Funnel swirl and soap curl fun

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I love working with smaller batches of soap, I find I have more control over the final look.  On the left is a 2 colour funnel swirl, and on the right is a 3 colour funnel swirl…. I think I might try more colours next time or reduce the pour time for a bit more detail.

This is So Summery freshly cut, without being trimmed up yet.

I love the colours blue, green, and cream I also added some grated castile soap for a little texture without srubby action.  So summery is an essential oil soap, it has oils of lime, sweet orange, peppermint and a touch of lavender, simply stunning.

French raspberry rose is an edible fragrance, serioulsy mouth watering I LOve it! I decided to combine two of my favourit soaps french raspberry bubbles and raspberry rose, this is what I came up with.

Its a delish soap, french red clay in the pink bits and organic rose buds crushed and scattered on top with the curls, Love it!!

Have a lovely weekend :)

Kelly

Italian lavenders bloom

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Schools back… day 2, yesterday when we left for the morning school bus I noticed how beautiful our Italian lavenders looked in the soft morning light, slightly different time of the day to be up and around especially with just having school holidays lol but also I say through gritted teeth with the help of daylight savings which began on Sunday.  Today I took the camera with me.

This particular variety is quite a common garden variety “Avonview” We have some 500 in this section.

We planted these at the front enterance to the farm I wanted a big patch of purple flowers that flowered for longer periods than our other varieties.  I was really worried about them actually because at the last prune I cut them back to basically nothing… (Edward Scissorhands eat you heart out…) but they have come back beautiffully.

The rest of our Lavenders are just waking up from their winter slumber, so it is nice to see these guys perfoming :)

M.I.A but not ..

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Hi there, I’m back, well sort of.., anyway…  It’s School holidays here at the moment, we have been so flat out that I have had absolutely no computer time, just a quick check of emails here and there based on importance…Im having withdrawal symptoms but with the kids home everything else takes a back seat. Gosh I have so much to catch up on and do!

New to store in the next couple of weeks are some castile soaps that I made a wee while ago, I love olive oil soap and they are perfectly mild for sensitive skin, here are a few, more pics as the weeks roll on.  One for the boys, Salty Sailor Olive Oil.

Pure and natural gorgeous Plain Olive oil soap

And my favourite ist newest soap is Almond milk, with sweet almond oil and ground almonds! yum!!

A couple of days ago me and my family were so very lucky enough to be invited to have lunch and spend the afternoon at paling yards olive grove, the only place simply soap buys olive oil.  Stay tuned for more information!

Cupcakes for the School fair

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We’ve been cooking, not soap, but real edible yummy cupcakes, for the twilight fair at School.

Tia’s class was asked to donate cupcakes for their class stall, we decided to make chocolate and very vanilla, yummy!

To bling or not to bling?? that is never a question lately. Check out the total hootie cute factor and fancy flowers.

Tia was very proud :) and ever so excited when she saw alittle girl walking around the fair eating a hooty cutie chocolate cupcake that we had made.  We pumped out 90! We kept half & popped them in the freezer for safe keeping, you never know when you made need a cake or 2!

Faith, trust & alittle pixie dust…

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We are so very very excited to share with you that Pink is now officially supporting the McGrath Foundation!

Simply Soap is proudly donating $3 from each and every “Pink” bar of soap sold to the McGrath Foundation. 

The aim is to fund more wonderful McGrath Breast Care Nurses, who support Australian families experiencing breast cancer.

Stocks are limited will be making more next week so that there should be always a constant supply.

* Fundraising period: 01/09/12 – 31/08/13

Little hands

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Little Hands, a name that keeps coming back to my mind over and over, I love it.  One of my facebook followers Pene mentioned that our sample packs of soaps are perfect for her kids, she wrote ” My kids use them in the bath, perfect size for their hands :)” Uhh……, Little Hands, I have a few of those hanging around the place, convincing them to try and stay still whist holding soap samples wasn’t too difficult…

Little yummy hands

Perfect little hands

Soft innocent hands

Sweet little lovable hands

Thanks Pene.

Felting fun

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I love doing this! Felting with 100% Australian Merino Wool! so very amazing and beautiful! LOve the colours!!

