After the Candle Burns Out:

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In an effort to help recycle the candle jars you get from your purchases with us, Soap Orchard wanted to share a few bathroom and kitchen ideas.

Keep enjoying your SO candles long after the candle burns out.

Great Bathroom Wall Storage Ideas!7727aa06203795c6ce1b4bf14aeab1a39648a63027bd7624fcec323e0afac741portabiti-shabby-chic

storage mason jarsOr keep it out on display!  Glue or screw on knobs to your lids.  Or keep it simple with no knobs.

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Bring your herbs onto the kitchen wall!Mason Jar Wall Organizer

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Soap Orchard Double Wick Candle jars are great for this mason jar project.  Organize those spices for easy recipe making.

Keep Recycling!

SO

Sweet Summer Peach!

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Summer’s sweet fruit is here and at its peak of perfection.  To celebrate its goodness Soap Orchard has deemed Peach its Featured Orchard this month. Since the start of our company customers have always loved our Early White Peach products, but because Peach has been loved by so many, we have created a brand new scent line in special recognition of the beloved summer peach: 

Summer Peach in all of our product offerings!SummerPeachBanner

Enjoy the wonderful skin benefits of Peach.  It is bursting with Vitamin C which fights against harmful free radicals and against ultraviolet radiation. SummerPeach

The wealth of flavonoids, vitamins and minerals in peaches help slough off dead cells and help hydrate & revitalize the skin.  Antioxidants promote fast recovery.

 

Whether you love Early White Peach made from extracts of white flesh peaches or Summer Peach which comes from yellow fleshed peaches Your skin will benefit!

  • Peaches with white flesh typically are very sweet with little acidity, while yellow-fleshed peaches typically have an acidic tang coupled with sweetness, though this also varies greatly. Both colours often have some red on their skin. Low-acid white-fleshed peaches are the most popular kinds in China, Japan, and neighboring Asian countries, while Europeans and North Americans have historically favored the acidic, yellow-fleshed kinds.

To keep the love of Peach going I thought I would share my grandmothers peach pie recipe.  When you need to bring something to a summer bbq bringing pie it is always a winner, and for the hostess/host, bring her/him a token of your appreciation by giving her/him a Summer Peach Gift Crate!

Grandma’s Peach Pie

1 1/3 cups cold butter

4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 to 3/4 cup ice-cold water

8 large fresh, firm, ripe peaches (about 4 lb.)

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces

1 large egg, beaten

1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Directions

  1. Cut 1 1/3 cups butter into small cubes, and chill 15 minutes. Stir together 4 cups flour and 1 1/2 tsp. salt. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles small peas. Gradually stir in 1/2 cup ice water with a fork, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened and dough begins to form a ball and leaves sides of bowl, adding more ice water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, if necessary. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; press and shape dough into 2 flat disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap, and chill 30 minutes to an hour.
  2. Peel peaches, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices; cut slices in half. In a bowl stir together dry ingredients: brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and remaining 1/4 cup flour. Add peaches, stirring to coat.
  3. Preheat oven to 425º. Place 1 dough disk on a lightly floured surface; sprinkle dough lightly with flour. Roll dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Starting at 1 edge of dough, wrap dough around a rolling pin. Place rolling pin over a 9-inch pie plate, and unroll dough over pie plate. Press dough into pie plate.
  4. Spoon peach mixture into piecrust in pie plate, and dot with 1 1/2 Tbsp. butter.
  5. Roll remaining dough disk to about 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.
  6. Carefully place remaining piecrust over filling; press edges of crusts together to seal.
  7. Beat the egg in a bowl. Brush top of pie with the beaten egg as a wash; sprinkle with 1 1/2 Tbsp. granulated sugar. Cut 4 to 5 slits in top of pie for the steam to escape.
  8. Freeze pie 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a cookie sheet in the oven for 10 minutes at 425°.
  9. Place pie on the hot cookie sheet.
  10. Bake at 425° on lower oven rack 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°; bake 40 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning, and bake 15 to 20 more minutes or until juices are thick and bubbly. Transfer to a wire rack; cool 2 hours before serving.

Make this your best summer ever!

Stay Peachy!

Evelyn/SO

What Are You Breathing?

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Pretty packaging and lots of commercial advertising keeps you coming back for this “sanitizing air freshener” but do you know what you are breathing?

