Inspired by LUSH

When our Business plan was written Lush and Dove were our only competition, alot has changed since 2009…Thank you for sharing.

lisa maliga

By Lisa Maliga
Copyright 2010-2013
It was about a dozen years ago that I first became aware of Lush when I read a blurb about this English natural bath & body products company. I got online and went to their then simple website which took me a few minutes as I was on dial-up. What I saw was a lot more innovative than the stuff at the local health food store. They had soap with slices of honeycomb, a Canadian homage to maple syrup, and a Queen of Hearts Complexion Soap with rose petal infusion and rose absolute, cocoa butter, vanilla and rose geranium. I wanted to buy everything on that site! The shampoos had beer, henna, cognac oil, and marigold. Other products were rich in bananas, yogurt, rhassoul clay, vanilla beans, chocolate and so many exotic sounding ingredients.
I loved the names like Flying Saucers and Skinny Dip…

View original post 378 more words

CP~Cold Press

The cold process is very similar to the hot process, except that the mixture is not heated throughout the entire stirring process; the fat is heated, but the lye, water, and fat mixture is not heated. Some people claim that the cold process produces a soap that is softer on skin.
Both the cold and the hot process rely on lye, which is a very dangerous chemical that can burn skin on contact and is fatal if ingested. Therefore, people who use lye to make soap need to be very careful and follow detailed directions. Many people have tried to find a way to make soap without using lye, but this is impossible. Even the soap in the melt and pour soap kits was processed with lye, although people using these kits do not have to handle the lye themselves.
Children, beginners, and people who have a healthy fear of caustic chemicals are probably better off using the melt and pour method. Traditionalists might prefer the hot process, which is the oldest method that humans have used to make soap. And people who want to pamper themselves with extra conditioning soap might like the cold process.

Soap Fact:

The type of soap my Great-Grandma made is called “Cold Process” soap (commonly referred to as “CP” soap). It is made by combining fatty acids (oils) and sodium hydroxide (lye) together. Fatty acids can be almost any oil – from beef tallow to olive oil to hemp oil. The combinations for making your own personal recipe are endless.

Cold process soapmaking is a combinations of an art and science. The condensed version of this type of soapmaking is that there is a certain proportion of lye (sodium hydroxide) and water to fatty acids that forms a chemical reaction called “saponifaction.” During saponification, the oils and lye mix and become soap – the process takes approximately six weeks to fully complete. Soap has to harden and dry before it can safely be used.

Cold process soapmaking requires the use of lye (you can’t buy it just anywhere anymore) and the use of safety equipment, such as goggles and gloves. Please do not attempt to make cold process soap without researching the method thoroughly. Cold process soap is known for its hard, long lasting quality. Depending on the oils used, the bar can have great lather (coconut oil has excellent lathering properties), be incredibly mild (olive oil is renowned for its gentle qualities) or be very moisturizing (with the addition of oils, such as shea and cocoa butter or hemp oil)

From Soap Making for Beginners

Want to know what the laws are concerning soap?    FDA:

The Handcraf ted Soap and Cosmetic Guild    Trade Association    Another resource for soaper’s  Find a member in your part of the Country,   Your favorite soaper may be a member

The National Association of Women Business Owners

HP~Hot Process Soap

HP~Hot Process Soap

The hot process begins by adding lye to water. This simple step is actually slightly dangerous, since people who accidentally add water to lye will inadvertently cause a minor explosion; the lye must be added to the water, not the other way around. Next, the lye mixture is added to heated fat. Some people like to do this in their crockpot. The mixture is stirred for a while before adding any desired extras, such as the aforementioned oatmeal, dye, orange peel, etcetera. The mixture is then stirred a little more to make sure that everything is evenly distributed before being poured into molds   Note  HP Soap are made  with some fat’s people do not like  Beef Tallow is one.


Meet: Kimberly McNutt  Hot Press Essential Soap    NATURAL SOAP – MADE IN MENTONE  ALABAMA

Note: I learned how to make HP soap watching her video’s Hot Process soap is a long and hot process.

Kimberly McNutt  does the best job in my opinion, she explains every step. She is a straight from the hip person.

The Least of These…

I was going to write about HP~ Hot Press soap.  This is not a post about soap… Yesterday I watched a video of Michael Brown’s Dad freshen the flowers at the place where his son died. I can not imagine the sorrow of burying your child.

