Forsythia Soap

Forsythia Cold Process Soap

Forsythia are those ornamental flowering bushes that you see blooming everywhere this time of year (at least around these parts.) What some don’t know though, is that forsythia is also considered an edible flower, which is the main qualification I look for when creating new soaps and such. I figure if it’s safe to eat, it’s usually safe to go on my skin too! Forsythia fruit is also a really great antiviral, especially when combined with honeysuckle. … Continue reading

Winter Rose Soap

Winter Rose Soap

This winter rose soap recipe came about one gray and gloomy day when I was sorting through my dried flower collection from last summer. Rose is such an uplifting flower and scent; you can’t help but be cheered up when working with it! I thought it would make the perfect February submission for my newest gig as monthly contributor to HobbyFarms.com’s blog: The Craft Hub. You can click HERE to hop over and read the … Continue reading

Natural Clay Soap Recipe

Natural Clay Soap Using Funnel Pour Method

Clays are one of my favorite additions to soap recipes. Not only do they add natural color, but I love how the resulting bars leave my skin feeling so clean and refreshed! Clay soap is especially helpful for itchy, inflamed skin conditions, like bug bites and summer heat rashes. It can also be used as a complexion bar to gently cleanse acne prone skin. When I first started making this soap, I dug some of … Continue reading

Lemon Balm Soap

Lemon Balm Cold Process Soap Recipe

Lemon balm grows like crazy around my house (which is a good thing!), so, of course, I had to turn some of it into a soap! For further inspiration on ways to use this prolific plant, be sure to check out my post on 12 Things to Do With Lemon Balm.   This is a Cold Process Soap recipe. If you’ve never made soap before, be sure to thoroughly research the process and precautions before … Continue reading

Garden Mint Soap Recipe

Garden Mint Soap Cold Process Soap Recipe (palm free)

This mint soap recipe is another personal favorite! The French green clay helps soothe skin irritations, while the peppermint essential oil energizes and refreshes the senses. I use fresh mint from my garden to make this, but you can also use dried. Any type of mint that you have on hand will work in this recipe: peppermint, spearmint, pineapple mint, apple mint, orange mint and so forth. This is a Cold Process Soap recipe. You can … Continue reading

Honey & Dandelion Soap Recipe

Honey & Dandelion Soap Recipe

Honey & Dandelion Soap is probably the most popular soap I’ve ever made. It sells out as quickly as I can make it and happens to be a personal favorite, as well. It’s loaded with fresh dandelions from our fields, raw honey from our bee hives and organic tamanu oil – making it especially useful for those with persistent skin conditions such as eczema & psoriasis. My original version used two types of palm oil, … Continue reading

12+ Things to Do With Lemon Balm

bath bag filled with fresh rose petals and fresh lemon balm leaves

Lemon balm is an easy to grow herb that not only attracts bees to the garden, but is also a great anti-viral with relaxing properties that are helpful for soothing frayed nerves and calming hyper children. Traditionally, it’s been used to gently treat colic and upset stomach in everyone from infants to elders. A leaf can be chewed to freshen the breath or crushed and placed on a bug bite to help ease the itch. … Continue reading

Calendula Soap

Calendula Soap Recipe

This is a mild, unscented calendula soap bar that’s gentle enough to use on almost everyone from babies to grandmothers. (Always do a small patch test first though, to be sure.) It’s made with calendula infused oil and calendula tea. (Directions on how to make the oil can be found HERE and how to make the tea, HERE.) This is a Cold Process Soap recipe. All measurements are by weight. You must have an accurate digital … Continue reading