Wednesday, April 30, 2014

If You Ever Can't Find Me...

If ever you visit my blog and find I've been missing, you can find me here on Facebook, Sudz n' Hunni Soaps - I've started using my page like my blog!  I hope you'll visit me soon!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Let's Talk Soap Series

Let's Talk Soap Series

Today's question: What is soap made of anyway?

Soap is a simple chemical reaction. To make true soap you need: oils/fats + H20 (water) + Sodium Hydroxide (lye) = Soap

The chemical reaction these ingredients go through is called saponification which means "the making of soap". Rest assured when the saponification process is done there is no lye left in the soap. The reason being, today we have accurate & sophisticated weighing and measuring tools unlike our grandmothers who made soap. After a 6 week cure time you'll have a wonderfully mild soap with lots of naturally occurring glycerin. Soap cleanses our skin while glycerin moisturizes it.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Coffee Soap

Sudz n' Hunni Wet Soap!

Coffee Soap for cleaning up after food preparation, did you know coffee in soap will take away the odor of onions and other strong foods by just washing your hands with it? That's what they say 

The Coffee fragrance I used in this soap has a very low "flash point" so it needed to go in the freezer.

My hubby will appreciate the apple pie that is now in the oven baking after dinner tonight. You see, there wasn't enough room in my freezer for the soap with that frozen pie in the way...

Should I tell him what the special occasion is for pie or just keep it to myself?

Here are photos of the Coffee Soaps after they are cut and  reached their cure date.

These soaps belong in the kitchen! They are going to be great for washing up after chopping foods that have strong odors like onions or fresh caught fish. Made with extra strong coffee to neutralize odors and coffee grounds for exfoliation.

I've been using a bar of this soap at our kitchen sink and really enjoying it, the coffee grounds are very exfoliating and what I was told is true.  My hands don't smell like onions after washing up with it!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Let's Talk Soap Series

Let's Talk Soap - 

Why Use Handmade Soaps?

I've been talking with people when I'm out around town and they've been asking some great questions about my soaps.

I'm thinking maybe I should address these questions here on my blog in a series of (short) posts so here's my first one!

I can buy a multi pack of bar soaps at the local dollar or big box store for around 5 bucks why should I spend $5.50 for one bar of your handmade soap?

Great question! Commercially made soaps we buy at the store are mass produced using detergents and chemical additives. These detergents and additives can dry out our skin and cause allergic reactions. Commercial soap companies remove the glycerin from their soaps to sell to different industries. The soaps we buy at the store are actually synthetic detergents. Detergents work well for cleaning our dishes and clothes but are harsh and drying on our skin.

Handmade soap is true soap in it's purest form. True soap gently cleanses away bacteria, dirt and grime without stripping our skin of its natural oils. Glycerin is a natural by product of soap making and handmade soaps have 100% of the glycerin left in them. Handmade soaps can actually restore moisture to our skin and get us clean too, you'll be amazed by the difference!

How about a little research project?  I dare you to go read the ingredients label on your bar soap or body wash. If you're up to it, "google" some of the ingredients that you can't pronounce or aren't sure what they are.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sudz n' Hunni Soap Samplers

This week I'm making holiday soaps and getting ready for a "yard sale" type event at One Stop Hair Shop in Big River that's coming up this weekend. 

I've been putting together Soap Samplers to go with my regular soaps at the sale.

This will give my customers the opportunity to try a variety of different soaps without making a big investment.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sudz n' Hunni Soaps Brown Sugar & Fig Soap

Brown Sugar & Fig Soaps with Kaolin Clay.

Full cure date is November 28, 2013.

The slab mold I used only holds 3 pounds of soap so there are only 9 bars, I think I better get busy and make another batch soon!  

This Brown Sugar & Fig soap will be available for sale in my online store after November 28, 2013.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Sudz n' Hunni Laundry Soap Experiment

I've been needing to make more laundry soap, have all the supplies and a few minutes this morning. In this photo I've been combining the lye/water solution with the Coconut Oil and d-Limonene.

My initial soap recipe uses 100% Coconut Oil at a 0% super fat for extreme cleaning power.  I used SoapCalc to formulate my recipe, it will give you the correct weights in ounces or grams to make your recipe and it also tells you how cleansing, conditioning, bubblie, hard your soap will be.  If you are making your own soaps and/or laundry soap please use a lye calculator.  

The soap batter has reached a nice trace and I've poured it into my 2 lb. acrylic mold and had a little more than I'd planned so I grabbed my guest size mold. Who knows maybe they'll be samples? Not for bathing though, dishes?  Dishes with gloves, a 0% super fat with 100% Coconut Oil would be super drying on our skin! 

An up close of the soap in the molds. There are a few more steps to laundry soap, in about 24 hours I can un-mold my soap, cut it and grate it using my Salad Shooter, then I'll add other powdered ingredients like washing soda, borax, etc. 

I really like my own laundry detergent, this 2 pound brick of soap can make A LOT of laundry detergent.

In formulating my recipe I went for cleaning power and that's also why I added the d-Limonene.

d-Limonene is reported to be a powerhouse of a natural cleaner. 

Here's what the Green Terpene website says about their product: GreenTerpene™ d-Limonene "Orange Terpenes" Food Grade All-purpose cleaner cuts grease, grime and dirt with ease! Our d'Limonene is extracted from Florida Orange Oil. Its 100% natural, biodegradable, safe, and non-toxic. Contains over 95% d-Limonene.

I've had a hard time getting the d-Limonene here, it ships from Florida and the first try came by USPS, the empty box sure did smell good...

Green Terpene's customer service is excellent, I let them know what happened along with photos. They shipped out a new product via UPS for me. It took awhile to arrive and I'm excited to see how it preforms in my laundry soap experiment!

This Coconut Oil soap was ready to un-mold and hard very quickly.  I cut it into chunks so I could put it through the Salad Shooter.

Shredding soap with the Salad Shooter.

View from the bucket...

I ended up with a bucket full of shredded soap, next I poured it out onto large baking sheets to dry out for about 48 hours.

The next step of the process is putting it all together.  I did put the shredded soap through my food processor so I had a course powder to mix with the other ingredients.  The end result is about a 6 month supply of laundry soap for $20.95.  I used an up-cycled kitty litter container for storage and a coffee can full for everyday use.

If you'd like to make homemade laundry soap here's a link to the original recipe. 

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