New Handmade Soaps and a little Nom, Nom, Nom.

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I have three new handmade soaps curing as of several days ago that I think all just smell fabulous! I have also ordered some lavender essential oil so I can make an all natural lavender soap for spring, and of course, I have my order in with my co-worker’s daughter for some super awesome, tasty Girl Scout Cookies. Yes, I am a bonifide Girl Scout Cookie addict. My favorite Girl Scout Cookies are the Peanut Butter Sandwiches or what used to be called Do-Si-Dos. (Psst. Serious Eats has a knock off recipe for their tasty peanut butter sandwich cookies on their blog.)
But on to the soaps! You can look forward to these beauties being available for sale from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen in about three weeks.
Bella’s Kiss Handmade Shea Butter Soap – A lovely, soft and feminine blend of Violet, Gardenia, Jasmine, Grapefruit, Vanilla, and White Woods. This scent is perfect for teens and young women! Though I’m late 30s and love it too!
Abalone & Sea Handmade Salt Bar Soap – A fresh, unisex scented sea salt bar soap with shea butter that combines the scents of Daylily, Sea Shell Abalone, Lime, Ozonic, Sea Spray Accord, Rose, Jasmine, Freesia, Lily, Beach Daisy, Woods, Musk, and Marine. I made this one for my boyfriend who was a huge fan of my Big Lick Salt Bar.
Pomegranate Cream Handmade Shea Butter Soap – I’ve had this one before it just looks a little different this go ’round. This soap boasts a fabulous scent combo of exotic, spicy pomegranate, wild bergamot, dewberry, iris, and jasmine followed by spicy notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, with base notes of precious woods and cedar. Currently you can buy a goat’s milk lotion from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen in this scent here!

And just in case Peanut Butter Sandwiches are not your favorite cookie, I won’t tease you by just giving you just one recipe for making Girl Scout Cookies. There are also recipes for making Caramel DeLites or Samoas at Yum Sugar, Tagalongs at Baking Bites, Thin Mints at Baking Bites, and Trefoils or Shortbread Cookies at CDKitchen. What’s your favorite Girl Scout Cookie to buy?

New Handmade Soaps in the Works!

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I’m making new handmade soaps today! Earlier in the week I cut out some Red Currant scented, cold process shea butter soaps into hearts with heart shaped cookie cutters.
Today, I’m making some Red Velvet Cake cold process soap to use with those hearts. I’ll be embedding my heart shaped soaps inside of the Red Velvet Cake Soaps. The Red Velvet Cake soap will turn a dark brown. So when I cut my soap loaf into slices, you’ll see a red shaped heart inside every bar surrounded by a deliciously scented, brown colored cake soap. These soaps will be available in the New Year and are definitely love inspired for Valentine’s Day! Also for Valentine’s Day, I have a pink and brown White Chocolate Raspberry Soap on my curing rack.

Additionally I’m also making a new cold process gardener’s soap today for you early spring gardeners! My gardener’s soap is being made with the same great, handmade goat milk soap recipe as my bestselling Unscented Goat Milk Soap so it’s gentle and non-drying no matter how many times you wash your hands during the day to get rid of garden dirt and grime. It’s scented with a fresh fragrance blend of lettuce, rain and spearmint.

It contains fine ground pumice, apricot kernel meal, and calendula petals for tough exfoliation. Don’t just use this one after getting dirty in the garden though. It’s also a great soap for artists and mechanics! Look for both of these fabulous new soaps in the New Year at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen!