The EWG (Enviromental Working Group) conducted studies on Air Effects  and created this list in order of their toxicity to humans:
• BHT – Known as a neurotoxin, endocrine disruptor, immunotoxicity, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, skin eye and lung irritator
• Acetaldehyde – Known to cause cancer, toxic to reproduction and development, immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxin, skin, eye and lung irritator
• The type of “Fragrance” used in this product- it’s a neurotoxin, immunotoxin and allergen
• Propylene Glycol – Causes cancer, allergies, toxic to immune system, accumulates in the system, non-reproductive organ system toxin, is classified with “enhanced skin absorption” and irritates the skin, eye and lung
• 1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol – Carcinogenic (causes cancer)
• Methyl pyrrolidone – Toxin to reproduction and development, allergen and immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
• Alcohol denatured – Also disclosed in the ingredients of Febreze, it’s linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity and skin, eyes and lung irritator
• Butylphenyl methylpropion al – allergen, immunotoxin and and skin, eyes and lung irritator
• Ethyl acetate – linked to developmental/reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, organic system toxicity and and skin, eyes and lung irritator
• Geraniol – Linked to allergies, immunotoxicity, organi system toxicity and and skin, eyes and lung irritation
• Linalool – allergen, immunotoxin, and and skin, eyes and lung irritator
• Benzaldehyde – neurotoxin, and skin, eyes and lung irritator
• Diethylene glycol monoethyl ether – non-reproductive organ system toxicity
• Ethylhezanol – developmental and reproductive toxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
• Hexyl cinnamal – allergen, immunotoxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
• And way too many more….
You can find the EWG’s full report on the dangers of Febreze and other common cleaners here.

With so many of my friends pregnant, having babies or have had a new born it scares me to think about these products being used in their homes.

At SO we have an alternative!  Try our Soap Orchard Room Sprays. TangerineLavenderRoomSpray

Derived from Soy and essential oils it is a safer alternative for getting ride of those awful oder molecules.

Stay Clean and Safe!

SO

Give Your Skin a Cool Boost This Summer!

PinkGrapefruitMistWe all know how hot and dry it gets in the summer, so make sure to hydrate and cool your skin.  Try one of our Botanical Mist Sprays.  A really good tip for summer cooling is to refridgerate your mist.  You can also throw it in the ice chest on your outdoor outings.  Soooo refreshing, healthy and lightly scented for when you need a quick, botanical break!

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Our mists are enriched with Aloe Vera, Botanical Extracts, Essential Oils and Silk Amino Acids which are rich in protein building blocks to help nourish and condition.
A Unique formulation that is lighweight and oil free designed to moisturize skin and hair. They are Alcohol and Paraben Free!

LemonLavenderMistSO Botanical Mists have Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Vera) which is an herb that contains amino acids, vitamins A, B12, and E, and essential fatty acids, all of which make it renowned as a “beauty herb”. It helps improve the skin’s ability to hydrate itself, aids in the removal of dead skin cells, and helps protect and rebuild the skin. Other important ingredients used in the battle for moist skin and hair include Pro-Vitamin B5 and Sodium PCA! Pro-vitamin B5 firms the skin, reducing the amount of water lost. In addition, Pro-vitamin B5 also is a humectant, meaning it attracts and retains water. This makes it an ideal ingredient to hydrate the skin and hair.  Sodium PCA is a derivative of amino acids, making it highly water absorbent.

We hope you love this cooling hydrating mist as much as we do!
Keep cool and fresh!
SO

Pink, Pink, You Wont Stink!

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Grapefruit got its name because it grows in clusters just like grapes.

Some cool facts about Grapefruit:

1.  Fresh grapefruit from California and Arizona are available all year and come in several colors including pink, red, white and golden.

2.  Pummelos, the largest of the citrus fruit varieties, are also called Chinese grapefruit. They are very popular during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations because of their resemblance to the full moon.

3.  The fruit from which grapefruit evolved probably originated in Indonesia and Malaysia.

4.  You can eat grapefruit just like an orange by peeling it and dividing it into segments. Each medium grapefruit has 10 to 12 sections.

5.  A grapefruit is 75% juice. One medium grapefruit will give you 2/3 of a cup of fresh-squeezed juice.

The coolest part of a grapefruit as far as we are concerned, the grapefruit essential oil. It is chalked full of antioxidants and Vitamins like A, C & E which are the perfect combo for maintaining moisture balance in the skin.  It is for this reason we came up with our Sugared Pink Grapefruit Soap.

This soap is one of our favorite picks!Sugared-Pink-Grapefruit

It is beautifully pink with pink & rose brazilian clays, and sugared with himalayan pink sea salt.  Gently exfoliating and the aroma therapy will get you starting your day off uplifted and ready to go!

The Pink Grapefruit is not only packed full of wonderful benefits for your skin but really lives up to its reputation for its body benefits as well.  It is one of the power house foods for Vitamin C and can fight off varying types of viruses.

