.  The beautiful unique swirl looks different in each bar.  Activated Charcoal and Brazilizn Clay are known for their purifying and cleansing properties.

Sea Sponge Glycerin Soap

Sea Sponge Glycerin SoapThis new soap eliminates the need for a scrunchy or washcloth!  The lovely blue color and fresh scent are wonderful in the shower.  The sponge is embedded in the soap, so it creates a creamy lather.  Simply wet the soap and sponge, then gently rub the sponge over wet skin until a lather forms.

Rose Clay & Poppy Seed SoapThis soap has a shea butter base.  The beautiful pink color comes from rose clay.   Rose Clay is known for purifying and cleansing properties.  It has an “average” amount of absorption, making it suitable for a wide variety of skin types.  It also has gentle oil absorption properties.  The Shea Butter in the soap base gives off a creamy lather, promoting moisture and softening.  Poppy seeds provide mild exfoliation.

Lavender Chamomile Sponge SoapThe clean and calming scent of this soap comes from a lavender and chamomile blend.  This soap is made with beef tallow instead of palm oil, and creates a hard and long lasting bar of soap.  The lavender and yellow swirled soap is embedded with a sea sponge, to create a creamy lather.  The soap, creates a lather without use of a scrunchy or washcloth.  Simply wet the soap and sponge, then gently rub the sponge over wet skin until a lather forms.

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

Gardener’s Soap – mildly scrubby with layers of herbs, rose clay to absorb oils and grime, and moisturizing properties to keep frequently washed hands soft

And, if she loves extra pampering and exfoliation, the salt bar is decadent

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

Also, consider some other items to pamper mom:

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

Click HERE to shop all items on this Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

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.