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Monday, March 2, 2015

Life Changes

Sometimes this blog is about soaps sometimes its about my life sometimes its a mix of both.
Those of you you that read this blog and know me on a personal level will know that i have had a lot of changes in my life in the last few years, firstly i brought a home out of town with my husband of 20 years, we happily moved in and life was good, then i opened a shop where i made and sold my soaps and for a while i was extremely happy, i was set on a path i thought i wanted, then 18 months ago everything changed....
I closed the doors to my shop, ended my marriage and moved away, stopped making soaps and started a brand new life...

I am really happy with the choices i have made and whilst friends and family members were quick to judge me and the choices i made they don't realize that i AM extremely happy, for the first time in what seemed like forever i was in control of my everyday life it was strange unusual and very difficult to adjust at first being responsible for myself cooking and cleaning and doing everything on my own but i liked it.

This life is MY life its brand new and full of opportunities, yes i may have lost all my old friends and a few family along the way, but i made all new friends these people have been supportive and are not judge-mental,when i left my old life i took nothing with me, i left behind every single thing i owned, so starting again has been very hard indeed, but i don't measure the happiness in my life with trinkets and possessions so i don't need those things any longer.
Living in a new town was hard at first but now its home...

I still make a little soap and in the last 18 months i have taught a few friends to make soap but for me its not the same anymore, i don't have the passion for it i used to have when i make soaps now it just brings back memories of a life i used to have painful memories.

So with a a sadness in my heart i have decided to officially end soap making, unofficially i have been out of the soap making life style for 18 months now all the soaps i have been making were to teach others, so all the soaps you have seen since then were a product of my teaching them. From now on the website is officially no longer mine it is now going to be run by 3 lovely friends of mine that have a passion for soap making, in the last 2 years i have been teaching them everything i know about soap making, and so after many months of discussions and shared recipes and ideas we have come up with a selection of soaps that will stay true to the concept i started out with when i started making soaps all those years ago. The old soaps sensations website will shortly be updated with their range of soaps, a name change and then that's all for me...from time to time i'll still make soaps as i could never go back to the toxic store brought varieties...

This blog will still showcase all the beautiful soap creations that are being made the only difference is that the creations will be theirs and not mine although i imagine that from time to time they will still ask me for advice and help from my part of the country.
Bye for now...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Delicious Start to the New Year with Natural Handmade Soap...

Baileys & Coconut Cream Handmade Soap

Soothing Healing Shampoo Bar

Creamy Beer & Coconut Shave Bar

Calendula Carrot & Chamomile

Hi Everyone,I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a restful holiday....
I have made a start for 2015 and have gone back to the basics making soaps that i used to love so much and really enjoy making and using ...
Don't get me wrong i love making pretty bright colored girly soaps but i started out making soaps for my daughters and my sensitive skin and sometimes its a great change for me to experiment with a variety of oils butters and natural products to create a creamy soap that feels like pure heaven on your skin, a soap that is natural and nourishing and rustically pretty despite no added colors or fragrance being used,making these soaps is something that i REALLY love doing and after i cure these bars me, my family and friends all get to try them out to see which ones we like the most...

These bars of soaps are all 100% natural unscented uncolored bars they contain no animal products in them at all so are vegan friendly which suits me just fine as i am a vegetarian. I used a delicious mix of some of my favorite oils and butters to create these beautiful creamy bars that will moisturize dry summer skin and with this hot summer we are having they are just perfect.

I am fascinated with plants so I have spent the last few years studying plants and their uses i am constantly learning how to incorporate them into the soaps creams and salves lotions and balms that i use in my everyday life,luckily for me i have a lovely friend that has helped guide me by sharing her knowledge and i have been able to create some fantastic recipes infusing some beautiful plants into oils.

My healing shampoo bars are simply divine this all natural bar has a beautiful lather and the healing oils i used in this soap are wonderful on my hair plus with this dry summer weather this beautifully creamy bar has been just what my hair has needed.
This bar has been a few years in the making as i have tried making several shampoo bars in the past and although they are good they weren't everything i had hoped they would be, that was until i made this bar i am really happy with the way this bar turned out...the oils in this bar are so nourishing and i have even made a fantastic healing salve too using the same bland of infused oils that is perfect for bites, scratches, sunburn, blisters you name it, it really works...

I love love love the colors of my carrot, calendula and chamomile soap bars, these are yummy bars with all the benefits of soothing plant extracts and the creaminess of the pureed carrot adds another dimension to these beautiful bars making them perfect for oily skin and the carrot has natural whitening properties. These bars are ones that i make over and over again but i haven't made them in a while so i am falling in love with them all over again, i love the way they make my skin feel...

