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Hello all!  I was able to meet Featherologist this past month and we had an absolute blast.  In addition to running all over the British countryside as well as London, one of the things we did during my stay was make homemade soap together!  

I've been using natural, non-commercial brand soaps for the past few years so as to avoid all the harmful chemicals and artificial fragrances that so may store-bought soaps are loaded with these days.  This has me very familiar with the usual ingredients in the gentle, natural soaps as well as what they generally smell and look like.  However, I was absolutely clueless to the actual process of making it.  It was fascinating watching everything come together and very rewarding seeing the finished product that had been carefully handcrafted.

The soap we made is a honey and goat milk combination and turned out to be a rich, warm color that has the appearance of butterscotch fudge.  Very appetizing looking!  In fact, every ingredient in the soap would be safe to eat except for the lye when first added but that mellows out as the soap cures.  Of course, just because you can eat it does not mean that you should; it is soap after all.  It does, however, give a huge peace of mind knowing that the soap you are rubbing all over your skin is made from such gentle ingredients.  You shouldn't apply anything to your skin that would be toxic to eat since your skin will be absorbing it and you don't want all those nasty toxins in your body.

My friend makes and sells a number of different soaps, lip balms, and lotions all made with the utmost care from gentle, natural ingredients.  I was given a package of several of her different soaps as well as two tins of the lip balm since my lips get really dry in the winter and whenever I'm doing a lot of sculpture work (I dunno why but I tend to bite at my lips in concentration when I am sculpting and painting :XD: ).

I've been using the lip balm the past few days and it is wonderfully soothing and light.  Not at all like the heavy, petroleum based lip balms that I have used in the past.

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I have a bar of the goat's milk and honey soap that we made and have been using that in the shower but I cannot wait to try out the other kinds she sent me home with too!  The Natural Cinnamon and the Rose Geranium soaps are particularly tempting because they just smell so good!

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If you'd like to treat your body and try out some of these delightfully rustic, all-natural products for yourself or pick something up as a gift for someone special (Christmas is right around the corner!), you can find her shop "Dirty Coyote" over on Etsy here:

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Hope everyone has been staying warm and is enjoying the holiday season so far!

--WildSpirit



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Vivienne-Mercier Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're right, it does look yummy! :drool:
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BonbonBeluvr Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love making soap.  Goat's milk and honey sounds so yummy, but we usually just do lavender or lemongrass.
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Sandy-O Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is the process to create your own soap difficult? Or is it actually not too bad if you can get the time to sit down and do it? sorry just something I have been wanting to do and looks interesting.. They do look great <3
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Featherologist Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's not at all difficult to make, there's loads of online tutorials about making soap from scratch. :) It just takes respect when handling everything raw, there's chemicals and hot oils to think about. 
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Sandy-O Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ok~! I may try it then if I can actually get the material and time to do it ^^ sounds way better than using the store bought stuff..think I might start doing what others have been doing and either make my own or buy from people who handmake soap c:
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Koeyohte Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing!  I stopped using soaps and shampoos, lotions, etc about a year ago and have been buying from others to support them and making my own everything else.  It's so much fun :D
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KP-WolfSpirit-73 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sounds fun! :) I love goats milk soap; its much better than the stuff you buy in stores. Plenty of people where I live make it locally. 
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LukeWolf6 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sounds really cool XD

there are everywere soaps in ym live XD in school we have to work with soaps to. we have to make them into a interesting thing. (i try to make a wolf or a soccer shoe)
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SilverZeo Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Sounds like fun
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DarknessDemon Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Sounds like you had fun, who knows maybe add some soap wolves to your line of art?
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