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Cape Town is suffering from a catastrophic lack of water. The winter rains are coming to an end and the relentlessly dry, hot, beautiful summer season is upon us. For several years the winter rainfall has been below average and …

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After last year’s holiday trip to Italy and the trip to the US and UK the year before, we decided to go back to our native Finland this year. It was a good decision because the ancient wood-framed and puttied …

The post Snail Beldi and Mushroom Soap – 2017 Edition of Soap On Holiday appeared first on Auntie Clara's Handcrafted Cosmetics.

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A while ago I made some big bars of all-coconut laundry soap. I took some pretty pictures and posted them in a couple of soapmaking groups on Facebook. To my surprise several soapmakers asked the same question: how do you …

The post From Tadelakt To the Titanic – How To Use Soap appeared first on Auntie Clara's Handcrafted Cosmetics.

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To Finns nothing spells out ’C L E A N’ more clearly than the natural pine wood smell of mäntysuopa, Finnish pine soap. It’s the smell of long, lazy childhood summers, saunas, lakes, boats – and rag rugs. It’s a …

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Here, close to the southernmost tip of Africa, our summers are warm and dry. The rain falls in winter when low-pressure fronts sweep in from the south. This is the heartland of South African wine country and the local vineyards …

The post Double, Double Toil and Trouble: Snail Soap appeared first on Auntie Clara's Handcrafted Cosmetics.

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A couple of weeks ago I was experimenting with finely marbled agateware soap. In the process, I accidentally let one of my low-water soap batches get hard enough to lose its plasticity. Not wanting to waste the batch I ended …

The post Bubble Soap With Dip n’ Drip Soap Beads appeared first on Auntie Clara's Handcrafted Cosmetics.

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At age five I was the uncrowned queen of modelling clay. I don’t think I had any remarkable sculpting skills, but I loved the stuff. Since it would keep me entertained for hours, my mother fed my habit and made …

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We are lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth here at the southernmost tip of Africa. We have a great climate and lots of wonderful things to see and do. For recreation we don’t need …

The post Soap On Holiday – 2016 Edition appeared first on Auntie Clara's Handcrafted Cosmetics.

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When I first started making soap I saw the world with new eyes. Anything and everything equipped with some form of cavity became the centre of intense focus as a potential soap mould. This is a common phase that many …

The post St. Florian, Patron Saint of Soapmakers – Soap Mould Tutorial appeared first on Auntie Clara's Handcrafted Cosmetics.

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Once upon a time I swapped soap with Hajni Kele, the very talented soapmaster and owner at Mianra Soap in Cork, Ireland. The soap arrived, as international soap deliveries do, in a mail parcel. All the excitement of meeting soaps …

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