Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Soap Packaged in Lace

I have a million meters of lace which i have been saving especially for packaging soaps, it gives a lovely vintage & feminine look. I love wrapping special occasion soaps with lace especially wedding, christmas and eid soaps.  Here are a few i have wrapped for christmas fairs this year.

Cream 5" wide lace which i sewed into little pockets to give a good firm wrap and square edges

White 2" lace from my mums old lace collection, the size was perfect to wrap around once, just like cigar packaging

Cream 2" lace from my mums old lace collection

Purple 3" lace which was wrapped around the soap twice

Sunday, 20 November 2011


I was going through some of my soap pictures and realised that i had forgot to put up pictures of my 'Rose Soap'.

When i make rose soaps i naturally think of simple and classic designs and recipes. I usually like to keep them just as 'Rose soap' with not too much other scents or colourings added....i honestly don't know why, its just a personal preference ( i also make a rustic rose soap with a lovely woody scent, i have blogged on this soap before)

I wanted to achieve a really vintage look for this soap apart from rustic and natural, so i used a shea butter recipe and added the tiniest amount of pink clay to give a faint pink colour which i love.  I didn't want the soap to be pink or white/cream so this really pale pink colour looks perfect against the pink rose petals. I scattered rose petals on top of the soap purely for the decorative effect and exfoliating properties. 

Overall i achieved what i was aiming to produce, a lovely creamy soap which reminds me of a vintage english rose garden !!

I have 5 'Rose Soaps' remaining in my folksy shop, so if you would like one of these lovely soaps please come and visit my shop

Thursday, 17 November 2011

The 'SM Strand' Stall at Covent Garden

last year i came across a blog who mentioned a really cute soap stall in Covent Garden called 'SM Strand'

Since i was visiting Covent Garden today i thought i would go and find this little stall and check out their handmade soaps, and I'm so glad i did!!! The soaps are fantastic, natural, rustic, homely and they look and smell absolutely amazing.  I asked the assistant kindly if i could take some pictures of the stall and she was happy for me to snap away.

and the best part was the business cards....samples and contact details in one, the first time i have seen this and i loved the idea.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

October 2011 Soaps (part 2)

During October i was busy preparing soaps for christmas fairs and gifts but i didn't get round to taking many photo's. The few photo's i did take i was not happy with and honestly i was a little embarrassed to put them up...(i am still working on my photographic skills !!! )

I made 10 different batches in total all seen in the first picture below, and  i will be wrapping them in lovely christmas wrap which i brought from paperchase this week.  The soaps are on the curing rack and still have a week to go, when they are ready and packed i will try to take a few decent photos.

A creamy shea butter soap scented with ylang ylang and grapefruit.  
When i added the essential oils the mixture started to thicken in the pot, so i had to work really quick and you can see the bumpy look of of the soap. I added a line of cocoa through the centre and topped with chamomile and heather flowers.

I have already blogged on this soap in a previous post so i wont go on about it too much.

One of my favourite soaps with tonnes of creamy shea butter.  I added 1 tbsp of pink clay per lb of fat but the colour was not as strong as i had hoped for!!

I love the smell of this soap, it reminds me of 'Bakewell Tarts'. 
I infused my water with madder root and added it to the lye, the outcome was a lovely pale pink colour, however it seems to be fading in the centre.  the soap is scented with bay leaf, cinnamon, clove and orange essential oils and the soap is topped with poppy seeds for exfoliation.

Smells Divine....almost like real chocolate!!! the kids are waiting eagerly for this little beauty to cure

Another one of my favourite shea butter soaps with green clay.  I have added tea tree oil and a little hint of peppermint essential oil.

A really creamy soap with loads of shea butter added.  The soap is scented with lavender essential oil and topped with lavender flowers. I love the simplicity of this soap !!

I have blogged on this soap in an earlier post

Another food based soap.  
I added coffee to my lye instead of pure water and ground coffee at trace for exfoliation. The soap is scented with cinnamon and vanilla essential oils which is absolutely DELICIOUS....i was hoping for a more cinnamon scent however it is more sweet but non the less YUM!!

A super lovely soap with goats milk and honey added at trace.  The soap is scented with orange and a hint of petuli to act as a scent fixative.

Friday, 21 October 2011

October 2011 Soaps (part 1)

Orange & Frankincense Soap
I wanted to create a 'Marmalade' type soap, sweet, citrusy and bright.
This is a cocoa butter based soap with sweet orange, Mandarin, petuli and frankincense essential oils. I added 1 tsp carrot powder for colour but i think next time i would definitely add a lot more for a more vibrant colour.  I have also added a little orange peel for exfoliation and dried orange slices purely for decorative effect.  
I had an intention of adding brown sugar to the recipe which would probably give a caramelyness to the colour but i forgot to prepare the syrup and when i realised i had already poured (gutted!!!!)

