A big thank you for a great shout out from Alpactate2008 – a rancher in Texas with over 100 acres of land and “six alpacas and two guard llamas right now to enjoy, plus our lab mix dog, April.”
When not cleaning pastures or painting chicken coops, I have been looking into the idea of making my own soaps and lotions. It is not difficult and you eliminate the preservatives and extra ingredients that can be harmful. I discovered a wonderful website called Bramble Berry. I have the link in the left hand column. They have instructions, online ”classes” and tutorials, products to make the soaps (remember soap on a rope? they have the rope; you make the soap), sugar scrubs, bath fizzies, candles, makeup, and more, plus soap molds as well as packaging materials and labels, and gift sets (you make the product, they provide most of the ingredients and all gift packaging). Sign up for the newsletter and read the blog, order something to get started. Be sure to find the Soap Making Forum for “getting started” info and ongoing conversations. Note that the bar soaps must “cure” before using, like 4 weeks or longer, so get started now to give a try to a new hobby. You can also make some money by marketing them at the local farmers market or holiday festivals. I am so excited to find them because they are the first I found with EVERYTHING I need to get started in one place. I am making up a list of supplies today and ordering so I can have holiday hostess gifts, as well as family and friends Christmas gifts, ready by Christmas.
Of course, we think our ultra cool $97.99 Gift Set Ensembleis the perfect way to make your own goodies for family and friends this holiday season. It makes a full 10 yummy handmade gifts.