We can't live without boo boo sticks in the house......
This oily journey took off in summer of 2016, when Chloe came home from daycare with tons of chigger bites at the panty line area. Of course, I freaked out!!
We had many tubes and jars of bug bite oinment at home before, but none of them worked on chigger bites. It was so itchy that Chloe would scratch till bleed.
I had already start to make balm and soaps then, and there came another challege from my kids: what can i make that can be used as a bug repellent PLUS an salve that will relief the itch, redness, swollen bumps, and to recover the little boo boos faster??
From there, I researched, tested, and learned so much about Chinese herbs, western apothecary, making infused herbs, oils, essential oils... I build on the basic ideas of making salves and balms with the new knowledge, and most importantly, making a product that is 100% natural, healthy and safe for my family.
There are many success stories I can share with you from Day 1. Just most recently, it helped Mason's teacher's arm from a minor burn to recovery (see picture). As of today, Boo Boo Stick remains a top seller at Chloemason's online shop and booth sales. I highly recommend it because my family can't live without it.
Spring is here and our booth days are coming up in a few weeks:
Toyota Headquarter Farmers Market (March, 2018)
RE/MAX Dallas Spring Fling (March, 2018)
DCCC 2018 Culture Festival (April, 2018)
Cold pressed handmade soaps need just a bit more care than regular soaps!
Since the main ingredients of cold pressed soaps are plant oil, plant butter, water, and sodium hydroxide, it doesn't have any chemical hardening agent to help cold pressed soaps to stay-in-shape. Once upon a time, I did a test on how long does it take a soap to melt in water by comparing a slice of Chloemason soap vs. a store bought soap, the Chloemason soap melted less than 8 hours. The slice of testing soap was rather small, maybe about 1 oz or so, and both slices were covered completely under tap water in a plastic take-out tray.
So what is the best way to preserve a cold pressed soap? First and for most, keep it dry by using a soap deck! The cold pressed soaps has the tendency to attract moisture due to its own unique chemistry. The natural glycerine in cold pressed soaps is a super humectant by-product, so keep the soap bar on a well ventilated soap dish is a most. This will help your soap bar dry faster and last longer.
Additionally, keep it out of the water!
I have many moms visit me lately and shared on how much their little ones LOVE to play with the soap in the tub, and POOF... the soap lost 1/3 of its size after one wash. Unfortunately, the cold pressed soaps melts quickly in the water. So it is best to use and leave the soap out of the water.
You can cut the soap too!
All soaps from Chloemason can be cut... and... cut as you are using them. Just take a kitchen knife and slice them in to 1/2 inches slices. This is also a great way to take a "travel size" soap bar with you.
Use a loofah or a soap mesh.
Loofah and soap mesh are great accessory in the shower. They are not only great exfoliating tools, but also helps your soap to generate more bubbles. The soap mesh at Chloemason has a small pocket, so you can use every last bit of small pieces of your favorite soap.
Hope these information are helpful! Find David's handmade soap decks and soap mesh here: https://www.chloemasonsoapcompany.com/store/c4/Home.html
Raise your hand if you are currently battling very dry skin due to winter... or know someone who has the similar situation!
Yes! Me Here! Dry skin definitely hits my household especially on Mason and me.
Many times, eczema kicked off with a very dry, red, itchy patch of skin. It gets worse when the weather is cold, low moisture, and after we turn on the heat in the house. In the past ( and this is long before I start learning about soap making ), I have always get a big bottle of lotion off the shelf and goes through it with in the matter of two weeks. It feels 'moisturized' at the begging, but soon after and through out the day, I have to reapply lotion multiple times. Little did I know that lotions are typically made with 70% water and it does not keep my skin 'hydrated'.
This year, Chloemason has re-introduced and bring the new products for winter skin survival: Avocado Body Balm, Avocado Body Whip, Deep Moisturizing Lotion Stick, Aloe Vera Healing Cream, and Raw-Shea & Hemp Anti-Aging Butter. ALL of these products are WATER FREE. They are consider self-preserved products where there are no interference of extra chemicals and preservatives to assist the product stay fresh.
Since our skin absorbs everything we applied, these products are not only keep your skin stay moisturized, it also helps to recover from the daily harsh environment and generate the new. For example, many of the customers who have purchased Raw-Shea & Hemp Anti-Aging Butter recently shared some excellent reviews:
"This is the best facial moisturizer I’ve tried. It doesn’t make your skin super oily and makes my skin look healthy and glowing." Jan. 2018
"Love this cream! So light, does wonders for dry itchy skin. For the face, it's awesome and makes a super makeup base." Feb. 2017
Everyone's skin is unique and different, for the best skin moisturizer that suites your skin type this winter, please feel free to consult with us. You will see and feel the difference with 100% natural skincare products!!
When I first formulate the Kitchen Coffee Soap, it was a simple solution to find an alternative for bottle detergents. I want to have a cleansing product that washes Mason's baby bottles as well as on-the-go travel soap that washes kid's clothing... i.e. swim wear, dirty pants...etc. I utilized the cleansing ability of organic coconut oil and a natural deodorizer... coffee! Together, these are the super ingredients for a perfect bar to wash just about anything.
Here are some the super power from this 4.2 oz bar of soap:
1. Degrease: YES! Use this bar of soap to wash off the pasta sauce in the metal pan.
2. Shines: Because this soap is made with plant based oil, the natural oil in the soap makes your metal pots much cleaner!
3. Deodorize: Wash your cutting boards, knife, and your hands that just worked on a bundle of garlic or onion. The coffee deodorize the strong scents!
4. Biodegradable: Natural soaps are biodegradable. It dissolves in the water and leaves nothing behind. Unlike synthetic detergents that pollutes the water way, this kitchen soap is eco-friendly!
5. Bubbles: You will be amazed how much it bubbles with coconut oil!!
6. Kind to Chef's Hands: This soap cleans but does not dry your hands after doing dirty dishes.
So here it is, this is why this product is the BEST! It is available in a mix match bundle of 5: https://www.chloemasonsoapcompany.com/store/p1/Coffee_Kitchen_Soap.html
Through out the year, we make many custom orders and favors for weddings, parties, baby showers, corporate gifts, and gift sets. We always start with an idea with our client, sample options, and makes the final piece. We not only make custom soaps, but we also make custom gift and spa sets, miniature size balms and whips, and guest size soaps.
Here are some of the examples we made and we are super proud of:
Double Happiness: This is a very popular wedding favor in 2017! Each piece can be customized with color, scent, and packaging. We recommend 4 pieces in a draw string cotton bag.
Soap Loaf: Let us make your favorite soap in loafs. We cut, clean, and wrap for your event.
Soap Set: Gift soap cubes in a box of 2 or 6. Each soap cube is 4.2 oz. We can make custom soaps and mix match!
Spa Gift Set: Gift a soap and a choice of lip balm, or even a body whip or balm. We can wrap them for you with kraft gable box or draw string cotton bags.
Please contact us in advance. In order for us to custom make cold-pressed soaps, we need 6 weeks in advance notification and planning. Please also request bulk order discount ( more than 150 of the same item / set ) at your inquiry. Thank you... we look forward to be part of your special event!
We sincerely thank you for a great and successful year of 2017! We have achieved many milestones this year and looking forward to exciting year ahead!
Have a healthy, safe, happy holidays and 2018!!!!
Sharon, David, Chloe and Mason