The Soap Cabin

Soap Snobbery

Here at the Soap Cabin, we craft our soaps using a vegetable glycerin soap base. I first got into Soap making because I happened to purchase one of these kits in Cornwall and enjoyed that I could customise the soap base as I wished, and could do crazy things with it, like stacking up layers to create different colour stripes, or have an opaque shape suspended within a clear bar, and that I could experiment in a small space without the threat of chemical burns!????????????????????????

I am hoping to book onto a Cold Process Soap Making workshop at G Baldwin & Co this year (London’s Oldest Apothecary) because I really want to learn how to make it from scratch, but I get slightly irritated with the Cold Process snobs who believe that using a soap base is a cop-out and claim that there is no skill or effort involved. I met such a snob at the Queen’s Road Summer Market in Watford a few years back who was selling other products, but had a small collection of cold process soaps. When I explained that mine were not, she seemed to peer at me with great suspicion. Working out of a small flat was no excuse, because she made hers in an even smaller flat. There was no thought that I might actually enjoy my craft! Besides that, we make all our other skin products from scratch.

Although I have purchased cold processed soap bars in the past (and do every now and then) my skin actually prefers the texture of glycerin soap and I love the vast range of looks we can create with melt & pour…which is why we make them. There is also the fact that nearly all of the soap makers I come across make Cold Process soaps, and I find it hard to see a unique selling point between them (not that I don’t appreciate the art and creativity that goes into them). There are also some fairly large soap makers who only do glycerin soaps and do very well. Perhaps the different types appeal to different markets.cropped-mango-passionfruit.jpg

Anyone that knows me knows that I don’t like to do what everyone else is doing!

Spotlight on Soothing Skin Balm

Eczema Balm

 

In autumn 2014 we launched our Soothing Skin Balm. Made with calendula oil, beeswax, shea butter, Lavender and Sweet Orange Oils, the easily absorbed balm provides a hydrating  barrier to repair and calm dry, itchy, flaky skin. Calendula is excellent at healing burns and grazes and calming irritated skin.

All natural, the balm is suitable for eczema and psoriasis.

Here are some of the many ways you can use your tin of balm:

  • Apply to dry areas of the face
  • Use as a lip balm
  • Moisturise dry hands
  • Use on nail cuticles
  • Moisturise a dry/flaky scalp
  • Great for dry heels, elbows, knees
  • Apply to insect bites
  • Soothe burns or grazes

Uses for a Lavender Pouch

On the Soap Cabin stall we sell little pouches of Lavender, so here is a run-down of what you can use them for:

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  • Hang one in your wardrobe to keep your clothes smelling fresh (and moth-free!)
  • Put one in your drawer
  • Put one under your pillow to help you sleep
  • Put them around your home instead of artificially scented pot pourri
  • Hang them where you need a natural insect repellent
  • Carry in your handbag for on the go relaxation during the day

NB. After 3 months, squeeze the bag to refresh the scent

Happy New Year!

Christmas seemed to come and go in a flash! I guess there was so much to do beforehand, what with present shopping, getting a window replaced, collecting a pre-ordered panettone from Little Chalfont and getting stock ready for our various Christmas fairs, that once Christmas day came, we could finally relax with an amazing dinner and fun games at my brother’s house in Watford. Boxing day saw a trip to see family in Sussex. We managed to see Exodus at Vue at Woodside, Phantom of the Opera in London and new year fireworks at Croxley Green!

Little Fox starts again in April, so we have a bit of a breather until then, but in that time we have a large order to get on with, Rebel Pebble to stock and supplies to order… A good time to get organised!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And….relax

Well, the Christmas rush is finally over for us here at The Soap Cabin, so we can kind of relax now until it all starts again next year! It has been a crazy few weeks getting our stock ready for the Christmas fairs and Rebel Pebble, as well as all the orders that started to trickle through website. We sold out of a few of our popular items, such as Lemongrass & Lime soap, the body butters and our new Soothing Skin Balm, which has been very popular among eczema sufferers.

As we have been able to slow down a bit, we managed to get along to the Rickmansworth Christmas Evening and the fabulous Carols by Batchworth Lock, which were lots of fun, and it’s great when you spot familiar faces around town. The Soap Cabin Christmas Meal took place this year at The Pennsylvanian in Rickmansworth…again. We also managed to get some Wooden Soap Cutting guide blocks made by the skilled Barry Lawrence of Crafty Ideas (a Little Fox regular) so that we can start to cut our soaps straight (!) and more evenly… Time to start booking in next year’s markets.

We hope you have a great Christmas and see you in 2015!

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