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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Welcome 2024!

New Year, New Things!

It's no secret that 2023 we not a great year for me. So,I'm starting this year with a 3 day liquid diet. Can't say I'm loving it, but it's good for me, right?  Day one wasn't so bad, day 2 I have very little energy, I'm sure day three will be a blast!  :)  After the 3rd day I am going on a very low carb diet for the rest of the 3 weeks. I am hoping to jump start some good habits 

So on the first I decided to ferment some lemons, I had purchase quite a few and wanted to preserve them for future use, I also fermented a bunch of garlic.  I enjoy garlic flavors and this way I can get it in bulk and keep it around for a while.  The new thing I'm trying is making a ginger bug. I did my research and found I can make natural fizzy drinks.  Just seems like a fun thing to get into. 

We will start doing a new medicinal plant preview every Wednesday.  It's a great way to see what plants, weeds and herbs can help the body.  I've made may tinctures, salves and teas that will help us keep in balance. I want to share what I have learned, I feel everyone should know the natural ways to stay healthy. 

I also want to share "how to" classes once a month. January is soap month.  I make soaps to sell at craft fairs and I have a website you can purchase from too. So January 20, will be the first class. It will be limited to 5 folks.  Email me at tammie5750@yahoo.com please put "soap" in the description line.  This will be a demonstration, and explanation of the science of making soap.  Cost will be $20. 

That's all I have for now.  Have a great start to this wonderful new year!  




Monday, March 4, 2019

What a weekend!

I have been very busy the last couple of weeks. I have been doing income taxes and getting ready for a big Fantasy Faire. What a fun time! I make soap too, so I had a soap booth that was run by a friend of mine, and I had my Tarot reading booth right next to it. I can not get over the number of people that had an awareness that they were empaths. None of them were wrong! They were all wonderful insightful human beings. A few need to figure out the boundary thing, and wouldn't you know it the cards expressed that very thing. I just love it when the universe lets me voice the message that needs to be heard at the time!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Handmade Soap vs Store Bought Soap; what's the difference?

Did you realize there was a major difference between store bought soaps and handmade soaps? Well there is and this article will explain! . What is the difference between Handmade Soap and Store Bought Soap? With brand-name soap companies spending millions each year on misleading advertising, it's understandable why a consumer may question. Typical store bought or "commercial" soaps that may be labeled as "natural" are actually detergents that include chemical hardeners, foaming agents and artificial fragrances. Unlike the word "organic" that is regulated by the USDA, the word "natural" does not come with a set of quality standards or restrictive elements to it. As consumers, we are responsible for understanding what we put in and on our bodies and the best way to do this is by reading the labels and asking questions. And it's not only big-brand store-bought soaps that can be misleading. Artificial fragrances are being put in a large amount of handmade soaps as well so make no mistake, you must ask questions. A great way to know you are getting the real deal is to ask what method the soap maker uses to make their soap, what ingredients they use and what they use to scent their soaps. Because the handmade soap in question here, thus the reason for this post, is truly natural thru & thru, we would like to share what the differences really are so you can make a more educated decision. So, "Handmade Soap versus Store-Bought Soap; what's the difference? Let's find out, shall we.... Reason #1: Handmade Soap Contains Glycerin. Glycerin is a natural skin emollient (skin softener) that attracts water from the surrounding air. Because of this, glycerin is highly prized in soaps, lotions and creams for maintaining moisture in the skin throughout the day. Animal fats and vegetable oils contain between 7-13% of glycerin as a part of their natural chemical makeup. During the soap making process, the fats/oils and lye blend together to form soap while the natural glycerin maintains its integrity as glycerin and basically settles in between the soap molecules. Too much glycerin and the soap will become mushy and disintegrate quickly. Too little glycerin and the soap becomes very harsh and drying to the skin. Typical store-bought soaps have had all of the glycerin removed and placed into additional products such as lotions and creams. The reason is instead of buying one product that will clean AND moisturize, (such as handmade soap) a consumer now has to buy two products to serve the same purpose, thus, an increase in profit for the company. When profit is placed as a higher priority than quality of life, the consumer is the one who suffers. By removing the glycerin, store-bought soap takes on a skin-moisture-stripping quality that will dry the skin and leave it vulnerable to cracking and flaking. But that's not all.... Reason #2: True Handmade Soap does not use "Fragrance" The FDA does not require the ingredients used to develop a company's trademark "fragrance" to be disclosed on the label. This means that your "fresh rain" or "cherry blossom" scented soap could contain hundreds of harmful chemicals without your knowledge. Some of these chemical concoctions have been found to be skin irritants and known carcinogens. Traditionally made handmade soaps are scented with pure essential oils, never fragrance oils as that wold immediately defeat the purpose of being completely natural. When you use soaps scented with only essential oils, you not only benefit from the lack of harmful chemicals, but you actually benefit from the therapeutic properties each essential oil offers. Not to mention the smell is amazing! This can also be an exciting feature for the consumer as you get to decide what you want your soap to do for you. Example: lavender soap lends it's relaxation and skin repair qualities, and citrus soap lends it's invigorating and antimicrobial qualities. Need a pick-me-up first thing in the morning, try a handmade soap that has lemongrass essential oil in it, not "sunburst" fragrance oil. So let's see, harmful unknown chemicals or therapeutic essential oils.... we'll stick with oils thank you! Reason #3: Soap made the Old-Fashioned Way Our ancestors knew what they were doing, and did it for thousands of years - why change it! Traditional handmade soaps are made one of two ways: hot process and cold process. Cold Process soap is made by mixing sodium hydroxide (lye) with water, then blending it with oils, then adding essential oils and natural colorants, and finally, pouring it into molds to make it nice and pretty (of course the very simplified tutorial). The soaps then sit inside the mold for 24 hours to saponify (become soap), are removed from the mold to dry for 24 hours, then cut into bars of soap and must then air dry or "cure" for 4-6 weeks. Yeah, it's quite a process. Hot process is essentially the same, but instead of placing the soap in a mold to cure, the liquid is placed in a heat source (oven or crockpot) and heated until cured. The method is simply personal preference, though some say that cold process is the true, original form of soap making. These methods of hand-making soap is of course, the opposite of store bought soap which is made on a large scale in factories. Store bought soap is made using a continuous flow method with hundred of hands on the process...or probably now a days, a hundred robot arms. The soap base is continually being made in the same "batch" of soap, never to rest or relax. It is then blended with filler ingredients and chemicals such as Sodium Isethionate (a foam enhancer) and Dipropylene Glycol (a chemical solvent...why it's needed...who knows) and then formed into molds. Soap making is just like cooking, caring for a child or tending to the elderly - it all needs love, attention and time. We believe the hands on approah of handmade soap provides soap the love and attention it needs and know you can feel that energy once you use it. Reason #4: Handmade Soap is Simply Amazing for your Skin! Handmade soap preserves the integrity of the oils/fats/butters. Coconut oil goes in, saponified (made into soap) coconut oil comes out. Shea butter goes in, shea butter comes out. Because of this, the oils/fats/butters maintain their vitamins, minerals and skin-loving qualities in the final soap product. A skilled soapmaker can modify their recipe to produce characteristics in the soap naturally instead of adding chemicals to achieve the same goal. To make a harder bar of soap, add more tallow or olive oil. To make a thick-lathering soap, add some honey. As discussed above, store-bought soap is likely to have the addition of synthetic chemicals to produce similar results and we feel, it simply is not needed. But why take our word for it? The best way to find out is to put it to the test! Purchase a bar of handmade soap from a local soapmaker and give it a try. I can assure you, the experience will be well worth it.