Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!

Thank you all for your support of my small, growing business in 2011.  I appreciate all your kind comments, your suggestions and even those of you that volunteer your time, ideas and energy with my business.  
I think 2012 is going to be big!
Happy New Year everyone!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

My husband has asked me to stop baking please.  No more cookies?  No more breads?  No more bars and rolls and.... Yes, he said.  No more.  His waist line is not improving while I make more sugary, sweet, savory and tasty treats (and neither is mine).  His request lasted one day.  I will most likely stop soon, or at least slow down.  I just can't help myself.  I love to take all these basic ingredients and turn them into something pretty and delicious!  I think that is how I also got interested in soap making.   Soap has no calories you know. 

I found this fun twist and super good recipe using Whole Wheat Flours, Flax Flour and Yogurt for Peanut Butter Banana  Bread!  Why not?  It's got better-for-us ingredients, easy to make and I have a friend coming over, I can't not serve up something tasty sweet with our tea.  

Found over on Joy The Bakers blog (link here:   and copied for you below.  Her recipe calls for All Spice, but I didn't have any, so I left it out.  I had leftover chocolate kisses from Christmas day, so I chopped them up and added them to the batter at the end.  Not many only about 8.  Give it a try!  Thanks JOY!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Makes: one 9×5-inch loaf

Recipe adapted from CookingLight

1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
1/3 cup plain or vanilla fat free yogurt
1/3 cup creamy all-natural peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal (I’ve also baked this bread without the flaxseed meal… because I forgot to add it, and the bread was still moist and delicious)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flours, flaxseed meal, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon and ground allspice.

In a medium bowl, whisk together mashed bananas, yogurt, peanut butter and melted butter. Whisk in eggs and sugars. Blend mixture until no sugar lumps remain.

Pour the wet mixture into the larger bowl with the dry ingredients. Fold together with a spatula until no more flour bits remain. Fold in the chopped nuts as well. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and cake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before running a butter knife along the edges of the pan and inverting the bread onto a wire rack to cool completely.
This bread lasts, well wrapped at room temperature,for up to 4 days. It is also great to store, well wrapped, in the freezer.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Have you heard of Kiva?  It is a small business loan program empowering people around the world with small business loans.   Founded in 2005 the program has lent 271 million dollars in 61 different countries.  It is a non-profit, volunteer run program.

From their website:

"We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the Internet and a worldwide network of micro finance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world".

This Christmas, my aunt generously donated money to the organization and sent me (a small business owner myself)  the "power" to select other small business owners to loan money to.  I select one, two, three or more businesses or people from their group of loaners and lend them money.  They pay it back, just like any other loan, and I can use it again to loan more money to someone else.  

Donations as small at $25.00 can help someone with their farm, grocery store, bakery or more get on their feet and support their families and make a better life for themselves.

I have been searching and searching for another soap making business, but I have not found one yet.  Here is a link that keeps us connected, so if you want to join and donate, you and I will be connected!

 Or just the website itself:

Friday, December 23, 2011

Good Enough.

Good enough!  I love this.  My friend posted it on her Face Book wall and I thought I would share it with you.  Simply be yourself, that is good enough. 

I have one more farmers market.  Tomorrow morning from 9:00-12:30 at Ft. Andross in Brunswick.  Come on down and see me for last minute soap gifts, stock up your own supply or purchase a gift certificate.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lace & Ice

What a great idea!   Found over on Resurrection Fern blog, these Lace & Ice hanging discs are just beautiful! What a fun, easy, inexpensive and beautiful idea for any cold weather climate.  

 Now...where are my lace doily's?

Here is the direct link to the blog post so you can learn to make your own.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Eggnog From Scratch

Have you ever had "real" eggnog?  Not from the carton, but the real stuff made up fresh?  I made Martha's recipe several years ago and it is totally worth it.  Soo good, soo rich and soo creamy.  Served up in a punch bowl with fresh nutmeg and lots of booze (3 different kinds) my friends (and I) adored it!  I went to a neighborhood Christmas party on Sunday night and my neighbor Cliff brought along his family Eggnog all made up and spiked nice and strong. Complete with clouds of cream and egg whites floating on top...soo amazing!  His recipe sounded very similar to Martha's.  I have posted it for you below as well as the link to Martha's website.  Enjoy!

