New creation in the Etsy Shop: Peppermint lover’s sample pack

Peppermint lover

Do you love the eye-opening scent and cooling sensation of peppermint? Now you can stock up on your favorite scent and save money with the new Peppermint Lover’s Sample Pack, on sale now in the Emmet Street Creations Etsy shop.

For $15, you’ll receive the following 4 bars of our handmade soap, all featuring the exhilarating scent of peppermint:

  • Peppermint – Straight up peppermint essential oil will give you the revitalizing kick you need to wake up in the morning.
  • Exfoliating Rosemary Mint – This soap makes the perfect foot scrub to use after a long walk or run in the park. Pulverized juniper berries work to exfoliate rough patches and smooth your skin.
  • Revitalizing Rosemary Mint – Moisturizing olive and rice bran oils soothe and moisturize your skin without the exfoliating juniper berries.
  • Eucalyptus Lavender and Mint – Soothe yourself into the day with the pretty blue and purple swirls of this amazing smelling soap. Skin loving olive, rice bran and avocado oils will keep your skin silky soft.

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Add a little excitement to your day with a mystery soap sampler

mystery soap sampler

Let’s face it, in the art of soap making, things don’t always go according to plan. I’ve made my fair share of less than perfect soap. I often experiment with color combinations and new techniques and sometimes these experiments result in soaps that don’t make the cut for their own listing in my shop. The colors may not look as pretty as they did in my head, the scent might not be as strong as I wanted or I might have messed up the design I was trying to achieve. But no matter what the flaw might be, the soap is still perfectly good at performing its duty of keeping you clean while nourishing your skin.

I usually hold the “oops” batches for my own personal use but now I’m offering them to you in a mystery soap sampler at a discounted price. For only $15, you’ll receive a bag filled with five different full size bars of soap adding up to one pound or more. The contents of your sampler will remain a mystery until you open your package but a list of the soaps and ingredients will be included in the bag.

The mystery soap sampler is an exciting way to save money while stocking up on an item you use every day!

Not the adventurous type? Check out the Clearance section in my shop for other money saving offers!

New creation in the Etsy shop: Handmade peppermint soap

Peppermint Handmade Soap

 Handmade Peppermint Soap in the Emmet Street Creations store on Etsy

Are you a night owl? When your alarm goes off at the crack of dawn (or earlier), do you chronically hit the snooze button in the hopes that five more minutes will magically make you feel rested and ready to tackle the day? Yep, me too.

That’s why I like to keep a bar of peppermint soap in my shower. Peppermint isn’t just a fun scent for the holidays. It’s fresh clean scent is wonderfully eye-opening any time of the year. When 5 A.M. rolls around and I’m faced with another day in the cubicle jungle, a hot shower surrounded by the clean scent of peppermint is just the thing to get me going.

Want to give peppermint soap a try? You can find it, along with many other tantalizing scent options, in the Emmet Street Creations store on Etsy.

New creation in the Etsy shop: Blue agave handmade soap

Blue agave handmade soap

Blue agave in the Emmet Street Creations store on Etsy

A few months ago, I wrote about using indigo powder to color soap naturally. One of the batches I tried used a scent called “blue agave.” Unfortunately, the soap design had some issues that I wasn’t happy with. As it cured, the indigo color bled into the white portions of the soap and I just didn’t like the way it looked.

Despite this imperfection, the batch sold out quickly because the scent was out of this world! Blue Agave is a zesty unisex scent featuring notes of citrus, apple, black currant and lily of the valley. One loyal customer says it has the same citrus notes as “Be Delicious” by DKNY.

I decided to remake the soap using a much simpler, one color design and I’m so happy with the way it turned out! It’s made with my favorite blend of olive, rice bran, coconut, palm and avocado oils to leave your skin gently cleansed and feeling pampered.

Want to give this soap a try? You can find it, along with many other tantalizing scent options, in the Emmet Street Creations store on Etsy.

Monday musings: Handmade soap and good, clean fun

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! I started the year on a high note by seeing my 373 life bird on January 1st! This was an incredibly special bird because it really has no business being in Ohio. It’s called a Brambling and it’s a very long way from home.


Image credit: Brambling by Kev Chapman, on Flickr. CC by 2.0.

This small finch is typically found in Europe and Asia. Occasionally, it crosses into Alaska and can travel into the western United States. More rarely, it can travel east with flocks of other migrating birds. Ohio has seen only one other Brambling. It arrived 28 years ago less than five miles from the location of the current bird. You can read more about the current bird and its location here. Special thanks goes to the owners of the property the bird has been frequenting and to their neighbors across the street who have patiently allowed dozens of birders to stand in front of their house for days. I hope they know what joy they’ve provided to the members of the birding community.

Handmade soap

There are so many creative soap makers that inspire me. Check out some of my favorite finds on Pinterest! (Are we pinning buddies there? We should be.)

  • Soap behaving badly – If your New Year resolution is to learn how to make your own soap, I recommend learning all you can about the things that can go wrong with a batch of soap and how to prevent problems before starting. The Soap Queen blog is a great place to start.
  • Troubleshooting – From cracking soap, to soap volcanos, a lot can go wrong when making soap. Lovin’ Soap Studio breaks down several common issues and provides great tips for how to handle them.
  • 5 top mistakes when working with color – Color can be one of the hardest things to master. Soapmaking Made Easy breaks down how to get the best color with 5 easy tips.

Good, clean fun

If you’re not following Emmet Street Creations on Twitter, here’s some of my tweets, retweets and comments you’ve missed over the last month:

Previous musings from Emmet Street you might have missed

Last year I started a series called, “Soap Making Secrets” to help educate my readers and customers about the many different components that go into making a batch of soap. If you’re new to the blog and want to learn more, I recommend starting with “Why buy handmade soap,” “Is lye safe to use in soap,” and Why is handmade soap cured.” These three posts answer the most frequently asked questions I receive about the soap making process. Look for further secrets to be revealed throughout 2016. If there’s something you’d like to know about the soap making process, leave your question in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer it in an upcoming post.