Thursday, May 21, 2009

Soap of the Day: Savon de Marseille

I was fortunate enough to find this soap in Peddler's Village in PA. At first, I thought it was a counterfeit Savon de Marseille (is there such thing?). I realize now, that the reason why the markings are slightly different is because it is the hard-milled bar, which is mechanically pressed into a harder soap. I'm guessing they took out some of the glycerin. Either way, a fabulous bar.
This soap has a wonderful little history. Crafted for over 1,000 years in the south of France, french law decreed that soaps that are produced by "certain ancient methods" can be stamped with the famous Savon de Marseille markings.

The soap takes two weeks to make and is made with a combination of olive and vegtable oils, ash from sea plants and sea water from the Mediterranean. The mixture is heated for 10 days and then poured into open pits where it slowly hardens. The soap is then cut into cubes, stamped and set out to dry in the sun.

Marseille Soap is traditionally green or white, but newer variations include soaps made with palm oil, which is red or white, and a lavender soap, which is a purple color with lavender buds. All of the soaps have to made with at least 50% olive oil to be considered savon de Marseille. Marseille Soap is recommended by dermatologists throughout the world for dry skin and other ailments.

Check out their site for more information:

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Etsy Store Open!

Hi All,

Finally got everything together and put up my etsy store. I'm so excited! I'm selling a combination of cold-process, hot-process and mp soaps. I will not limit myself to a single one (heh, heh)

Feel free to take a look at:

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Soap of the Day: Sea Spa Soap from Faerie Made Soaps

Picture from Faerie Made Soaps' Etsy site

Today I decided to chose a soap according to mood. This beautifully gray soap seems to match the beautiful cool, gray weather here in New York City. It's really one of my favorite types of weather, providing that it does not rain!
Created by Faerie Made Soaps, this bar has real Dead Sea mud as well as uplifting essential oils such as peppermint and tea tree. This soap seems like the type to brighten anyone's day!
You can find the soap here, on etsy.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Soap of the Day: Juicy Pear from daVinia Soaps

Photo from daVinia's etsy page

The robin's egg color definitely captured my attention. There is just something about Spring and that color that just makes me plain happy!

You can check out daVinia's other soaps here or on their etsy page.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Honest Scrap Award

My fellow soaper friend, Georgette from
Gioia Made Soap nominated me for the Honest Scrap Award. She asked me to tell 7 true things about myself and I must nominate also 7 people.
1. My cat, Gato, is my favorite companion.
2. I can't stand being still or idle.
3. Soaping makes me happy.
4. I am a Graphic Designer
5. My favorite color is Pink, but the color that looks best on me, is brown.
6. I love to read books, my favorite genre currently is of the vampire variety.
7. Would love to lose about 20lbs so I can be down to 120.
The nominated Blog friends are:

Soap of the Day: Coconut Mochi from Savor Soaps

I happen to purchase this soap a couple of months ago and absolutely LOVED it. The scent is of fresh (real) coconuts and it produced creamy, white, fluffy bubbles.

Check out Savor for their other lovely creations. I recommend the Cream Fraiche as well--

Sunday, May 10, 2009

An interesting cupcake

Most of you don't know this, but I am a HUGE foodie and my favorite part of every meal is dessert. The other day, I went to my local gourmet store, just to browse, when I found the most interesting cupcake called "The Elvis". It's a banana cupcake, with peanut buttercream and bacon bits tossed in a brown sugar syrup! I'm a pretty adventurous eater, so I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into this. I took a small slice and it was DELICIOUS. My favorite part? The brown sugar coated bacon bits on top. Heaven!
If you are ever in Brooklyn, hit up Robicelli's for some fun gourmet treats.