Sunday, January 15, 2012

Crushed Walnut Shells for exfoliant in Goat's Milk, Honey, and Oatmeal Facial Scrub Squares! Pink Parfait Tea Pot and Tea Cup Soap Bars made with Goat's Milk, Coconut, Oatmeal, and real Honey!

I am suddenly hooked on making melt and pour soap products...it is a very relaxing hobby, especially when you get to smell the incredible fragrances and also when you 'need' to test out the product liberally!  All of my bases are made from all natural ingredients, no SLS.
The soaps I make come from bases....so basically, my soaps are 'semi-homemade'!

It's been an enjoyable week, cozily hunkering down inside, away from the snowy, cold Vermont/New Hampshire winter winds...making soap products.  They are stockpiling up now.....Soon, I'll have to find the best way to wrap all of these soaps!  Then I'll have to make the labels...then get the products selling.....maybe on my website...www.thesonggarden.com  ......  definitely at the Tea House this coming summer and, most likely, hitting a couple of farmer's markets, as well in June/July/August...and I am thinking of pulling together a house party or two, off site.....for now, I'm surrounding myself with soap products, lotions, and lip balms galore.......It's HEAVENLY around here these days!!!!!!  I think that I'm being effected by 'Aromatherapy' at it's finest!  I'm in a serene state of mind.......simply serene.  



It's-8˚ this morning! Nothing to do but hunker down and keep on making soap! Using Crushed Walnut Shells for the first time...natural exfoliant!

Goat's Milk, Honey, Toasted Coconut, and Crushed Walnut Shells Facial Scrub Soap!


Goat's Milk, Oatmeal, and Honey Pink Parfait Hand, Face, and Body Bars!


Lemony Zest and Olive Oil Fruity Soap Bars!










Saturday, January 14, 2012

And so it begins! Most of the seed order has arrived! Plugs will come in April! Time for Theo, the Gardening Schnauzer to dive into his winter reading list while we wait to plant.!

 Theodore, donning his reading glasses...he's a very academic and studious Schnauzer!  He has a long winter reading list to get through...while it's a white winter wonderland outside here in New Hampshire and Vermont!  This coming summer of 2012 will be his second year working at The Song Garden on vole patrol!
 We have been very happy with our seeds from Johnny's, and The Cook's Garden, for the last three years!
Just a sampling of our large garden library!

Friday, January 13, 2012

This Week's Melt and Pour Soap! Hinoki Wood Gnomes! Aloe Herbal Essence Sunflowers! English Rose Hearts! Hinoki Woods Sea Shells!


Sunflower Aloe Herbal Essences Soap





Hyacinth Shea Coconut Hinoki Wood Sea Shells




Hyacinth Shea Coconut Hinoki Wood Magic Garden Gnome Soap





Hyacinth Shea Coconut Hinoki Wood Snow Flowers




Shea English Rose Heart Soap







Aloe and Earth "Dirt" Scented Garden Gnome Soap





Saturday, January 7, 2012

Ordering all of our Annuals/Perennials this weekend...Seeds and Plugs...So many choices!

We'll go with the tried and true, for sure, but we always like to add something new...We are pouring through the catalogs looking for that extra something special for The Song Garden of 2012.  Here are photos from last summer's garden, for inspiration!!!


EASY homemade HONEY Lip Balm (with Beeswax and Almond Oil) Recipe!

We're making this right now and thought we'd share this easy recipe with you.  We usually make our homemade (rather, 'semi-homemade') lip balm from a purchased 'base'.....here's an easy starter recipe from scratch.

Honey-Kissed Lip Balm

Makes 1-1/2 cups
  • 1 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/2 cup beeswax
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
Place almond oil and beeswax in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute or until mixture melts. Stir the honey into the almond oil/beeswax mixture. Let it cool somewhat.  Pour into small containers (lip balm tubs or tubes).  Check out Brambleberry.com and thesage.com for more information re: making your own lip balm.  (I do not represent these companies...I am just passing on my resources to you).  
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Pomander Oranges...so simple and so delightful.

We've been making Pomander Oranges for a month and a half, since about Thanksgiving!
So simple to make.  Take and orange and make a hole in it with a small nail...place a whole clove in the hole...let your imagination run wild with the design possibilities or just mindlessly put the cloves into the orange one after another and use the act of putting cloves into an orange as a meditation, or calming and centering, tool... The fragrance of the combination of orange and cloves is heavenly and will bring you some peace!  Happy January 1st, 2012!