(Martha served it recently at her Holiday party with 200 guest invited! 
Here is a picture of her Eggnog from her recent blog post).

From Martha's site:  This eggnog's rich, cloud like texture is produced by separating the eggs and beating the whites before adding them to the milk mixture. The eggnog base can be made one day in advance; just beat in the stiff egg whites and whipped cream just before serving.


12 eggs, separated

1 1/2 cups superfine sugar

1 quart whole milk

1 1/2 quarts heavy cream

3 cups bourbon

1/2 cup dark rum

2 cups cognac

Freshly grated nutmeg


1.In a very large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and pale yellow. Gradually add sugar to yolks. With a wire whisk, beat in milk and 1 quart cream. Add bourbon, rum, and cognac, stirring constantly.

2.Just before serving, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into mixture. Whip remaining 1/2 quart heavy cream until stiff, and fold in. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Soaps Still Available!

Whew!  What can I say about the Holiday Season....busy?  Yes.  Jam packed?  Yes.  Did I have enough soaps?  Well...that is why I am here today.  I have run out of my brand new this year soap,  Naughty & Nice and just about out of Cinnamon & Oats.  I still have Christmas In Maine, Peppermint Twist and Gingersnap.   Shipping orders is still possible for most of New England....but beyond that, there are no guarantees.   If you are local, I am happy to met you for a soap delivery, I have even delivered straight to front doors. 

Making up more Bath Bombs, Tub Tea, Dryer Sachets and Laundry Detergent today to make sure there is plenty in stock for the Farmers Market on Saturday.   The market will be open on Christmas Eve day 9-12:30 at Ft. Andross Maine St. Brunswick.  I am happy to set aside any special items for you to ensure that they are available for you when you come to the market.  Just contact me!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Special Yuletide Market Sunday 12/18/11

Special Holiday Market at L.L.Bean on Sunday 12/18 from 12:00-4:00.  I will be there, along with a great group of vendors, selling our fantastic baked goods, cheeses, seasonal veggies, jewelry, artwork, hand knit and sewn items, wood turned bowls, tops & rolling pins, Alpaca yarns, bird cookies and soo much more!!  There will be seasonal music too. 

Come on down and see me, get lots of Holiday shopping checked off your list, soap makes a GREAT gift!  I have lots of Soap Bars and special holiday packaging...I am also bringing along my Sea Shell and Sea Urchin soaps.  Hope to see you!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Featured on an Esty Treasury!

So happy to find that I (or rather my soap) was part of a treasury on Etsy!  My Pink Grapefruit Sea Urchins are right there on the bottom right!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pink Peppercorn Hot Chocolate

Oh yum!   Pink Peppercorn Hot Chocolate....sweet and chocolaty with some zing!  I love sipping some sweet, hot chocolate during the cold winters here on the Coast of Maine.  I have posted a recipe of my tried and true favorite here on the blog before ( ) but this time I am adding some pink peppercorns that I bought from my local Maine vendors, Gryffon Ridge Spice Merchants at the farmers market.  I found this fun twist on the recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Kayotic Kitchen.

My report?  Delightful!  I loved the heat that the pink peppercorns added, the addition cinnamon was wonderful! Give it a try.

Here is the blog post:  over at Kayotic Kitchen.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bath Bomb Production

A peek inside my Bath Bomb Production!

Here you see half spheres of Lavender, Winter White, Mango, Lemon and Oatmeal & Honey.  YUM!  These will be packaged up into full spheres and the customer then can use a whole sphere or a half.  I include two different fragrances together in a package.  So for example, you can use the whole sphere and take a Mango and Lemon bath or use just half and enjoy a Mango or just a Lemon bath, it's up to you!

Lavender Bath Bombs have a bit of real lavender buds sprinkled on the top, Oatmeal & Honey Bath Bombs have a sprinkle of real oats and Winter White has a bit of sparkly glitter!   I will have these with me at the market on Saturday.

Monday, December 12, 2011

From Scratch Club

A found this new blog, the From Scratch Club.  Sharing all sorts of stories, great recipes, tips and tricks that are all food related.    Today I was browsing and found recipes for Homemade Irish Cream, Tomato Basil Jam and Infused Olive Oils that all sound wonderful!

