I’m excited to introduce this week’s featured work-at-home-mom: Nicole Farrell. Nicole is the artisan behind the beautifully handcrafted (and luxurious) Stargazer Soaps.
When I first thought about making my own soap, I never dreamed it would turn into a passion.
As a stay at home mom to 4, I am always looking for ways to save money. I thought making my own soap would be a large pocket saver. But when I started researching the process, I was quickly overwhelmed and gave up on the idea. A few weeks later, I read an article on some chemicals used in commercial soaps. It prompted me to research the products in my shower – the organic, natural, “safe” products I was using on my children. And I quickly had a purpose. Throw it all out and make my own soap!
I began reading as much as I could, and spent countless hours watching videos on YouTube. I ordered from several other soap makers, wanting to feel their product, (not to mention I wanted to toss our chemicals in the garbage as quickly as possible!) I will never forget the first batch of soap I made. I was scared to death! But one batch was all it took for me to get hooked. And I can say – I will never use commercial soap again!
And when I say commercial soap, I use that term lightly. Commercial soaps aren’t even soap, but detergent! If you look at the packaging, you will see terms like Beauty Bar, Body Wash, Facial Bar. Where is the word Soap? You won’t find it, because it isn’t soap. When soap is made, natural glycerin is produced. Commercial companies remove the glycerin and replace it with chemicals. And here is the scary part – it takes 6 seconds for our skin to absorb these chemicals. Ingredients that have many layers to them. One in particular is made up of formaldehyde – but you have to dig through several layers to discover that. I for one do not want to bathe my family in a product that uses chemicals intended to clean my shower. Read more about these chemicals on my blog at http://stargazersoaps.blogspot.com/.
So what will handmade soap do for you? It is different for everyone. I can tell you it can take up to six weeks for your skin & hair, (yes, you can wash your hair with handmade soap!), to re-balance. Your body is so used to having it’s natural oils stripped away it has to readjust. But stick with it. The benefits are very rewarding! I do not make medical claims, and cannot tell you how handmade soap will change your skin. I do know that it has changed my life, (who would have thought soap would change my life?), the lives of my family, and many others who have also made the change.