Goats Milk, Lemongrass & Calendula
Goats milk soaps really are super for skin and  i love using them especially for my face in the winter months. During winter i find it somewhat more difficult to wake up at 5.30am so i thought i would scent it with lemongrass and litsea cuba, a real zingy fragrance which will hopefully help me wake up.  I have added calendula petals throughout the mixture and also topped the soap with it.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Thames Festival : My Best Seller 'Lavender Soap'

One of my Best sellers at the Thames Festival was my new 'Lavender Soap'.  
Before i started making soap, i hated the scent of lavender, for me it was an out of date scent which my gran may have used. Only when i started making soap and researching all the benefits and properties of lavender did i realise that it was a SUPER PLANT and i soon fell in love with it.

Usually i go for 'Lavender, Goats milk & Oats Soap' or 'Lavender & Maychang Soap' but this time i thought i would just like to keep it nice and simple.  
Most of the time i sprinkle botanics on top of the soap bar but recently i am finding that although the soap bar looks nice and pretty, it really is a waste of botanics and for a full exfoliating effect it is better in the bar then on-top of the bar!!!...just a personal preference. 
So this bar has lavender buds scattered throughout for gentle exfoliation which i think looks so much nicer :)

The bar has been crinkle cut using my new cutter which i purchased on Ebay a few months back.

I truly love this soap and the few bars i have left should be available in my Folksy shop today.

I LOVE 'The Blue Lagume'

I have been visiting 'The Blue Lagume' on Stoke Newington Church Street for over 10 years and they serve the best breakfasts around.  I have visited other cafes around the area but non compare to it. Eggs florentine, omelette's, french toast, veggie fry-ups, fruit platters......uuuuummmmmhhhh they all taste Divine.

Portions are lovely and big (none of the little posh portions!!) , there is hardly any grease to be seen and the vegetarian range is larger than most cafes.
Myself and my best friend Fuzzworks are both obsessed with the Bonofee pie and she sometimes has terrible cravings for it.  

Birthday coffees, lunches or breakfast are mostly spent here and so are some of our deep thinking chats. 
We both truly recommend this cafe even if it just for a coffee and some lovely banofee pie :)

Cravadlax - scrambled egg with marinated samon

Fruit platter with waffles, maple syrup and yogurt

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Getting Ready for the Thames Festival

For the past month or so i have been super busy getting ready for the 'Thames Festival'.  The event will be held over two days (10th & 11th September) along the Thames with various events taking place.  I will only be participating on the 11th but i am still mega excited since this is my first really big fair, the location is right next to the 'Tate' and it's an incredible opportunity for me to show my products to the wider audience.

I started my preparations over a month ago, but with so much going on in my little world that i hardly took any pictures along the way.  
I started off making my soap batches since i know that once they are made i can just leave them to cure for a month while i work on my other products.  
A few of my soaps curing
Next....i decided to get my logo done by the lovely Bonita from 'It's all about the Graphics'.
I had an idea of what i wanted, something simple with a vintage look, and nothing too flowery.  so i was really pleased with the final outcome.  She also designed my avatar and banner for my folksy shop which i was really pleased with.

Pauline from 3 Little Finches, designed labels for my Lavender & Bergamot Balm, Vanilla & Vetiver Balm, Gardeners Balm, Lime Lip Balm and Vanilla Lip Balm.  The labels came out superb and they make my products look a million times more professional. 
( i just discovered the colour accent function on my camera so some of the pics are not colour )

One of the products which sells really well at fairs are my bath fizzies with Epsom salt.  I decided to make a batch of 'Rose & Geranium' and a batch of 'Lavender' bath fizzies.  I usually package them in a brown kraft box with some ribbon tied around, and honestly they look really cute.

My favourite soy wax candles in Lavender & Bergamot, Ylang ylang & Grapefruit and Clove & Orange have also been made for the fair.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Excitement in the Garden

The garden is full of exciting veg, herbs and flowers, and each day something new and wonderful is appearing.  

Our 1st chillie pepper plant is growing nicely. We have a dozen or so blossoms so I'm happy that we will get a good few chillies for my mums spicy curries.

you can see the chillie pepper growing
lots of chillies blossoming, i think we will have a dozen or so chillie peppers

A few 'not so good' tomatoes were thrown on an empty patch in the garden....and before  we knew it, we were swamped with a gigantic tomato bush.  The tomatoes have just started to grow and i am not sure what type they are, so far there seems to be a few plum and a few cherry, i will just have to wait and see.
Yellow petals before the tomatoes emerge

Also another first for us is pumpkin, we were given the seeds by a kind neighbour. No pumpkin as yet but the leaves are getting bigger..fingers crossed.

Lastly, our fig tree.  A small plant was given to my father by his Cypriot friend over 10 years ago and since it has grown nicely giving delicious figs each year.  For some unknown reason we don't have as many this year, but each day new little figs are appearing.