Here is a bit about them:

"We are a small group of women, living within the Capital Region of NYS (Albany, Troy, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs) striving for a sustained connection to the whole food we, our loved ones, and our communities consume. We meet twice a month for food swaps, and maybe even a food-related adventure, field trip, cheese making party or potluck. Once a month we participate in community outreach at various local farmers markets in our area. The rest of the month we are here on the blog, sharing stories, recipes, DIY projects, homesteading tutorials, kitchen tips & tricks and food policy news in hopes of inspiring everyday people to jump back into the kitchen as a daily way of life regardless of income, space & time. Welcome"!

Also over on their blog they are offering a Free E-book, From Scratch Holidays, full of homemade, from scratch ideas for Holiday gifts.  Fun recipes for homemade Pasta, Limoncello, Cinnamon Buns, Cranberry Mustard and more!   They also have a ton of great recipes on their blog for even more homemade gifts, Fudge, Cookies, Teas, even flavored Coffee Creamer!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Fresh Soaps

I thought I would share a few shots of some of my recent soaps:

Sweet Blueberry and Creamy Vanilla mingle in Blueberry Cream...

Mellow, Woodsy Maine Pine....

Sweet Citrus and Earthy Lemongrass...

Sweet & Toasty Oatmeal, Honey & Milk

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday Soap Packaging

Holiday packaging is available!

(Holiday packaged soap, only $5.00 )

For just $1.00 more you can purchase a Casco Bay Soap Co. soap all wrapped up and ready for gift giving.   Soaps are tucked into a clear cellophane bags, tied with a fun and festive polka dot bow and have a co-ordinating gift tag.  Soap makes a great gift!   This Holiday season, don't forget your hairdresser, co-workers, teachers, bus driver, mail man....

Find soap all wrapped and ready for grab-and-go gifts at the Brunswick Winter Market on Saturdays at Ft. Andross with me or on Sunday in South Portland with the Craftin' Scot. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Quercus Design

One of my new favorite local Maine artist!  Jenn of Quercus Design is artist, photographer and beech comber here in Maine.  Creating simply arranged and beautiful art out of found beach items.  She sells locally and here is the link to her Etsy shop:

Monday, December 5, 2011

Craft Idea ~ Calendar Journal

I found this super great idea over on a super great new blog (well, new to me)!  Design Sponge.  Full of creative crafts, design ideas, shopping links and DIY projects.

A Calender Journal!  I will be making this for myself, but this would make a great gift for, well, anyone!  I enjoy remembering where/what I was doing 1 year ago, but don't always remember (don't we all  have these lapses in memories?) everything.  This would be a fun reminder, easy to make and soo green!  Love it!

The idea is that you have 365 index cards, each stamped with the month and day.  Each month is separated by a fun postcard.  Find postcards at local Flea Markets, Thrift Shops or maybe in your own stash.  All this is tucked inside a berry box.  Or you could use any type of box.  Then on the corresponding date, you write down a few things you did on that day.  Each year when the day comes around again, add in the new "thing" you did and look back at what you did a year ago.  A daily journal!  Soo clever!  I. Love. It.  Brilliant!

Link to the post:

Friday, December 2, 2011

Craft Fair, Tomorrow!! Saturday December 3rd !!!

North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) Holiday Craft fair TOMORROW!!!

Come on down and shop, shop, shop!!  This is a great craft fair with soo many wonderful local crafts.

Find me in the cafeteria section of the fair.  9:00-3:00

I'm bringing lots of my most popular soaps: 
Lavender, Lemongrass, Citrus Scrub, Oatmeal/Honey & Milk, Mermaids Garden, Wild Sea Rose, Sweet Almond, Cinnamon & Oat, Sea Shore Scrub and Sea Spa. 

Holiday fragrances too: 
Gingersnap, Christmas in Maine, Naughty & Nice and Peppermint Twist

Sea Shell and Sea Urchin shaped soaps in gift boxes with ribbons and a gift card as well as Holiday packaged soaps in clear baggies tied with ribbon and a gift card.

Hope to see you there!!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jumbo Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Repost from one year ago!!  Soo strange that I was thinking of making these today and when I checked the blog, to repost the recipe, it was 1 year ago that I made and posted this exact recipe!  Must be something about 365 days and needing a Giant Peanut Butter Cup Cookie!  Funny thing is that I also am recollecting in my post below about a cookie job I had about 6 years ago...come full circle and you may be interested to know that I am working 1 day a week at that same cookie company for the Holidays!  Everything old is new again?

