Giveaway! & Handmilled embedded curly soap OMG! Part 3

Well it’s finally done!

You should have seen me pounding the hot soap into the crevices of the embed. NO one likes holey soap! It came out to 22 bars of soap. I’m thinking of offering it up on Etsy or something ^^.  It is currently up for sale (no waiting, there are only 22 bars!) in our own shoppe.

Tell me what you think!

Flash! Our 1st ever giveaway 

is one of these very unique Vintage Tea Rose soaps! You all know how much I love to make my bath products, especially my soaps.  The Soap Gallery wants you to experience how nice they are  so I am extra pumped to be able to sponsor this fun little giveaway for you all.The Soap Gallery  is giving away a bar of this wonderful soap! You’ll get a bar of the Vintage Tea Rose cold

Stack of these great soaps!

Stack of these great soaps!

 processed soap. You will feel so spoilt!

The total value of this giveaway is $10, because there  is FREE SHIPPING for you too! This is such a great way to sample a new business and also spoil yourself at the same time.
To Enter: Visit the Shoppe  then come back here and leave a comment telling us which product you think you would like the best.

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Contest is open to both US and CDN residents and winner will be pulled next Monday, September 21!

 

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Why Handcrafted Soap?

Conventional soaps available in stores today are not really soaps at all, but detergents. Detergents are petroleum-based products that tend to leave your skin feeling dry, itchy and tight. Thankfully there is an alternative that offers multiple benefits when used. Handmade soap’s popularity is growing rapidly as a chemical free alternative to conventional soaps.

We, the soapmakers at The Soap Gallery, use only food-quality, natural ingredients, starting with a variety of vegetable oils such as olive, coconut, or palm, and now, with the introduction of our cosmetics line, rice bran oil. To these might be added specialized oils, nut butters or seed extracts to bring the desired qualities to the finished bar.

Fragrance oils or plant-based essential oils are added for scent. For color or texture, The Soap Gallery often uses cosmetic-grade pigments or dyes, botanicals, herbs, spices or other natural ingredients. For those with sensitivities, we also make “simple soap” with no additives or scent.

Besides all the wonderful ingredients that may be in handcrafted soap, perhaps the biggest advantage of handcrafted soap is in our soapmakers themselves, each of whom invests their care and attention to detail into every batch and bar. When you use a bar of handcrafted soap, you know it was made with the personal touch of YOUR local
soapmaker.

What About Glycerin?

Glycerin is a “humectant”, which means that it attracts and retains moisture on your skin. It is like a natural skin lotion in the soap. Glycerin is a natural by-product of the soapmaking process. Most commercial soap manufacturers remove the glycerin from the soap, process it and then sell it to other industries where it is used in foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other products.

With handcrafted soaps, glycerin remains intact in the soap. The end result is mild, pure soap that gently cleanses your skin without being harsh, irritating or drying.

What’s the Difference?

Commercial soaps are manufactured in large factories (often located overseas) staffed with anonymous employees, using the most economical ingredients. Often they contain some or all synthetic detergents; most have the glycerin removed.

Handcrafted soaps are manufactured locally in small batches with the personal oversight and care of Miss Louise, the soapmaker. She uses high-quality ingredients and is able to add specialty oils and additives to personalize her formulations. The creative artistry of each formulation results in soaps that are different and unique, offering consumers a wide selection of soaps that are not only natural, but functional and beautiful as well.

To Buy some of our beautiful bars, please click HERE.

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Patchouli

patchouli
Pogostemon cablin
(Blanco)Bentham

Common names:

  • Nilam (Indonesian)
  • Patchouli (French)
  • Patschulistrauch (German)
  • Patchuli (Portuguese)
  • Pachulí (Spanish)
  • Cablan (Spanish)
  • Patchouli, Patchouly (English)

Essential oil is found on outer leaf surfaces and in internal tissues, and is one of the few essential oils that contain an alkaloid.
Plants are propagated vegetatively, as true patchouli (P. cablin) does not flower. Exact taxonomic determinations of patchouli species is difficult.

It is generally thought that Patchouli originally came to Indonesia from the Phillipines.
True Patchouli yields up to 6% essential oil (dwt), but False Patchouli and Java Pachouli (>2% e.o. dwt.) are frequently grown on Java instead due to True Patchouli’s insect, disease and nematode problems.
Historically adulterated or “sophisticated” with Gurjun oil (Dipterocarpus spp.), although this practice is not common today.
Distillation practices vary from Java to Sumatra and Nias: direct steam distillation used in large scale facilities; water and steam distillation used by small holders.