Soap for Teeth

I was looking through my book of Hall’s Journal of Health (1859), and found an interesting article in the August issue of that year. It piqued my interest, so I did a little research. Here’s the article: Best Tooth Wash On one occasion, a correspondent for a water-cure journal inquired if a statement of ours was true, that washing the … Read More

New Website Launched

I just completed the first phase of the website for the Coos Curry Small Woodlands Association.  This website is a resource for CCSWA members and local small woodland owners. I designed and made the site as a volunteer.  This was my first website using java-scripted menus.  I think they turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself. The … Read More

Oregon Country Fair

Yesterday we went to the Oregon Country Fair.  If you haven’t ever heard of it, it’s an amazing collection of people and events.  I can only describe it as “21st century hippies meet the Renaissance Festival”.  People in costumes, children, really cool buildings and art creations, nature, good food, incredible stuff to buy (all handmade and very creative) … just … Read More

Traveling by United – Again

Next weekend (the 17th), I fly to Dallas to be the keynote speaker at the Texas Soapmakers Convention.  I’ll be speaking about the growth and development of the handcrafted soapmaking industry and soap and cosmetic labeling requirements. I’m excited about going and looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  What I’m NOT excited about, is flying on … Read More

I’ve Been Roasted!

I just got back from the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild conference in Palm Springs, CA.  It was an awesome 3-day experience!  Being the current President of the Soap Guild, I had responsibilities while there and was involved in the preparations (although Leigh O’Donnell, the Conference Chairman, was truly the mastermind behind it all).  I loved having the opportunity to see old … Read More

2009 HSMG Conference

I’m off to the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild 2009 Conference in Palm Springs bright and early tomorrow morning! Very excited about it – this will probably be our best conference yet.

Colored and Swirled Soap

Making cold process soap is a combination of art and science. Making swirled soap is particularly tricky. It’s quite a skill to get the colors to swirl in together and still keep them distinct. Every swirled bar is different – not only different from soapmaker to soapmaker, but different from batch to batch and every bar within a batch will … Read More

Grandma’s Lye Soap (1952)

In 1952, soap made it into the hit song parade! Johnny Standly had a mega hit song called “It’s In The Book”. The first part of it is a parody of Little Bo Peep in the form of a Southern Revival sermon, the second part is a song, called “Grandma’s Lye Soap” I’ve edited out the first part (since this … Read More