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Handmade Soap: Winterberry Spice

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Winterberry Spice soap is absolutely perfect for February, in my opinion. It contains Lingonberry Spice fragrance oil from one of my very favorite soap-supplies company, Brambleberry, and they say that it smells like "apple, frozen berry, lemon, balsam fir, cinnamon, clove, cedarwood, mountain air, and musk." I think it just smells like the perfect blend of sweet and spicy and is perfect for Valentine's Day. It has a pretty rosewood color that comes entirely from rose clay and is topped with a thin, frosty-white layer and a dried red rosebud. This bar weighs at least 5.5 oz (156g). All soap is priced per bar (though several bars may be shown in the product photos).

To take care of your bar of cold-processed soap, try to avoid letting it sit in a soap dish filled with water. For the longest lasting bar, it's best to let it completely dry out between uses.

Ingredients: Olive oil, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide (lye), mango butter, shea butter, castor oil, citric acid, sodium lactate, fragrance oil, titanium dioxide, rose clay, topped with a dried rosebud. 

Our soap story:

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 skin-loving ingredients in our soaps, including high-quality oils and butters, as well as natural colorants made from botanical materials and clays, micas and fragrances (both essential oils and synthetic fragrances) from only reputable suppliers, and additives that promote bubbles (sugar!), bar hardness (sodium lactate), and citric acid (to help prevent rancidity and soap scum being left behind on your tub).

Our soaps are large! We're still figuring out what the perfect-sized bars are for us, but currently our bars range from 5 oz. to 7 oz. (though we list the bigger ones conservatively at 5.5 oz.) We cut each bar by hand and wrap and label each one, making them the perfect little gifts for giving.