Friday, May 24, 2013

Ginger Grey Soaps - Our new homemade luxury soap store on Big Cartel

If you haven't had a chance to check out our new homemade luxury soap store, Ginger Grey Soaps, now's the time.  Here's a screen shot of it, showing some of our currently available soaps.  We're always creating new things here!  It's hosted by Big Cartel which is primarily for artists and crafters.  We also have a store on Etsy , but we really like how we can customize our own site at Big Cartel and make it more our own.  We take payments securely through Paypal and it's great for those who aren't familiar with Etsy or don't have an Etsy account.  Just go directly to our store Ginger Grey Soaps to see more of the great soaps we have available for sale.

Melissa (soap maker)
Ginger Grey Soaps

Making Homemade All Natural Sweet Orange Lemongrass Hot Process Olive Oil Soap

Last week, I realized we only had one bar left of our Sweet Orange Lemongrass soap.  It's been very popular at the Farmer's Market because once you smell it in person, you just want to have it.  It's so sweet and citrusy and I love making it because the kitchen smells so clean and amazing afterwards.  My kids love to help with anything they can, and this day it was our son Camden's turn to help.  He got to help pour and measure the oils and put them in the crockpot. 
 The mixture has been cooked and fully turned into soap now.  The left side has been colored naturally with annatto seed powder after the cook and scented with Sweet Orange essential oil.  The right side has been colored with neon yellow pigment and scented with Lemongrass essential oil. 
 The Sweet Orange side gets dried grated orange zest and the Lemongrass side gets dried grated lemon zest.
 I randomly plop the two halves into my molds.  I made a big batch this time, so it will make 18 bars and fills a 10 inch and 8 inch loaf mold.  This is the largest size I can fit in my 6 quart crockpot without having it overflow.  Even still I have to be careful or I'll have a soap volcano all over the counter.  Been there, done that!  Atleast my crockpot and counters were squeaky clean when I was done. : )
Now just waiting for it to cool.  If I make a batch early in the morning, I can slice into it by evening already.  If I make it later in the day, I just wait until morning to slice into it when it's firmer.
  This soap is ready to use right away, but benefits by drying out for a few days to get a harder bar.  It's still fairly hard right away though.  There is no lye left in the soap and it's mild and safe to use.  In fact, I scrape out my crockpot and scrape off my mixing bowls and utensils and I have enough scraps to make a decent size bar of soap once I squish it all together (see last picture).  I have so many different soaps by the kitchen sink and in our bathrooms from scraping out everything after each soap I make. I get too much though and pass them along to friends who are more than happy to get soap scraps off my hands and into theirs.  : )
Our hot process soaps are made primarily with olive oil, then we add palm oil and coconut oil.  After the cook, we add unrefined shea butter.  It hasn't gone through the saponification process and acts as a superfat above and beyond the typical 5% superfat in homemade soap. 
Our soaps feel so luxurious on your skin and when you wash up with them, they have a long-lasting fluffy lather like no other.  When you're done washing, you feel like you have just put lotion on and your skin is so soft and silky.  I suppose it's similar to the feeling of a Dove Beauty Bar, but without all the harmful chemicals.  That's stuff isn't real soap anyways, but this is the real deal.  No chemicals here, just all natural soapy goodness and it's such a treat for your skin.  Stop by and grab a bar for yourself or as a gift!

Melissa (soap maker)
Ginger Grey Soaps

Thursday, May 23, 2013

New online homemade soap store, Ginger Grey Soaps!

Ginger Grey Soaps is a brand new online homemade soap store with lots of different types of soap for sale.  We sell homemade olive oil soaps made by the hot process method, giving them a rustic and beautiful look.   We also sell handmade glycerin and goats milk glycerin soaps made from an all natural soap base with no SLS, parabens, or chemicals.  We strive to make beautiful quality soaps your skin will love.

We've been on Etsy for a little while now at and you can check out our feedback from our soaps there.  We just recently opened our own website off Etsy too at and are looking forward to the opportunities that will bring.  We've been in business now for a few months and decided it would be a good idea to make a blog to show all the new things we're creating around here and give you all some behind the scenes look at what we do.  Follow our blog to stay up to date on our current posts.

We are a family run business based in Florence, Alabama.  Everyone helps here, even the kids with labeling and stirring.  We have 4 children, and a 5th on the way now, so we have lots of happy helpers!
Andy and Melissa (the soap maker)

Melissa wrapping soap with baby Anya
Preston putting labels on

Hayleigh, she loves to stir everything

Camden stirring glycerin soap

Stay tuned to read more about our company and all we have to offer!