Getting into the spirit of the holidays–be original

When not cleaning pastures or painting chicken coops, I have been looking into the idea of making my own soaps and lotions.  It is not difficult and you eliminate the preservatives and extra ingredients that can be harmful. 

I discovered a wonderful website called Bramble Berry.  I have the link in the left hand column.  They have instructions, online  “classes” and tutorials, products to make the soaps (remember soap on a rope? they have the rope; you make the soap),  sugar scrubs, bath fizzies, candles, makeup, and more, plus soap molds as well as  packaging materials and labels, and gift sets (you make the product, they provide most of the ingredients and all gift packaging). 

Sign up for the newsletter and read the blog,  order something to get started.  Be sure to find the Soap Making Forum for “getting started” info and ongoing conversations.   Note that the bar soaps must “cure” before using, like 4 weeks or longer,  so get started now to give a try to a new hobby.  You can also make some money by marketing them at the local farmers market or holiday festivals.

I am so excited to find them because they are the first I found with EVERYTHING I need to get started in one place.  I am making up a list of supplies today and ordering so I can have holiday hostess gifts, as well as family and friends Christmas gifts, ready by Christmas.



  1. October 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    You are welcome Anne-Marie; I am so seriously going to wreck my budget because I can’t say no to all the cool stuff you have at your site 🙂

  2. Anne-Marie said,

    October 22, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Thanks for the awesome shout out. I hope you love all your goodies when you get them. =)

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