Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Soaps! Shampoo bars and "gentleman farmer"...

I seem to always need some new soaps to work on - there are just so many ideas and variations out there to try, including marbling, french-milling, layering, infusing teas with botanicals, infusing oils for medicinal value...

1. Peppermint Poppyseed - The first soap pictured here is one of our favourites, peppermint poppyseed - back in stock!

2. Gentleman Farmer - I worked on a new soap for the "gentleman farmer" in my life - this is a men's bar, with earthy woodsy scent of pure lemongrass, cedar and bay essential oils.  It has bentonite clay (so can be used for shaving, as clay gives slip to the soap), fullers earth and ground oats.  Very nice.

3. Shampoo Bars - Here at our place we've been testing out shampoo soap bars for the last few months - and finally I have one we all use and absolutely LOVE!  Thanks to the friends and family members who have also been testing shampoo bar recipes for us!  This one lathers really well, leaves hair very soft and also doesn't require the usual apple cider vinegar rinse that many other shampoo bars seem to (for washing off soap residue).  Say goodbye to plastic shampoo bottles!

Check out my etsy store for more photos and details!

For the local people, we will have more soapmaking workshops (beginning classes in traditional cold-process soapmaking method) coming up here at Little City Farm in early 2011, so if you are interested in learning to make your own soap, please check our website for workshop details.

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