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Handmade Soap: Wild Cherry

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When I started dyeing yarn a few years ago, my hands started to get really dry from all of the washing and rinsing of yarn I needed to do. I got interested in making my own lotion bars with my own customized essential oil blends.

That led to Andy and I experimenting with making our own cold-process soap. Making cold-process soap is ancient magic; it involves mixing fats and oils with sodium hydroxide  — lye — and then mixing rapidly but patiently as the solution saponifies, and turns into a glorious loaf of soap.

We use all natural ingredients in our soaps, including natural colorants made from botanical materials and clays as well as fragrances that come only from essential oils and plant-based fragrance oils whose ingredients are derived solely from botanical sources.

Our soaps are very large. Ranging from 7.5 oz. to over 9 oz,, we cut each bar by hand and wrap and label each one, making them the perfect little gifts for giving. Wild Cherry in particular is a huge bar.

Wild Cherry soap! Oh, it's so lovely and exotic and summery, with a touch of mellow fruitfulness and a touch of musky, dusky, summer-night air. Colored with rose clay and a touch of indigo powder, some bars have a lovely swirl.

Ingredients: Pure olive oil, coconut oil; mango butter, shea butter; castor oil; sodium hydroxide (lye); rose and white clays, indigo powder, botanical fragrance oil.