(Charcoal dusted soap chunks in soap)
I have been making soap for many years now and it is stunning to see how much has changed over the years. When I first started I used plastic tubs lined with plastic trash bags, wooden molds my father built for me, or just a good box that I decided would be a soapbox. When you make soap, many things end up becoming soap items that you would have never thought about. Potato peelers, items to purify and strain hand-collected pine sap and sands, and always more soap molds. These days I have 8 loaf molds and 1 huge rectangle mold, along with many different shapes made out of silicone.
(Charcoal slices in Tumeric soap)
Bits and pieces and soap shavings have always been incorporated into my soaps over the years. Adding color, texture, shapes, and a different level of interest to soap just by adding extras of other batches helps to reduce waste and ensure all of the high-quality ingredients are being used down to the last drop. Here are a few of them over the years.
(Dusted charcoal soap chunks in strawflower soap)
(Montana Pink Sand Christal Clear Soaps)
Sand has always been something that I have wanted to add to my batches. It may be because I love plants and gardening, soils and clays are some of the most beautiful and overlooked things on earth. By learning what is going on with the ground you can learn a lot about the plants above and below you. Gifts from friends and loved ones with sand from their travels are always a treasured item in our home. Some of my favorite sands I have collected were Montana Pink Sand, Washington Coast Sand, and a gorgeous green mud full of silica from Whidbey Island!
(Washington Coast Sand Christal Clear Soaps on Whidbey Island Beach)
Locally grown items of all sorts have found their way into my soaps over the years. Eucalyptus, strawflowers, and even dandelions are grown, collected, and added to my batters. Silk dissolved in a solution of lye water is an elegant ingredient that provides a silky richness. Pearl powder makes for a creamy lathering soap. Pine sap is another unusual ingredient that I harvest for my batches. 14.7 lbs was the largest amount I have ever collected at one time.
(Local eucalyptus Christal Clear Soaps)
(Dandelion Christal Clear Soaps)
(Montana Pine Sap Christal Clear Spaps)
I have made soaps in many shapes over the years. Bunnies, Easter eggs, cubes of different sizes, flowers, dog paws, hearts, pumpkins, vampire teeth, and much more. Holiday soaps are always great to have, in a variety of shapes and sizes.
(Custom Christal Clear Soaps)
(Sand and Rose Christal Clear Soaps)
The electric colors that micas provide have sucked me into purchasing them over the years, along with colorants and pigments. I also used to do a lot of essential oils in my soaps. Creating soaps with friends and family and providing them with heartstopping neon colors, glitters, mica, and colors in almost every shade. Now I make fragrance-free soaps with all-natural colorants without mica most of the time. It is important for me to work with items that are as good for your skin as they are for the earth.
(Indigo with Gold mica Christal Clear Soaps)
(Charcoal dusted oatmeal chunks in Christal Clear Soaps)
Sticking true to my vision of what I wanted to create my soaps with and for has helped me stand out as an artisan soap crafter. There are so many exceptionally talented crafters out there, it is easy to get distracted and want to do what is popular, or what is selling at that moment. Being original at whatever it is that you do can be a challenge, but finding your own way to fit in with the crowd is always better than copying others just to fit in.
(Activated Bamboo Charcoal Christal Clear Soaps)
(City in the night Christal Clear Soaps)
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* All soaps are made by my own two hands, cut, stamped, cured, packaged with hand stamped logos by myself.
* Each and every bar is a unique piece of functional art and may look just a bit different than the pictured photos. My soaps are all formulated to be used and are not just for display. Colors are all-natural and some get darker or lighter over time. Stamp imprints may be deeper or shallower due to the hardness of each individual bar.
*Packages are shipped out every two to three days and have a tracking number to follow, from the local post office. Holidays may cause the package to arrive a bit after the set delivery date due to unforeseen weather or holidays. *Please remember to be kind to those delivering packages, during this global pandemic many businesses have been affected and have been running with fewer employees, and more rules and regulations. We are all doing the best we can to keep up!
*No refunds and or exchanges due to the soap being a self-care item and are intended to be used on your person. My customers are important to me and I would like to be able to have the chance to make up for any soaps that may have been damaged or lost in the delivery process. Thank you for understanding.
Here is a list of my completed blogs! Learn a bit about Cold Process Soap and Christal Clear Soaps, and how I got started making all-natural fragrance-free soap.
2) *True cold process soap https://christalsglass.wixsite.com/christalclearsoaps/post/what-is-true-cold-prcoess-soap
3) *10 random facts about me https://christalsglass.wixsite.com/christalclearsoaps/post/10randomfactsaboutmyself
4) Activated bamboo charcoal https://christalsglass.wixsite.com/christalclearsoaps/post/activated-bamboo-charcoal-christal-clear-soaps
7 Rose & wildflower
8) holiday gifts
9) In the garden
10) What’s in my bag
11) Fall is here
12) Essential oils
14) Favorite self-care tips
15) Spices are not just for cooking
16) What I am thankful for
17) New in the shop/stocking up with Christal Clear Soaps
18 An accomplishment I am proud of