Saturday, December 8, 2012

Tip of the Day

Here is the tip of the day. It is based upon my latest experience.

  If you even get lye on your skin (in case you didn't know, lye is extremely caustic), take some vinegar and apply it to where the lye has had contact with the skin. I have heard this is supposed to work, and I hope it is true, for today, right after mixing the lye with the rainwater, I put my hand in a bowl of popcorn and proceeded to eat the popcorn. Unbeknown to me, there was lye right on my fingertips. Now the lye had not affected my fingertips and I am not sure why that happened, but, once I bit into the popcorn, 'ouch', my tongue was burning! When I realized what had happened, I ran out to the garage for the vinegar and took a swig of it. It is no longer burning, but I feel a little bump there on my tongue. I will definitely be more careful next time! A lesson learned well today.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Wide Variety of Soaps

  There are some varieties of soaps that I make and here is a pic with some samples of different shapes. These soaps are goat's milk-oatmeal soaps, but in different shapes. Most people choose the rectangle shape, rough cut and they do come in rectangle (some are rough cut and I also have smooth), and there are flowery ones as well. All have the same scent of oatmeal, milk and honey, but there is a variety of shapes.
   There are also regular, plain soaps (soaps that are not goat's milk-oatmeal) that are made the same way as the goat's milk-oatmeal, but they come in different shapes and have different scents. I call these soaps 'fancy soaps' and they also come in a variety of colors. Some are also in a round shape, as well as oval and rectangle.
   Another variety of the 'fancy' soaps are the Volcano soaps which are kind of an orangy-coral color, with a cedar-orange scent. They contain pumice and are similar to the soap called, 'Lava' which you can find in the stores.
  Last of all, there are the glycerine soaps, which come in an egg shape with a rubber toy inside of the soap. There also are little sheep soaps that are made with glycerine and are different colors as well.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New additions to Our Soap Family

A new addition to the soap family; dinosaur soaps. Reptile and dinosaur soaps are made from a glycerine soap base. Plus, you can see inside of them!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Little Lamb Soap

I finally got my lamb mold and here are a couple of the Little lambs I made recently. Three of them are glycerine soaps and the light green is regular homemade soap. I used something called 'Sweetgrass' scent on the glycerine ones. Sweetgrass is a captivating scent, although it is not my favorite.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Soap Making Season

   This is just a little note to ask those of you who are considering giving soaps for presents and gifts this year, to send me a message and let me know how much soap you want and what kinds you would like to have. Soap takes about 3 weeks to cure and I want to make sure that I have enough available, especially during the holidays coming up. Thanks.

Here is a basic menu of the soaps:
Goat's milk-oatmeal soap (rectangular, shaped, rough cut, smooth)
Fancy soap - (Flowers, round, oval, shaped)
Volcano soap - (rectangular, some shaped) Volcano soap is a Lava like soap, but reddish-orange in color. Made with pumice.
Glycerine soap - Egg shaped with reptile (snake, frog, or lizard) inside

Don't forget to go to the 'Soaps For Life at Oma's Workshop' page on Face Book: 
A portion of the money from the goat's milk-oatmeal soaps goes to: Sanctuary Ministries.

Please let me know if you have any problems with the Facebook link. Soap prices are on the right side of this page.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Homemade laundry soap

Making homemade laundry soap using leftover soap scraps, borax, and washing soda.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Soaps Make Nice Mother's Day Gifts

Soaps make nice gifts for mom on Mother's Day coming this Sunday, May 13th. Mother's Day is right around the corner. Make sure you honor your mom this Mother's Day. The Bible says to honor your parents and this is the day to recognize them.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Soap Scent - Sounds Delicious!

I am about to embark on a new scent for my fancy soaps. I actually ordered this scent with the Reptile soap in mind. It is kid friendly, and will make the soap appealing (a peeling) to kids. I have been intrigued by this scent ever since I saw it described at

Here is their description:
Fruity, tropical medley of fresh bananas (of course!), tangerine, mixed berries, pineapple, kiwi, mango & papaya with a dash of vanilla. Easy on the banana with a perfect blend of sweetness. The name may not be appealing, but the fragrance is incredible!

The name of this scent is 'Monkey Farts Fragrance'. I thought it would sound a peeling to all of you.
Well, at least the description is!

The problem is, that it might make me hungry, when I smell the finished soap!
So, ....... What do you think?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Goat's Milk Oatmeal Soap available in Both Rough Cut and Smooth

Just an update to let you know that both the rough cut soaps and the smooth are available for the Goat's-Milk Oatmeal Soap. (Smooth is in limited quantities right now). Also, I have some Chai Goat's-Milk Oatmeal Soap as well.
Coming soon: Sheep shaped soap. I found a cute sheep soap mold and will use that with the fancy soaps. Will take pictures.
Goat's-Milk Oatmeal soaps are $3.00 a bar. If interested in purchasing, send an email to
If you live in the Central Florida area, I may be able to get the soap to you in order to save postage (postage seems to be getting higher everytime I order something!) Let me know and we can talk about a meeting place. Thanks.
A portion of the Goat's-Milk Oatmeal Soap goes to Sanctuary Ministries .

