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We are on Pinterest!

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We are on Pinterest!

Yahoo! We have a presence on pinterest and I have been filling it with a bunch of fun (and good) DIY bath and body recipes, eco friendly and zero waste ideas, funny animal pictures and more! Check us out here! This is fun, it kind of gives me a place to put recipes that catch my eye and just another way to connect with you all. So tell me, what are some recipes you have come across that you want to try but are unsure (for whatever reason)? Feel free to submit questions and I will do my best to help you...

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A soapmakers notes from a small island

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A soapmakers notes from a small island

Greetings from across the pond! That's right I am in the UK this month. I have loads of family still residing in both Ireland and England so it is nice to be able to come over for a visit. So far I have spent about 5 days around and about London (Wow! What a big and busy city!) size and bustle-wise it definitely rivals New York City, it even seems that it may be bigger but maybe that's just because I am not as familiar with it as I am NYC. As with any big city there is tons to see...

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How our skin functions

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How our skin functions

Let's talk about our largest organ. THE SKIN!  Fun facts: The skin is part of the integumentary system which comprises the hair, skin, nails, specialized glands and nerves. The skin is the largest and heaviest organ- it comprises 16% of your bodies weight, (bonus fact- the liver is the second largest and heaviest). The skin is a barrier, a thermostat, a sensor, a factory and a window. The skin can be broken down into 3 major layers with minor layers living within those layers the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis The epidermis has 5 layers (stratum corneum is the top most...

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Essential Oils, the series- Part III

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Essential Oils, the series- Part III

Howdy Soapsmith Nation! I hope all are well and enjoying their summer (winter if you are in the Southern Hemisphere of course).  I seemed to have skipped right over part 2 of my essential oil series and dove right into the heart of part 3 so here you go. I sometimes eat dessert before dinner.....so....yeah. This post really digs into one specific term that is often heard and very misused. I am frequently asked what brand of essential oils I use in my products and always happy to answer the question. However I sometimes believe that the person asking is...

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The pH of hair, skin and products (and why it matters!)

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The pH of hair, skin and products (and why it matters!)

Good morning Soapsmith Nation! I have been thinking a lot about pH lately (I think about it all the time really). At a recent market I was chatting with a customer and he asked if I made any bar soaps that were anti-bacterial. "Of course I do, actually all handmade bar soap is anti-bacterial," I explained to him, "but I don't need to add anything to make them that way." He looked puzzled until I explained that the natural pH of handmade soap is typically around 10 and in that type of alkaline environment bacteria, mold, yeast, fungus etc. do...

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