We wanted to make sure you get in your Vitamin C this 4th of July weekend so we are sharing a Pink Grapefruit Margarita recipe we think you will love!

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From: Barefoot Contessa’s  How Easy Is That

  • 1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1/2  cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • 1 cup triple sec orange liqueur
  • 3 cups ice
  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • 1   lime cut in wedges, optional Kosher salt.

If you prefer to rim the glasses take a lime wedge and rim, then dip in salt, if you do not like a salted rim sprinkle a touch of salt in each glass, the salt really brings out the flavor.

Combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice, triple sec and ice in a blender. Pour into a large pitcher (or just keep it in the blender) and pour in the tequila, stir. (I personally just added it all to the blender- I like slushy, that is totally up to you)

Makes 4 drinks.

* Just as a note: it is important to use Ruby Red grapefruit juice, it is much sweeter than regular and it has the lovely pink color.

Pink-Grapefruit-CandleIf 4th of July is not your thing, try throwing a Pink Cocktail Party with everything pink, anytime of year!  Serve Pink Margaritas & Pink Champagne with pink cocktail napkins and Sugared Pink Cupcakes.  Burn a few wonderfully aromatic Pink Grapefruit Candles and dont forget to be a great hostess and send your friends home with a bar of Sugared Pink Grapefruit Soap so they can remember the fun everytime they are uplifted by the scent.

Have a wonderful 4th of July Holiday Weekend and remember our independence!

Keep Uplifted!

SO

May is time for Avocado Lime & Cinco De Mayo.

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Cinco De Mayo is celebrated mainly throughout the western United States and Mexico and is always a good reason to join together for great food, beverages and fun.  While you are having fun washing down your chips & guacamole with ice-cold margaritas, do you know exactly WHAT you are celebrating?  El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).

The Battle of Puebla took place on 5 May 1862 near the city of Puebla during the French intervention in Mexico. The battle ended in a victory for the Mexican Army over the occupying French forces. The French eventually overran the Mexicans in subsequent battles, but the Mexican victory at Puebla against a much better equipped and larger French army provided a significant morale boost to the Mexican army and also helped slow the French army’s advance towards Mexico City.

The Mexican victory is celebrated yearly on the fifth of May. Its celebration is regional in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is celebrated as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla. There is some limited recognition of the holiday in other parts of Mexico, however the holiday remains very popular in the United States where it is celebrated yearly as Cinco de Mayo.

Mexican Americans see the day as a source of pride; one way they can honor their ethnicity is to celebrate this day.  Another way for us to honor them is to honor those who have brought over their farming skills and seeds which grow many of the orchards of the Avocado and Lime.  They supply us with wonderful health benefits.  Avocado and Limes are bountiful in the California landscape and I really want to send thanks and appreciation to the farmers that grow these important fruits.  Support your local farmers!! http://www.californiaavocadogrowers.com/Avacado-Lime

I supported our local growers (Franciscos Fruits) when I made my batches of this month’s Soap of the Month – Avocado Lime + E.
Try out this wonderful antioxidant soap.

We thought since this soap was inspired by Avocado, Lime and of course guacamole we would share our guacamole recipe with you.
We hope you enjoy and Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Guacamole 4“Sin-co” De Mayo”  Lime & Cilantro Guacamole!

4 Ripe Haas Avocados
1 T Minced Red Onion
2 Clove Garlic, Minced
1 Jalapeño, Seeded & Minced
3 T Chopped Fresh Cilantro
1 Hearty pinch of Kosher or Sea Salt
3 T Lime Juice
1/2 tsp of Tequilla
1/4 tsp Cumin

Cut the avocados in half around the pits. Remove the pits from the avocados. Scoop out each half of the avocado. Cut into large chunks and mash half until smooth. Stir in the onions, garlic, jalapeño, and cilantro. Season with salt, and the cumin. Fold in the remaining avocado chunks until combined but still chunky. Stir in the lime juice, tequilla and enjoy!

Happy Cinco De Mayo Everyone! Keep it clean 🙂

SO

Lemon Lavender for April

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One of our best selling scents is our soap of the month this month.  It is one of my most fun recipes.  I love the swirl of the brazilian clays and the wonderful aroma and benefits this beauty has to offer.  Check it out on our website its 20% off this month!

People are always asking me where I get my insipiration or how do I come up with the scent and color combinations when creating a bar of soap.  It’s always the same answer, I get ideas from nature and from my love to cook.  Lemon Lavender was inspired by the plants in my garden, spring and a wonderful recipe for Lavender Lemonade – a yummy spring or summer drink.  Try out the recipe and see what you think!

