Friday, August 29, 2008

Excellent End of Summer Reading!

I just finished reading a wonderful book by Tama J. Kieves, a creative career coach, entitled "This Time I Dance!: Creating the Work You Love. " Ms. Kieves left a lucrative law practice to found Awakening Artistry, a foundation dedicated to linking a global family of visionary, creative, and empowered leaders.

Engaging in work that you love is fundamental to leading a creative, happy life. I took the leap 10 years ago to leave the safety of the academy and become an entrepreneur. Over time, I've fashioned a fulfilling life in which I look forward to going to work rather than dreading Monday mornings. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that I earn money by being creative each day. What a gift! It's not a perfect life--who has that?--but on most days it feels nearly perfect.

I wish that for you too.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Featured Artisan--Furniture Rescue League

Ron and Kris Moore love junking! They find treasures at flea markets and auctions, along the road, and in barns. Once found, these castaways are transformed (re-purposed) into fun and beautiful home accessories. Currently, SoapWerks is selling their coat hangers made from antique door panels and door knobs. Another style features antique forks as the hooks.

Ron's newest creations are salt and pepper shakers made from chair and table legs. And Kris makes unique and beautiful pillows from antique linens. Stop by the studio to see their work or order their work through the SoapWerks'website:

Their work is definitely one of a kind!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Get Your Daily Ration of Milk (Bath, That Is!)

Milk is a time-honored ingredient of bath soaks that is noted for its soothing qualities. Cleopatra knew what she was doing--a milk bath smoothes your skin and, with the right combination of essential oils, will soothe rattled nerves.

SoapWerks has a new milk bath. We've combined powdered milk, cornstarch and the essential oils of lavender and lemongrass (divine smell). As you can see, it is gift-giving ready as we put TLC in our packaging. Purchase on-line at:

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Natural Help for Wasp Stings

My youngest daughter, Leah, was stung by a wasp last week. It was pretty painful and swollen for a couple of days. I made the following concoction that seemed to bring down the swelling and lessen her pain:

1/4 cup baking soda and then stir in
apple cider vinegar--enough to make a thick paste

Sit on a towel because it can be a bit messy and generously put the soda paste on the sting. Leave on for at least 30 minutes. Wash off and reapply daily.

She's doing much better now!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Giveaway Winner for August11-17th

The winner this week is CharlieGurl! Contact us within 5 days to claim your prize. Thanks everyone for entering this week!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Natural Laundry Detergent

We are so excited about our newest product! We start by grating SoapWerks cold-process vegetable-based soap and mixing in borax, washing soda, and baking soda. My friends and I have been testing out the recipe and we are amazed at how clean it gets our clothes! No more bad-for-you-and-the-environment store-bought laundry detergents. No more itchiness for those of you who have sensitive skin. (just read the ingredient label on your current laundry detergent and you will see what I mean)

The detergent is available in several scents (we use only essential oils): lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemongrass, sweet orange, and peppermint.

It takes only 1 tablespoon of detergent to launder a large size load of clothes. If you are using a HE/front loading washer, it takes only 1/2 tablespoon. The sample size launders 16-32 loads of laundry; the large size 48-84 loads.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

BathTime Fun for Kids!

Make it easier to get your children clean--naturally! SoapWerks introduces our Fishy Soap--not only is it fun to use, but it's also good for kids' skin. Lightly scented with peppermint essential oil for a nice, fresh scent. (Check out the bubbles coming out of her mouth!)

Buy it on-line at

Monday, August 11, 2008

Weekly Giveaway for August 11-17--Win a Bar of Natural Lavender Soap!

Enter to win a bar of our natural Lavender Soap! Each week, we will be offering a Soapwerks' product as a give-away--it is our way of thanking you for your support of our blog and our store.
Contest Rules:
1. Visit our Etsy shop by clicking here:
2. Pick out your favorite item from the store.
3. Come back here and post a message in the comments section, stating what you like and why.
4. PLEASE leave your e-mail so we can contact you if you win.
5. The contest closes at midnight on August 17th. The winner will be contacted and will be given 5 days to claim the prize. If we do not hear from him/her, another winner will be chosen.
6. Our give-away is open to anyone anywhere!

Monday, August 4, 2008

This Week's Winner of the Mint Julep Soap!

Jkrisken is the winner this week--thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Essential Oil of the Month--Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is distilled from a tree in Australia. Its name comes from tea drunk by aboriginal people. Its healing effects include: anti-fungal, antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. It can be used to treat everything from athlete's feet to dandruff.

Unlike most essential oils, tea tree can be used "neat" on your body. This means it does not need to be diluted with a carrier oil, lotion, or shampoo.

Tea tree's smell is medicinal, but clean. Inhaling relieves congestion, and tea tree is terrific for cleaning your home when someone is ill.

We use Tea Tree Oil in our Healing Salve. The salve is wonderful for treating poison ivy, burns, insect bites, shingles, and cuts. SoapWerks' Sore No More contains tea tree, lavender, eucalpytus, and sage. Sore No More brings relief to your "achy parts".
We sell 2 oz. bottles of Tea Tree Oil through our Etsy shop.

Essential Oil Recipe of the Month

Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Tea Tree Spray Cleaner

2 teaspoons borax
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 cups hot water
1/4 teaspoon eucalpytus essential oil
1/4 teaspoon lavender essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil

Mix all ingredients and stir until dry ingredients dissolve. Pour into a spray bottle for use and long-term storage. To use, spray as needed on any surface except glass. Scrub and rinse with a clean, damp cloth.

(adapted from Herbal Homekeeping by Sandy Maines)