Friday, October 16, 2015

It has been a full year again on Marion Main Street. Bouquets of flowers have bloomed and withered, chicks and ducklings have joined the flock, cultured vegetables and hot pepper relish made and savored, and bicycle money earned by piled-up hours weeding carrots in the sun. 
Now we're gratefully gathering in the squashes, sweet potatoes, and stripping plants of those last peppers and tomatoes before frost. Apple butter and sauerkraut must be made before we sense that we can truly settle in for the winter. 

This past year I've discontinued some soaps that were slow sellers and introduced a few new varieties. As I glance through my soaps I see that they pretty well reflect who I am - a busy mother who doesn't have a lot of extra time to dabble in the artsy and decorative types of soap, but settles in to the natural, homey and down-to-earth creations. They are, most importantly, delightful to the senses after a long day in the garden or the kitchen! 

I have struggled to make a satisfactory bar of goat's milk soap, and am still trying to achieve a pale, creamy colored bar. Color aside, Shandy and Cindy, our two Alpine goats acquired this summer, are contributing their delicious milk to the cause. The combination of Lemongrass and the moisturizing qualities of the milk result in a soothing bar of soap. 

Blessings from our home to yours
Janelle

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Good morning on this end-of-April day in Marion, PA. If you logged in to this blog you are evidently interested in my soap. Thank you! A number of things have changed since my last post. For one, my husband made me a wooden loaf mold so all my soaps are now more-or-less uniform bars. And I've added a few soaps to the tried and true "originals" : a plain soap bar with no scent or additives called Simply Soap, a fir needle scented bar for those who love the aroma of pine, Fir Needle, a refreshing pink grapefruit scented bar called Papaya Grapefruit, and a Sweet Spice bar scented with sweet orange, clove leaf, and vanilla fragrance oil.  A few more new soaps are on the horizon which include herb-infused oils.  As well, I have been incorporating more clays in my soaps for their soothing or cleansing properties. Lavender Lady now includes kaolin clay. The Gardener's Essential Scrub boasts generous amounts of both French Green and Australian Olive Green clays for their ability to attract and wash away the soil on the hands of avid gardeners.
 Recently a young lady praised the French Green Clay and Aloe Facial Bar for its success in clearing up a stubborn case of acne that had resisted other products. This bar includes the green clay and the soothing properties of aloe butter. Others have used other bars for skin issues and are thankful for the relief they've experienced. One key is to stop using that synthetic store soap and switch to the natural goodness of quality hand made soap! I'll be glad to answer any questions you may have at meadowmintsoaps@gmail.com.
Janelle

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Welcome to Meadowmint Soaps!
I hope that you find my soaps as enjoyable to use as I do.  Once your skin feels the REAL-ness of these vegetable-oil based soaps and you inhale the life-giving aromas of the herbal essential oils, the cheap, perfumed detergent "soaps" from the grocery just don't satisfy.

Do understand that different batches of soap may vary in color due to differences in the essential oils and/or herbs used. This soap is made at home, not in a factory.

My goal was to make my soaps totally natural, using only herbal colorants. However, due to the oxidative nature of chlorophyll, I had to resort to a green oxide for a brighter green in some of the soaps.  Other than a couple oxide colorants (which are benign as far as I can tell), the soaps are about as natural as one can find. Most of the soaps derive their color from the essential oils or herbal additives. All are scented with herbal essential oils, with the exception of a vanilla fragrance oil in the Vanilla Butter.


"DOES THIS SOAP CONTAIN LYE?"
Yes! Soap is the happy outcome of the reaction of an alkali (sodium hydroxide - LYE) with water and fats or oils. It is impossible to make soap without lye.
Soap made with the correct ratio of lye to fats does not retain any free lye to possibly irritate the skin. I do however, add less lye than required to saponify my soap, resulting in a bar containing free fats for added moisturizing.

Soaps available at this time and ingredients are as follows.
(For the sake of space and time I will not list the water and sodium hydroxide content of the soaps. All are water based, with the exception of the goats milk and coconut milk soaps.)

                                                                     
                                                  Orange Potpourri
Saponified coconut,sunflower, palm, sweet almond, aloe butter and castor oils - Sweet orange and patchouli essential oils - Calendula petals - Cranberry seed - Clove and Nutmeg spices.  
                                                                    
                                                  Icing On My Cake
Saponified coconut, sunflower, palm, sweet almond, avocado, shea butter and castor oils - Lemongrass, lemon, and litsea cubeba essential oils - French pink clay - Turmeric


                                                        Mint Sorbet
 Saponified coconut, sunflower, palm, sweet almond, avocado and castor oils - Sweet orange and spearmint essential oils - French pink clay - Madder root

Lemongrass Goat's Milk
Saponified coconut and sunflower oils - Goat's milk - Saponified palm, Apricot kernel, Sweet almond and castor oils - Oatmeal - Lemongrass essential oil

