Monkey Farts!

May 12 2012 Published by under new soaps

Hahaha l love Monkey Farts soap, it must be the immature kid in me but l still get a laugh out of reading the label and scent description every single time. Last night l made 3 batches of soap, and this was one of them. I am still terrified of crackling, but yet again l kept it cool, soaped more s.l.o.w.l.y…reduced the water, and banned too much titanium dioxide. I’m paranoid.

But we were rewarded with three beautifully smooth logs of chocolate coloured Monkey Farts scented soapy goodness. In the background of this shot you can see the green Hello Myrtle soap batch.

Doesn’t it look YUM :-)

Is it just me being hungry, or do these look like chocolate brownies?

Hope you are having a good weekend! I’ve got a to-do list as long as my arm and have managed to achieve none of it, but at least l got to faff around and post soap pics LOL.

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A parcel for me!

Apr 02 2012 Published by under new soaps,soap photos

I received a parcel today in the mail. Much excitement! These soaps came from Michelle at Tierre Verde soaps in Texas.

I am totally in love with the packaging. The soaps smell absolutely beautiful, but l don’t think l’m ever going to be able to unwrap them, because l can’t bear the thought of ripping off all that gorgeous brown paper and carefully applied labelling!

Maybe in a day or two. I’m going to find that Lemongrass and Calendula one very hard to resist ;-)


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Mar 17 2012 Published by under new soaps,soap photos

I am so, so SO happy today, l’m having the best day ever. I’m not doing anything special, just pottering around in the kitchen making lotion bars, taking soap photos, planning a batch to use up my soap scraps, adding things to the website and just relaxing. But it struck me that l am doing all of the things l love. My love for soap is back with a vengeance. I’m so glad l picked the path l have for Simply Soap – the ‘keeping it simple and natural and small’ path. I may not earn $1,000,000 but money most definitely isn’t everything, and my heart is so happy and grateful today. Getting the photo above just made it even better LOL.

This one made me feel pretty good too :-)  The first time l tried to shoot photos of soap in the white bathroom, the results were not so good. But gosh l love these. I’m adding three new soaps to the store today, these are not really part of the ‘range’ that l had restricted myself to, but l made them back in 2011 before l decided to rein things in a little. They are just plain olive oil soap with no other oils, and there are quite a few people out there who really like them. John isn’t one of them – he complained about ‘that slimy purple soap’ in the shower when he used the test bar LOL. They’re not for everyone, but the 100% olive oil is so good for dry and irritated skin, and they are aimed at those people. There is plain, citrus and lavender, the latter two with essential oil.

I went for a run this morning and while faffing about at the back door trying to talk myself out of it, took some photos of our new lemon tree.

And l’ve realised that l really love taking photos of the simple things in life. I love getting up close to nature and noticing all the little details that we so often miss in our day to day rushing about. Sometimes there are the most amazing things going on, right under our noses. And if we rush about too much, we miss all of those beautiful things.

To me, nice soap with ‘real’ ingredients is also one of those things. It’s very simple, and often very plain. But that cliche – ‘the simple things in life are often the best’ – l am really starting to believe that it is true.

Hope you’re having a lovely day!

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I changed my mind…

Dec 27 2011 Published by under daily soap stuff,new soaps


I’ve decided to keep the soap cutter. Trying to make the decision has really tied me in knots. It was basically the 10kg of soap below that did it for me. Faced with the thought of cutting all of this by hand (and the resulting mistakes, rejects & wonky slices) l decided to give it one last try.

I started out with the soap below, which was fresh out of a washed milk carton. (l LOVE milk carton soap, if l could drink enough milk, l’d make all of my soaps in milk carton moulds!)

It sliced like a dream. Seriously. I think the freshness of the soap contributed to a much better result, because my test log when l first bought the soap cutter was about 5 days old before l cut it, and didn’t cut half as nicely. It was also a goats milk soap, l’m not sure if that may have contributed too, although one of the logs from this morning was also goats milk and l didn’t have any trouble cutting it. In fact everything l cut this morning was still warm and sliced beautifully. l wonder if the warmth helped… (?)

So yes, my soap slices are going to be slightly, slightly thinner. They’ll average out at 125g per bar instead of 130-150g (and there’s no consistency with those latter measurements it’s very hit and miss).

I’m not entirely happy with making smaller soap, because it reminds me of when you go to buy *anything* at the supermarket these days and the packets and jars seem to get smaller and thinner everytime you pick them up. It annoys me no end, it smacks of being sneaky and underhanded, and l really, really hate it. So for me to now make smaller soap for the same price, well, it sticks in my throat a bit.

But… (there’s always a ‘but’ isn’t there LOL)

  • It means less wastage because the bars are far more accurate, neatly and consistently cut. And because of that:
  • It means l don’t have to put my prices up, and l was starting to think l was going to have to increase them soon.
  • We cut and put away that 10kg of soap in no time, so it is obviously much more efficient.
  • And the novelty of having a new ‘toy’ has made me quite enthusiastic about making more soap, and really, that’s exactly what l need right now, a bit of enthusiasm LOL.

So l’m going to slightly adjust my labels, re-shoot some of the product photos and just get used to very slightly smaller bars. I hope all of my customers out there will forgive me. If not, l suppose l now have quite a LOT of soap to use for myself or give away for next years christmas presents *LMAO*

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Etzcetera Magazine

Nov 28 2011 Published by under daily soap stuff,soap photos

I’ve been asked by the lovely Kim Archer to be profiled for her new venture Etzcetera, a bi-monthly home and lifestyle magazine. It’s a wonderful collection of crafty articles, projects and inspiring photographs. A visual feast for anyone who loves crafty stuff, home decorating, colour & design.

So of course l needed photos to go along with my submission. I raced around the house taking photos of everything soapy…

 (a slightly empty curing rack, l had better get soaping!)

And then had the brilliant idea of having photos taken while l made a couple of batches of soap. Soapmaking in motion!

But l was in fits of laughter at the resulting 75-100 shots…l had imagined that just by putting on a clean top and apron that l would be transformed into a soapmaking glamazon. Sadly it was not the case – most of the photos showed facial expressions of extreme concentration…lots of frowning…and the remainder were blurred from everything happening just a bit too fast for the camera.

I’ve mentioned before that l am a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ kind of soaper – now l have proof LOL.
(and yes, l forgot to wear my disposable gloves, very bad of me)

The finished logs – Snow Candy and Peppermint Rose before being trimmed and cut…

All chopped up and ready for the curing rack…

The magazine will be out in January 2012. With better photos than these!

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