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!!!
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!!!
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.
I’ve been up to my elbows in soap this year or at least the latter half of 2014. At one stage, there were 500 bars of soap air drying in my tiny hall and 300 more in storage in some hidden corner of that same very tiny hall. But it has been all worth it and I look forward to having the same amount drying in time for Valentine’s day.
Next week we will be up in Ballsbridge, Dublin at the RDS National Craft and Design Fair from 3rd to 7th December. Not too long to go now. I have this niggling feeling in my tummy when I think about it and all I have to do beforehand, sort of nervous sensation. But It will all go just fine. In fact, there is a promise of success in the air. At least with the soaps. We have been selected for inclusion in the Design & Crafts Council Display area. No mean achievement! The purpose of this area is to encourage consumers to buy Irish craft by displaying great gift ideas from Irish craftspeople at the show.
I can’t help thinking about a fudge sweet with a flavour of orange with real orange peel. Mouths waters until I realise we’re talking about a bar of soap here and you can’t actually eat it. This bar has an ylang ylang fragrance and has honey and kilbeggan oatmeal added. A rough (but not too rough) bar for exfoliating with the exotic scent from essential oils
The soap dish was designed and made by Mauricio from Heartworks. The perfect size at 10cm x 6 cm for any hand basin