I LOVE cookies. Love them. Crispy, chewy, chunky, warm, them!

I worked for a cookie company for about 2 years after we first moved to Maine. Yes, I'm still carrying around a few extra lbs. from that job. We made plain Sugar Cookies sprinkled with coarse sanding sugar that just melted in your mouth. Ginger Krinkles with a yummy amount of ginger, Chocolate Chip cookies with coconut that made them soo tropical-ish and chewy.
I don't make cookies often, because I will devour them. I have no control. And I don't eat them often, because when I do, they have got to be the best. I mean it. No packaged cookies, no store bought cookies even from the bakery section, they have got to be really good. This time of year, it's all cookies all over the place, and I will be making a few batches of my favorites. First up, Jumbo Peanut Butter Cup Cookies. And being a thrifty Yankee, I bought Peanut Butter cups on sale after Halloween and saved them in my freezer until now. Bake up a batch on a cold wintry day and enjoy.

Credit for the recipe belongs here, at Tasty Kitchen:
Jumbo Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
½ cups Butter, Softened

¾ cups Smooth Peanut Butter

¾ cups Granulated Sugar

¾ cups Packed Brown Sugar

1-½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 whole Eggs

⅛ teaspoons Salt

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

2 cups All-purpose Flour

½ cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

10 whole Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Unwrapped And Chopped
Preparation Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 or 375 degrees (see note below).
In a large bowl, cream together butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Stir in vanilla extract and eggs. Incorporate salt, baking soda and flour together into the dough until all ingredients are moist. Stir in chocolate chips and chopped peanut butter cups.
Roll cookies out between the palms of your hands to be the size of golf balls. Place 6 cookie dough balls on a lightly greased baking sheet and using a fork, press down to make a cross hatch pattern.
Note: For chewier and softer cookies, bake at 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes. For crunchier cookies with slightly soft centers, bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NYA Annual Holiday Craft Fair ~ This Weekend!!

Find me at the hottest craft fair around this weekend at...

NYA Annual Holiday Craft Fair
This Saturday!!   December 3rd

Come and do your Holiday shopping.  Find me in the Cafeteria section of the school.  I sell soo much soap at this craft fair...come early for the best selection.  As an added bonus, there are about 4 or 5 other craft fairs happening with in walking distance of my craft fair.  Often people park and walk to the different Church fairs and craft shows.

The North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) Parents’ Association will host the Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in North Yarmouth Academy’s gymnasium (154 Main Street) and Safford Center cafeteria (148 Main Street) inYarmouth.

This annual event is held in conjunction with a town-wide holiday celebration. Over sixty vendors from across the state will present a diverse variety of crafts including artwork, photography, jewelry, candles, soap, alpaca products, blown glass, woodworking and much more. Enjoy a sit-down lunch at the NYA Café and listen to holiday music by the NYA Chorus. Money raised from booth rental fees will help support NYA teacher grant requests.

NorthYarmouthAcademyis an independent, college preparatory, coeducational day school serving students in grades five through twelve. For 198 years, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in young adults. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday! Save on the website...

I am continuing my Black Friday sale to include Cyber Monday!! 

Receive 20% off the entire website!

Enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY when checking out in the shopping cart section of the website.

Happy shopping!!

Body Butter, regularly $7.00 today $5.60 !!!

Sea Shell Soaps, regularly $8.00, today $6.40 !!

And of course, soap!  Regularly $4.00, today $3.20 !!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Small Business Saturday!

Shop Small.  Shop Local.  Shop on Small Business Saturday.  Find soo many great items at your very own small, local shops.  You can find my soaps for sale all over the State of Maine, all small businesses. 

Shop Small Business Saturday at our Brunswick Winter Market Saturday November 26th ! I will be selling my soaps (as I do every Saturday) among 50+ other small, local businesses!

There are a few special events this weekend where you can find my soaps:

Bessie's Farm Goods, Litchfield Road, Freeport Holiday Open House and Craft Show Satyrday and Sunday, 9-4 each day.

Cat's Studio on the Hill, 5th Annual Creative Economy Holiday Sale, Pleasant Hill Road, Freeport. Friday, Saturday AND Sunday, 10-6:30 daily.

Hope to see you!!

Save on the website!

