Sunday, March 31, 2019

And the winner is...

The winner of Joy's Handcrafted Soaps first giveaway is Christa Lammers!!!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Soda ash...

I remember the first time soda ash appeared on a batch of soap I made. I thought I had done something horribly wrong and the soap was ruined. It's not a good feeling when you think about the money and hard work you put into the soap (this was before I used a stick blender and there was much stirring to get the soap batter to come to trace).

Before tossing it I started researching the thin white layer that had formed on the top of my soap. I was relieved to learn that the soap wasn't ruined and it was a natural reaction of unsaponified lye reacting to air. Soda ash is just sodium carbonate, you may have seen it at the store, it's also known as washing soda.

Soda ash normally washes off the first time the soap is used but it doesn't look very nice on a new bar of soap.

The Minty Loofah Foot Soap, quite a bit of soda ash formed.
There are many suggestions on preventing soda ash, some quite helpful. You can cover the soap with plastic wrap after pouring it into molds preventing air from getting to the soap. You can also lightly spray 91% isopropyl alcohol on exposed areas. I have just purchased this for the first time and plan on trying it on the next cold process soap I make.

Since the Minty Loofah Foot Soap had already formed soda ash I found that many soapers suggest steaming the soap to remove the soda ash so I gave it a try.

The Minty Loofah Foot Soap after steaming off the soda ash.
There is still a bit of soda ash on the bars but it looks quite a bit better. Steaming also made the bars a bit shiny which is kind of cool.

Hopefully I will be able to prevent soda ash from forming in the future but if not, at least I can steam most of it off of the soap. It's always nice to find helpful tips from others who have faced the same issues.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

My first giveaway!

I'm having my first giveaway and I'm really excited about it!

Selling online is very competitive and truth-be-told I'm kind of a horrible sales person. I want people to try my soap, love my soap and use my soap. I really believe in my product and have had such amazing feedback and that drives me to continue to research oils, butters, essential oils, etc. and make more soap.

My first giveaway is a way to reach out to more people and I'm asking for your help to do that, and here's how.

Follow my Joy's Handcrafted Soap Board on Pinterest = 1 entry
Repin a Soap from my Joy's Handcrafted Soap Board on Pinterest = 1 entry
Follow me on Twitter = 1 entry
Retweet this Giveaway Tweet = 1 entry
Follow me on Instagram = 1 entry
Follow Joy's Handcrafted Soaps Blog = 1 entry
Comment on this post with the soaps that interest you the most from my shop = 1 entry
Like me on Facebook = 1 entry

That's a total of eight entries! I will be putting each entry in the Random Name Picker, so if you have eight entries your name will be added to the list nine times, if you have three entries, your name will be added three times, etcetera etcetera.

The winner will be picked and announced at approximately 8pm AZ time on March 31, 2019.

 And the prize?

The winner will receive three bars of soap, of their choosing, from my shop! Completely free of charge. You can choose soaps that you would like to try, or as gifts for others.

Rules? Yes, there are two.
1. I only ship to US addresses.
2. No immediate family, which means my parents, kids, grandkids, sibblings, nieces and nephews. Y'all know where my soap is anyway. =)

Good luck!