Holiday Stocking Stuffer Ideas – Unique Gifts You Can Craft

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It’s hard to believe that Saturday is the first day of October. Not only that but it’s bringing some much cooler temps along with it! We’re dropping from the high 70s into the low 50s for a Saturday high. So of course it has me dying to pull out my fall wardrobe and get a head start on shopping for the holidays. If you’re the crafty sort like me, I’m sure you’ve already started thinking – or maybe even making – things for your fellow friends and family for gifts and stocking stuffers. Should you still be hunting for ideas for unique stocking stuffers you can craft, here are two of my latest favorites I’ve run across.
Moustache Keychain Tutorial from Katrinshine
Mustaches have been a huge trend for several long years now and I’m not sure it’s a trend that plans to die anytime soon. So perhaps we can bag the mustache trend as more of a tradition – a sort of theme for the hipster that refuses to ever die. If you’re a die hard mustache fan, or know someone else who is, this Mustache Keychain is the perfect gift for his or her Christmas stocking! The project is inexpensive and rather simple if you can manage a basic machine stitch and the step by step tutorial can be found over at Katrinshine Blog.
How to Make a Wallet Out of an Old Cowboy Boot from Poppytalk
Men like to hold on to things they love. Underwear. T-shirts. Regardless of how raggedy it becomes or how many holes it touts, it’s still perfect to them. That’s why it’s up to us women to save them. Don’t let your man be like my man and hang on to his sad, dying Family Guy Velcro wallet with the huge hole in the bottom any longer. Craft him a new one for his Christmas stocking and force him to retire the old wallet once he realizes the pure genius of the new one you’ve just gifted him with. This gorgeous leather wallet (pictured above) is constructed from an old, recycled cowboy boot. (Think thrift store and your crafty nature will reward your own wallet and not just your man.) This handmade cowboy boot wallet tutorial created by Jepson LeatherGoods can be found over at Poppytalk Blog.
Looking for crafty stocking stuffer ideas specifically for her? Be sure to check out the Bath & Body Stocking Stuffer Round Up on Soap Deli News Blog for tutorials on making holiday candles in travel tins, lip balms, candy cane sugar scrub, handmade soaps, bath bombs, and a locket filled with solid perfume.

How to Make Soap (In Pictures!)

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Recently I decided I’d share my soapmaking process with you. I’ve had a written tutorial up for some time, but there have never been any photos to go with it. So Sunday I made several batches of a Red Currant scented shea butter soap and had my mom take photos!
Now you can get a up close and personal view of what it’s like to make soap! I’ve posted the entire album on the facebook fan page for Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can view the album here. I hope you enjoy seeing the process of making the actual soap. Of course after making the soap, there’s the umolding, the cutting, the curing, the wrapping, and finally the labeling. But that’s a whole other album!

How to Make Handmade Cold Process Soaps

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Handmade soap is gentler on skin because it’s made with natural ingredients, not synthetic ingredients found in most commercial soaps whose sole purpose is to create a foam or lather. Because of this many individuals who can’t use commercial soap, and have turned to using only handmade soaps.

I first got into soapmaking because I was buying handmade soaps on a regular basis to satisfy my finicky skin. I soon discovered that soapmaking is quite addictive. Though it has grown more costly over the years since I first started making soap, if you don’t mind making soap in bulk, you’ll find it’s worth the expense for the sake of your skin. Plus, you can save money by using your handmade soaps to create your own laundry detergent.

How to Make Handmade Cold Process Soap

Making soap with lye can be a little scary at first. I know it took me over a year to get up the nerve to try my first batch of cold process soap. But once you get the hang of it you’ll wonder why you ever worried in the first place!

Because it’s been such a long time – over two years – since I posted my Cold Process Soapmaking Tutorial and Handmade Soap Recipes I thought I’d share them with you again in one collective post. Don’t stop here though. Remember, research is the key to not only making soap properly, but to creating your own custom recipes as well.

And, if you’re looking for a great place to buy organic soapmaking oils and ingredients, I highly recommend Mountain Rose Herbs.

Getting started.

Cold Process Soap Recipes.

How to Make Handmade Cold Process Soap

Not quite ready to take the cold process soapmaking plunge but still want to make soap? I also have a small collection of handmilled soap recipes and melt and pour soap recipes you can try.