Good morning!

I'm having a 20% off sale on my entire website today to kick off the Holiday shopping season! Enter code BLACKFRIDAY in your shopping cart in the section "If you have a voucher or coupon, enter its code and click on RECALCULATE" area and the discount will be calculated. :) Happy shopping!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Close Buy Catalog Delivery

I loaded up my car for the last stage of my Close Buy Catalog fulfilment duty.  Off the boxes and I went to a local warehouse.   I enlisted a Friend to help me and she showed up right on time to help me load the car.  I thought that i may need to borrow some space in her car, but we fit it all in one.  Once at the warehouse, boxes were unloaded and placed on a pallet....

Here is all of Casco Bay Soap Co. items on one pallet on the left!  Look at that!!   I filled a pallet!  From here, the pallet will be shrink wrapped and sent to a larger warehouse and separated into separate piles of boxes for each school.   Then all the participating schools will receive their boxes and then the orders for each child will be picked and sent home with them.  HUGE JOB!  But soo worth it. 

here you can see many of the boxes, ready for their next phase of delivery...

And this is Masey, she is the brilliant woman that came up with this whole idea!

Monday, November 21, 2011

How Cool Is This?

I met a new customer at market on Sunday and they suggested I create a QR (Quick Response) Code (a type of Matrix bar code) for my business!  You see them everywhere now.  Magazine, posters, newspapers...I was surprised to find out that I could make one!  I created the code below and when snapped (using a SMART phone) links directly to my website.  I can use it on advertising or whatever I choose to send a direct link to my website!  How cool!  I am making something (a poster of some sort) so that when customers come across me at market, they can snap the code with their phone and be brought directly to my website.   Neat-o!! 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Naughty & Nice

NEW for the Holidays..Naughty & Nice!  Spicy Cloves mingle with Sweet Vanilla.  My favorite blend right now!  This first batch came out a bit more Nice (vanilla) than Naughty (the clove).   Do you know someone who is a little bit Naughty & Nice?  I will have this at the Farmers Market on Saturday.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Bit About Close Buy Catalog 2011

Almost done with Close Buy Catalog orders for 2011!   I was very pleased with my sales with the catalog.  I prepared all summer long.  Making and storing soaps for the catalog and just not knowing how many orders would come in! Did you notice that Mermaids Garden and Sea Shore Scrub soaps were not available at market?  I was hoarding them!  Sorry about that!  (They were for sale via special request and on-line).  

I prepared and had some packaging on hand, but still had no idea how many soap 2 packs or laundry detergent would sell.  37 schools participated and that is a huge jump over the 3 schools from last year.  Once the orders were in, I had a little over 3 weeks to pull it all together.  I had to order more packaging, ribbon, bags and labels, but I expected to do this.  I didn't want to order more than I needed.  Putting the orders together in my new soap studio made a world of difference.  I have soo much more work space!  This allowed me to work on the project in stages.  Pull all the soaps, label all the soaps, assemble all the boxes, tie all the ribbons etc. and I could walk away at the end of the day and leave the project undisturbed for tomorrow. 

All the orders are put into one box per school.   Hannafords and Shaws have been great in giving me used boxes to pack my orders in and plain brown shopping bags to separate the different skus' inside each box.  Using re-purposed cardboard boxes is highly encouraged by Close Buy Catalog.  While we all did create alot of packaging, we are trying out best to keep it minimal, while keeping the whole thing organized.  Cute labels for the boxes were created by Close Buy Catalog and distributed to all the vendors.  Now all these mis-matched, re-purposed boxes will looks similar, with their bright and cheery red labels.

I deliver my boxes of soap and detergents to the Close Buy Catalog warehouse on Monday.  From there the boxes will be sorted by school and sent to their various towns across the state.  Teacher and Parent volunteerers then set up and pick the children's orders for distributing!  Quite a large undertaking!  I can't fit all the boxes in my car for delivery day, so a great friend has been enlisted to help me.  I will be sure to take pictures on delivery day. 

What a great experience and opportunity I had working with Close Buy Catalog!  I hope to be part of the catalog in 2012.   

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Twisted Peppermint Soap!

On the shelf and curing for the Holidays...Twisted Peppermint is wonderfully minty and perfectly pink!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

NEW Mermaid Shaped Soap...

Here she is!  A new shaped soap, a beautiful curvy Mermaid! 