Friday, March 16, 2012

New Soap - Chai Goat's-Milk Oatmeal Soap

I made the goat's-milk oatmeal soap using chai tea this time and here are the results. Notice the two on the left top. They are rectangle bars made with a single mold. The round one has an imprint, but it is hard to see it because of the color and texture of the soap. I will sell these for $3 a bar, and a portion will go to Sanctuary Ministries.


In case anyone is wondering what the scent is, the scent is Oatmeal, milk, and honey.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

New Kind of Lava Soap - With Pumice

I thought I would make a soap and add pumice to it. The end product would be much like a Lava soap, but a different shape and color. I could add a scent to it as well. Well, in the fall, I tried my hand at this and I love the finished product. It is mildly abrasive, similar to the goat's milk-oatmeal soap. I feel so clean when I use it! I originally intended to make it for men. I always give Lava soap to the men in the household for Christmas. Now I get to make my own with my copy-cat recipe! I call it 'Volcano' soap. Here is a pic:

I did add too much color to this first batch, but once it cured, it wasn't so noticeable. The color was like a coral, but the next batch was more like salmon. I am selling these at $3 a bar if anyone is interested (or if I don't use them up first!).

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Round, Rectangle, or Flowery?

    I find it interesting that a long time ago, I used to make shaped soaps. I used molds that were intended for making candles, so most of the soaps were huge. I made a cat one, a football one, an apple, and a little Nativity figure set all out of soap. Out of all of those, the only one I sold was one cat one!
   Years later, I have some friends that want me to make goat's milk-oatmeal soap. They want it to be in rectangle bars. So I have been making those and they seem to be in demand.
  I used to wonder why people preferred the rectangle soaps to the fancy shaped ones. One reason, I think, is because when a bar is pretty or looks like an object, it tends to not get used, except as a decoration. One person put an apple soap in their fruit bowl, I noticed!
   So now I am mainly concentrating on making rectangle bars. Some of them are plain, with a rough cut, and others will have a flowery picture on the front. Someone once suggested that perhaps it is because the rectangle bars are easiest to hold. That makes sense.
   So my next decision to make on the shapes, is whether people will buy round or oval soaps, or will they prefer the rectangle ones instead of the round ones?
   What do you think? Please post your opinions and thoughts here in the place for comments. Thanks.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Thank God for Rainwater

It is raining and I am very happy, for when I have lots of rainwater, I can make soap. Sure, I can use distilled water and will when I am in a pinch, but I prefer to use rainwater as it is in its most natural form. God has answered my prayer for rain. And I will make soap tomorrow night!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Two Kinds of Homemade Soaps

There are actually two different kinds of homemade soaps that soapmakers like to make. One of them is called 'Cold-Process' soap and the other one is a glycerin soap. Cold process soap takes a lot more work for the average soap maker, but the results are worth it. Cold process soap starts out with heating oils, and mixing lye with rainwater. I know that sounds harsh, but there is a chemical process that takes place in which the lye actually isn't lye anymore by the time the product is finished. Something happens when the lye water combines with the oils, and a process called saponification takes place. After the soap mixture is poured into the molds, it begins the process of 'curing'. It takes about three weeks before the soap is fully cured and is safe to use. During the curing process, the lye water with the oils forms what we know as soap. If done properly, the soap will work as soap and the product is amazing to use.
   Glycerin soaps, on the other hand, are made by soap makers who take small pieces of glycerin (usually the glycerin is in a big bar, usually 5 LB or 25 LB. Pieces are taken off and put into a pot and heated at a low temperature. When it is melted, coloring and scents are added and the mixture is placed in a mold. If the glycerin bar is transparent, items can be placed inside the melted glycerin and it makes it more appealing, especially for kids. This method is usually called 'Melt and Pour' or 'M and P'. There are soap making lists that you can join on the internet, and there are companies that specialize in soap making and sell soap making products.
   So that is the basic story of how homemade soaps are made. Contact me if you are interested in watching me make homemade soap, and I will try to arrange a time when I will be making soap and you can watch.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Oma's Workshop - January 30, 2012

This is my first post for Oma's Workshop. I am creating a blog page for a couple of reasons. First, I have people requesting information on the homemade soaps I make, and would like to have a web page they can visit. I have a web page already on Face Book, but a lot of people aren't on Face Book, so this is for them. Also, I can post soapmaking tips here, and help other people who are interested in making their own soap. There are other products I make as well, and I can put their pictures on this blog.
   Back to the soapmaking, some of the money made from the goat's milk oatmeal soap goes toward Sanctuary Ministries, which is a ministry designed to educate people on the horrors of abortion and encourage women to not have an abortion, if they believe that is an option for them. Many women have no idea that abortion is an act of murder, and unless they are educated on this, they will continue to be irresponsible people continuing to believe that the baby they will have murdered inside of them is just a piece of tissue (the lie that the authorities would like for you to believe). There has to be safety for these little children and we need to protect them. That is why Sanctuary Ministries is so effective in ministering to these women.
   The next thing on the agenda is learning how to make dollhouse items. This could be quite interesting and very involved, so we will see how many different items I will actually end up making and how long they will take to make!
   Feel free to post and ask questions or provide feedback. Hope you enjoy this blog page!