Patchouli essential oil is an oil that gets better with time like a fine wine. I bought patchouli essential oil ten years ago and never used a drop. Fast forward ten years later I am a trained soapmaker. This soap contains patchouli essential oil and will only be made once per year to preserve the oil. It smells wonderful. Vetiver essential oil is said to be grounding and has a woodsy smell. Clary Sage essential oil has been known to help with creativity and bringing out the inner artist. The soap will be sold through Truly Living Well farm. The next market is July 2, 2016 at the Jimmy Carter Farmer’s market in Atlanta, GA.
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My interest in natural dyes has extended from soap making onto fabric. In this tutorial I experiment using alum and turmeric.
cotton gauze material, wood beads, yarn, cotton string
3 tsp alum powder
1/4 cup of turmeric
1 cup of dry onion skins
12 and 1/2 cups of tap water
I washed my materials to be dyed with Jenine’s handmade soap to prepare for their immersion into my pot of water. Prior to their immersion I mixed the alum powder into a 1/2 cup of water. I poured the alum solution into the pot of 6 cups of water and let them boil on high for 10 minutes then simmer for another 50 minutes on low heat. After the materials cooled I added them into my other pot with 6 cups of water, 1 cup of onion skins, and 1/4 cup of turmeric and left them on low heat for an hour. I watched the pot to make sure that the water didn’t start to boil down. After wards voila I was rewarded by nature with these beautiful items.
pot with alum mixture, cotton gauze, cotton string, wool string, raw wood beads, and acrylic string
turmeric and onion skin pot
wet materials after hour’s time in onion peel and turmeric pot
The scarf is for sell at https://www.etsy.com/shop/jenineshandmadesoap
Red Cabbage tutorial is coming next week. Stay tuned.
Our family has been using this laundry detergent for many years to keep our clothes clean, fragrant, and chemical free. The detergent contains powerful washing soda and Jenine’s handmade soap. This bag of laundry detegent is scented with lavender. However all of the soap bars can be combined with the washing soda to create a unique bag. We add two tablespoons to each load in the chamber or mix two tablespoons with a 1/4 cup of water and pour it into the chamber.
This bar of soap could be used for an all over body soap, shampoo bar, or even dabbed on clothing to release a stain. The bar weighs up to a whopping 6 oz.
Tangerine and Lemongrass Big Bar and Lavender Big Bar
This soap has bay essential oil and anise essential oil. It’s called Sweet Bay after my grandfather who called my mom Bae.
This is my sister Nicole’s favorite soap: