Thursday, May 19, 2011

From My Soap Kitchen

Soap Kitchen.  I was thinking about these words yesterday, preparing to write another post about the soaps i have been busy making.  I was thinking about how strongly the food that comes out of the kitchen, whether it is my kitchen, my grandmother's kitchen or that of a favourite cafe, influences my soap.  Coffee, lemon, oatmeal, honey, chocolate, beer.  Are you seeing the pattern too?  Food seems to be quite important to me.  I just wish I enjoyed cooking more.  Oh well, on to the soap.

Nan's Lemon Pie
Nan's Lemon Pie is scented with lemon essential oil and has a sprinkling of coconut on top, just like my grandmother used to serve her lemon pie.

Vanilla Bean Soap
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Soap
You had to know cookies were going to make an appearance.  Colloidal oatmeal and cocoa powder make this soap a little extra special.  A combination of oatmeal milk and honey and chocolate fragrance oils make it smell really yummy and kind of decadent.

Lavender Oatmeal Soap
Now to introduce my new fun soaps.

Hippy Half Pint

I have been wanting to make beer soap for awhile and I finally got around to stealing one of Mike's beers.  Okay, so it was his last beer and I may have gotten a dirty look the next time he went to the fridge but it was totally worth it.  I love the deep caramel colour.  I scented it with patchouli and lavender essential oils, thus the name Hippy Half Pint, and it smells musky and warm and spicy.  Love it.  And don't worry about Mike.  I went and bought him a case of beer today.

Breakfast of Champions Half Pint

Made with a wheat beer my father brought back all the way from Nebraska and then kindly donated to my soap making adventures, much to Mike's dismay.  Why Breakfast of Champions?  More oatmeal and scented with sweet orange and lemon essential oils.  My Half Pint Soaps will be ready just in timre for Father's Day.

This last photo isn't so pretty but let me explain.

Yep, I know.  It looks like . . . mud, let's call it mud.  It is a facial cleanser I formulated (Ooh, that sounds so important, doesn't it?  I just can't think of a better word at the moment.)  It contains ground almonds, rhassoul clay, rice bran oil and lavender essential oil and it is wonderful.  It is my new favourite facial cleanser.

Okay, gotta go pick up the boys.  Have a great Thursday, people!


  1. just what are you feeding the family these days with all this soap making going on? lol... just kiddin... i love the look and sound of your soaps. the face scrub looks like something i could use. i've been breaking out and need a good exfoliating scrub.

  2. Your soaps amaze me. And a facial cleanser too? Etsy, Etsy! That's me chanting:) Of course, I don't know if they're heavy for shipping. Look worth it. Happy Thursday back!

  3. i love soap kitchen. i love all your soaps actually. and the cleanser ~ tell me where you are getting all your ingredients. I want to make that too.

  4. Looks fabulous!! I just hungry reading a soap post!! Lol!

    I love facial scrubs and yours looks good and scrubby...invigorating!

    Gosh it's Thursday...where has this week gone???

  5. you're right about the food theme - i can't decide if i'm hungry or just want to wash up! how about i just go with "your soaps are so freakin' awesome."

  6. These all sound so nice...especially the lemon with coconut!

  7. I really hope these are coming to an Etsy shop near us soon because um...soap and food? Yeah, I kinda like that. They're beautiful! Clever, clever girl.

  8. Your soaps look consistently fantastic. I would order some of these. I assume they will be in your etsy shop at some point? I've looked and don't see any there right now.

  9. Maribeth, I will probably be listing some soaps in my shop at the end of June. I am doing another show on June 18th so I getting my stock ready for that at the moment. Also, there are rumours of a strike by Canada Post starting tomorrow so I am also waiting for that to be cleared up before I list the soaps in my shop. So glad you like my soaps. Thanks for the kind words, everyone.


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