Great late breaking news!

Somerville Soap Works will be at the Assembly Row Riverfest this Saturday with 13mL designs!

Tomorrow’s weather looks to be perfect for a day out celebrating local art, design and the opening of the brand new Baxter Park.  There will be an outdoor marketplace, food trucks, live music, a Steampunk Exhibition and fireworks at 8pm!

The event opens at 11am and closes after the fireworks.  It promises to be a fantastic day and I hope to see you there!

Crowdsourcing Call to Action!!

I went to stock up on more of that wonderful organic cotton that I made my first soap socks from and I discovered this.

Of course, I had to have it!

Of course, I had to have it!

Same US grown cotton, but this one comes in a blend of the raw cream color, and a chocolate brown, as well as a mid tone that seems almost the color of caramel or toffee.  It’s really gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see how it looks made up as soap socks!

And, actually, I don't have to wait.  The verdict? Pretty awesome.

And, actually, I don’t have to wait. The verdict? Pretty awesome.

Which brings me to the point of my call for help.  This lovely yarn has the distinctly non-melodious name of “brown melange” and that just won’t do.  I’m thinking of calling it “s’mores” because the mix of chocolate brown, cookie/toffee taupe, and marshmallow white makes me think of those ooey, gooey delicious treats!

What do you think, folks?  Got any suggestions for me?

Sock it to me!

What’s better than a luxurious bar of handmade soap?  A luxurious bar of handmade soap in a nubbly organic cotton sock that makes it easy to hang on to a slippery bar in the shower and provides soft exfoliation!

Like this!

Like this!

I’ve been experimenting with little sachets sized for my soap bars that would take even the mildest, softest soap and give it an added texture for superior scrubability!

"Scrubability"?  What, you're just making up words now?

“Scrubability”!?!  What, you’re just making up words now?

I’ve made my prototypes out of a raw organic cotton to avoid fabric allergies and because cotton is one of the few fibers with the magical property of getting stronger when it is wet while still remaining soft and pliable.  Add a bar of soap and the cotton will allow the silky lather through while adding just a little bit of roughness for getting skin clean and smooth.

See those little purl stitch bumps?  THAT'S scrubability.

See those little purl stitch bumps? THAT’S scrubability.

Once the soap inside is used up, you can just pop the sock in the washer and get it ready for the next full size bar, or you can keep it hanging around to drop in all the slivers and ends of soap bars that are too small to be easily held in the hand, bits that would otherwise clog the bottom of the soap dish and get thrown away next cleaning day.

There you go: an ideal blend of luxury and thrift!

Now that I have my prototype figured out, I’m going into production.  These should be in the shop by the end of the week!

Sudsy Love and Slippery Transactions

We’ve been so busy around here since our debut at the Somerville Local First market at Arts at the Armory that we’ve barely had time to breathe!  So much sudsy love headed our way – who doesn’t love luxurious moisturizing soap, and plenty of folks in the area love to be able to source their luxuries locally!

We’ve also been working on a new soap based on a number of requests, so watch this space for an announcement very soon!

In the meantime, if you listen to podcasts, I recommend KQED’s feed, especially the short form Perspectives podcast, which offers the chance for regular folks to share humorous and poignant stories and essays from their own perspective.  It’s always fun, but today’s episode is right in our dish…  the soap dish, that is!

(mmmmm…  cinnamon clove gives me lots of ideas…)

And, by the way, if you need a “fix”, you can get all your ‘dirty’ needs met via our Etsy shop!

TGIF!

Sign up for the Somerville Soap Works mailing list this Sunday at the Local is for Lovers Market and you will be entered to win this framed Carolyn Muskat print!

Come on, come on, do the locomotion with me!

Come on, come on, do the locomotion with me!

No purchase necessary (though it would certainly be nice  😉 )

4 days to go!

This Sunday’s Local is for Lovers market promises to be a fun day for all!

Local is for Lovers!

Local is for Lovers!

There will be cheesecake (thanks to 7ate9 Bakery) and donuts (Union Square Donuts), as well as hats and accessories, jewelry, donuts, clever and hip tshirts, cheesecake, clothing, donuts, artwork, and did I mention cheesecake and donuts?

And, at the Somerville Soap Works table we’ll be raffling off a Muskat Studios print!  No purchase necessary and you don’t have to be present to win, just sign up for our mailing list and be entered to win!

Hope to see you there!

6 Days to go…

I’ve been making soap for about a year now, and until recently I’ve been mostly making it for myself and sharing with some friends.  Beginning earlier this year, I started selling my soap, using word of mouth to get customers: most of the folks who bought from me either knew me directly or knew someone else who did!

This coming weekend, however, we’re taking our first tentative steps out into the wide, wide world with the Somerville Local First “Local is for Lovers” show at the Center for Arts at the Armory, and so all week we’ve been making preparations!  Come on Sunday from 11am to 5pm and see all that the Somerville area has to offer in the way of artisanal products!

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