Hi, my name is Lisa and I am the person behind AquarianSoap.
I am a soap maker, of course, but also an all-around craft junkie. When I am not soaping or working, I can be found sewing, quilting, hand knitting, machine knitting, crocheting, making bath bombs, lotion bars, sugar scrubs, or immersed in just about any other crafting pursuit that captures my interest.
Many years ago, I stumbled across books in the library about soap making and was intrigued. I wanted so badly to make my own soap, but I had no one to teach me. I lived out in the sticks and there was nowhere to buy the supplies. So I put it on my “to do someday” list.
Although I got on the Internet in the early 1990s, there wasn’t really a lot of content there until many years later. But then oh my! — so many resources for learning about making cold process soap started turning up. Talented soap makers were sharing their blogs and recipes, and I jumped in with both feet. I have been making my own soaps ever since.
In addition to having super-sensitive skin and allergies which can be aggravated by some commercial soap and shampoo products, I am concerned about additives in our food, household and body products.
The Internet, documentaries on Netflix and other video sites motivated me to choose safer alternatives for myself and my family. Now we scrutinize labels on our food, have eliminated HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and a number of other ingredients from our house.
Soap making allows me to choose which ingredients I use in one of our most often utilized toiletries — soaps and shampoos. I try to use nature identical colorants and phthalate-free fragrances as much as possible.
Unlike handmade soaps, many commercial soaps use detergents which contain phosphates. These contaminate water supplies, cause algae blooms, and decrease the oxygen level in fish. Of course that starts a food-chain reaction for all those critters that eat the fish.
Palm oil is also a concern as it depletes the habitat of wildlife, impacts ecosystem biodiversity, and promotes deforestation. I do, however, use palm oil in my recipes because soap made without it can be softer and produce less lather and bubbles. I buy my palm oil from a reputable supplier who gets it from an RSPO supplier (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) which lessens the environmental impact.
Why “AquarianSoap” as the name? Well, for one, I am an Aquarius. Aquarius is associated with being inventive, imaginative and creative. It is also a water sign. Finally, I had to find a name that wasn’t taken yet on the multitude of social networking sites. I spent weeks looking for a name that would work across all of the platforms that I belong to and this was the only one I found that was not taken on all of them.
I do not sell my soap. I only make it for personal use and for gifting to friends and family. I would love to make soap full-time and offer it for sale, but I have a full time job, so I am a very busy lady, and don’t have time to manage a side business or any custom orders. I make soap purely for the enjoyment and practicality of it.
I hope you enjoy reading my blog, and any recipes published here.
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On Twitter: @aquariansoap
On Amazon.com – Author’s Page: http://amazon.com/author/lisaadaniels