I started making salves and lotion bars last year because I liked the ease of putting everything {oil, butter, beeswax} together and the many types that could be made by tweaking additives – bug repellent, intensive moisturizer, baby bum balm, lip balm, etc.

At Christmas I made body butters as part of gift sets but not everyone was a fan of thick emollient body butter mainly because they were used to thin store bought lotion. The people that liked it have been back for more repeatedly though.

I decided to take the plunge and made some lotion. If you make soap, it’s almost a natural progression 😉

20141031-155559.jpg I made this lotion mainly for my little ones but I’ve used up one of the smaller tubs on myself already. It sinks in very quick and leaves silky feeling lightly fragranced skin behind. This formulation has calendula infused olive oil and Shea butter as main ingredients.

Now I’m wondering why I waited this long to make lotion…and it’s no mystery what type of moisturizer will be going into my gift sets this Christmas… 😀

Hot Process Castile, with a twist

I do like the plain Castile soap but I was itching to try something more creative with it, so I saved a little of the cooked soap and indulged my desire to add in some Honey and African Black Soap

20141024-134200.jpg it turned out stunning!!! ❤ ❤ I totally dig the marble effect.

The idea behind the additives was to introduce some bubbly lather to the otherwise creamy Castile lather. I tried a little piece and it delivers. Hope I can recreate it next time I plan to.

Hot Process Salt Bars


Now that I’m fully on the HP waggon of course I had to try to hot process salt bars!

After doing tins of research I decided to go with a max of 50% salt to oil weight and leave my first batch unfragranced.

I added the salt as soon as the soap gelled and moulded it immediately. 20 minutes later it was out of the mould and cut while still warm. 10 minutes later and it would have become a brick…almost 🙂

Next experiment will be with fragrance, something with a high flashpoint, or mixed into the salt as I don’t think this will work if the soap is too cool before adding the salt.

My best part? I can skip a whole month of watching the soap sweat in this humid weather and it’s ready to use immediately.

Hot Process Castile Soap


A couple of years ago, I decided making Castile soap was just not worth the wait time. I likes the fully cured bars but waiting 6 months to enjoy a soap is just not my idea of fun!

Then I read somewhere that HP speeds up the cure time to 2 months!!! Of course I had to try it out.

The soap was ready to unmould and cut as soon as it cooled – as opposed to waiting days to unmould and then a few more to cut cleanly (my first experience was a sticky tacky mess!!!)

I left the soap unfragranced but it smells so delicate – like fresh olives – and I can’t stop sniffing at it when I walk past my curing tray.

So I’m back on the Castile train…woot woot 🙂