Hand Made Natural Soaps

Folk soap hand made in wales
folk soap booklet front cover

Natural hand crafted folk soap products. Extraordinary soap for extraordinary folk, skin loving, natural, artisan, therapeutic soap, packed full of  beneficial ingredients.  There is no comparison to hand made soaps to well known brands off the supermarket shelves. I could not ever go back to using mass market brands, the difference is just chalk and cheese between natural soaps and soaps filled with animal fats and soaping agents that are sometimes used as industrial cleaner.  You instantly feel the benefits of the oils and plant based ingredients in a good quality hand made soap.  You do not get the tightening sometimes felt from other soaps and within a few days your skin feels amazing, spots clear up and skin conditions calm.  I could go on but I’ll stop there, if you haven’t already you will have to try one for yourself.

If not from here then go along to your local farmers market where you can usually pick up a good quality bar quite reasonably, try and avoid bright colours and clear soaps,which are usually melt and pour soaps that are just reheated and set in a mould to look handmade, they can sometimes contain soaping agents a known skin irritant.Look for a more natural colour soap that’s earthy such as soaps with cocoa or turmeric or the greens of avocado and green clay, or small particles of ground seeds and oats etc.  Generally good quality natural soaps are not made to look pretty, they are made to be kind, gentle and to leave you feeling healthy in your skin.  Don’t be put off by colour or exfoliating oats or ground seeds, I make a banana and almond soap that is not the prettiest bar to look at but the way it makes you feel and smell is second to none.

large wooden mould filled with solid dog shampoo soap
Dog Shampoo folk Soap large wood mould

This picture is dog shampoo, it’s the only one I have in a mould at the moment and it’s not that much different to our human soap, in fact its great as a hair shampoo bar because it contains flax, avocado and apple cider vinegar!! squeaky clean with a lovely shine and good for keeping nit outbreaks in school children at bay.

LINK TO HAND MADE SOAP BOX MOULDS

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Home Made Hairspray

Home Made Hairspray

Why pay silly prices for dry dull hair when you can get a healthy shiny mop for just pennies.

There are a number of recipes for home made hairspray that have been used for generations, I know my mother and grandmother used their own home made recipes in their younger days when money was tight, after the war and in the swinging sixties when hairspray was used in abundance to help those beehive hairstyles withstand being swung around on the dance-floor, if these recipes can withstand rock n roll and a world war while helping to save the environment from plastic and gas pollution, using alternative solutions to nasty aerosol cans really is a necessity!

When I think back to the eighties, big hair, curly perms and shoulder pads were all the rage, I can’t help but feel a twinge of guilt about the amount of canned spray I used to help keep that Bon Jovi poodle perm from being one hair out of place, while doing the handbag dance to Frankie and George. If I can convince one person to ditch the D4s and D5s (silicones in hairspray), which according to Environment Canada and Health Canada are:

toxic, persistent, and have the potential to bio accumulate in aquatic organisms i,ii . Also, the European Union classifies D4 as a endocrine disruptor, based on evidence that it interferes with human hormone function iii , and a possible reproductive toxicant that may impair human fertility iv . In laboratory experiments, exposure to high doses of D5 has been shown to cause uterine tumours and harm to the reproductive and immune systems. D5 can also influence neurotransmitters in the nervous system v .

Structurally similar to D4 and D5, cyclohexasiloxane (or D6) is also persistent and has the potential to bioaccumulate.  Environment Canada’s assessment of D6 concluded that this third siloxane is not entering the environment in a quantity or concentration that endangers human health or the environment, but noted significant data gaps concerning its toxicity vi. (http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/chemicals-in-your-cosmetics—siloxanes/)

then we are one step closer to helping our Mother Earth recover from her “BAD HAIR DAY”.
Homemade Hair Spray

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup distilled water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vodka
20 drops of your favourite essential oils (rosemary is a known hair thickener)
Glass spray bottle

DIRECTIONS:
Boil the water, dissolve the sugar in the boiled water, stir until completely dissolved.  Add the vodka and stir again.
Once the mixture has cooled add essential oils, mix well, Pour the mixture into the bottle and store in a cool place.
Shake well before each use.

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