This is THE craft show to attend. Folk artists, skilled artisans and craftsmen/craftswomen from all over Arkansas come together in Little Rock for a three day event at the Arkansas Statehouse Convention Center. This is where you find the best of the best (and somehow, they have allowed me to attend as well). Every piece displayed is a work of art and one of a kind. We have broom makers, a weaver, potters, quilters, rug makers, basket weavers, soap makers (yay), wood carvers, jewelry designers/makers, painters, photographers, instrument makers, the list goes on and on. If you’ve attended this show in the past, you know it is the best show around.
I am so excited to share my new salt soaps! They are so smooth and creamy and feel great on the skin. I use a variety of salts, clays, and essential oils in these bars. I’ll be posting more about each individual soap in the coming week, but here is a little eye candy for the moment. Find these soaps and my other handmade soaps at CadronCreekSoapworks.Etsy.com.
I am LOVING this new bar! Recently, a customer asked for a salt soap. Well, I had my doubts, but this little bar of soap erased each one of them! It starts off as a plain, unscented castile bar, then I added a hefty amount of Dead Sea Clay Grains and Salts (simply put, it is powdered Dead Sea Clay). The result was a dove-gray colored, scrubby, salty bar of castile soap. It polishes skin and leaves you silky smooth and soft. I was pleasantly surprised at the long-lasting effects of this soap on my skin! Simple and humble…definatly worth a try!
Don’t forget to visit my online shop on Etsy! This soap is ready for shipping!
French Pink Clay is a lovely combination of red and white clays and is by far my most favorite clay to use in soap making. It is the mildest of all the clays and works well for normal skin, sensitive skin, damaged & dry skin, and mature skin. This beautiful, fluffy, rose-pink clay is unique in its composition. It has Kaolinite, Iron, Illite, Montmorillonite and Calcite as well as a host of trace minerals.
French Pink Clay (when used as a wet clay) is used to cleanse, brighten, and tone. It helps to remove dead skin cells and create and overall refreshed appearance. It brightens dull, dry skin and helps with tone and definition. It can also be used to treat acne and other skin ailments such as poor blood, lymph circulation and sun damaged skin. This clay is very mild and has little drawing effect if at all. When added to soap, this clay has many of the same benefits, though not as strong as using clay directly on the skin. I have found the French Pink Clay soaps very mild and cleansing on the skin. These soaps are my favorite to use for my face as well as my hair and the rest of me. I have also found this soap to have a nice “slip” to it, allowing for a smooth, nick free shave.
I also add evening primrose oil to all my handmade French Pink Clay soaps. Evening primrose has a long history of medicinal uses. Native Americans used its leaves, roots, and seed pods in preparations for all kinds of skin problems, rashes, bruises, and even wounds. There is good research showing that evening primrose oil may also be helpful in treating eczema and atopic dermatitis.
I will also add that I am not a doctor and none of the information provided should be used to replace medical advice. Always do your own research before using new products and consult with your physician.
I LOVE goat milk soap! Well, I love using goat milk soap…but it is a pain in the knickers to make. Well, it is finally here. Though I am still tweaking and fine tuning the recipe, my pickiest customers are loving it and THAT is what matters most. I am expanding the goat milk line, so if you have any special requests, feel free to make suggestions.
This is it! The best homemade laundry soap powder you will ever find! You can make this laundry soap for pennies on the dollar compared to commercial detergents and you have complete control over the ingredients. You can make this soap nearly-all-natural by using a store-bought soap like Ivory or Dial or Fels Naptha…or…completly natural by using a handmade, chemical free soap like I offer in my shop. This laundry soap is low sudsing and eco-friendly and pocketbook friendly. You gotta try it, I think you’ll be amazed by the results.
3 cups Borax
2 cups Baking Soda
3 cups Washing Soda
2 cups bar soap (grated) (One 5 ounce bar of soap)
Grate the soap with the fine tooth cheese grater. The smaller the soap flakes, the better they dissolve in water.
Sift the dry ingredients. This is important because anything that isn’t tiny (and goes through the sifter) is too big to dissolve quickly in the washer and you will end up with tiny, white, grainy dots on your cloths.
Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
Use 2 tablespoons of powder per full load.
Use 1/4 cup of white vinegar as an alternative to commercial fabric softeners. Add it to the rinse cycle via your washer’s fabric softener dispenser (I use it in those fabric softener balls you just fill and toss into the load). The vinegar will cut any soap residue and will leave your laundry smelling sweet, fresh, and clean.
1. Borax and washing soda are found on the laundry aisle.
2. Most any soap will work for this recipe. You do not want any kind of “beauty bar” for this soap…the moisturizing agents leave a residue on clothing. Ivory is the most cost-effective and is my favorite and seems to work well for sensitive skin. Of course, I use my olive oil soap (plain, traditional, unscented) and it works fantastic but is a little more pricey for my customers. Using my soap makes this power a truly natural and eco-friendly product with no sulfates or fragrances.
3. Add essential oils for fragrance.
4. For an all natural alternative to store-bought soaps, try my Traditional Unscented Castile Soap. This bar is not super fatted with castor oil or vitamin e oil. It is a perfectly balanced bar with no additional oils added. It is outstanding for this laundry soap recipe. https://www.etsy.com/listing/169349701/unscented-soap-basic-olive-oil-castile?ref=shop_home_active_8
Three Clay Soap. It is just simple, honest, pure olive oil soap and three beneficial clays: *Pink French clay is fantastic for polishing and brightening skin. *Green French clay offers a mild detox and helps whisk away excess oils. *White Kaolin clay helps to diminish existing blemishes. These three clays are artfully swirled into the olive oil soap…soap that is devoid of harmful, drying chemicals and retains it’s own natural glycerin. Combined with vitamin e oil, caster oil, and primrose oil, this is a fantastic soap that does a lot for you.