Category Archives: Handcrafted

Find Us At Fairport Canal Days June 7 and 8, 2014

Looking for some outdoor fun this weekend?  Why not visit the historic village of Fairport, New York for the 37th Fairport Canal Days!  This festival  draws thousands to the canalside town and features more than 200 artisans, 40 food vendors and almost 100 local merchants.  This three day event kicks off with a chicken barbecue and concert today, Friday June 6, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.  The artists and food vendors open their tents at 10 a.m. Saturday June 7th and then you can enjoy the Main Street parade around noon.  The festival’s official hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

This year, Fairport Canal Days will have 36 bands performing on three stages over the course of the weekend.  Also, on Saturday, is the Fourth Annual Teen Battle of the Bands, showcasing young talent from the region. The winning band receives a studio recording session at The Green Room in Rochester. The Battle will take place in the Fairport Junction Festival Site starting at 3 p.m.  Click here for more information about the festival: Fairport Canal Days

You can find The Soap Hag at Booth 390 on  North Main Street East, Fairport, North of the Erie Canal.  This is a different location from previous years.  We will have our amazing festival specials: Buy Any 2 Soaps, Get One Free, and All Lotions 20% off!   If that wasn’t enough, when you visit our booth and make a purchase,  we will give you a coupon code for free shipping off your next order online order at  The Soap Hag.

So come out and join the fun, and stock up on products you love!IMG_0766

4 Amazing Benefits of Hops in Skin Care

                                                Recently, in one of our soap making classes, a student described how he was brewing his own beer and wondered if he could use his beer in soap making.  He was on to something a bit more complicated than our introduction class could handle, but we did make a goat’s milk soap with… Continue Reading

Bloomin’ Lilac and the March Soap Challenge

I really love this months’ drop swirl technique and no one does it better than Celine Blacow from Iamhandmade.  I’ve spent hours on YouTube watching Celine’s videos, along with her sidekick Titch Holland, as they create delightful and delicious looking goodies…er, um, soap.  It’s almost as yummy as watching a master pastry chef. Amy Warden,… Continue Reading

Soap Club Challenge~The Holly Swirl was Just Peachy

This month’s soap challenge, sponsored by Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks, was just plain fun and really worth doing a few  times. The color pairing is endless so I let my scent lead the inspiration for color on my first effort.  The fragrance used was Peach Bellini from Wholesale Supplies Plus.  I used a… Continue Reading

Sea Side Peacock Swirl-International Soap Challenge

The June 2013 International Soap Challenge brought The Peacock Swirl technique, a beautiful design with four colors and the freedom to create a unique representation from nature. Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks introduced a  “new” concept of dividing our soap batter into two separate layers, and scenting only the bottom layer.  Fragrance and essential… Continue Reading

Regal Bay Rum Mica Swirl Soap Challenge Week 3

Week three of the Great Cakes Soapworks Soap Challenge was much easier than the first two, I thought, but still fun.  The potential to be creative with multiple mica colors and designs is endless and of course we don”t need to relegate mica to only  toppings.  My little imagination is overflowing with ideas for the… Continue Reading

Castaway Cay Disappearing Without a Trace~Challenge Week 2

Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks has been hosting a four-week Soap Challenge, and this weeks experiment was called Elemental Swirl.  This challenge is a technique of  ITP,  or in the pot swirling, using a layer of warm tones and another layer of cool tones separated by a thin layer of mica.   The inspiration for… Continue Reading

Finding Neem Oil

After making another batch of Wild Geranium Clarifying Facial Bar, I decided to do some more digging into an interesting ingredient in our formula.  Neem oil comes from an evergreen tree which is part of the mahogany family, and is native to India, Africa and other hot, dry climates.  Neem has been coined “the village… Continue Reading

3 Reasons Why Pumpkin is Not Just Your Average Veggie

Excitement is in the air as the nights cool down and the days shorten, here in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region in Upstate New York.   Grape harvesting has started as well as many other crops of late summer and fall.  We couldn’t wait to pull out the Spiced Pumpkin Pie soap recipe and get… Continue Reading

5 Reasons You Need All-Natural Soaps

June is the season around the Finger Lakes Region for graduation parties and recently while talking to someone at a party, I was delivered a pointed question which indeed deserves a thoughtful response.  One mom asked “why should I buy your natural soaps?  What makes them any different from Ivory or Dove?”  Here are some… Continue Reading