I sat with my best friend in hospice till she passed, I promised the Lord and some other people I will never do that again…It devastated me.  I found this little short story,  the word’s that stood out to me “the least of these”

Pastor Jeremiah Steepek  transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service….only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food….NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation……..”We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek”…. The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation…..The homeless man sitting in the back stood up….. and started walking down the aisle…..the clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him….he walked up to the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment….then he recited

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning…many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame…. he then said….Today I see a gathering of people…… not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples...when will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service until next week……. Being a Christian is more than something you claim. I’ts something you live by and share with others. When your making soap you have time to be alone with your thoughts.

Do something for someone else today and do not tell anybody.  2 Kings !9 15-16

Melt & Pour to CP

Melt and Pour                                                                                                                                                                part 2

Many kinds of soap base can be purchased in large blocks to be melted down, colored and fragranced molds (or used to make loaves of soap to be sliced). This type of soap is called “Melt and Pour” and the artistry of melt and pour is called “Soap Casting.” Melt and Pour is gaining in popularity because of its ease of use. There are no significant safety measures (other than basic common sense – don’t put your hand in the hot soap, don’t cut your finger off with the knife, etc…) needed for soapcasting. Children can do it. It’s a great outlet for creative types.

CP~Cold Press

Hi! I’m Rita and I’ve been making soap for years. Most of us are aware that most commercially produced soaps are filled with chemicals. And I found that many of the offerings in the health food stores were often too expensive to use on a regular basis.

So I turned to making my own soaps and bath and beauty products at a fraction of the cost. I’m not a control freak–but it’s lovely being able to control what goes onto your body!

So which is better? Cold or hot process soap made from scratch or melt and pour bases? Most people agree that made from scratch soap is best. I’ve never made hot process, but do make cold process. But sometimes I’m busy and sometimes I don’t like dealing with the lye even though with proper precautions it is safe.

In my opinion melt and pour bases are a decent alternative when it’s not practical to make soap from scratch. BUT I was disheartened when I went to several craft stores, natural product web sites and other places to find a more natural M & P soap base.

Recently I discovered a local manufacturer of melt and pour soap bases. I was allowed to tour the small facility and ask questions. I had no idea that there are only a handful of melt and pour soap manufacturers in the USA.

According to the soap facility owner, most melt and pour is imported. And I was appalled to find that many of the bases contain sodium laureth sulfate–a harsh detergent that some consider unhealthy.The place I toured refuses to use SLS and uses organic ingredients when possible.

If you’re like me you use melt and pour because of the relative ease and versitility–but you also want the natural benefits. I suggest you read the ingredients of every M & P soap base you are considering using. None of them will be totally organic or natural due to the ability to melt and pour. But not all M & P’s are created equal.

Look for ones that contain organic and/or wildcrafted ingredients. That’s hard to find. But I think it’s worth the search. I want even my M & P soap to be as natural and organic as possible whether I’m using it for me and my own family or selling soap to others. And the great thing is–the base I found it actually less costly than going to the craft store and buying the imported, chemical-laden stuff!

Join me in the following months as I share my journey of making natural soap and bath and beauty products. I’ll be discussing ways to color soap naturally and some fun and easy recipes to whip up at home.

I’ll also caution you to be aware of the chemicals in a lot of the natural products even produced by home business people.

I’m not a chemist, but I have spent considerable time researching and experimenting on the ways the get the convenient products we all enjoy with a minimum of harmful additives and chemicals.

I started on my journey not only because I wanted the healthiest products possible at reasonable prices–but also because I have a few chemical sensitivities to fragrances in particular. Yes! I mainly blend and sell perfume oils on Ebay and local fairs. How do I do that? I’ll get into that in a later guide.

And while I am not totally vegan in practice, I agree with the principles and carry that into most of my products. I do use beeswax and goat milk, but stay away from animal oils.

Feel free to share your best tips for incorporating the most natural bath and beauty products into your life with minimal time and investment.

We all learn from each other. And the best way to learn is to know what is in the product. If a seller doesn’t reveal what’s in their products, I’d steer clear. I have my proprietary or “secret” blends and recipes. But I am always willing to reveal what ingredients are being used. And many soap manufacturers and other producers of “natural” products are banking on the fact you don’t know what some of the terms mean.

