New creation in the Etsy shop: Champagne soap

Handmade Champagne Soap

 Champagne soap  in the Emmet Street Creations store on Etsy

I’m not a big alcohol drinker but I have a weakness for champagne. I love the pop of the cork, the way it hisses as it’s poured into a flute glass and the way the effervescent bubbles tickle my nose. Most of all, I love the dry crisp scent of a freshly poured glass. For me, that scent brings back memories of celebrations, happy times with friends and romantic evenings.

You know what I don’t like about champagne? The morning after. The stuff gives me a nasty hangover that makes me regret all of my life choices up to that point. (Perhaps because I can’t stop myself from overindulging when I get the chance.)

So, when I discovered a phthalate free champagne fragrance oil from one of my favorite soap suppliers, I knew I had to use it. This scent does not disappoint! It’s clean and airy with a hint of sweetness. It’s like having a fancy party in your shower without the nasty hangover. Made with our blend of skin loving olive, rice bran, coconut, palm and avocado oils, this soap gently cleans your skin as the scent dances around your nose.

Want to give Champagne 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: Shower Fresh Handmade Soap

Shower Fresh Handmade Soap

I’ve had a busy couple of months as I restock my supplies and get ready for this summer’s Hudson Flea. The first show is May 28 from 9 am to 4 pm. Come out and meet me if you live in Northeast Ohio!

This year, I’m bringing some new scents, including this perfect unisex soap, Shower Fresh. It has hints of aftershave, orange zest and spice, making it popular with men and women alike! Its thick lather washes away the toughest grime while olive, rice bran and hemp seed oils keep skin feeling pampered.

Thick lather

Can’t make it to the Flea? No worries! You can buy this soap, and lots of other yummy scents in the Emmet Street Creations store on Etsy.

 

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.

brambling

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.

Soap making secrets: The benefits of hemp seed oil

Soap making secrets: The benefits of hemp seed oil

Before I start, I need to get something out of the way. This post is not about pot or drugs or getting high. It is about the mighty hemp plant and what it can do for your skin.

You’ve probably seen products like clothing and paper made from hemp fiber. You might also know that this versatile plant has been used to make things like bikes, cars and even houses. But, did you know hemp has another benefit locked away in its seeds? Hemp seeds are rich in the essential fatty acids, Omega-3 Linolenic Acid and Omega-6 Linoleic Acid. These fatty acids are thought to be beneficial antioxidants and they can help protect the skin from moisture loss, something that those of us in northern climates contend with during the cold winter months.

Unlike the strains of cannabis plants used for marijuana, hemp strains contain negligible amounts tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the stuff that gives marijuana its psychoactive kick. This means that products made with hemp, including food and bath products, are safe for those of us who like to “just say no.”

I’ve had a desire to use hemp seed oil in my soap for a while. I’ve used other soap made with hemp seed oil and I love the way it makes my skin feel. Around the same time the Grateful Dead where having their reunion concerts, I found a fragrance oil called, “Cannabis Flower.” I knew right away that I wanted to combine that fragrance with hemp seed oil in a soap bursting with psychedelic swirling colors. After a couple of tries, I finally perfected the look I was going for.

Feelin' groovy handmade soap

In addition to hemp seed oil, this soap it also has the skin loving combination of olive and rice bran oils that leaves skin feeling ultra moisturized. It smells green and herbaceous with a touch of floral notes like violet and gardenia.

Want to give this soap a try? It’s available now in the Emmet Street Creations store!