Soap Me Pretty Updates

Those of you who have ever so often checked in will have noticed that nothing has happened here since last December. I am so sorry.

I was busy being pregnant and giving birth to my daughter Lily Marie on February 22. Creating soaps and mixing cremes has taken the backseat to shaking milk bottles and mashing purees instead. With Lily now crossing over into the post-6-months age though, I will be returning to making beautiful cosmetics. My friend Faridah came to visit over the weekend and has given me a sample of the oh-so-expensive-and-glamerous Creme de la Mer. It feels great but is very similar to Nivea in texture and smell. I will make it my task till the end of the year to create something similar that’s oh-so-wonderful for the middle aged skin but only a fraction of the price. 🙂 In the meantime, I am posting some pictures of last year’s Christmas fair in Trim as well as Lily.

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Photo Time

This is going to be a short post but I still wanted to let you know that I have started working on my online shop. Yeah! While it was super easy to get the .com domain registered I was surprised about the hoops I had to jump through to call the .ie domain my own. (For those interested, you need to provide a statement on an official letter head why you want the domain and what you are going to do with it as well as proof of address and proof of identity. Sigh. It took forever!)

In the meantime, Austin slaved over the pictures for the shop. Perfectionist that he is he had to create the correct set up including background, play with the camera for a while, wait for the right lighting (sigh again) and then do post-production in Photoshop. I have to say that the end results are really lovely. Here are some of the pictures so you can judge for yourself. 🙂 I’ll have more pictures and will reveal the online shop shortly!!!

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The Downside of Perfection

Goats Soap

Perfection is a tricky business. Most of the time it’s a long road with the end destination not even in sight. I am pleased to tell you that Austin and I have finally managed to make perfect (yes, perfect!) soaps. No more panic attacks because the soap turns a strange colour or ceases unexpectedly. Instead, fluffy lightly traced mixtures that go through the gel phase like clockwork.

So what do you do once you’ve reached perfection? … You start missing the imperfections. You realise it’s the journey that counts not the final destination. The adrenaline rush surging through you when a soap goes off too quickly for example, or the anticipation which colour a soap will be after it cools down. Or the excitement mixing lye with coconut milk not knowing whether the mix will separate because you didn’t throw it into cold water fast enough. So I guess I have to raise the bar higher to get back my adventurous spirit.

With these words I’ll leave you with my beautiful goat’s milk soap recipe and some wise words on the wonders of goat’s milk in soap: It’s a fantastic soap for sensitive skin as it cleans and softens the skin without drying it out. The acids in goat’s milk help exfoliate the skin leaving new cells on the surface making your skin look smooth and healthy. And don’t get me started on the vitamins and minerals in goat’s milk. It’s just an overall brilliant product to use in soap!

Goat’s Milk Soap

400 gr. coconut oil
225 gr. sweet almond oil
100 gr. olive oil
270 gr. goat’s milk
80 gr. lye
fragrance oils (I applied a small amount of caramel and oatmeal fragrance)