We now have chocolate chunks! 9
Good chocolate is a luxury here in Beijing and I’ve found myself missing being able to pick up chocolate chips for baking (and eating with peanut butter on a spoon). I decided to make a soap that would hopefully settle my addiction for chocolate and particularly chocolate chunk cookies. Since this is a two part [...]

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Soap, Day One

Ginger Decoction, Lye 3
Wow, this has been a very easy and fun process of making decoctions and adding in the fabulous extracts into our cold process soap. I have deciced to do a ginger decoction now, so I have gathered my supplies and I’m ready to start, first I will clean and cut up some ginger root and place into [...]

Ginger Decoction

Carrots 4
After completing the mushroom decoction I have decided to venture on and create a carrot decoction and ginger decoction. I have gathered my supplies and I’m ready to start cooking, first I will clean and cut up some carrots and place into a sauce pan, add water (I need at least 6 oz for the [...]

Carrot Decoction

Adding Olive Leaf Powder 2
I am so excited to use the Olive Leaf Powder today. I have had so much fun learning about all of these different botanicals and how they react in soap. So I went to open the bag. I am not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t what I discovered. The Olive Leaf Powder [...]

Olive Leaf Powder Soap

Adding Kelp Powder
When I first opened the Kelp Powder, I was a little unsure. Sure, I was in love with the color but I wasn’t so sure about the odor. It smelled salty and even a little fishy. I wasn’t quite sure what to do. What do you think? Will the odor come through in the soap? [...]

Kelp Powder Soap

Infusions, Tinctures, and Powders in Soap 9
We have been making Tinctures and Infusions with several dried herbs and with many of the powders that are available in the catalog. Today, instead of using the extraction method to get the properties or color out of the dried herbs or powders I would like to show you how to use them directly in [...]

Spirulina Powder in Cold Process Soap