Sad Pair of Boots

One can’t but pity the feet that were in those sad looking boots but the owner has certainly nothing to complain about.  They have served him well, accompanied him through the direst of situations, protected his precious toes as sharp pieces of slate came raining down on them, got dumped in the corner every evening after a hard day’s work,  and yet were there the very next morning, reporting for duty, ready for the next barrage of abuse that would be meted out to them.  Oh they are truly loyal companions.  If they could only talk, they’d have a story or two to tell!!DSC_0879

Handmade natural soaps

These last 8 of our range are palm free, I’m delighted to say.  Although I must say, palm oil makes a hard bar, long lasting to the end.  But we’ve added a lot of coconut to these 8 which also makes a hard bar.  Trouble with coconut is your can’t use so much of it as it can be drying to the skin.  You have to get the balance right and I think we might have achieved that with these one, having added lots of olive oil, sweet almond oil and shea butter too.   Although not to be eaten, some of them have a foody thing going on!!!

Heartworks 2017 soaps are on the way!!

All handmade by Monica, using only natural ingredients, leaving out all those nasty ugly things such as artificial fragrances and colourings.  No parabens either!

We’re about 2 days away from having the new labels printed and then Monica will have to busy herself, putting on the labels on the soaps; those soaps that are ready and waiting to be dressed up and then paraded and shown off in local markets, Bloom, RDS, Tullamore Show, Ploughing Championship, to mention but a few.  They can’t wait to be strutting their stuff, their all natural stuff and in their finery (the labels).  And this year, we’ve decided that the soap comes without any cellophane on them.  Yes, Siree, not unless you ask for it.  So we leave it up to you to do your bit for the environment.  Don’t want it wrapped in cellophane?  Well good for you! We’ll oblige.

We’ve 8 new one this year and they’re  all Palm Free.  Of course we’ll continue with the others that do have palm oil in them.  Again we give the choice to the punter.  Don’t want palm oil in your soap?  Well we have 8 soaps and 3 shampoo bars without it so don’t worry!!!  Roll on the next 2 days so that Monica can start with the labels.  Happy Days!!!

A very Trippy Trip

It was one wow after another on that trip.  A trip that was recently taken in neighbouring Emo House and Gardens and next day to Lough Boora Parklands.  Mauricio took all these photos.  I could not do such a good job.  There were countless surprises waiting around every corner as in those  photos below.  Nature was kind to us that day fulfilling us with awe and glee.

Really really natural handmade soaps and shampoo bars from Heartworks.

Here at Heartworks we keep quite busy, buzzing around the kitchen, carrying pots of oil around, weighing out exact measurements of shea butter, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba and kukui nut oils and blending them together with various aromas all coming from essential oils such as lavender, ylang ylang, clove bud, to mention but a few, adding in foodstuffs such as oatmeal, cornmeal, poppy seeds etc for effect.  All these ingredients coming together make up our soaps and shampoo bars which when they have gelled together for over 24 hours get cut with our very special cutting machine (courtesy of that man of mine, Mauricio) then after a month period in our poor little hall and anywhere else we can find to put them, they get labelled and packed away until some lucky person out there reaps the benefit of their therapeutic qualities, their sensuous aroma, their lovely lather, and their long lasting endurance.

HANDMADE SOAPS AND SHAMPOO BY HEARTWORKS

Not just a natural handmade shampoo bar

24th April 2016

The reason I call these natural handmade shampoo bars is because that’s really what they are.  Now I know you’re having difficulty getting your head round the idea that shampoo would not flow from a bottle onto your hands to be distributed around your hair.  I get your confusion.  But you really should suspend your judgment on how a shampoo should be, leave your prejudices behind you temporarily and try it.

All you have to do is rub it on your hair at which stage it will lather up into a beautiful creamy lather, let your fingers massage it around the hair.  Then leaving it for a minute or two for it to do its magic rinse off and listen to the squeaky noise coming from your very very clean hair.

I like to brush my hair straight away and then, because I have long hair, put it up in a bun for an hour or two and then let it out.  With me, I don’t have to use conditioner, the soap does that for me.  Maybe you need to always put conditioner in your hair.  If so, then do it as usual.

This shampoo bar can also be used as a soap (your visitors will love you) , a very luxuriant soap,  Likewise it can be used for shaving.  In fact, we have one shampoo bar with cedarwood and bergamot especially for men.

And if you really can’t get past the “bar” element of these, I will be working on a natural liquid soap; it’s in the investigative stage.  Just Watch this Space