                                                     Evening Rose
 Saponified coconut, rice bran, palm and castor oils - Palmarosa, sweet orange and lavender essential oils - Rosehips powder

Good Earth
Saponified coconut and sunflower oils - Aloe vera juice - Saponified apricot  kernel, aloe butter and castor oils - Lavender and rosemary essential oils -      Extracts of green tea, cucumber peel and rose hips - French pink clay

Mountain Rain
    Saponified coconut, sunflower, rice bran, palm and castor oils - Lemon,  tangerine, litsea, clary sage and rosewood essential oils - Calendula petals


                                                 By The Sea
Saponified coconut, sunflower, palm, sweet almond, aloe butter and castor oils - Eucalyptus and lavender essential oils - French green clay - Nettle leaf - Kelp powder - Indigo


Activated Charcoal Bar
Saponified coconut, sunflower and palm oils, aloe butter, avocado and castor oils - Lavender, lemon and peppermint essential oils - Activated charcoal - Titanium dioxide

  Cambrian Blue Clay
Saponified coconut, olive, palm, sunflower, castor oils and shea butter - Eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils - Cambrian blue clay - Indigo

Rosemary Spa
Saponified coconut, rice bran and palm oils, shea butter, sweet almond and castor oils - Brazilian purple clay - Rosemary and lemon essential oils 

Olive & Herb
 Saponified coconut and olive oils infused with comfrey and plantain - Aloe vera juice - Saponified palm oil and shea butter - Lemon and lavender essential oils - Oatmeal - French green clay

Fir Needle
Saponified coconut, rice bran and palm oils, shea butter, sweet almond and castor oils - Fir needle essential oil - French green clay - Poppyseed

                                           Ginger Marmalade
Saponified coconut, sunflower, palm and castor oils - Lemon, tangerine, orange and gingergrass essential oils - Carrot juice powder - Paprika

Lavender and Comfrey
Saponified coconut, sunflower, rice bran, palm and castor oils - Lavender and rosemary essential oils - Comfrey root powder

Sunny Day
Saponified sunflower, coconut, palm and castor oils - Tangerine and litsea essential oils - Carrot juice powder

Avocado Lime Smoothie
Saponified coconut, rice bran, palm, avocado and castor oils - Lime and litsea essential oils - Green oxide

                                                                Vanilla Butter
              Saponified coconut and rice bran oils, cocoa butter and palm oil -                                       Vanilla fragrance oil - Carob powder                                  
                                                      
Lavender Lady
Saponified coconut, sunflower, palm and castor oils - Lavender essential oil - Kaolin clay - Lavender buds

Coconut Milk
Saponified rice bran, palm and coconut oils - Coconut milk - Castor oil - Lemon, lemongrass and litsea essential oils - Nutmeg

Neem
Saponified coconut, rice bran, palm, sweet almond, castor and neem oils - Coconut milk - Peppermint, sweet orange and lemon essential oils - Oatmeal - Vanilla fragrance - Honey

Wintermint
  Saponified coconut, sunflower, rice bran, palm and castor oils - Spearmint, wintergreen and peppermint essential oils - Nettle herb - Titanium dioxide - Madder root

Patchouli
Saponified coconut, sunflower, rice bran, palm and castor oils - Patchouli essential oil - Oatmeal

Peppermint Surf
Saponfied coconut, sunflower, rice bran, palm and castor oils - Peppermint essential oil - French pink clay

Papaya Grapefruit
Saponified coconut, palm, rice bran and sunflower oils, shea butter, aloe butter and castor oil - Pink grapefruit essential oil - Papaya extract - Kaolin clay

Simply Soap
Saponified coconut, sunflower, palm and castor oils

Spice Garden
Saponified coconut, olive, sweet almond, palm and castor oils - Clove, lemon, cinnamon, rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils - Oatmeal - Clove spice

Sweet Spice
Saponified coconut, rice bran, palm, sweet almond and castor oils, cocoa butter - Sweet orange and clove leaf essential oils - Oatmeal - Vanilla fragrance - Clove spice

Gardeners Essential Scrub
Saponified coconut, rice bran, and palm oils - Mango butter, Aloe butter and castor oil - Lemon, peppermint and basil essential oils - Cornmeal - Poppyseed - Oatmeal - French green and Australian olive green clays.

 AND FINALLY my signature soap, everyone's all-time favorite..........

Spearmint Splash
Saponified coconut, sunflower, rice bran, palm and castor oils - Spearmint essential oil - Titanium dioxide and green oxide


Soaps also available at : the Healthy Living Center at Jim's Farmer's Market : Fridays 8 - 6 and Sat. 8 - 2 in Chambersburg, PA
the Healthy Living Center at Belleville Market : Wednesdays 7 - 1  in Belleville, PA
Shady Lane Greenhouse in Marion, PA
Paul's Country Market in Waynesboro PA
OR
from my home in Marion, PA
To place an order or ask a question:
meadowmintsoaps@gmail.com