Recently I was browsing a large web site dedicated to hand crafted and “natural” products and was surprised at the chemicals being used. I suspect most folks who run bath and beauty products businesses at home don’t quite realize what some of these chemicals are. I didn’t really at first. But that’s a subject for another guide–when I reveal my trials and errors over creating some pretty scary “natural” products!

(PS I attempted to contact Rita, she no longer makes soap… This is a Repost from years ago, )

MP soap what is it…?

Let’s start with some soap terms you may or may not know

  • MP Melt and Pour ~ I call MP instant soap
  • CP Cold Press~ Most soap makers make CP
  • HP Hot Press ~ Cooked in Crock Pot or Oven

MP is instant soap, it’s microwaved melted and poured into a mold, instant soap,  found at most Craft stores,  I use MP for displays/designs hardens quickly can be sculpted like clay

MP opaque Ingredients:

  • Glycerin
  • Prop. Glycol
  • Coconut Oil
  • Triethanolamine
  • Sodium Cocoate,
  • Sodium Myristate
  • Sodium Laureth
  • Sodium Stearate
  • Titanium Dioxide    (have to use for white soap)
  • Sodium Laureth
  • Sulfate and Purified Water

Clear MP ingredients

  • Glycerin
  • Prop Glycol
  • Sodium Stearate
  • Sodium Laureth
  • Sulfate
  • Sorbitol
  • Coconut Oil
  • Sodium Myristate
  • Triethanolamine
  • Sodium Laurate
  • Sodium Cocoate and Purified Water      from:        Tomorrow’s post  CP~Cold Press
      video MP

Primary Goal

My Goal…

One of my primary goals is not only to provide the public with sound and useful information to help them reach their goals quickly, but also to debunk a lot of the outlandish claims, myths and down right lies that pop up in the handmade soap industry. Oddly enough, the vast majority of these claims, myths and lies come from the very same companies who the public turn to for help these days, the soap companies.

So many companies…

Soap companies are a dime a dozen right now and each is fighting for its own claim to fame. Among them all it is common practice to provide some sort of product for their claims. It increases their credibility and it makes it look like they didn’t just copy every other product out there, but rather researched their product and constructed it from the ground up.

I write a weekly community Newsletter since 2004…

Because of a lot of the work I have done, things I have written and so on, I am always asked to review and critique soap companies products by friends and regular customers at flea markets . The companies I am reviewing are up and coming the movers and shakers in the industry.

I will say their name only if they allow out of respect for their privacy.

I sent tweets to a number of companies asking to critique their business and products. I feel that this information should be known by all, so let’s begin.
The following is a copy of an tweet I sent in various soap companies. If they reply great. With thousands of handmade soap companies the response may be overwhelming…

I critique soap co/review your Biz RSVP via email

Finding my niche in the soap world…

Do I fit in where I can get in

I was not sure when I started this blog a few days ago where to take it, I have many loves gardening, crochet,  I can’t knit a stitch family, my daughter’s dog (she’s away at school)  my son, business and soap making, many more  to many to list here.

Where is our niche

Vegan and Natural soapmaking are my forte, I have been making soap for four years come November,  I never sold  the soap I made I always gave it away to anybody, and everybody, my daughter wanted to start her own business and like the average 21 year old liked everything money, social media, telling all her friends,  hanging at swap meets, except the wait for the loaves we made to cure did I say she liked the money…


I would like to explore the World of Soap, there are so many people making soap you wonder what makes  each person unique, what makes each soap different,, why do people buy this soap as opposed to buying that soap, Soap is Soap right?  Wrong… I was being nosey, on a recent  handmade soap search  Etsy list 78,153, Ebay, 17,012, Amazon 23,211 and Google show’s 561,000 handmade soap listing’s.  Picture 221Dollar Tree soap $1.08 with tax…I bought especially for this post.

I want to investigate, Soap, Soap makers designs and ingredients, cost you get the idea, I will make it honest and straightforward.  I might write a book when I am finished.

I would like your comments and feedback every step of the way, as I delve into the World of Soap.  Come along for the ride stay for the soap…

PS I am working on a Valentine’s Box  soon as I make the scent I like…