Thursday, November 30, 2017

Soap, 2017



Due to a personal family matter, my soap production had a limited run this season.

Please come back in February for the 2018 soaps, chock full of my own organically grown calendula, for it's antiseptic and healing properties.















Thursday, October 19, 2017

This year's soap

This year’s version is extra rich in calendula for its antiseptic qualities, all grown organically in my garden here in Colorado.

I am also using more shea butter this year, to make the soap extra moisturizing. It's basically lotion and soap in one!

My calendula thrived in the garden, and I have enough to enrich the soap, and make tea!

Look for first shipments to go out in the beginning of December.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Traditional soap making

Here is a fascinating video showing the ancient process factories used to use to make real soap, not the detergent kind that mass manufacturing produces today:

Soap Making

The scale of this operation is something to behold. As well as the skill of the workers - using special mallets to imprint the soap, cutting with such accuracy. Before machinery, humans had to develop incredible manual dexterity. Now we just operate machines. So much has been lost. Not the recipe for this soap, though, which is from the tenth century!

and the ingredients? Just three: olive oil, water and "mineral salts." The mineral salts are one form of sodium hydroxide, coming from the Dead Sea. You can actually buy a bar of this on Amazon. (and the purchase does support a Palestinian company.)

Here is the description of how they make their soap:

"Nabulsi soap is a type of castile soap produced only in Nablus in the West Bank, Palestine. Its chief ingredients are virgin olive oil, water, and an alkaline sodium compound. The finished product is ivory-colored and has almost no scent. The compound is made by mixing the powdered ashes of the barilla plant which grows along the banks of the River Jordan with locally supplied lime (sheed). The sodium compound is then is heated with water and the olive oil in large copper vats over fermentation pits. The solution of water and the sodium compound becomes increasingly concentrated in a series of 40 cycles repeated over eight days. During that time, an oar-shaped wooden tool known as a dukshab is used to stir the liquid soap continuously. The liquid soap is then spread in wooden frames to set. After setting, it is cut into the classic cube shape of Nabulsi soap and stamped with the company's trademark seal. The soap cubes then undergo a drying process which can last from three months to a year and involves stacking them in ceiling-high structures resembling cones with hollow centers which allow the air to circulate around the cubes."

I learned about this kind of soap when I lived in Aix-en-Provence. This part of France is known for it's ancient soap making, and the soap really is a whole other product than what we think of soap today.This is when my skin learned to love the all natural ingredients, and when I learned I don't need to use any moisturizer if I am using soap that moisturizes.

Once you use this kind of soap, you will never go back.







Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Thank you

Thank you everyone who purchased soap this year -- selling out this quickly has me making a note to my future self next year to double my batches. Happy Holidays!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Healing Soap - almost sold out!

[LINK to my Etsy Shop.]

I am happy to say my soap is almost sold out! I only have 7 bars left. (I guess my family is not getting soap in their stockings this year. . . .) Thank you all for being enthusiastic supporters of this amazing product.


I was a little worried about needing to increase the price to cover my costs and higher shipping fees this year.  I know that you can't get soap anywhere else with this much shea butter and this much organic hand-harvested and grown calendula, as well as organic vervein from France.

I use all my herbs, butters, and oils in abundance to make each bar as powerfully healing as it can be. I think my return customers speak to how it works.

Have a great holiday - thanks for buying artisanal products made with real ingredients and loving care.


A LINK to my Etsy shop if you want the last few bars.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Let's talk about Red Clover

My daughter recently gave me a jar of red clover buds she had gathered.
I did some research and found out this:

The common names are red clover, trefoil, wild clover, and purple clover.

Red cover: Relaxes nerves and the entire system.
Can be used as a sedative.
Has been used to fight cancer.
Found in herbal combinations used for cancer.
Wash for sores.
Can be drunk freely.


Red Clover Herb is often compared to alfalfa both for its nutritional value and appearance. They are reported to have diuretic, expectorant, antispasmodic and estrogenic properties.
Red Clover herb is a blood purifier that increases the body’s production of urine and mucous and promotes menstrual flow.
Contain bitter compounds that increase the production of digestive fluids and enzymes, especially bile. These compounds also shrink inflammation and relieve pains. Red clover is an excellent herbal source of calcium, chromium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.

Red Clover Herb is high or very high on the following nutrients:
Calcium
Chromium
Magnesium
Niacin
Phosphorus
Potassium
Thiamine
Vitamin C
Excerpts from Practical Herbalism
In 1896, King said that, “Red Clover is an excellent alterative, and one of the few remedies which favorably influences pertussis.
After another quarter century of experience with the herb, the Eclectic Materia Medica of 1922 recommended it for the specific indications of, “irritability of the respiratory passages, with dry, explosive cough; carcinomatous cachexia,” and gave the following information: 
“Trifolium is alterative and anti-spasmodic. It relieves irritability of the respiratory tract, alleviating dry, irritable and spasmodic cough. Whooping cough is especially moderated by it, and it is frequently effective in lessening the distressing cough of measles. It also modifies cough in bronchitis and laryngitis. Its alterative powers are underrated, and it should be given where a general deobstruent effect is desired in chronic skin problems, and unquestionably has a retarding effect upon malignant neoplasms.”

Not a bad list of ways this powerful little flower can improve our health.