I have had a nice little break over the Christmas holidays and happy to be back in the swing of soaping again (and when I say little break... I mean I had 5 whole days of not doing making, labelling or selling!)
One of my aims for 2014 is to use more local ingredients in my products, supporting local people and businesses. Many of the main ingredients in soap-making do come from interstate or overseas, as we just don't have the climate locally or the industry that is required to manufacture the oils. But wherever possible, I try to use local ingredients, including herbs and flowers I grow myself.
I am happy to have found a local honey source, beekeepers right here in the Blue Mountains, for my honey soaps. Karen and Lyle at Woodford Honey have a beautiful property in the mid-mountains, surrounded by natural Aussie bushland as far as the eye can see - heavenly for bees! Their raw honey is just what I wanted for my soaps (and it tastes pretty amazing
During my visit I saw the bees in action around their hives, amidst lovely gardens, and you know it is such a nice feeling to be connected to the workers and producers where you buy your ingredients, like a farmers market where the true workers are all bees!
I have also managed to source some local raw goats milk, which will be perfectly paired with this honey for my Honey Goats & Oats soaps. Delicious!