Monday, April 23, 2012


Wholesome, Natural and Handmade Soap Products!

Lavender and Rosemary  Body and Shampoo Bars............$4.50  

  The combination of Lavender and Rosemary essential oils will nourish your hair into glossy, healthy locks and be lovingly gentile on your skin.   This is great for all skin and hair types. Approx 3 oz bars.
Ingredients: Coconut oil, Palm oil, Castor oil, Olive oil, avocado oil, sodium hydroxide, Lavender essential oil, and Rosemary essential oil.

Rosemary, Lavender and Paprika Shampoo Bar.......4.50


This beautiful shampoo bar is a daily must-have for people with dry hair. Combining the super silky Jojoba oil with the healing powers of Wheat Germ oil it's great for damaged hair or problem scalps. The paprika will also help remedy hair loss and increase volume. And don't forget the rock-start duo of Rosemary and Lavender essential oils! If you find that its leaving your hair too oily, use as a once weekly hair treatment! Approx 3oz bars.
Ingredients: Coconut oil, Palm oil, Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Wheat Germ oil, sodium hydroxide, Lavender essential oil, and Rosemary essential oil. 

Rose Geranium and Rooibos Tea Body Bars...........$3.00 

 This creamy bar is great for all skin types and, of course, all natural! It gently cleanses and clears up any problem skin issues with the combined power of organic Rooibos Tea and Rose Geranium essential oil. It's gentile enough to use on the face and hardy enough for the body!   The scrumptious honey toned scent of the tea mixes with the subtle Rose Geranium essential oil to make you smell beautiful.  Approx 3oz bars.
Ingredients: Coconut oil, Palm oil, Olive oil, Castor oil, Wheat Germ oil, sodium hydroxide, Organic Rooibos Tea and Rose Geranium essential oil.

Josh's Soap.........$4.00
 This soap, named after my wonderful husband, is a hard working soap. Not only does it have a robust manly scent ( rosemary essential oil, oregano, ginger and cinnamon) it uses natural exfoliates to clean off all sorts of greasy grime. This is my rendition of an organic garden bar! Approx 3oz bars.
Ingredients: Coconut oil, Palm oil, Olive oil,  Wheat Germ oil, sodium hydroxide, Rosemary essential oil, oregano, ginger, cinnamon and celery seed.

Oatmeal Milk and Honey Body Bars........$3.50 (Yellow)
  Combining the soothing properties of oatmeal with the wonders of natural honey, this bar is luxurious for all skin types! Sweetly scented with a warm honey glow and  actual colloidal oatmeal makes this speckled bar a real beauty! 3.5 oz bars
Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerin (kosher, of vegetable origin), Honey, Purified Water, lye, Sorbitol, Sorbitan oleate, soy bean protein, Colloidal oatmeal, Oatmeal Milk and Honey fragrance. 

Rosemary Rose and Glycerin Facial Cleansing Bars......$3.50

 Great for all skin types! The Rosemary essential oil tones as the Rose essential oil and glycerin gently cleanse. The bar is slightly exfoliating and smells great! 3oz bars
Ingredients: Coconut oil, Palm oil, Olive oil, Castor oil, sodium hydroxide, Vegetable Glycerin, Rosemary Essential Oil and Rose Geranium essential oil.


Plumeria Goat's Milk Soap...................$3.50 (Creamy Pink)
This is a simply scrumptious combination!! The Plumeria scent lulls you off to white sand beaches while the Goat's Milk based soap pampers your skin as well as any spa treatment!  3.5 oz bars
Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerin (kosher, of vegetable origin), Goat’s Milk, Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent), Sorbitol (moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Soy bean protein (conditioner) , Titanium Dioxide (mineral whitener used in opaque Soaps), Plumeria Fragrance.

When you order SoapManna your wholesome, handmade soap will arrive in one of these cute bundles with a few surprises tucked inside...!!

***Please note that color and shape of the soap may vary.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Make Your Own Deodorant!

Okay, so here's another way to carve a bit off your shopping bill! This literally took my sister and I about 5 min. from start to finish.

Why, do you ask, would one want to make deodorant? Well, quite apart from being cheaper, it's also MUCH better for your skin! Just because the armpit gets a bad wrap because of BO and unwanted hair doesn't mean we should mistreat it! The skin under your arms is actually quite sensitive and absorbent. Unfortunately, the average bar of store bought deodorant is chalk full of harmful, irritating chemicals that can cause breakouts.
But did you also know that most deodorants contain Talc? Talc is a mineral ground from talc rocks and, during the grounding process,  creates fibers that are very similar to asbestos. Many studies have shown time and time again that Talc can cause lung, ovarian and skin cancer but the FDA hasn't banned it from beauty products OR food.

So, not something you really want to be rubbing on your skin everyday, huh? Well, just make your own! Here's what you'll need:

Coconut Oil: about 7 tablespoons
Baking Soda: 1/2 cup
Arrowroot powder (for Talc free cornstarch): 1/2 cup
Essential oil: few drops

Now, coconut oil is a solid at room temperature so you'll need to warm it up in the microwave for about 30 secs. When it's soft, mix in the arrowroot powder, baking soda and essential oil (I left this out because I like the smell of just the coconut oil but Lavender E/O would be a great choice).  It will get tacky as the coconut oil cools leaving you with a icing-like mixture that can be stored at room temp!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hello and Welcome to SoapManna! 
This is my dream job....making organic soap, sharing it and then getting to write about it! My journey to making organic soap started about a year ago when I noticed how much my husband and I spend on household detergents each month! I started trying to find ways to cut corners which led me from making homemade laundry detergent to cold process soap.
And it wasn't just the money we're saving that got me really excited about my little hobby. I never realized how many chemicals we were exposing our skin to! I have very sensitive skin that's prone to dryness and breakouts and(though he doesn't like to admit it!) my husband has equally finicky skin that causes frequent irritation. You wouldn't believe the difference we've seen just by trying to cut out chemically ridden shampoos and body washes and replaced them with organic homemade soaps made from natural oils.
I got tired of not knowing what I was subjecting my body to! Trying to dicier ingredients like hydroxypropyltrimolinium chloride and tetrasodium EDTA- and when I was able to...well, lets just say sometime ignorance is bliss.

For example, I recently found out that I'm allergic to forms of synthetic methyl. Actually, this is a fairly common problem among people who also suffer form psoriasis, like I do. So guess what's in my super expensive shampoo that is supposed to be so genteel, especially for people with skin conditions?? Yep, two different forms of methyl. Great! 35$ a bottle and it's just making my problem worse!
So now I make my own! Check it out!

Lavender Rosemary Shampoo Bars:
Ingredients: Coconut oil, Palm oil, Castor oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil
Water, Lye, Lavender Essential Oil,  Rosemary Essential Oil 
As you can see, there is nothing in these awesome bars that is going to be a determent to my skin! Not only that, the all natural oils nourish my hair to the point that I don't even need conditioner anymore! (and my I tell you that my hair is extremely dry). The Lavender essential oil is great for soothing my skin and stimulates hair growth. The rosemary makes my hair glossy and increases blood flow to my roots!
All in all, a wholesome alternative to chemically ridden shampoo!