Archive for the ‘Handmade Soap’ Category

Every day I take a walk along the beach. Yesterday was a really nice day, so I decided to take some shots of new soaps for a brochure… these guys thought I had lost my marbles! LOL

As the bitter wind blew steadily out of the ?? north/east/west? (fill in blank) it bites into my cheeks as I walk along. And then  I bump into my old friend, Oscar.. who stares at me and wonders why I am out in such cold weather.. I might ask the same.


But this young one just sat there all knowing.. and nodding his head.. go on, take the pics.. so I did! LOL



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Keely, our snuggle bug  is looking forward to Spring as much as I 🙂


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I was recently honored to be asked by our local Oncology center to make another donation this year for their annual fund raiser. I formulated this bar for my dear hubby when he was undergoing therapy. It’s an infused herbal olive oil–goat milk blend with just a touch of lavender, geranium & helichrysum essential oils… a very mild and gentle bar made with love, for those undergoing cancer care, with highly sensitive skin.


H.O.P.E .. Hope for oncology patients everywhere!

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Well say  hello to summer! 🙂 Yeehaw!


This farmers market season is off to a great start! Despite a very dry spring and some rogue frosts, we farmers are attending our markets with diverse green products, and other cottage industry producers, like artisan bakers and cheese makers and specialty jams–like me! 🙂  are rounding out the spring farmers’ markets in our neck of the woods.

As a market manager, overseeing 25 wonderful vendors… so far I’m seeing strong shopper turnout this spring, which is fantastic news! Rain or shine or even sometimes an early snow…. for the past sixteen years, are open from early May through mid October. It’s always been a pleasure for me when market season rolls around again each year… after a long hibernating winter here, to see old friends and meet new ones each season.

The hours are indeed long, the pay.. nominal. But the growing passion and their rewards are ten-fold in my mind. As a one woman small cottage business owner/farm gal, I can honestly still say I absolutely love my job! 🙂 And yes, some days I moan and grown.. but hey, none of us are getting any younger, and there surely are days when you can hear me yelling at myself, “I’m never going to get this all harvested”… but then somehow I do! Somebody up there must be watching over me, for certain. Since moving to Maine ten years ago my farming routine has clearly changed from having a working farm in N.H. for the prior 23 years… but it keeps me hopping. These are some of what I grow, or bake, or process.





Yesterday was a great market day for me! They cleaned me out of 35 quarts of strawberries and shortcake biscuits in one hour! ( many asking if I had real whipped cream for sale too! ) Oy vey! LOL! Funny how passionate folks can be about the first strawberries of season… myself, included.

Once established here in Maine,  I acquired my Maine state inspected licensure to produce canned and baked goods. So these days, in addition to my line of “wonderful herbal soaps” and skin care specialties plus organic veggies and fresh herbs, I’ve added a line of wine and herbal jams and jellies. It keeps me incredibly busy keeping up with my local shop orders, as well as various canned veggies –depending on what I’m pulling out of the gardens, and my infamous Wicked Good Pickles, along some cut flowers bouquets, that all goes to market.  As you can probably imagine.. my days are pretty full in season, so blogging has to take a back seat and it does, until Autumn for me. So thanks to you readers for continually returning here, and for all your support and encouraging words. It’s much appreciated. You know who you are. 🙂


And thank you to everyone who takes the time to purchase what they can — straight from the grower/producer. That effort makes a huge difference, and helps we farmers and farmers markets make the leap into a robust summer season ahead. We surely appreciate your support! If you’re ever in our neck of the woods, stop by the Wells Farmers’ Market (shameless plug 🙂 LOL–we’ll be there!

Happy Summer Solstice! I can’t believe 4th of July is only two weeks away! 


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Mr Witty Bath Bar

There is something so pleasurable about handmade soaps.  From the entire saponification process, designing a formula, right down to the feel of the bars, the artisan appealing look about them, their creamy oppulent lather, but more importantly knowing exactly what you are using on your skin.

It’s no lye — I am a soapmaker, and darn proud of it.  We’re going into our sixteen year of formulating cold process herbal soaps , and bath bars.  I like to believe all of the above is what was part of the draw to making handmade soaps.  It’s like a blank canvas, once you have the basics down, the world of scent and color and form and function opens up to, allowing limitless combinations.  And then, I send my  products out into the world with a mission.. to treat our customers to a little slice of luxury that will benefit not only their skin–but senses too.

One of the things I like about soapmaking is the types of cold process soaps you can make. Goat milk is one that I really love.. it’s so wonderful for your skin & makes a fine bar of soap. I tend to keep my GM soaps pretty simple.. only adding herbs, veggie powders or spices for colors & use only essential oils in them. I generally use our own fresh goats milk, but some other options are already prepared.. canned & powdered to be reconstituted goat milk. To me.. the natural fats in fresh milk is extraordinary in a bar of soap and yet so gentle on your skin.

Mr Witty

Before we had our own flock of Nigerian dwarfs, I’d get my fresh goat milk from a local goat farmer/breeder friend, Mr Garth Witty. He was quite a character… full of anecdotes and philosophies..and a wonderful conversationlist, well known to most in the area as being a throwback from the 60’s.. a former MIT researcher and brilliant man.. who dropped out of the rat race, for a slower paced new life. To look at him now in his suspendered trowsers, long long mid chest beard and grey pony tailed hair you’d of never guessed. LOL

I just love Garth to bits!! I don’t think there is a more knowledgable man in New England when it comes to raising any bovine creatures that Garth can’t help you with. He has an inner sense around creatures that’s just remarkable. So for farmer’s market this season, we’ll be offering..our Mr.Witty Goat Milk Bath Bar formulated in honor of Mr Witty along with our Lemon Drop ‘Kid’ and Shea Butter and Oatmeal goat milk bars. I just know this would please Garth immencely. I’ll climb on down from my soapbox now 😉



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