Did you know that soap is made by base promoted ester hydrolysis? That's the chemical reaction behind the word saponification. Rather than being afraid of it, let's break it down and understand it. Soap requires a base, a chemical with a high pH value (caustic), and a fatty acid, a long chain hydrocarbon. OMG aren't those things bad for you?!?! Nope. The caustic base is completely consumed in the reaction. If the soap is made correctly it poses no threat. Soap can be made from animal or plant fats, but not from petroleum. Hydrocarbon does not mean petroleum. Lye, or potash, or sodium hydroxide (the base in the reaction) used to be derived from wetted fire ash. This requires human activity and processing, not so "natural", is it? I see a lot of soapmakers that want to claim their soap is "all natural chemical free", and they are doing you a great disservice. They most likely make a great product, but scaring you into buying it means they don't believe in it. Why artisan bar soap then? Because it's really amazing and gentle on skin. It's detergent free, and a good soapmaker can tweak their formulations to different skin preferences. They can add ingredients to help with dryness, damage, or excess oil, and use way less water than detergent-based liquid cleansers. Easier on your skin, and better for the planet. Plus, what liquid can deliver the awesome color swirls an artist-designed soap bar does? This chemist will get off her soapbox now, but if you ever have questions about how cosmetics or personal care products are made, I love answering them. ❤
During the last days of summer, my sister took this photo of me. It's me with my first handprinted t-shirt😊 For a while now, I have this dream to open up a webshop with products (hand)made by me. I'm not totally sure what to include yet or how I'll manage the logistics. But I guess I'll figure that out! So I'd like your help! Can you tell me if you'd be interested in products in my style? If yes, what kind of products would you like to see? I love to know🧡 (You can also go to the poll in my stories)
💥POP 💥 on over to Dartmouth Makers Winter Market November 22 and 23 to pick up some amazing POP-UP CARDS from @bardbardbard ! 👇👇👇⠀ .⠀ "I’m Brad and I design, illustrate, and assemble pop-up cards. When I’m working on creating a new pop-up I’ll make and re-make the design many times to get it to pop-up just right. A pop-up can be made to move faster or slower depending on what angle you make it so playing around and experimenting is a big part of the process! I moved to Nova Scotia 10 years ago and fell in love with the Maritimes and many of my cards are inspired by living close to the ocean.⠀ .⠀ I’ve always loved working with paper and have been making one-off pop-up cards for friends and family for many years. What really got me to dig deeper into the pop-up world was coming across videos of some amazing pop-up books on YouTube which inspired me to create my own pop-up book. It took ten months to complete but I learned so many cool tricks my casual relationship with the art started to get serious!"⠀ .⠀ #dartmouth#ilovedartmouth#dartmouthmakers#handmade#shoplocal#shophandmade#supportlocal#supporthandmade#makers#happinessishandmade#makersgonnamake#ilovehandmade#ilovelocal#dartmouthproud#novascotia#handmadeholiday#indiemaker#madeinnovascotia
This saucy little unicorn can be found at @oliverandchatfield ✨🦄 So here’s the thing: I’m not a sweary card-making kind of gal. So when I made this one a couple years ago, it was a *very* big deal...to me and probably zero other people. To this day, any PG-13 cards that are in my office are turned around. It’s not that I’m ashamed of them (ok, a little shame?) but it just feels 100% inappropriate when I’ve got 3 kids wandering in there daily. As if they’ve never heard these words on the bus or during lunch. I’m still their mom. I can’t help it. I don’t want them ever hearing that coming out of my mouth. My friends and parents and sister, oh they can hear it. My in laws? I wouldn’t dare, they’d be mortified. The way I see it: If I don’t say it in front of the people who I don’t want to know that I secretly say and THINK bad words in my head, they’ll just assume I never do, right? Totally legit reasoning. I really don’t want my kids ever using foul language in this house (or anywhere really, let’s be honest, it’s not becoming in a classroom or when trying to land a job) so I have to pretend that I don’t have cards with a big F on it. Denial is an interesting thing. And if you look closely, I censored this card- check that unicorn horn! Why? For two reasons: 1) Some retailers will have to censor sweary cards with stickers and the like. This saves them from doing that super tedious task while the text basically implies that naughty word. 2) I can tell myself that technically I never actually wrote “FUCK” on a card. Yay me. I win. Na na nah boo boo.
Simple drop earrings, but oh! That color! I did sneak a little backlight into the photo so you could see how these agate pebbles glow. What color orange are these anyway? "The color of the inside of a pumpkin" is not very catchy. Red Botswana agate pebble earrings in dark patina sterling silver are available in my web store. Link in bio. These were the only pair displaying this yellowy orange on the strand of mostly red orange and pale peach. Need to find more! #pebblesatmyfeet#petitejewelry#naturalstoneearrings
Your Day 10 winners! 💀 Fatally Flustered (91%) ✏ Prettygram (91%) 👯♀️ Hooded Specter (82%) ⚰ Dearly Departed (64%) We're so close to the end that these same pins are back up for voting right now against the winners from Day 9 in my Story! Check it out!