Monday, February 8, 2016

Handmade Lotion Bars

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A friend gave me a lotion bar for Christmas... and I loved it! It looks like a bar of soap (no wonder I like it!) but you rub it on your skin as lotion.  Brilliant!

I decided to try a recipe I found on Pinterest.  These couldn't have been easier! All you do is mix equal parts beeswax, coconut oil, and cocoa or shea butter.  I used cocoa butter because I don't love the smell of raw shea butter.   You just melt everything together on low heat, and pour into the moulds of your choice.  I used these silicon muffin moulds and the bars easily popped right out.  You can also add essential oil if you like.  I added some tangerine and they smell lovely. With such great ingredients, these will surely combat dry winter skin.

What a sweet Valentine's day gift these would be!  


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Friday, February 5, 2016

Recent news...

BEST NEWS FIRST!  
I am SO happy to share that grandbaby #2 is on its way!  We don't know yet whether it's a little boy or girl, but we are extremely excited for Drew and Stephanie!  She is due early August.  

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Darsy can hardly wait to have a cousin! (she's 9 months; the babies will be about 15 months apart)
And of course, we will now have an Auntie Em :-)

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Speaking of Darsy, she eats pretty much anything but I'm especially glad she shares my affinity for good BREAD!  She will work a piece of bread for a LONG time.  Don't worry, Emma feeds her healthy otherwise :-)   I may be extremely biased, but I think she is quite cute.

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Oh!  And speaking of BREAD... the Back Door Bakery in Sunland reopened! Hooray! They seriously have the BEST croissants on this earth.

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So, let's just say I have been making a lot of soap these days... our January sale was spectacular and we're gearing up for a March one.  Also, I'm thrilled that my soap will be sold at the shoppe at Shepherds' Conference in March!
(This is a sneak peek at what's coming to our sale in March -- a new carrot complexion soap)

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And lastly, we celebrated this lovely's birthday - I can't believe Kait is 23 and MARRIED!




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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WDW - Einkorn Wheat Pancakes & Muffins

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I've made the switch recently from spelt flour to Einkorn wheat.   Einkorn is one of the earliest cultivated forms of wheat, which is beneficial since today's modern wheat has been hybridized to the moon and is problematic in many ways.  

Einkorn is higher in protein and is more nutritious overall.  Some studies have even shown that people who must refrain from gluten can more easily digest this wheat, since it has a lower gluten toxicity.  If you're interested more about the benefits of Einkorn, I recommend this article.

I made some banana muffins with it recently, and my daughter noticed how great they tasted with the Einkorn.  She then in turn purchased some (they have it ground at Whole Foods; I buy mine in berry form from Azure Standard and grind in my vitamix).   She made some pancakes with a recipe she found, and quickly sent me that recipe saying I must try it.  I just happened to be thinking about what to make for breakfast so I immediately gave them a try.  The pancakes were absolutely delicious!

Here are the two recipes!


Einkorn Banana Nut Muffins

1 1/2 cups Einkorn flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup plain yogurt, regular or Greek
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil

1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts (or use chocolate chips for all the nuts, or a portion)
1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place paper baking cups in 12 regular size (2 1/2-inch) muffin cups. Spray paper baking cups lightly with cooking spray.

Place flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir to combine; set aside.


Place egg, sugar, yogurt, oil, banana and vanilla in a medium bowl. Mix well. Add to flour mixture, stirring until just combined. Stir in nuts and oats. Divide batter among muffin cups.


Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until browned and toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Makes 12 muffins



Einkorn Pancakes

makes about 8 medium 

1 large egg
1 cup milk (I used almond; Emma said plain water worked fine)
2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 Tbsp. honey 
1 cup Einkorn flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt    

Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately.
Pour wet into dry and whisk gently just until mixed.
Let batter sit 2 minutes before cooking on buttered griddle.   





