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Saturday, July 9, 2011

New Soaps for sale!

This week I held another soapmaking class for a friend who visits her hometown every summer from the South.  We had a great time and even had another friend from our college days and a few others join us.  It was nice to have a little time together with friends and share something that I love doing.

One of the best things about having the class or a demo is that part of the lesson includes a bit about lye safety.  Well, that's not the best thing but it leads to one of the best things!  We actually mix a batch in class so everyone can experience the reaction.  Because the temperature of the water goes from cold to about 220 degrees in a matter of seconds after the lye is added, that batch is too hot to use during class.  That means that I have lye mixed and ready for another batch after class!

During class, I may try a new blend of essential oils but I like to stick to things I know will turn out well.  But, after class I get creative!  Since my oldest daughter, who loves all this herbal stuff as much as I do, is at college most of the year, she doesn't get to make soap often.  So I turned her loose with  the essential oils and she created the newest variety of soap we have to offer.  It's a blend of patchouli and lemon grass with a few other earthy scents.  Very pleasant to smell and a lovely pale green color from the herbs.  She calls it Woodstock.  LOL!  Who would has guessed?

My latest addition to the list of soaps we have for sale is Peppermint Swirl.  It's a lovely bar of deep pink and cream waves with a bit of rose facial clay for exfoliating and peppermint essential oil to stimulate the senses.
Both of these new soaps have been added to The Cat's Meow Herbals page.  You can visit there to see a list of herbal products we offer for sale.  The list is always expanding!

Watch for the revival of an old favorite, Homeschool Soap, coming soon!

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Much herbal love,


  1. Ooooh, the peppermint sounds refreshing! You could put the bar in the freezer!

  2. @Jenny Good idea! I found a recipe for a morning pick me up that is 5 drops of peppermint oil, juice of one lemon and 2 cups of sparkling mineral water. Before your final rinse in the shower, pour or pat this blend all over, even your hair, then rinse lightly with tepid water. Let me tell you it's an eyeopener!!!! I cools your body down, too. You should try it when it's really now! ;)

  3. I am the friend for whom Sharon had the class. I was a bit skeptical about homemade soap but now I am super excited to start making my own. I have been making my own laundry detergent for about 2 years now so figured I would hear Sharon out and go from there. The class was so much fun and I learned a lot, but would love to learn more. The 2 samples I got were the gardeners bar and the shampoo bar. I just used the shampoo bar last night and couldn't be happier. I was amazed at how squeeky clean my hair was after just one washing (it normally takes me two).

    Sharon also gave us a sample of her bug spray and anti-itch medicine. We put the bug spray to the test once we got back to SC and it did great. My husband was able to stay outside with only a minimal number of bugs attacking him instead of the hundreds that bring him back in within a matter of a minute or two.

    Thanks Sharon for sharing your product and your knowledge. I can't wait to learn more.

  4. @Mary Ann Thanks for the feedback. You are quite welcome. It was so nice having you here.

  5. We love hand crafted soap! My hubby especially loves Patchouli. How wonderful to spend time with family and friends making soap! I wish you lived near by! :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!

  6. Awww Sharon, I can almost smell the delightful "n"ew soaps!

  7. All I could think of when reading this was the scene in Fight Club where they make the soap(Yeah Im not normal) good post

  8. NOw that sounds wonderful.I love handmade soap.

  9. I bet the peppermint soap smells wonderful.

  10. That Woodstock soap sounds amazing! I love the patchouli.

  11. What a wonderful combination of scents!

  12. They all sound so lovely! I love the idea of making your own soap!

  13. That peppermint swirl sounds great. My favorite homemade soap is an almond oatmeal, smells awesome!

  14. The peppermint does sound refreshing! How could it not wake you up in your morning shower.

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  15. @P? @ $ � � ?$ ?�0?... Welcome aboard! There's another wake up tip in last night's post that I'm hoping will keep me cool today. I love peppermint!

  16. Saying hi again!

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  17. What a fun class this sounds like! I don't usually buy scented soaps but I do love Body Shop body washes and they are so expensive. Ditto for scented candles. Making this type of thing has to be much less expensive.

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    Hope you have a terrific weekend!


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