I have been very busy gearing up for the Holidays and heard from a few of you that I had not been updating the blog...I didn't mean to leave you out of the loop!  Here I am! 

Very busy.  I will try to post more often.  Thanks for your support!  You can find more updates more often on my Face Book page:!/pages/Casco-Bay-Soap-Co/111673231116

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Working On Close Buy Catalog Orders...

Close Buy Catalog (our all Maine made super awesome local school fundraising catalog) orders are in!  I'm working to pull, label, package, wrap, ribbon,tag, box all my items.   Here is more about Close Buy Catalog, in their words:

"It’s adorable when kids are selling stuff...

… and especially great when the money is going to support schools. But you may ask yourself, “Why can’t these cute kids be selling stuff I would like to buy?” From the belly of these conflicting feelings, Close Buy Catalog™ was born.

Maine is rich with beautiful, wholesome, delicious and useful products. This catalog has gathered some of Maine’s best goodies together in an effort to raise money for schools, support local businesses and artisans, and teach kids about responsible business practices".

This year Casoc Bay Soap Co. had 3 products in the catalog (a 2 pack of soap, Lavender and Unscented Laundry Detergent) among soo muan other beautiful items.  Purchase items were sent on Friday and I got a start on fulfilling my orders.  More pictures to come...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

There Is Nothing To Fear From A Bar Of Soap

I get asked from time to time, if I make liquid soap "because I don't want to touch the bar" and I hear a few people say that they don't use bar soap anymore "because of the germs".  I tell them that soap bars are the original hand sanitizer!  It's soap and has been around for-ever!  It is fine!  But I never quite get through to people.  Some have already made up there minds, I guess.  Well, her is Ruth's take on the matter.  Thanks Ruth!

My new friend Ruth over at Sirona Springs Soaps put together and posted a great article on her blog. I asked and she said it was A-okay to re post it here. Credit to her blog and a link:
"As the maker of bar soap, I often get asked by customers if I also make liquid soap. Many folks believe that bar soap is somehow unsanitary. I’ve even read that bacteria can grow on soap bars, and that people shouldn’t share bars because it can spread disease. Ick.
So I went looking for some evidence that bar soap is this vector of contagion. I found several studies that show that bar soap, especially when left to sit in a puddle of water or in a wet soap dish can harbor colonies of bacteria. It makes sense since bacteria love to hang out in wet places.
But one study in 1988 went a step further and asked the question, “Can the bacteria found on soap get transferred to someone else?” That’s really the issue, isn’t it? What happens to the bacteria that is living on a bar of soap?
So the researchers took some bars and spread a whole lot of bacteria on them: 70 times more than anyone had ever found on any soap bars before! Then they asked the volunteers (brave volunteers) to wash their hands with the soap. When they tested their hands for bacterial contamination, there was no detectable bacteria on any of their hands. So they reason that it’s very unlikely that germs that are present on soap bars will be transferred to someone using the soap to wash their hands. It makes sense to me, since that’s one of the great things about soap, that it dislodges bacteria and makes it much easier to just rinse it away.
I don’t make liquid soap, by the way, because I believe that handmade bar soap is better overall for the environment. It doesn’t contain any detergents or petrochemicals that can get into our waterways. And there is much less packaging involved with a bar of soap: some shrink wrap (like mine) or maybe a paper wrapper or box. While plastic pump bottles may be recyclable, I still like the idea of trying to make less of the plastic stuff to begin with.
And you can’t beat handmade soap bars for variety! You could never get bored with all the scents and colors and designs…
So fear not! Use your bar soap, keep it in a draining soap dish to let it dry out between uses, and enjoy!"

thanks Ruth!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Notes From The Universe

I get "Notes From The Universe" sent to my inbox everyday.  Some days the notes are good and some days they are great.  Often, they encourage me to look at something a different way.  Sometimes, I forward them to friends.  Today, I share it here with you.  More to come?   Maybe I will post them to the blog every now and then to boost you along too! 

"I still don't get why people are so surprised that the turtle beat the rabbit over the long run.
Consistent effort, no matter how small, sparks magic, fills sails, butters bread, turns tides, instills faith, summons friends, improves health, burns calories, creates abundance, yields clarity, builds courage, spins planets, and rewrites destinies.

No matter how small,

The Universe"