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A Journey Into Kitchen Saponification ..

~ forget the roses, stop & smell the soap!

°¤ Artisan Soaps ¤°
ar⋅ti⋅san [ahr-tuh-zuhn]
a person skilled in an applied art; a craftsperson.

sa·pon·i·fi·ca·tion [sə-pŏn'ə-fĭ-kā'shən]
the act, process, or result, of soap making; conversion into soap; specifically (Chem.), a reaction in which an ester is heated with an alkali, such as sodium hydroxide, producing a free alcohol and an acid salt, especially alkaline hydrolysis of a fat or oil to make soap.

*A Note on Palm Oil & Orangutans
Palm oil is a traditional and standard ingredient in modern-day soap making, as well as the food industry (especially since recent health concerns have caused consumers to avoid the trans-fatty acids found in partially hydrogenated oil common in snack foods)..

The clearing of tropical forests to make way for palm oil plantations is spreading into the orangutans natural habitat, destroying their food sources and their potential for survival .. Poaching of baby orangutan's for the pet trade has increased, and forest fires are being deliberately set to clear land for plantations .. Not only do the fires destroy vast areas of orangutan habitat, but thousands of these slow-moving apes are thought to have burned to death unable to escape the flames. If deforestation continues at the current rate, orangutan's will be extinct in the wild within 12 years! Deforestation also effects indigenous people, threatens bio-diversity through the loss of animal and plants species, and fuels global warming ..

Because I can not source sustainably farmed Palm Oil in New Zealand I USE NO PALM OIL in any of my products!

Instead I use Vegetable, Nut & Seed Oils & Butters: Olive, Almond, Coconut, Castor, Rice Bran, Shea, Cocoa, Avocado, Apricot, Hemp, Mango .. And with the obvious exception of Vegan batches, I may include Tallow, Goats Milk, Silk, Bee Pollen, Honey .. Other additives regularly used: Cane Sugar, Sea Salt, Beer, Premium Quality Fragrance Oil, Essential Oils, Fruit & Vegetable purees, Clays, Aloe Vera Juice, dried Teas & Herbs, Oats ..

*A Note On Dates
I generally post images the day I take them, however I later go back and re-edit the date of my posts to reflect the date I made the soap .. It's just easier for my records and to calculate weeks of cure :)


On a Personal Level:

I'm a full time independent mother, pet owner, mixed media artist, and gardener - in that order!

I like to play with wild-crafted ingredients: seeds, grasses, sticks, feathers, shells, bones, leaves, sea-glass, birds-nests etc .. I also work with recycled bits and pieces: fabrics, beads, wire, rope, bolts, chain, broken crockery, broken dolls, bottles etc ..
~ It's said I can find a creative use for almost anything ♥

I also love photography, mythology, pagan rituals, tarot cards, belly dancing, mehndi, short films, words like: bohemian, conundrum, eclectic, imagine, karma, nomad, organic, saponification, wanderlust ..

I am not religious, but I am fascinated by spirituality (another word I like),
and strongly relate to many of the ancient pagan cultural beliefs ॐ

Actually I take that back - Music is my Religion!