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Friday, January 29, 2016

A tale of three bowls

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Bowl #1.  Acai bowl from The Harvest Bar in Sherman Oaks.  They call themselves a "superfood cafe" and this was a welcome lunch after a long and annoying government agency appointment in Van Nuys.  This wonderful bowl had 21 grams of protein and included: acai, peanut butter, hemp protein, hemp milk, dates, banana, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, almonds, cacao nibs, bee pollen, and fresh raspberries!  It was like a healthy ice cream sundae with the most delightful flavors and textures! The next day I was sure to stock my house up with all the needed ingredients to make this and it's been on repeat for breakfast or lunch ever since.  I add spirulina powder so my bowl is green, not purple! Yum!



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Bowl #2 satisfied a strange craving.  I wanted to eat something that LOOKED just like this.  I don't know what got in my subconscious mind to form this craving - maybe I saw something on Pinterest?
Nonetheless, this SUPER easy and DELICOUS dinner hit the spot.  Basically it's just a bowl with cooked quinoa on the bottom, topped with sauteed kale + chard, and oven roasted butternut squash.  It is topped with a tahini dressing simply made by throwing a few tablespoons of tahini, a couple of garlic cloves, the juice of one lemon, a pinch of salt, and a little water into a mini chopper.  The secret is roasting the squash on high temperature so it gets all yummy and caramelized.   Oftentimes I end up with big bunches of greens from my farm box and this will be my new favorite way to use them.



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Ok, so maybe this one isn't EXACTLY a bowl...but more like a platter... but just LOOK at this gorgeous food from Tel Aviv Grill in Tarzana!  This is authenic Israeli food.  Chicken Schwarma, incredible hummous, one of the best falafels I have ever had, and fluffy house-made pita bread.   Not to mention all the lovely condiments. It completely took me back to our trip to Israel a few years ago, and all the amazing food we had there.  
 {P.S. Don't expect to go for dinner on a Friday night or anytime Saturday -- they are Jewish and close to observe Shabbat around 3:30 pm and the Sabbath on Saturday.}






Friday, January 22, 2016

EXCITING NEWS!

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I have some really exciting news!  

After years of selling my all natural essential oil soap rather informally on this blog, I have joined forces with my daughter, Emma and daughter in law, Stephanie and we are launching a real business on a real website! :-)

I invite you to visit our brand new soap shop which launches today at Shadow Hills Handmade.  We even have a short film that introduces you to our soap and we hope you'll take a minute to view it.  

In addition, we are having a BIG SALE on Monday, January 25th, 9:00 am PST.  The soaps shown above are part of our Pure Love Collection offered just in time for Valentine's Day! 

It is our goal to keep the shop regularly stocked, and offer seasonal collections that will be limited edition and a lot of fun to try.  We also can take special orders -- just contact us through the website.

We hope also that you'll kindly follow us on Instagram
because there you will not only learn more about our soap but you might also find a free giveaway and/or special offer from time to time! You can find us @shadowhillshandmade

To all my soap friends and customers, I say a warm thank you for all your past support and your encouragement for us to grow. We truly hope that you'll enjoy this new (and easier) shopping experience... and the opportunity to have the soap available more than just once or twice a year!

To those of you who may be new, I hope you'll give us a try and see why we get pretty excited about a bar of soap!

Stay clean!
xo, Karen
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

12 years with the Lord


  
Today marks 12 years since my oldest child, Brady, went to be with the Lord.  He was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 10 and had a four year battle before leaving this earth and his disease behind at age 14.  Though we prayed fervently that he would be cured and remain with us, God had bigger and better plans for him.  For those of you whose loved ones have gone to be with the Lord, you know the deep seated joy of knowing that they are with Christ in heaven, safe and secure for all eternity.  That is the blessing and reality that I live with daily, and it is so comforting.

James 4:14 describes our life here on earth as this:  You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.  Sometimes it seems that life is long but we must remember this truth.   It will be over before we know.   Even if we live to old age, it will come before we know it.  I am thankful that today I can celebrate that I am 12 years closer to heaven and seeing Brady.  How my heart longs for that reunion.

