Wednesday, June 8, 2016

My family has always called me a tree hugger... I've always cared about animals and the environment. When I first learned to make soap, the recipe that was used contained palm oil. I started making and selling soap using this recipe. Everyone loved how it lathered. So you're wondering how this conflicts with being concerned for the environment. Well... read on to find out!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Essential Oil or Fragrance Oil?

When I first started making soaps I thought that I would only use essential oils. However, I realized that there are some scents that are not available as an essential oil. So what's the difference between the two?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Oakmoss Sandalwood... New Soap Scent!!

Oakmoss Sandalwood... what do those words bring to your mind? Earthy? Masculine? Musky? Woodsy? If you thought any of these, then you'll LOVE this new scent at Crescent Mountain Soap!
Oakmoss Sandalwood Soap
by Crescent Mountain Soaps

Monday, May 16, 2016

All Things Currahee

Did you know that you can purchase Crescent Mountain Soaps in downtown Toccoa? That's right, you don't have to catch me on Satudays! Crescent Mountain Soaps are available at All Things Currahee which is located at 46 Doyle Street, Toccoa, GA.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

What is MY Favorite Crescent Mountain Soap Product?

Glad you asked! I was asked what is my favorite Crescent Mountain Soap product. Well, I should say "ALL of them!" LOL! But to be honest, I do have a favorite. I first learned to make soap because I wanted to control what was in my soap. The next step was to make a shampoo that would be chemical free. I had tried several brands of dandruff shampoos and all they did was dry my head out even more! So I searched for a recipe for shampoo and came across a shampoo bar. I followed the directions and made the shampoo bar, adding lemongrass and tea tree essential oils. My hair is longer than my shoulders so I needed a conditioner and found that I could use apple cider vinegar. I have to admit that it took me a few washes to get used to the different texture of my hair but I love the way my hair feels clean. I have been using Crescent Mountain Soap shampoo bars for over 2 years now and have several customers who also use it. I also make the shampoo bar with peppermint and tea tree essential oils.

So, now you know... my favorite Crescent Mountain Soap product is a shampoo bar!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Folk School at Camp Mikell

Have you ever agreed to do something and then think… Why? Why did I say I would do that?!? Well that’s exactly how I felt when I agreed to teach a soapmaking class at Camp Mikell’s Folk School! I have been making hot processed soap for about 3 years, but I’ve been making basically the same recipe. I decided that I should study up on a few things before I taught the class. The more I studied, a little panic set in! I realized that there is so much I need and want to learn! But I pressed on!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Colored using activated charcoal, indigo, and iron oxide powders.
I took the plunge and I made a "pretty" bar of soap! My goal with Crescent Mountain Soaps is to have handcrafted soap with natural ingredients. I do not use hardeners or preservatives in my soaps. So adding colors was not something that I started out doing and so I made natural looking soaps! Well, after watching some of my fellow soaping friends produce really pretty soaps, I decided that I wanted to try!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

It's been a while! Soapmaking Tip!

Well... it has been a while since I last wrote a blog post. I guess life got in the way! Things have been crazy busy at Crescent Mountain Soaps!! I have a tip to share with you today.

I needed a spray bottle with alcohol. Several times I have filled the spray bottle with the alcohol and have tried really hard to not spill the alcohol as I fill the bottle. Well, I don't know if it is me or the alcohol, but I ALWAYS end up spilling and wasting alcohol every time I try!