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All Soap is Made With Lye: Cold Process vs Glycerin (Melt & Pour) Soaps

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All Soap is Made With Lye: Cold Process vs Glycerin (Melt & Pour) Soaps
Every once in a great while, a visitor to my event booth will ask if my soaps are made with lye. And when I answer yes, they scoff and walk away. It's hard not laugh, despite the knowledge that not everyone understands the science involved in soap making. The confusion comes from the two very different processes involved when making cold process vs glycerin (melt and pour) soaps. So let's clear things up.

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Stockist Spotlight: Newbo Shops at 208

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Stockist Spotlight: Newbo Shops at 208

This is the first in a series of posts that talk about the stores that carry my products. These places are a huge part of what makes my business successful, and I appreciate them so much! About Newbo Shops at 208 This cute little shop has been located in heart of the NewBo District neighborhood in Cedar Rapids, IA since 2015. The store is owned by Joan Gray, Kellie Sauser and Jennifer Morris. Each lady has her own handmade business. Their products are available in the shop and you've probably seen them for sale at local events: D&J Creations (The Lighted...

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Prevent Premature Skin Aging The Natural Way

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Prevent Premature Skin Aging The Natural Way

I was listening to an interview with Kari Gran on the Formula Botanica podcast the other day and it really got me thinking about the way our society views the natural aging process as something to be ashamed of and disgusted by. Here are my takeaways from the interview. Most of the bigwigs in the mainstream cosmetics industry are men. Anti-aging marketing and products are designed to make women feel ashamed if we're not doing our best to look younger, or at least trying hold back the visible signs of time on our skin.  These anti-aging products are heavily marketed to women who haven't really...

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Reminiscing With Thumbprint Soap: Then vs. Now

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Reminiscing With Thumbprint Soap: Then vs. Now

Sometimes it's fun to look back at where you started to see how far you've come. I was looking back at some photos from when this business was first getting started and thought it would be fun to share some then vs. now photos. I made my very first solo batch of soap in October of 2013. I made it in an old plastic food container (because I didn't have anything else to use as a mold), and I was so proud of it I took professional photos! Once I got the basics down, I started experimenting with fragrances and colors....

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Yes, I DO Make This!

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Yes, I DO Make This!

A common question I hear when I sell at in-person events is, "Do you make this?" (People often think that I'm selling for an MLM company). But yes! I do make all of the bath and body products I sell. Here are some details about my process. Making soap is the ultimate left brain meets right brain project. It is, first and foremost, a science project. There is a chemical reaction that takes place between the oils and the lye, and it's important to understand how it works before diving in. Safety gear is a must - breathing lye fumes is really...

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