 

 

 

 

Warmer weather

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I’m not sure where winter went, I feel like I have slept through the whole season.  Yesterday I went outside and looked around and saw that the trees down our driveway were pink.   I must admit I had to take a big deep breathe, I am honestly not sure I am ready for the warmer weather yet because that means lots of work which means lots of energy, which I seem to be missing alot of lately. 

pink and flowers everywhere…

It was a little windy out and I didn’t think that any of the photo’s would be in focus (most were’nt) so I took a piece back inside.

The almond tree had flowers.

I then looked over to our orchard and could see colour there too. 

 I ventured out again this morning to hang the washing out, camera in hand, said hello to a bee, yes a bee, the weather is definatly warming up, the lavender is alittle while off yet and I am sure we still have some cold weather to come… but gee time really does fly.

Some photo’s

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Some random photo’s from the last little while… so many more to choose from, hope you enjoy x Kelly x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oils ain’t oils..

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 It’s true you don’t always get what you pay for. My Aromatherapy course, being a Lavender oil producer and aload of research has taught me this. Adulteration is a major factor when talking oils, not just essential oils either- all oils, full stop. Actually even the oils that you buy from the supermarket whether it be olive or vegetable may or may not be exactly what you think they are.  Big statement I know but if you look into it a little you will see what I mean.  It comes down to not having enough or the right types of regulations and standards world wide for many industries….

What is adulteration anyway?  Well it basically means messed with, not in true complete form, been added too or taken from. Not whole, stretched and weakened with synthetic or natural compounds, diluted, you get my point.  Why are oils and many other things adulterated (?) I hear you ask, well its simple its always comes down to the big fat $$$.  Yucky money bringing out the worst in people.  An example I can give you with Lavender oil is this, it comes from my Aromatherapy study books and it sums up adulteration perfectly.

“in the year 2000, the small exclusive group of distillers who produce and sell Provencal (lavende fine from Provence is thought to be the best lavender oil) population lavender, calculated the entire crop of this specialized product from that year.  The total yield sold that year was 25 ton. This Lavender was sold to buyers from around the world.  In the united states alone 250 tons of lavende fine from Provence was sold that year.”

Ok if you do the math it’s easy to see that something has happened to that oil, by like 225 ton in just one country! Imagine the money they have made! even worse still (you may not want too but) imagine what they have done to the oil to make it stretch so far… and what sort of affect those additives have on the oil we use and even consume, are they toxic?, what about theraputically and fragrance wise.  Not good.

So how can we avoid and or dectect adulterated products?  

Try talking to your local producer, go fresh at the farmers markets, drop into local wineries and olive groves (I was told once years ago that olive oil doesn’t always mean olive oil, the standards of this suggest that oils can be labeled olive oil even if it contains just  a certain % of the real thing, the rest can be made up of any other sort of oil… even engine oil for all we know!? YIKES!!!! No thank you! not what I would choose willingly for myself, family and friends!!)  The biggest thing is to test them for yourself, after awhile and alittle research you get to know what good quality is and can then follow your nose. Another tip is to Trust your supplier, or look elsewhere and find one that you can trust. (Words of wisdom!)

In regards to essential oils look at things like..

Extraction method/quality for therapeutic activity, identifying botanical name and plant source, determining an oil through gcms and price, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is :)

Of course it also depends on what you want to use your oils for as to what grade of oil you need.

FYI the only olive oil I use is Locally grown, fresh, pure, and I trust them wholeheartedly! that Is Paling Yards Olive Oil.  Look them up they are the best! :) YUM! Hmmm what sort of olive oil do you use?? I remember the stuff from the supermarket smelling alot like ratsac…. I also remember watching Master Chef and listening to Matt Moran, he said that the worst thing you could do was spend all the time money effort in producing an immaculate meal then spoiling it with off olive oil!!! Funny thing was before I saw that show, I didnt even know what Olive oil was supposed to smell and taste likeuntil I started to by fresh from the farmers markets and I tell you what I will never go back to the supermarket again for this oil.

Where do you buy your Lavender oil from? do you know if your using and essential oil, or a fragrance oil? hmm…

 

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