Soap Samples!

Soap Samples now available in my Etsy shop!Image

Outside and Inside

Outside – Drainage issues during this rainy season! Trenching for french drains…Romanian style (with a shovel) to get as close to the footer of the house as possible.
Inside – Comfrey Wound Sticks in the making!

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Over working in the garden and sneezing my nose off!

Muscle and Sinus Relief finally available in my shop!Image

In the meantime…

Hidden behind the bedroom door, my toddler stays busy while mommy works on her blog! Iyyyyy.Image

Popular Demand!

Back by popular demand – Insect Repellent Soap!! Use with ‘Hiker’s’ Lotion Bar as an extra line of defense.
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Oregano IN!

Flea market adventure didn’t work out as planned today…too cold!! Maybe will try again in the next couple weeks. Worked in the garden instead…got the oregano in!Image

 

Dish Soap RECIPE!

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I think I finally got the liquid dish soap recipe down to how I like it!!
This is a VERY EASY recipe, but I’m going to explain it here in great detail in an effort to help answer the most common questions people have. It has the consistency of a thick whipped cream, and stores in a bowl for you to scoop out and use. I multiply this recipe by 6, so that I have a big batch. It lasts about 3 weeks. Funny…it also takes almost 3 weeks to sit and ‘cure’…so if you make 2 big batches, you’ll have one for when the first runs out, and can be ahead of the game, instead of without any dish soap like I was the first time I made it.

1 1/2 cups hot water
2 Tablespoons grated castle soap ( I use the Dr. Broners Castile soap bar because it doesn’t dry my hands out like Kirks or some other castle soaps I’ve tried.)
1 Tablespoon washing soda ( I use Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda, from Walmart)
1 Tablespoon White Distilled Vinegar (the cheap brand from Walmart works just fine)

Big batch proportions – 9 cups hot water, 12 Tbls grated Castile soap, 6 Tbls. washing soda, 6 Tbls vinegar.

Put grated soap and washing soda into a bowl and add the hot water. Stir in the vinegar. You can gently whisk the whole mixture around a little bit with a hand whisk, but you don’t want to get it rolling so much that it foams. If the water is hot enough, everything should soon melt. If not, don’t worry. It’s fine even if it doesn’t melt all the way.
Now you just put bowl out of the way and let it sit undisturbed (avoid messing with it and putting your fingers in it) for 48 hours. There should be a separation taking place during this resting time, and the thick white stuff will come to the top. Some of the water will be at the bottom, and maybe some stuck ‘hardened soap’ underneath of the water if the water wasn’t hot enough and the washing soda or grated soap didn’t melt completely.

After 48 hours of leaving the whole bowl alone, scoop off the ‘solid’ white part from the top. You may have a pretty watery soupy mess (it’s okay), just do the best you can at getting the white part off and you’ll have the water left in the bottom of the bowl. Remember the ‘hard layer’ of possible UN-melted ingredients at the very bottom of the bowl? If there is some, get that too, and add it to your ‘white’ mixture. Now put your white mixture into the blender and whiz it around for a bit. This is to fluff it up so that when it sits for the next few weeks, you’ll have that whipped cream consistency. If you are frugal, you can save the water that you separated and put it in a bottle and use it as very watered down version of the dish soap. Or, you can dump it. Return the mixture that you just blended to the empty bowl and then let it sit untouched for another 2 1/2 to 3 weeks. Sometimes 2 is enough…it depends on the humidity level in your house.

Email if you have any questions: aliciagugu10@yahoo.com Put DISH SOAP HELP in the subject heading.

Soap or flowers??

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I think this is turning more into a gardening blog rather than a soap blog…LOL! Oh well…tis the season!

Flowers that Creep

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Planted some Creeping Phlox today! Very pretty in a rock garden, and they bloom early in the spring where I live. Hope they “creep” and spread quickly.Image

LOVE it or HATE it?

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Patchouli…generally you either love it or hate it! Containing a deep musky sweet odor, it is primarily indicated for skin conditions. Patchouli may be of benefit in cases of dermatitis, eczema, acne, dry chapped skin, and other irritating conditions, along with dandruff and oily scalp conditions. As a cell rejuvenator, it may help in healing wounds and reducing the appearance of scars. It is considered an excellent remedy for insect and snake bites, and has been used as a fumigant and rubbing oil to prevent the spread of fevers and to strengthen the immune system.

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