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•2 Tbsp. dried lavender (make sure it’s for culinary use)
½ cup sugar
2 ½ cups water
3 lemons, juiced
2 cups water

In a medium pot combine 2 ½ cups of water with sugar and lavender. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Cover, and let stand one hour.

Strain out the lavender with a sieve and place liquid in a large jug. Add lemon juice and additional water, stir well.156ff81ad63823d4d076f5a35a8a72ce

Refrigerate until cold. Serve with ice cubes.

Serves 4-6

Keep Fresh and Clean

SO

Spring Has Sprung Early!!!

20150307_084558_resizedSpring in my garden has sprung early!  It has been so warm in SoCal that if you blinked you missed our winter.  85 degrees today and the garden is loving it.  These are my Kaffer and Calla Lilies.  We are still waiting for most of our Calla Lily flowers to fold open their wonderful white petals.  We usually get so many flowers I can fill every room in the house with their statuesque beauty!  Calla_lily   20150307_084550_resized

And surprise, surprise – our grapes are sprouting early too!  This gorgeous weather is going to bring some early pickings.  You can only guess what that means:  Grape antioxidants juiced down to make a spectacular new soap recipe.  Yeah!

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Don’t forget to spring your clocks forward 1 hour tonight, if you happen to be in one of the pesky states that move your daylight savings times around.

Til next time, spend some time in your garden.  Its good for the soul.

Stay Clean!

SO

Green Apple Mint & Honey

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This wonderful jelly was the inspiration for this months soap of the month and featured orchard!

The crisp apple, cool mint and the warming wonderful sweet scent of honey which goes into this tasty jelly had me turn from my cooking kitchen to the soap kitchen to come up with a skin version of these wonderful ingredients with many amazing skin benefits like,

  • Green-Apple-Mint-HoneyPeppermint Essential Oil which activates receptors in the skin and is the primary source for the cooling sensation on the skin after topical use.
  • Honey which draws and locks in moisture.
  • Apple extract and juice which contains vitamin C and helps in preventing damage to skin cells from free radicals. The antioxidants it contains help in cell rejuvenation and healthy glowing skin.

You should try both these wonderful gems! And with Spring & Easter upon us the apple mint jelly is a great recipe to add to your holiday line up.

Apple Mint Jelly

4 c. apple juice (juicing fresh apples are best)
1 (2 1/2 oz.) pkg. powdered fruit pectin
2 tbsp. crushed mint leaves
4 c. sugar
1 c. honey

In large saucepan or kettle, combine apple juice, fruit pectin, crushed mint. Cook and stir over high heat until mixture comes to full rolling boil. Stir in sugar immediately. Bring to full rolling boil again; stir in honey and boil hard for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; skim foam and strain out mint leaves. Pour into hot scalded jars. Seal. Makes 7 half pints.

Great Basket Gift idea:

1 Apple Peck Basket with handle (you can get these at Michael’s)
Basket filler – your color choice
1 green kitchen/tea towel rolled up
1 jar homemade Apple Mint Jelly (you can make your own special labels with jar labels from Staples)
1 bar of Green Apple Mint & Honey soap
1 Green Apple Mint & Honey Double Wick Preserve Jar Candle

Figs and Honey for Oscar Night!

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On Oscar Night we love to stay home in our PJ’s, comfy under a blanket with the fireplace on, but just because its a night in PJ’s doesn’t mean you can’t make it special.  This is wonderful recipe I found a few years back and it has been a staple every Oscar Night since.

I love it so much it became my inspiration for my Fig and Honey Soap!

Use OSCAR coupon code and get 20% off our Fig & Honey Products 🙂

Hope all of your favorites win tonight!

Fresh Figs With Ricotta and Honey Recipefresh-figs-ricotta-honey-vt
Ingredients
• 8 fresh figs
• 1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese
• 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, chopped
• 4 tablespoons honey or agave nectar, plus more to taste
• 4 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
Directions
• 1. Using a sharp knife, split each fig down the middle from the top to the bottom, but without cutting all the way through the fig. Stop about 1/4 inch from the bottom of the fig.
• 2. Using the tip of a teaspoon, fill the split center of each fig with a generous dollop of ricotta.
• 3. Scatter the pistachios in a shallow bowl or on a small plate. Drizzle the honey on a small plate. Gently grasp each fig without squeezing it and dip its bottom first in the honey, then in the pistachios. Arrange the figs on a large plate or serving platter. Drizzle the figs with additional honey to taste and sprinkle with the fresh mint. Serve as soon as you can (as if you could resist doing anything else).
From http://leitesculinaria.com/

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