Spray Perfume

We finally have spray perfume on our shelves!  I've been asked for this product a number of times.  I wanted to make it in a way so that it can be natural and alcohol free.  Success!  I use this as a quick spritz while I'm on my way out the door or through out the day to freshen up a bit. You can spray this on your clothes, hair, furniture linens and more!  And you know why?  Because it's just three simple ingredients: water, fragrance oil and polysorbate 80.

Polysorbate 80?  Let me tell you more.  This ingredient is an emulsifier that enables the fragrance oil to blend into the water instead of separating and floating on top.  Polysorbate 80 is a derivative of sorbitol (a sugar alcohol derived from fruits, corn and seaweed) and oleic acid (the main component of olive oil).  I try to keep my products as natural as possible!

Due to the nature of this product being natural, sometimes it sediments on the bottom when not in use.  No worries, just give the bottle a quick shake before use and problem solved!  We currently have this product available in 6 different scents: Mauna Loa Volcano, Oatmeal Milk and Honey, Juniper Breeze, Sweet Seduction, Red Clover Tea and Violet Nectar.  Check them out on our website!


April Showers Bring May Flowers

Every year, we like to incorporate flowers into our packaging for the month of May.  Some of you may not know this, but May Day is May 1st.  This is why we put together adorable little gift pots with a variety of Halo Soap products along side a packet of seeds.  And of course, the pot that holds the gift set doubles as the pot for you to start a garden!  Each of these gift sets comes with the following:
~ a bar of soap
~ a bath bomb
~ one 4 ounce lotion
~ one lip balm
~ a packet of seeds
And like I had mentioned earlier, it's all wrapped up in a colorful flower pot.


Soap In Stock!

It's about time!

I've been slacking lately.  With bridal shower orders and preparing for in house parties at our shop, there just wasn't any time to work on soap!  But this past weekend, while the weather was beautiful and with the kitchen windows open, I got to work.  We now have full batches (an double batches of some!) of the following bar soaps:

Almond Essential Oil Bar Soap - this batch turned out nice and smooth.  The ground almonds are a little finer than I would like but the bar turned out wonderfully and smells great!
Carrot Neem Face Soap - this one had to be made in a double batch.  With all the orders I've been getting on Etsy and Artfire along with customers through my website and at my shop, I had to make 40 bars. This batch turned out wonderfully.  It's nice and creamy from the carrot juice and has just enough litsea cubeba essential oil to blend nicely with the neem oil used for superfatting.
Lemon Verbena - this scent used to be made in beer soap.  Last summer, I made beer soap using Summer Shandy.  However, since I started creating beer soap for Miller Brewing Company, I'm going to stop using their beer products for beer soap at my shop (which will be back in stock soon by the way!)  The yellow swirls in this bar didn't turn out quite as I had hoped, but the bar still smells delicious!
Mauna Loa Volcano Soap - I recently ran out of this soap and had to make more because it's so popular.  The soap was still at thin trace when I tried swirling the black soap into the white bulk of the recipe so unfortunately the bar turned out a bit gray looking.  Other than that, the bar smells great an there was a nice dispersion of pumice through out the bar.  NOTE: for those of you who love Mauna Loa but don't like the Volcano (pumice) part of the soap, you are in luck!  I will soon be creating a batch of beer soap using this scent so you'll be able to get this awesome scent in a soap sans pumice.  Awesome!
Nag Champa - This is another scent that was used in beer soap and ever since, it has been a big hit!  Since then it has been made in candles, lotions, body butter, moon melts, tea lights and more.  This batch turned out great with lovely swirls of green.  As it cures, the bar will probably turn a muddy brown color from the fragrance oil used.  But that's okay because it adds to the "hippiness" of the bar and you'll still be able to see the nice swirls!
Red Apple - this on has been out of stock for a while because I just didn't know what to do with the bar.  The first time times I made it, I put curls of red into the batch.  The last time I made it I put round red soap balls in the batch.  These both looked great but was very tedious for one of my basic recipe bar soaps.  So many of my bars are swirled with color or a solid color so this time, I did a layer of deep red across the top and I think it looks great!
Soapy Clean - my good friends aunt came in last week and snatched up my last few bars of Soapy Clean.  This bar is really popular so I shouldn't have let it go as long as I did, but Soapy Clean is now back in stock!

Until next time, remember: Even clean people need soap!

Working on Products for Men

For the longest time, I've been talking about making products for men.  That dream is soon becoming a reality as I recently made two versions of an after shave gel for my step dad to try.  I have so many idea swimming around in my head and I couldn't fit them all into one recipe.  I put one in a pump bottle I had laying around and one in an amber squeeze bottle, which is the one I envision using for packaging the final product.

One is a simple gel with glycerin and jojoba for moisturizing and a nice masculine scent.  The other is a little more complex, using menthol crystals for a cooling, soothing effect.   We'll see which one is the favorite!

Until next time, remember: Even clean people need soap!

Lavender and Patchouli Essential Oil Soaps

Hello all.

I have some bad news for Lavender and Patchouli lovers.

Lavender and Patchouli essential oil prices are sky rocketing due to bad crops.  The prices on these essential oils are not projected to lower until the fall.  Once our current stock of these bars is out, we will not be making them again until after summer.  We can, however, take special orders for soap batches made with Lavender or Patchouli fragrance oil.  If you would still like soap made with these essential oils, those can be special ordered as well, but for an additional cost.

To place special orders for bar soap (only a 5 bar minimum!)
please contact us via email: stacie@halosoap.com
or through our website: www.halosoap.com

I will post an update when these prices lower.


Lavender Vanilla Lip Balm

I have a friend who loves the scent of lavender and vanilla together.  She has me special mix different lotions, butters and body sprays for her so I've decided to take it one step further and create a lip balm for her!  The is the result of my endeavors. This new lip balm is a very unique flavor.  Natural vanilla oil and lavender essential oil blend together to create a uniquely delicious lip balm.

You can buy this lip balm at my Etsy shop
Or at my website.
Or if you are in the Milwaukee area, our shop is located at:
5601 S Pennsylvania Ave
Cudahy, WI 53110