Christmas is on its way! 


Can you believe it’s November already? 

In anticipation of our upcoming Christmas fairs we have been busy making products and ordering all the supplies we need for making our stall extra special this year. 

As usual we will be selling at St Clement Danes School in Chorleywood at their annual Christmas fair in December. Because we do that event every year, it’s important to keep things fresh and interesting, with something different on offer to last year (as well as our usual products). 

Because we are apparently heading towards a cashless society, we have just invested in a PayPal card reader, so we should be able to take card and contactless payments this time around! Yay! 

We are really interested in The Kitchen Croxley’s Christmas Shopping evenings in November and December, but we anticipate moving house in a couple of weeks, so probably a good idea to calm it down this year 😭… 

Right, back to work! 

Chemistry Lesson Part II

CP Soaps

After Friday’s Cold Process soap making class, we had to leave the soaps insulated in their moulds, wrapped in old towels. Next step was to remove them from the towels, unmould them and then leave them to cure for 4-6 weeks. I’ve put them on the shelf in the airing cupboard as this happens to be in my office 🙂

Benefits of Bar Soap

I believe we have been totally brainwashed over the last couple of decades into discarding bar soap and only buying liquid soap and shower gels. I hear it at my stall all the time: “I only use liquid soap!”

We used to use Imperial Leather when I was growing up, and I loved using Pear’s Soap in the bath (love that coal tar scent!), and later Dove, but we gradually switched over to shop’s own brand handwash and Sanex or Simple shower gel in the 90s. (For some reason I seem to remember having Dettol in the bath as a child. Anyone else??) However, since becoming interested in what is actually present in my skincare, I decided to go back to natural bar soaps, rather than the cheap detergent ones. I also switched from having a bath every day to showering, and then only having a bath when I really want to chill out in some steam. I do use shower gel nowadays, especially in my gym bag, but for hand washing I am NATURAL BAR SOAP ALL THE WAY.

We have become paranoid about bacteria and believe that the only thing that will keep us germ-free is liquid soap. TV advertising is great at achieving this aim, with every advert about germ-killing products showing nasty, evil bacteria creatures contrasted with a bright, blindingly white kitchen or bathroom, which looks more like a laboratory. I am still not entirely sure when it comes to meat-handling and hygiene in the kitchen, so I do keep an anti-bacterial liquid soap in there, but if I’ve not handled anything like that, I just use my Kelp or Tea Tree soap to wash my hands – a lot of essential oils are anti-bacterial.

The thing that makes me laugh is that these companies are packaging one product in different bottles, and you buy them all, not realising the shower gel, the bubble bath and the hand wash are all exactly the same thing!

I love bar soap, and that’s why I make them, so here is a list of the Benefits of Bar Soap:

  • Looks SO MUCH nicer by the sink than an ugly plastic bottle
  • Less packaging, therefore better for the environment
  • Takes up less space and lighter to carry
  • Easier to fit into your suitcase and won’t leak
  • No chance of not being able to get any soap out because of a faulty pump
  • Just as hygienic, despite the claims of liquid soap manufacturers
  • All the properties you require can be present (e.g moisturising, exfoliating, anti-bacterial etc)
  • Glycerine soaps like ours and cold processed soaps are not harsh and drying like the mass-produced supermarket detergent soaps
  • Most liquid soaps are full of nasty chemicals and petroleum, where as natural soaps are not
  • The Soap Cabin soaps are locally produced and contain amazing essential oils!

Have I convinced you?…

Spotlight on Sweet Orange & Patchouli

This week I made 2 loaves of our lovely Sweet Orange & Patchouli soap, which contains pumice powder to scrub off dead skin. Although Lemongrass & Lime is our best selling soap, I am hooked on the sweet yet citrussy scent and vibrant orange colour of this transparent soap, with it’s fine powdery layer on top. It is almost mouth-watering!

Sweet Orange

Sweet Orange Essential Oil (Citrus dulcis) is pressed from the peel of the almost-ripe sweet orange, and has sweet and fruity top notes, with radiant undertones. The sweet-orange tree grows in Israel, America, Italy, Brazil and Australia. Because of its uplifting effects, it is known to be good for anxiety, stress and insomnia.

Therapeutic Properties: anti-inflammatory, anti-sceptic, sedative, digestive, anti-depressant

Patchouli 

A lot of people tell me they love the smell of Patchouli because it reminds them of the 70s…

Patchouli Essential Oil (Pogostemom cablin) is a dark orange coloured oil with spicy, woody topnotes and earthy undertones. It is steam-distilled from the dried fermented leaves of the perennial shrub, which is found in Mauritius, Indonesia, China, India, the Philippines, and Malaysia.

Therapeutic properties: anti-inflammatory, anti-sceptic, anti-microbial, anti-depressant, deodorant, aphrodisiac, sedative

Rickmansworth French & Little Fox Market – Sunday 28th June 2015

Sunday was the very first (I think) French Market with added Little Fox Market in Rickmansworth High Street! We arrived at 8.30ish to set up our gazebo (Little Blu) and table and before we knew it, it was 10 o’Clock.

It was a really busy and fun day, with LOADS of visitors. Most were local residents, some of whom didn’t even realise the market was happening, and plenty of people from further afield. We did well at our table and of course, we spoke to many people with various skin complaints, some of whom invested in a pot of Soothing Skin Balm.

Lots of people were asking if the market would be there every week, or every month. I really hope this is the start of good things to come with regards to Ricky High Street, which has gradually lost its interesting, independent shops (e.g gift shops, homeware, carpets, hairdressers) and gained many (many) estate agents, charity shops and even empty shops 😦

Let’s hope Little Fox Market can be a regular occurrence outdoors and bring some atmosphere back to what is a lovely little town 🙂

Been Busy

This weekend I got my act together and achieved several things that I’ve had on my to-do list for a while:

-Sorted out my computer filing

-Saved off invoices etc that were sitting in my emails

-Tidied my desk

-Made up some gift boxes for Rebel Pebble (need to do more for April market)

-Made soap! (Need to make a LOT more)

-Played around with my new display stand (from Homesense)…