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Handmade Soap: What A Lovely Party!

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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. *This soap has tiny chunks of a soap that was made with a soap-safe fragrance oil, however.

Our soaps are very large. This one is around 6 ounces. We cut each bar by hand and wrap and label each one, making them the perfect little gifts for giving.

What A Lovely Party! soap is our little confetti bar made from soap ends of all the soaps we'd created up until then. It has a light scent that I really can't describe other than to say that it works! I don't know how, but it works! [Tosses confetti!]

Ingredients: Pure olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil; avocado oil; distilled water; Sodium Hydroxide (lye); natural colorants; fragrance and essential oils.