Rich pulled up this audio this morning as we rejoiced over our son's heavenly home once again.    It is from his baptism at our church at age 13.  It was precious to once again hear his voice and remember his sweet testimony of faith.  

Below is a photo I keep on my desk.  It's one of my favorites of my boys together.  He had such sparkly blue eyes and a great laugh.  Today I remember once again my sweet boy and the mark he left on my heart.  I am so thankful God gave him to me, if only for a short time.  




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Monday, December 14, 2015

SOAP SALE TODAY!

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ALL SOAP SOLD OUT!
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS ON OUR NEXT SALE IN JANUARY! 

Ready to order soap?
Scroll down to the bottom of this post for ordering details!

To learn more about my soaps click here

Today I am offering 4 different types of soap: 


All-vegetable oil  


Goat milk
 

Goat milk oatmeal
 

Shea butter 


ALL-VEGETABLE OIL SOAPS - $4.00 each plus tax

Made with coconut, organic palm, and olive oils.
A great basic body or facial bar.

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Eucalyptus, Tea Tree & Mint
Tea Tree (melaleuca) has numerous valuable properties - chiefly antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral.  This soap also contains spirulina (a natural algae).  Spirulina contains chlorophyll and beta carotene which may aid in purifying the skin and help with acne.   


QUANTITY AVAILABLE: SOLD OUT

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Calendula & Lemon 
Always a favorite! Calendula petals (from the Marigold plant) contain antioxidants and carotenoids, and can be soothing to dry or irritated skin. This bar is bursting with fresh lemon aroma.

QUANTITY AVAILABLE:  SOLD OUT

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Cedarwood, Orange & Moroccan Red Clay
 This musky, citrusy soap contains Moroccan red clay.  Clays have qualities which may help remove toxins and impurities from the skin.  

QUANTITY AVAILABLE: SOLD OUT

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Chai Tea 
 Returning to the lineup, this sweet and spicy bar is reminiscent of the tea we have come to love. Made with brewed & ground Chai tea leaves, then enhanced with cinnamon, clove, and a touch of anise essential oils. 

QUANTITY AVAILABLE: SOLD OUT


SHEA BUTTER SOAPS - $4.00 each plus tax
Same oils as the all-vegetable oil soap, with the addition of unrefined shea butter to provide or extra richness (this is considered a "super fatted" soap). Shea butter moisturizes and contains skin benefiting vitamins A and E. You can really feel the difference when you use a shea butter soap.  Your dry winter skin may fall in love this soap!

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Rosemary & Citrus 

QUANTITY AVAILABLE: SOLD OUT

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Lavender & Grapefruit

QUANTITY AVAILABLE: SOLD OUT 

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Spearmint & Orange

QUANTITY AVAILABLE:  SOLD OUT  

 GOAT MILK SOAPS - $4.00 each plus tax

Same oils as the all-vegetable oil soap, but the addition of goat’s milk provides rich emollients and vitamins to help moisturize and nourish the skin. It contains capric-capryllic triglycerides, which have been shown effective in moisturizing skin, and goat milk soap's gentle natural ingredients can be  beneficial to people with skin sensitivities or eczema.  I am offering one special soap formulated especially for hand washing.  It contains coffee grounds for deep cleaning and odor removal (think: garlic & onion).

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 Frankincense & Myrrh 
This is the perfect Christmas soap, because Matthew chapter 2 tells us that the wise men brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh!  Gold was a precious metal, frankincense was used as a perfume or incense, and myrrh was an annointing oil.  These two essential oils have been valued for centuries for their potent healing properties.  Colored naturally with organic raw cacao powder.

QUANTITY AVAILABLE:  SOLD OUT 


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Lavender Rose 
A friend brought me dried rose petals from her trip to Greece, and I immediately thought of using them in a soap.  This soap gets its pink color from rose clay.  The rose petals on top (besides being beautiful) provide light exfoliation.  Enhanced with lavender essential oil.

