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reminiscing on labels

I was looking at old pictures recently, and it occurred to me that,
if motivated, you can learn a lot about something in a very short time.
Looking back, it’s easier to see how I’ve grown as a soap-maker!

Its only been three years since I began, but it feels like I’ve been doing it forever.
Like most soap-makers I know, I think about it all the time.

I daydream about what I’d like to make next.
Something seasonal? A classic, like Lavender & Oatmeal?
A beer soap? A milk soap? It’s always exciting,
and being passionate about something is food for the soul.

My mind wonders on soapy creations during my day. While I’m cooking,
while I’m rushing about, and of course, when I’m in the shower.
I talk to my dog about ideas, (I’m not sure, but I think I she looks bored)
and then I wonder when I’ll have the time to get soaping.

I’ve gathered that for many soapers’, it’s not the math,
(for me, its the math..but give me a calculator, and I’m a formulating Ninja)
and it’s not the risk of handling the *potentially dangerous lye water
that makes ’em sweat- it’s the labeling!

While I’m naturally horrid at math, I do enjoy labeling.
I liked it right from the start.

When I first starting making labels, I hand wrote them on hang-tags.
Then I decided I wanted something more professional looking,
so I learned how to make simple cigar-band labels.

IMG_1415~Above is a pic of some of my earliest labels. I was very pleased with them!~

IMG_1468~For the packaging above, I used leftover fast food napkins.
Re-purposing is good. Fast food, not so much. 🙂

Here are some more recent labels: DSC_0038~Mermaids are so pretty. She made my Juniper Breeze soap look lovely!~

DSC_0037~I love vintage maps, and they make a great background for masculine scents.~
DSC_0001~Rose always reminds me of my Mom. I’ll save one of these for her.~

I give thanks for the good things in my life; my family and friends,
my furry children, and my job.
And, as strange as it is, making soap feeds my soul.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. ~ Thoreau

Or, To Each His Own. Amen.
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*Disclaimer: ALL bar soap is made with lye, sodium hydroxide, or NaOH.
If you’ve read different, it’s a lie, really.   😉

Lye water is a caustic base solution, and it is potentially dangerous-
but only to the person making the soap!
Adding lye water to fatty acids (your chosen oils) produces
the chemical change which results in soap.
As soap-makers, we are well aware of the risk of handling lye water,
and wear full protective gear during the process.

All that being said..
there is no lye in the finished product of a properly formulated soap!

On the contrary, as a general rule, soap-makers ‘super-fat’ their soaps.
This simply means that there is enough lye molecules to turn most of the
fatty acid molecules into soap, but not quite enough to change them all.
This results in a small percentage of free-floating oils in the
finished product, which ensures a mild and conditioning bar.

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The Holidays!

I have to admit, the holidays have always been special to me.
Growing up, nothing made my mom happier than decorating the house,
and cooking delicious meals for large family gatherings.
I liked when my mom was happy, and I still do.

I heard “Let It Snow” while shopping the other day, and while I
realize how much holiday music (too soon) tends to piss people off-
I am not one of them. Yes, I’m aware it’s a little early,
but I can listen to it everyday, from now until Christmas.

Speaking of, I probably should have come up with a bunch
of holiday soaps sometime ago, but life happens.

I did manage to finally get a shop up on Etsy, and even made my first sale!
I can see this is going to take some work, but I’m up for it.

I made these cute little guest-soaps using a fragrance oil I’ve
wanted to try for the longest time; Frankincense & Myrrh.
It’s a deep, warm Vanilla and Amber based fragrance
that is perfect for winter, and especially holiday gift-giving.
The quintessential holiday scent.

I love packaging!
After looking and looking, I finally found these pretty
little cardboard boats to securely sit the trees into:

Holiday Guest Soaps

These will be up in my Etsy shop, soon.

Not today, though.
I have potato’s to boil, stuffing to make, and company to entertain,
all while listening to my favorite holiday tunes, which are all of them.
Life happens, and I’m grateful for it all.

Wishing You A Very Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

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