Rose Goat’s Milk Soap

I generally do most of my soapmaking at Imbolc, in February, because I really like the seasonal energy of emergence, healing and hope that it brings to creative projects. Besides, it’s usually still snowy here in Denver and putting up soap for 6-8 weeks is a decent project at a slower time. It also gives…

Healing Calendula Soap

  This is a luscious, frothy soap with wonderful skin healing and antibacterial properties. Calendula has a long history of use as a wound-healing and skin-soothing herb. This sunny yellow and orange flower is particularly good for cuts, scrapes, bruises, sunburns, irritated skin and acne. Even though Calendula is loaded with powerful skin-healing and anti-inflammatory properties,…

Burn Salve

Isn’t it always said that necessity is the mother of invention? While I have made many a salve in my day, and regularly keep a stock of my Boo Boo Balm on the shelf for minor scrapes, cuts, burns and bites, we ran dangerously low of it recently and I have been meaning to make…

Summer in a Jar: Roasted Tomato Marinara Sauce

Oven roasted tomato sauce could not be easier! Everything goes into a roasting pan and the ingredients can vary to your specific tastes. One pan, minimal chopping, no simmering, no straining, and your house will smell amazing. Best of all, if you can or freeze this sauce you will have shelf-stable use during the cold Autumn and Winter…

“Kissing Potion” Lip Balm

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I will stand up and say right now “Hello, my name is Leigh and I am a lippy.” I’m addicted to lip balm, and not just because I have sensitive lips that chap easily and peel constantly. I also love the lush softness of a great lip balm on…

Basic steps for Natural Cold-Process Soap Making

Cold-process soap is basically the mixing together of oil (fatty acids) and lye (sodium hydroxide) together to trigger the saponification process, which is the chemical reaction between a base and acid to form a salt. Sounds like magic? It is! Part chemistry and part artistry (or craft). The name “cold-process” is used to differentiate between…

Lemon-Thyme Soap

Last planting year, I grew a wonderful batch of lemon thyme in the garden. It was fruitful and we used it all season in various, tasty dishes. When I harvested and dried what remained for fall, I decided to make a fragrant, yummy soap out of it. It’s been a fantastic success with creamy lather…