I make my soap in small batches in my kitchen. If the weather is anyway reasonable and there’s a bit of sun about, I’m out in the patio either weighing out the ingredients and/or mixing them and blending together or I could be cutting the soap or, as I was today, labelling the finished bars. That’s one of my favourite parts of the whole process: the labelling and putting away in storage boxes. But my absolute favourite is the selling of the soaps at markets or fairs.
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!!
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!!!
The Three of us, from Bladhma Oriental Dance Group in sync with each other as we battled with the wind and the rain during St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland.
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!!!
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.
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.