8.13.2014

Lexie:Lather {Handmade Natural Soap}


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My soaping journey began about 2 years ago. I'd always wanted to make soap for my family, but it seemed like one of those scary things where I didn't even know where to start. I thought it would be difficult and that I'd fail. I was right - sort of!
My first soap  making attempt, AKA "The Eruption," 2012
My first attempt at making soap was with some friends who'd also never made soap. Mistake number one. If you want to learn to make soap, invite someone over who has made it before. :) We bought the ingredients, read the directions, apparently suited up with protective garbage bags (why?), measured, poured, and mixed and mixed and mixed. Then, our soap volcanoed all over the counter. And it turned an ugly brown color. We were all afraid to use our soap, but we all did anyway - and it worked! We had succeeded!
A soap loaf we made last month using
our homemade soap mold.
I'm certainly no pro, but I've come along way in 2 years! I'm pretty confident in the process of making a cold process soap, yet I'm always learning new techniques and ways to use all natural ingredients.

One reason I wanted to make my own soap (as with all my products) is because it's hard to find a truly natural soap. There are many, many companies and small businesses who claim to be natural, but few actually are. We pride ourselves in using quality ingredients without the use of synthetic colors or fragrances. Yes, this makes for a somewhat plainer soap, but we think it's worth it (and hope you will too). 

Our soap bars have a rich lather, and they nourish as they cleanse. All of our soaps are handmade and hand cut from the soap loaf by yours truly. The bars are approximately 1" thick, 3.5 " wide, and 2.5 " tall. It will come to you hand-wrapped, labeled, and ready to use.  

Our soaps last the longest when they are kept dry between uses. This can be done using a container with a drain for the shower or a soap-saver dish for the counter. Most soap bars can be used to cleanse the body, face, and hair.

Without further ado, meet Lexie:Lather!



This vegan soap is made with rosewood essential oil and rose petals from the bush outside our kitchen window.  It’s earthy and elegant, and all around pleasant.


Elegant Rose Soap Ingredients – saponified oils of (organic) rose infused olive oil, olive oil, water, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, shea butter, rosewood essential oil, rose petals



This vegan soap is exactly what it implies: pure and simple.  It is perfect for folks that may be sensitive to certain smells or textures. 

Pure and Simple Soap Ingredients -  saponified oils of olive oil, coconut oil, water, sodium hydroxide


                                                                   

                                                       Peppermint

This vegan soap is the peppermint version of our Pure and Simple Soap.  It contains peppermint essential oil which is cooling and refeshing.  There is also a line of dried, crushed, peppermint leaves in the middle of the soap, making it slightly exfoliating.  
Peppermint Soap Ingredients -  saponified oils of olive oil, coconut oil, water, sodium hydroxide, peppermint essential oil, crushed peppermint leaves


This vegan soap is the perfect addition to a black and white bathroom!  More importantly, it is ideal for skin problems.  The tea tree and lavender essential oils are both healing, while the coconut carbon detoxifies the skin.  This soap does create a grey lather, but it washes right away with water.

Black and White Ingredients – saponified oils of olive oil, water, coconut oil, shea butter, coconut carbon, tea tree essential oil, lavender essential oil, lavender buds


This vegan soap is made from freshly brewed fair-trade coffee.  It has swirls of coffee grinds, which makes it perfect for exfoliation.
Morning Brew Ingredients - saponified oils of olive oil, fair-trade coffee, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, shea butter

This vegan soap is made with hand-blended, locally-produced (around the corner!), freshly-brewed tea from our friends at Flavor Mavens. Their Roobust Immunity Herbal Tea combines with tea tree and peppermint essential oils for a fresh, earthy scent.  We even used the tea leaves in the soap!

Afternoon Brew Soap Ingredients – saponified oils of olive oil, Roobust Immunity Herbal Tea, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, shea butter, tea tree essential oil, peppermint essential oil, tea leaves



This vegan soap is made from our favorite local beer, Ghost River Golden Ale, which is brewed not too far from us at Ghost River Brewery on South Main Street in Memphis, TN.  It has a nice, frothy lather and subtle scent.

Memphis Brew Soap Ingredients – saponified oils of olive oil, olive oil, Ghost River Golden Ale, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, shea butter



A refreshing blend of orange and eucalyptus essential oils with Australian washed blue clay and kaolin clay, this vegan soap is a good morning shower soap with a very light exfoliating quality.  It can also be used as a shaving soap.

Orange EuClayLyptus Soap Ingredients – saponified oils of olive oil, water, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, shea butter, Australian washed blue clay, kaolin clay, orange essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil



With calming and relaxing effects of lavender and patchouli essential oils, this vegan soap is a great night-time bath soap. 

Lavender Patch Soap Ingredients – saponified oils of olive oil, water, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, shea butter, lavender essential oil, patchouli essential oil, mica


You can now purchase all of these handmade soaps from our online store! UPDATE: We have sold out of several of these soaps, but we have also added different soaps to the online store!  

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