QUANTITY AVAILABLE: SOLD OUT 

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Chamomile {unscented}
Looking for a pure soap for sensitive skin, babies or children?  
Try this one, infused with soothing chamomile and nothing else added in.

QUANTITY AVAILABLE: SOLD OUT

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Peppermint Mocha {hand soap}
One of my personal favorites, I keep this by the kitchen sink to remove the odor of garlic and onion from my hands. This soap contains organic coffee grounds which scrub hands and helps neutralize odors.  The invigorating peppermint will wake up your senses!

QUANTITY AVAILABLE: SOLD OUT
 



GOAT MILK OATMEAL SOAPS - $4.00 each plus tax
All the moisture of goat milk soap, oatmeal soap can also provides numerous additional benefits. It is appropriate for both oily and dry skin types. Dry skin can benefit by having its pH balanced by the oatmeal, while oily skin can benefit by the absorbent nature of oats. Plus, there is a healthy fat in oatmeal that can help keep skin moist. The polysaccharides in oatmeal can also help protect the skin after it is washed. Oatmeal soap contains polyphenols, which can possibly benefit acne prone skin. Oatmeal soaps lather great and provide light exfoliation, which removes dead skin.

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Anise & Orange

QUANTITY AVAILABLE: SOLD OUT 

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Lavender & Lime

QUANTITY AVAILABE: SOLD OUT

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Herbal Lemon

QUANTITY AVAILABLE: SOLD OUT  

Can’t decide?   
Try a sample pack! 

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I will surprise you with 4 or 8 different soaps in half bar sizes.
Each pack will contain at least one of each type of soap

(goat milk, goat milk oatmeal, vegetable oil, she butter)

 4 bar packs $8 plus tax SOLD OUT 
 8 bar packs $16 plus tax SOLD OUT


SALE DETAILS
  
ORDERING:  Orders are being filled first come, first served at the commencement of the sale, 8:00 am PST today.  Please email your order to shadowhillshandmade@gmail.com.   Since supplies are limited, I will keep the quantities available updated as best as I can to ensure your order will be able to be fulfilled. 
To inquire about custom orders, email at shadowhillshandmade@gmail.com.  
Both whole bar and half bar sizes are available, and can include custom labeling, as well as
 custom wording stamped on soap. Keep in mind, due to the soap curing process, custom orders take 4-6 weeks to fulfill.

DELIVERY/SHIPPING: If you are close by, we can make arrangements to meet. 
If not, I am happy to ship anywhere in the U.S.  All paid orders will ship USPS Priority by December 17th. to help ensure Christmas delivery.




I can ship up to 4 bars of soap for $5.25,
up to 8 bars for $10.50, and 9+ bars will be $11.30.

PAYMENT: I accept PayPal (use harasick@ca.rr.com), cash, or personal checks (cash & checks accepted only in person).  Please do not pay with PayPal until I send you a total with tax.


Special thanks to my daughter Emma and daughter in law Stephanie for their time and talent in helping put this sale together and getting the word out there about my soap!


DISCLAIMER:

We make and sell all natural soap. The use of our products is not intended to replace the recommendations of your healthcare provider.

Our soaps are formulated to be extremely mild but some individuals may have adverse reactions to certain plant materials or other natural products. If irritation should occur, please discontinue use and consult a medical professional.

Our soaps are not intended for the treatment, cure, prevention, and or diagnosis of disease or condition. We make no claims to be approved by or tested by the USDA or the FDA.  Shadow Hills Handmade is not liable for any illness, problems, direct or indirect damages from any of our soaps.

Our soaps are for external use only and to be used with total discretion and sole responsibility of the user.

All of our soaps are hand made, so no two are exactly alike. The coloration of our products may vary from batch to batch due to the use of natural herbs and spices which enhances their uniqueness.  Products shown in images above may not necessarily be found in the actual soap.

We want you to love our soaps and be completely satisfied.  If you are not, please contact us.


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Monday, November 30, 2015

Soap Sale Preview!

