Joe and I had a great time in Fort Brag. Even I need time off! We stayed in a beach front hotel. Yes I took some bathbombs and enjoyed them in the ginormous bathtub. Bathbombs are awesome! We had a wonderful dinner and adult beverages at Northcoast brewing company and our waitress Dani made our time there fun! I highly recommend if you go to Fort Bragg try eating there. Riding the Skunk train was fun. Of coarse the beach was wonderful.
Did you know that you can refill one of the foaming pump bottles with thin soap? Whether you buy my soap or soap from the dollar store you can refill these bottles. They are good for a thousand pumps if the soap stays supper thin. Thick soap will clog the little screen inside the pump and no soap will come out! So reuse! I add a small bit of dish soap and deionized water but now I make soap so I use what I make.
You want to dilute the soap as much as you can, while still keeping the desired feel and consistency in the foam. As a general guideline, you should be able to dilute your normal liquid soap by 3 - 6 times.Start with 1 part soap and 3 parts water, and see how it feels. Add additional water until the foam just barely starts to thin out. Slighly LESS than that amount of water is the right amount to use with that particular type of soap.
St. Patrick’s Day came and went. Next will be tax time!:( I’m working hard on my shampoo and conditioner. I also made a few batches of liquid soap. One is 100% coconut oil soap. I’m hoping that with some orange essential oil it will be a good cleaning soap. My husband works in a machine shop so he wants a soap that will clean his hands well. One batch of soap is mostly canola oil and I’m not too impressed with that one. It isn’t very latherery( not good bubbles) so I will have to work with on the recipe.
Coconut oil soap paste in photo.
I've been experimenting with homemade shampoo and conditioner. It has been a lot of trial and error. I have finally came out with a product that my hair loves but more importantly my husband also loves it. I hesitate to make it for other people because hair is so different person to person. I do not use any phosphates but I did add some skin safe silicon to help soften the hair. PH of the shampoo is a little high but so far the shampoo works great. I added some protein like silk and wheat germ. Do to the higher ph of the liquid soap a parben based preservative is necessary. I do not want to have mold, yeast, and any other yuckies to grow in it. The oils that I use are extremely soft so leaving it as a bar soap will not work no matter how much sodium lactate I try to use. Glycerin, mango butter, coconut oil, and castor oil help keep my hair soft and detangled.
Goats milk is one of my favorite mills to use for soap making. But occasionally I like to use buttermilk. The milk fats make this soap supper bubbly and it lathers superbly. I used a fragrance I had not used in sometime and I had forgotten how much I love Freesia! This soap is supper fun to make! It will be ready in four to six weeks.
Lets talk about candle for a minute! Did you know that each and every candle I make is tested for quality? If I change wax I have to test out fragrance and wicks to make sure the candles are going to smell good and burn properly. Candles have to be burned till the wax is melted to the edge of the container every single time you light it or it will not burn properly? Who knew a candle has a memory? If you don’t trim the wick down to a 1/4 inch that affects the flame and whether or not your candle will stay lit or not. Who knew candles are so complex?
Do you make New Years Resolutions? I don’t. I learned a long time ago they are easily broken! I do however sit down and write out goals for my business. I also pray over my family, friends, and business. I pray every night! I go through my devotions and ask Jesus for his guidance and will over all aspects of my life! Now Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. I made these heart soaps but I am reminded of St. Valentine the saint of love and marriage. Beheaded for his refusal to give up his faith. To trust it Jesus with all my heart is my goal. So we march on in this new year with renewed hope and faith.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Merry Christmas there is hope even today! Our Savior was born, died for our sins, rose again and sits on the throne! Praise the Lord!
Downtown Grass Valley has a wonderful event called Cornish Christmas. Every year vendors who make things by hand are invited to participate. It is a great place to get all your Christmas gifts. Plus you are supporting local business. Thank you to all who stopped by my booth tonight! If you cannot make it to this event you can order through my online store!
Hi! I'm Staci from Staci's Homemade Soap! I LOVE making soap and I love the way my skin feels. Unlike store bought soap, my soap does not dry the skin! A natural product of soap making is glycerin! And skin loves it! Also goats milk is good for your skin. Goats milk has minerals in it and is loaded with vitamins .Goats milk also contains lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid....Goats milk soap is wonderful. I encourage you to try some! My goats milk lotion is a soothing moisturizer for dry skin. Since goats milk has selenium and vitamin A in it your skin will be happy and nourished.