You've been making lovely soap and body butters for a while. Everyone says you should sell it. Can you? What do you need to know and do in order to legally sell your soap (or other skincare) within Ireland and Europe? What about the U.S.? How can you ensure that you are protecting yourself should someone have an allergic reaction to oneof your products?
Rest? Relaxation? Soothe muscles? Me Time? Yes please!
I've always found bathing really helps me unwind and also ease muscle and joint pain (mine stems from hypermobility - eds 3, coupled with weeding & picking up small people far too much). With the current halt in water charges it seems Ireland is relaxing and enjoying bathing again too.
I want to share why our bath salts blend is unique and the important reason why I make them this way.
Both the cold weather and sunshine means drier skin and lips. Giving them added protection and nourishment is really essential all year round. If you find yourself licking your lips without realising to hydrate them or have redness and peeling skin on your lips, read on...
This week has included the making of my favourite handmade soap bar "Honey Bee". Honey Bee has completely natural, plant based, ingredients including unrefined organic shea butter, organic honey and finely ground, certified, gluten free oats.
Here's a short 'behind the scenes in the soap studio' video of me cutting the soap bars and explaining this soaps skin loving qualities. (Loving the afternoon sunshine in the video!)
Did I mention at all it was my favourite soapbar? I did?! Well here are the reasons why.
It's gentle and extra moisturising
Unrefined and organic shea butter is added at the end of the soap making process. This means more of the shea butter is available to 'super-fat' the soap. This is what makes a bar more gentle and less drying on the skin. Organic honey also is a natural humectant. That's quite a fancy word but just means it draws moisture to the skin.
It's naturally antibacterial
The organic honey is also good for skin healing and has antibacterial properties. To keep as much of these properties within the soap, Honey Bee is blended at the lowest possible temperature. It's also kept cool during the next 24 hours so the soap doesn't overheat.
It's skin soothing and exfoliates gently
Honey Bee natural handmade soap also contains finely ground gluten free oats. Oats are known to be soothing to dry skin conditions. For example, many people use preparations of oats in bath water to help soothe eczema prone skin. These oats are really finely ground so that within the soap they exfoliate gently. They are certifed gluten free as for some individuals their gluten intolerance is so high that even oats cause an immune reaction.
If you are really sensitive skinned, like me, then unscented soap bars (and skincare products in general) may be better for you on a long term use basis.
We have entered a new phase in our eczema home. Our co-operative toddler, who used to love to help moisturise her itchy little body, has gradually been replaced. In her place is a fiercely independent little girl of almost 4 who knows excatly what she wants, or in this case what she doesn't want!
I appreciate that she knows her own mind, as I grew up afraid to say boo to a goose, but in this case she is saying No to something that is good for her. Moisturising her eczema skin is vital to keep it in it's current, excellent conditon. I don't want to battle her all the time so what can practically can I do to keep skin moisturised in 'sneaky ways'?!
Use a fish oil supplement or one high in Omega oils
There have been many studies done to show how beneficial fish can be in the early years management of eczema, allergies and hayfever. (Not only that, it's believed to be important in the management of adhd). Choose one appropriate for your child and the best quality you can realistcially afford.
Children love to spend ages in the water and it will dry out the skin especially if you've gone heavy with the bubbles. Ensuring the bath water is not too hot is helpful as heat will make exzema skin more itchy.
Use easy, moisturising peasy, bath melts
Children love bubble baths, but it won't do your child with eczema any good at all. Our bath melts are solid pieces of shea and cocoa butter. Just add one to warm bath and it will melt and disperse in the water. These are an absolute life line for anyone whose child says "no" eczema treatments or whom wriggles and fights so much it makes the vital moisturising stressful.
My girls splash away in the bath with their Barbies and Thomas & Friends engines, but little do they know they are also coating their bodies with the highly moisturising and protecting plant butters. They are moisturising themselves so that I don't need to. All I need to do then is lightly pat them dry and dress. It's super easy and no battles!
Beacause we realise that children still want to enjoy the bath and have fun we have melted the natural plant butters and created fun bath melt shapes. A bag of Baby Buff Bath Melts will contain a mix of cars, lego men, hearts, teddy bears and dinosaurs. They are unscented so ideal for the most sensitive skinned children (and sensitive skinned adults beacuse, lets face it, a bath with a dinosaur is way more exciting!).
Typically shampoo and conditioner include a lot of synthetic ingredients. Turn the back of your bottles over and read them. Many of these can do nice things for your hair but a growing number of people want to reduce these synthetic additives and find what they are terming 'cleaner' alternatives with fewer ingredients. Our shampoo bar doesn't need to contain a preservative, making it a good option for those with preservative sensitivities.
It Helps With Shine
One of it's main ingredients is cider which, it turns out, is really conditioning for your hair. I found this out initially by accident after receiving feedback from a customer who had used one of my red wine soaps on her daughters hair, with brilliant results. The cider helps to lower the ph level of the shampoo bar.
It's Really Bubbly
We all seem to like bubbles in our shampoo, finding easier to use and a tactile message to our brain that the product is working. It certainly does make it easier to lather and distribute through the hair. If you have mid length or long hair I recommend massaging the bubbles into your scalp, and letting the water wash the suds through the rest of your hair, as you may be more prone to dry ends.
It's Amazing For Shaving
Beacuse it lathers so quickly and is naturally skin conditioning it is really effct for shaving. It's a unisex product so whilst I use it myself my hubby also uses it for his daily shaving. (In fact he uses it all the time as it's his fave!).
Minimal 'Zero Waste' Packaging
The Cider & Ginger Shampoo Bar is supplied in a compostable pouch made from cornstarch. Some of my customers keep it in the pouch as it goes with them to the gym and swimming pool. The corn starch bag can then go on the compost (if you compost yourself) or in the brown bin (if you live in Ireand and your council offers this facility). It will totally biodegrade if it goes into landfill. There is no plastic shampoo bottle left at the end of use!
It's Perfect For Travel
Being a unisex product for hair, hand and body washing, as well as shaving, the shampoo bar is ideal for any time you want to pack minimally and travel light. Being a solid bar makes it both travel friendly (no spill!) and customs friendly (no liquids).
Coming soon is the blog post Improving Your Scalp Health Naturally...
Lucinda Lee, T/A Lucy's Soap Kitchen, Bornacoola, Co. Leitrim, Ireland. Est. March 2013
All of our products are traditionally made in small batches, from scratch, with completely natural, petro-chemical free, ingredients. They are created to be gentle to sensitive and allergy prone skin, however individual allergies may still occur. Discontinue use immediately if you experience any irritation. If you or your children have sensitive skin we recommend doing a patch test 24 hours before regular useage. Please contact us prior to purchase if you are aware of allergies & need additional product information & advice.