Wednesday 11 November 2009

Organic Soap

This little lot are 97.3% organic!

When I did my calculation, I thought I was supposed to include each and every ingredient to determine the organic percentage of my soap...

I'm not silly. I know that a combination of sodium hydroxide & water is mixed with fats & oils to create a chemical reaction known as saponification....
What I didn't realise is that when doing my organic content calculation I do not have to include the water or the sodium hydroxide weights...
So...after thinking and believing my organic range to be just 65% organic, I came to the realisation (after re-calculating) that they are in fact 97.3%! YES!

For those who don't quite get's the thing.
Sodium Hydroxide and water are mixed together (and referred to as lye) and poured into fats and oils to make what we call 'soap'.
As soon as you pour your lye solution into the fats & oils, a process called 'saponification' starts to take place. The mix is now on its way to becoming soap.
After the soap has rested in its mold for 24 hours, and has cured (for up to 6 weeks), the sodium hydroxide and 99% of the water has evaporated, which means these ingredients are no longer components of the finished batch.(the water is latent).
So...what you're left with are your hard, cured bars of wonderful, skin-loving soap.
So....basically, the lye mix is only used to make the soap...the soap does not contain it, so it is not necessary to include the sodium hydroxide or the water content when doing an organic calculation.
Easy peasy!

Hope that makes sense to you all.

After contacting the Soil Association, this is the info they gave to me so it's only right and proper that I pass it on.

Now then...the next step is to get my soaps certified as organic.
No problem...well.....just a little cash flow issue.
It costs £250 + VAT to get them assessed.
Then...a futher £580 per year to keep the certification.

More sales needed!

I will endeavour to get this sorted, but in the meantime....I'M SO HAPPY!

Sunday 25 October 2009

on a roll....

'Cyclone' Botanical Soap 

an essential oil blend of Juniper, Petitgrain, Geranium,
Clary Sage & Bergamot. swirls created using violet
ultramarine, charcoal & TD.

'Spruce' - a soap for the christmas season

 a fragrant blend of Cranberry Fig, Moroccan Fig
and 'Santa's Spruce'. YUM. smells just like
xmas eve.

 'The Organic Collection'. now available at FuturePrimitive
A box of all 5 organic soaps from my range including:

'No. 11' - essential oils of Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver
& Patchlouli

'Humbug' - essential oils of Spearmint, Peppermint &
Madagascan Vanilla absolute.

'Lemon Citron' - essential oils of Sicilian Lemon,
Grapefruit & Wild Chamomile.

'Potters Bar' - essential oils of Lavender, Eucalyptus
& Lemon. with wheatbran to exfoliate.

'Floral Marquee' - essential oils of Boubon Geranium,
Rose Geranium, Ylang Ylang & Lemon.

Still got to make more!  I am soooo enjoying my soaping at the moment.
That ultramarine violet has been sat in my soap cupboard for nigh on a year...and I only just got round to using it.  Wot a fool.  It turned out so much better than I expected.
Weirdly, the scent of the soap smells purple....if anybody would like to try a teeny freebie slice, drop me an email and I'll send some to you when it's curing time is over.
Or...the Spruce one if you'd rather...or if you're a greedy guts..both.
Anyways, I'm off now as I've been sat on this 'ere pooter for far too long.
Been reading the book 'this is new york' today...the book of pics of 9/11.  That'll stick with me all night now.
Bit random I know but it's what i've been there.
Sincerely hope you're all well.

Tuesday 21 July 2009

new organics

click pic to view 'no.11' in my etsy

click pic to view 'floral marquee in my etsy

Now available from my futureprimitive online store and on my etsy are the first 2 organic 6oz soap chunks.
i am using 'no. 11' already! very nice 'tis too. a blend of juniper, black pepper, cedarwood, ho wood and patchouli.
A creamy bar with a thick lather and a subtle woody scent. the notes of black pepper stand out, as does the fact all of the essential oils come up trumps in a 'one by one' kinda way.
The patchouli works in the way it doesn't actually smell like itself in this blend...more of a deep tone that mellows, than a full on hippy scent.
the other is 'floral marquee', which i was going to name 'pelargonium parfait'. I changed my thinking cap and floral marquee is way more fitting. it's what the scent combo reminded me of after a week of thought.
After having worked at the RHS Malvern Spring Gardening Show (in the floral marquee) on many an occasion, I remember the heady rush of floral scents that hit my nasal passages as soon as I entered the doorway...a very pleasing aroma!

I have a busy old week this week, then next week I'm on hols. Supposed to visit cornwall but it looks like i may be busy coming up with new ideas for new soaps. This evening however, I have soapers block!