The beer soap has always been really popular and is a wonderfully creamy bar that has a delicious foam with added clay this soap is just perfect for shaving plus the oils in this bar are really moisturizing and nourishing for you skin.

As for the Baileys soap what can i say these soaps are amazing plus i used a huge helping of my favorite little drink in these bars it took a lot for me to part with the baileys for these but trust me they are so worth it, i also used organic dutch cocoa in these bars for a little color and i am so happy with the way these bars turned out i originally made them a few years back but haven't made them for a very long time.When you shower with these baileys bars you'll just love them,they are so creamy and yummy that you wont want to stop washing, they make your skin feel like heaven as they are so deliciously creamy and have a wonderfully thick foam to them and smell fantastic..

Well this is all for now i do have a few bright colored bars and cupcakes that are curing  and will be ready in time for valentines day so i will add photos of these soon...bye for now.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Soapy Sweet Treats, Christmas Delights and More...

Chocolate Lovers Delite

Mini Christmas Puddings

Peppermint Chocolate Meringues

Mini Candy Cupcakes

Sweets and Treats
Here are selection of my yummy soaps enjoy...

Pretty Soaps


Midnight Magic

Honey Babe

Lily of the Valley
Hi Everyone,
Christmas is approaching fast an as usual i have been busy creating soaps,here are a few of my latest soapy creations, my favourite has to be the midnight magic.
I was really happy with the way the colours mixed together in these soaps, they are bright beautiful and smell amazing...enjoy

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Little bit of everything...more soaps.

Arcadius Owl Bar Soap

Bewitching Brew Bar Soap

Raspberry Delite Bar Soap
Dead Sea Mud Bar Soap

Chocolate Cake Soap

French Green Clay Cake Soap

Gingerbread Men Cupcake Soap in Red

Gingerbread Men Cupcake Soap in Black

Cutest Little Gingerbread men Cupcake Soap
French Green Clay Soap Cakes
Hi Everyone, once again i have been busy making soap.This time round i made a few christmas ones and a few luxury bars and some natural bars.

My Favourite bar this time just has to be the french clay bars they are simple and elegant, i made these because i have sensitive skin and love all natural soap, these french clay bars have nothing in them except all natural oils, butters and clay and are topped with dried rosebuds and a sprinkling of lavender, the bars have a lovely creamy, foamy, lather and leave your skin feeling silky smooth.

The bar soaps turned out great, i really love making these luxury bars theres nothing quite like waiting to cut a batch of soap just so you can see how the colours turned out...i was not dissapointed with these ones at all, i just love the bright colours in these soaps, the owl soaps are so cute and cheery and the raspberry delite smells yummy and looks really pretty, the bewitching brew bars are so bright i just love them...

For all the chocolate lovers out there i made chocolate cake soap, honestly these soaps smell delicious and are creamy and really chocolatey they will make your bathroom smell so good.

The christmas soaps are cute and are made with creamy peppermint which has to be my favorite christmas fragrance.

The dead sea soap is wonderful and is perfect for shaving with, it foams up beautifully and makes you skin feel so soft...

Thats all for now enjoy...


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pretty Pink Bar Soaps

Pink Sugar

Honey Babe

Hi, here are a few of my latest bar soaps they are remakes of soaps i make time and time again.
Pink sugar has to be my all time favourite as the fragrance is divine and honey babe always reminds me of summer, fresh, fruity and floral all rolled into one.
I used a different pink on these soaps as i had run out of the one i usually used but i love the brightness of these pinks they really stand out so next time i make these i am going to be using this pink again, thats all for now enjoy...

Friday, October 24, 2014

More Christmas Soaps

Christmas Kandy Cake

Oh Christmas Tree

Cute Gingerbread Men Cupcake Soaps

I Love here are a few of my Christmas themed soaps.
The Kandy Cake soap smells amazing just like sweet creamy peppermint and is topped with bright colored little gingerbread men and sprinkles this looks and smells like Christmas. just looking at this soap makes me feel festive.
As for my Christmas tree soaps I just love the color of my bases they are a different green than i had originally hoped for but i think they look a lot nicer this way and they smell so nice.
The Gingerbread men cupcakes have to be my favorite,  i made these for my daughter as she doesn't like the smells of Christmas so these have a non traditional fragrance as i would usually use a Christmas spice. pine, cinnamon or peppermint scent.
I have more lovely Christmas cupcake soaps just waiting for me to take photos of as soon as i find the time...enjoy