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New Items Available

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Yes I have a few new items available in both my Etsy shop and the Website.

Fist on the list is our new Whipped Soaps are now available. What is whipped soap? Well it is the same as cold process soaps but made slightly different. Solid oils and liquid oils are whipped til they are a consistency of whipped cream, then the water/lye solutions is added to the whipped oils slowly and whipped, whipped and whipped. A stick blender is not used to achieve this whipped texture. No need to hurry along as this soap batch does not heat up but the saponification process is much slower and no gelling phase. I have to say it took me a long time to make the first batch and I did mess it up so by the second batch, I pretty much got the hang of it. Although I love making soaps using this method but no matter what color you use, it will be a opaque color because of the whipped texture of the soap. This soap is fantastic. I got to use one of them the other night and love how it just floats on top of the wa…

TGIF :-)

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Well the weekend is finally here and it has been such a long week. Between the weather going from 72 degrees earlier in the week to the high of only 30. All the freezing rain and cold blustering weather, its time for a nice warm up. I have to admit that our winter here in the DC area has been mild compared to the midwest and other parts of the country getting hit with really bad winter snow storms and winter winds and hurricanes. It has been extremely bad for a lot of areas but we sort of skated right through it with barely 2 inches of snow all season. But I will take it. Although I am a snow person being from Phila and love the snow. But being here in the DC area the storms seem to really bypass us and heads up north.

So the weekend is finally here and this is my weekend to just relax and take it easy. It has been a very busy week for me. Orders coming in left and right and has kept me on my toes. But this my anniversary weekend and me and hubby are gonna spend all weekend to ourselv…

Famous Black History Figures

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W.E.B. Dubois, who was born on February 23, 1868, and who was a Civil Rights leader and co-founder of the N.A.A.C.P.

The 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed on February 3, 1870 which gave Blacks the right to vote.

The first Black senator, Hiriam R. Revels took office on February 25, 1870.

The N.A.A.C.P. (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) was founded in New York City of February 12, 1909, and

Malcolm X, the militant leader who promoted Black Nationalism was shot and killed by Black Muslims on February 21, 1965.

Harriet Tubman, an outstanding lady who worked tirelessly on the Underground Railway.

Frederick Douglass, the life of the former slave, abolitionist and journalist, who emerged as a major anti slavery force, and supporter of women's rights, and who was an outstanding orator and writer.

In 1822, a man named Denmark Vesey planned a slave uprising in Charleston, South Carolina. Was his plan successful? Learn about the man and his plan …

Celebrating Black History

Yes there are so many things in our past that Black Americans have contribute to this country. Here are some interesting facts about black history

Did you know that in 1619 the first African slaves arrive in Virginia.

In 1787 slavery is made illegal in the Northwest Territory. The U.S Constitution states that Congress may not ban the slave trade until 1808.
1793 Eli Whitney's invention of the cotton gin greatly increases the demand for slave labor.

Who is is Eli Whitney

Whitney, Eli, 1765–1825, American inventor of the cotton gin, b. Westboro, Mass., grad. Yale, 1792. When he was staying as tutor at Mulberry Grove, the plantation of Mrs. Nathanael Greene, Whitney was encouraged by Mrs. Greene and visiting cotton planters to try to find some device by which the fiber of short-staple cotton could be rapidly separated from the seed. Whitney, whose creative mechanical bent had been evident from boyhood, completed his model gin early in 1793, after about 10 days of work, and by April had bu…

I was just tagged :-)

I was tagged by wholesalesuppliesplus.blogspot.com

Ok I had no idea what this was and was flattered to be tagged. Whole Sale Supplies plus is my addiction to supplies for my soap addiction. So when I first read the rules I was like, hmmm 4 random fact, goals and habits. I am not one to talk about myself and I really had to think hard on this.

Here's how you play: once you've been tagged you have to write a blog with 4 random facts, habits or goals about yourself. At the end choose 4 people to be tagged; list their names and why you tagged them.

Don't forget to leave them a comment saying "you're it!" and to go read your blog. You cannot tag the person that tagged you, so since you can't tag me back let me know when you are done so that I can go read your blog answers.

Ok finding 4 other people will be hard too. Ok here are my 4

1. After many years not knowing what I am good at, I finally found something that I love making which is soap. Its my passion.

2. I am …

This Is Why I Enjoy What I Do

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Well I was just informed earlier that a customer of mine featured me on their blog. A Etsy Seller that recently bought one of my Body Washes. I was so flattered and happy to know this. This is why I enjoy what I do. Not only to make my customers happy but I want them to enjoy what I have to offer. I make my products available to everyone because I also use them myself. I'm not out to make a quick buck. I actually really love experimenting with different recipes and using them myself. I use all my soaps, all my lotions, creams, etc etc. So there are not just made for customers use but for myself and for my family to enjoy as well.

Please take the time to read up on what my customer had to say about me at Heart Hugs Designs blog

She is wonderful and you can also take a look at her lovely shop at Hearts Hugs Designs

I so do appreciate her taking the time to feature myself and my products. :-)

My New Whipped Soap

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Ok I have had some trials with this darn soap. My first batch lost its color and texture due to some steps that I missed but it is still a good smelling soap but it is not whipped texture. But this soap that I just recently did came out perfect. I did miss a step and now that I fixed it, I have been making soap like crazy the past few days.

What is whipped soap? Well I think I tried to explain what it was in a previous post but to reiterate what it is, it is soap make from scratch but made a little differently. It has very light whipped texture and the soap will literally float on top of the water. You may have seen these soaps before but for me this is something new for me and creating a recipe for this type of soap was a challenge. Trying to get the right solid oils and the right liquid oils to combine together. But I did it and I have already made two batches of whipped soap.

This is what the soap looked like once I mixed the solid and liquid oils. This takes a little while to whip …