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Hello blog friends! And a special welcome to visitors from Instagram!  If you aren't following my soap page, please hop on over to @shadowhillshandmade and follow me
for information and fun giveaways!

I am happy to announce that I will be holding 
my annual soap sale on 
Monday, December 14th, at 8:00 am PST.

For all my returning customers, I invite you skip down to view this year's selections.  

For newcomers, first allow me to tell you a little about my soap and why you'll love them! :-)

My soaps are 100% natural – never any harsh chemicals or ingredients to harm your skin. They contain natural glycerine which is formed in the saponification (soap making) process. Glycerine actually attracts moisture to your skin. Most commercial soaps lack glycerine because they are extracted out for use in other products. Detergents are then added in and that is why your skin can feel dry and itchy.  I used to say I had "dry skin" but it was actually what I was putting on my skin that made it such!  Because my soap lacks detergents and other harsh additives, it is softer. Please allow it drain and air dry well between uses to extend its usage. 



That said, do you know what is in the soap you use? I do, because I control everything that goes into the soap I make! I choose only quality, natural ingredients such as coconut, organic palm, and olive oils, 100% pure essential oils, goat’s milk, and botanicals as natural colorants and exfolliants. Yes, I use sodium hydroxide, as it is essential in soap making, but rest assured it evaporates in the saponification and curing process. You can read more about the properties of each specific type of soap below. 



All the soap is made in small batches, by the cold process method. It is cut by hand in my own kitchen, and then cured for at least 4 weeks to ensure a quality soap.  These are good size bars - around 4 1/2 oz each.  I really enjoy making soap for my own family and it’s a great joy to put a beautiful, hand made product into your hands. Thank you for your support!

This time I will be offering 4 different types of soap: 


All-vegetable oil

 
Goat milk
 

Goat milk oatmeal
 

Shea butter 


ALL-VEGETABLE OIL SOAPS - $4.00 each plus tax

Made with coconut, organic palm, and olive oils.
A great basic body or facial bar.

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Eucalyptus, Tea Tree & Mint
Tea Tree (melaleuca) has numerous valuable properties - chiefly antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral.  This soap also contains spirulina (a natural algae).  Spirulina contains chlorophyll and beta carotene which may aid in purifying the skin and help with acne.   

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Calendula & Lemon 
Always a favorite! Calendula petals (from the Marigold plant) contain antioxidants and carotenoids, and can be soothing to dry or irritated skin. This bar is bursting with fresh lemon aroma.

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Cedarwood, Orange & Moroccan Red Clay

 This musky, citrusy soap contains Moroccan red clay.  Clays have qualities which may help remove toxins and impurities from the skin.  

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Chai Tea 
 Returning to the lineup, this sweet and spicy bar is reminiscent of the tea we have come to love. Made with brewed & ground Chai tea leaves, then enhanced with cinnamon, clove, and a touch of anise essential oils.


SHEA BUTTER SOAPS - $4.00 each plus tax
Same oils as the all-vegetable oil soap, with the addition of unrefined shea butter to provide or extra richness (this is considered a "super fatted" soap). Shea butter moisturizes and contains skin benefiting vitamins A and E. You can really feel the difference when you use a shea butter soap.  Your dry winter skin may fall in love this soap!

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Rosemary & Citrus 

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Lavender & Grapefruit 

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Spearmint & Orange

 GOAT MILK SOAPS - $4.00 each plus tax

Same oils as the all-vegetable oil soap, but the addition of goat’s milk provides rich emollients and vitamins to help moisturize and nourish the skin. It contains capric-capryllic triglycerides, which have been shown effective in moisturizing skin, and goat milk soap's gentle natural ingredients can be  beneficial to people with skin sensitivities or eczema.  I am offering one special soap formulated especially for hand washing.  It contains coffee grounds for deep cleaning and odor removal (think: garlic & onion).
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 Frankincense & Myrrh 
This is the perfect Christmas soap, because Matthew chapter 2 tells us that the wise men brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh!  Gold was a precious metal, frankincense was used as a perfume or incense, and myrrh was an annointing oil.  These two essential oils have been valued for centuries for their potent healing properties.  Colored naturally with organic raw cacao powder.


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Lavender Rose 
A friend brought me dried rose petals from her trip to Greece, and I immediately thought of using them in a soap.  This soap gets its pink color from rose clay.  The rose petals on top (besides being beautiful) provide light exfoliation.  Enhanced with lavender essential oil.

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Chamomile {unscented}
Looking for a pure soap for sensitive skin, babies or children?  
Try this one, infused with soothing chamomile and nothing else added in.

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Peppermint Mocha {hand soap}
One of my personal favorites, I keep this by the kitchen sink to remove the odor of garlic and onion from my hands. This soap contains organic coffee grounds which scrub hands and helps neutralize odors.  The invigorating peppermint will wake up your senses!

GOAT MILK OATMEAL SOAPS - $4.00 each plus tax
All the moisture of goat milk soap, oatmeal soap can also provides numerous additional benefits. It is appropriate for both oily and dry skin types. Dry skin can benefit by having its pH balanced by the oatmeal, while oily skin can benefit by the absorbent nature of oats. Plus, there is a healthy fat in oatmeal that can help keep skin moist. The polysaccharides in oatmeal can also help protect the skin after it is washed. Oatmeal soap contains polyphenols, which can possibly benefit acne prone skin. Oatmeal soaps lather great and provide light exfoliation, which can help remove dead skin. 
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Anise & Orange

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Lavender & Lime

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Herbal Lemon

Can’t decide?   
Try a sample pack! 

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I will surprise you with 4 or 8 different soaps in half bar sizes.
Each pack will contain at least one of each type of soap

(goat milk, goat milk oatmeal, vegetable oil, and shea butter)

4 bar pack $8 plus tax
8 bar pack  $16 plus tax 

SALE DETAILS
  
ORDERING:  Orders will be filled first come, first served at the commencement of the sale, 8:00 am PST, December 14th.  You can email your order to shadowhillshandmade@gmail.com.   Since supplies are limited, I will keep the quantities available updated as best as I can to ensure your order will be able to be fulfilled. 
To inquire about custom orders, email at shadowhillshandmade@gmail.com.  
Both whole bar and half bar sizes are available, and can include custom labeling, as well as
 custom wording stamped on soap. Keep in mind, due to the soap curing process, custom orders take 4-6 weeks to fulfill.


DELIVERY/SHIPPING: If you are close by, we can make arrangements to meet. 
If not, I am happy to ship anywhere in the U.S.  All paid orders will ship USPS Priority by December 17th. to help ensure Christmas delivery.



I can ship up to 4 bars of soap for $5.25,
up to 8 bars for $10.50, and 9+ bars will be $11.30.

PAYMENT: I accept PayPal (use harasick@ca.rr.com), cash, or personal checks (cash & checks accepted only in person).  


Special thanks to my daughter Emma and daughter in law Stephanie for their time and talent in helping put this sale together and getting the word out there about my soap!


DISCLAIMER:

We make and sell all natural soap. The use of our products is not intended to replace the recommendations of your healthcare provider.

Our soaps are formulated to be extremely mild but some individuals may have adverse reactions to certain plant materials or other natural products. If irritation should occur, please discontinue use and consult a medical professional.

Our soaps are not intended for the treatment, cure, prevention, and or diagnosis of disease or condition. We make no claims to be approved by or tested by the USDA or the FDA.  Shadow Hills Handmade is not liable for any illness, problems, direct or indirect damages from any of our soaps.

Our soaps are for external use only and to be used with total discretion and sole responsibility of the user.

All of our soaps are hand made, so no two are exactly alike. The coloration of our products may vary from batch to batch due to the use of natural herbs and spices which enhances their uniqueness.   Products shown in images above may not necessarily be found in the actual soap.

We want you to love our soaps and be completely satisfied.  If you are not, please contact us immediately!





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