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Re-open for the season!

Both the online and the physical shop have re-opened today, 21st April for the season and i’m very busy making stock! – a batch of Sea Spray was made yesterday ready to supply a new retailer and today I will make a batch of Wild Heather which was totally sold out by the end of the season.

At the moment there are no Lip Balms in stock although a small selection is available for purchase at the nearby Daliburgh Post Office which is now under new management. As soon as my fresh supply of ingredients arrive I will be busy making new batches of balms.

Extended opening hours will apply during Art on the Map which in 2015 will run from Saturday 30th May until Saturday 20th June – during this time I will be open Monday to Saturday 11am to 5pm and Sundays 12 noon to 4pm

Taking a break

I am heading away for a break and so the online store will be offline from the 11th February 2015 until I return around the 12th April 2015.

Soaps and lip balms will be available in Daliburgh Post Office from around the 23rd February and liquid soaps will be available at Uist Craft Producers shop when they open up for the season (I anticipate this to be Easter weekend).

If you do have any queries while i’m away please feel free to contact me

New local outlet

In a couple of weeks time Jean-François Martin (aka Jeff) and his wife Kathy will be taking over at nearby Daliburgh Post Office. I’ve been this morning to deliver soaps and lip balms to Jeff and they will be on sale there once they open for business.

Uist Beauty Products would like to wish Jeff and Kathy all the best for their new venture!

Opening times 2015

I’ve updated the opening times for 2015, these are as follows:-

15th April to 23rd December Tuesday to Saturday 12noon to 5pm

Plus whenever the “Open” sign is displayed. If you would like to visit outwith these days/times please telephone  01878 200320 to make arrangements.

The Art on the Map event runs from Saturday 30th May until Saturday 20th June 2015 and I will be having extended opening times during that period:-

Monday to Saturday 11am to 5pm
Sunday 12noon to 4pm

Christmas shopping

Uist Beauty Products will be at the following local sales:-

  • 22nd November 2014 – Balivanich Hall, Benbecula, 11am to 2pm.
  • 29th November 2014 – Balivanich Hall, Benbecula, 11am to 2pm.
  • 11th December 2014 – Daliburgh School, Daliburgh, South Uist. From 7pm onwards.
  • 13th December 2014 – Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy, North Uist, 12noon until 3pm.

I hope to see you at one of the above events. Don’t forget you can also order your Christmas goodies online too.

 

Honey Lip Balm

Well a caller at the studio today bought the last two Honey Lip Balms so I thought it was time to make a new batch as they are also selling well along at the Craft Shop at Kildonan.

The ingredients include coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, sweet almond oil, shea butter and real, fair trade honey.

Luxury handmade hebridean soap and lip balms made in uist honey

Warming the wax and oils in a jug

First of all the beeswax, oils and honey are heated gently, in a jug which is placed in a pan of warm water.

Luxury handmade hebridean soap and lip balms made in uist honey

The wax, oils and honey are all melted

Here the wax, oils and honey are just about melted – it looks a little blurry, the steam from the water in the saucepan got on my camera lens!

Luxury handmade hebridean soap and lip balms made in uist honey

Stirring in the mica colouring

Once the wax, oils and honey are melted the Vitamin E and the shiny gold mica colouring are added and stirred in really well.

Luxury handmade hebridean soap and lip balms made in uist honey

15 pots of Honey lip balm

The mixture is then poured quickly into the waiting pots – at least 10mls in each. The pots are then left to cool.

Luxury handmade hebridean soap and lip balms made in uist honey

The lids, all labelled up ready and the cooling pots

While the lip balm is cooling i put the stickers on the lids.

Luxury handmade hebridean soap and lip balms made in uist honey

The finished item – Honey Lip Balm

Special Offer

One of the most frequent things I hear from customers is “I like them all I just don’t know which one to choose!”

To help i’ve introduced a special offer – pick three bars for the special offer price of £9 + post and packing

Full details in the Online Shop

Luxury handmade hebridean soap made in uist

Choose three from a selection of soaps for just £9.00

Sea Spray

Well, first of all I have to admit to having a bit of a “love/hate” relationship with this particular soap – it’s my best seller but it’s the one I least like to make. I love the soap itself, it’s just that I get kind of stressed when making it.

Like the majority of my bar soaps Sea Spray is made using the hot process method, once the soap mix is cooked I then fragrance it and then have to divide the mix – I take out approximately two lots of a quarter of the mix and add green colouring to one and blue colouring to the other. The colourant has to be mixed in really really well and that’s when I start getting stressed because as soon as the mix is out of the slow cooker it starts to cool. I always liken it to cooling lava – as it cools it quickly forms a thin crust on top. So, I have to colour it, mix it thoroughly then get it into the mould.

I had just put the green layer in the bottom of the mould when Ian walked in and cheerfully asked me “don’t you usually put the blue layer on the bottom?” Doh! Well, too late now!

Anyway, I cut the soaps this afternoon and they smell lovely – clean and fresh. They are now stacked for storage and being hot processed will be ready very soon.

I think I made this batch just in time as a customer dropped by and bought the last bar of the previous batch. One bar of this new batch is already reserved and there was a whisper that a wholesale customer might like 24 bars which means I will need to make a whole other batch!

Grab some from the Online Shop while you can!

Luxury handmade hebridean soap made in uist sea spray

The Sea Spray bars cut up ready for storage.

 

Hebridean Rose

I love making a batch of hot process soap. People often ask me about the process so today i took some photos with my iPad as i went along.

Hebridean Rose is a layered soap, white at the top and a bottom, pink, layer which has added Rosehip powder for gentle exfoliation

This is one of my favourite soaps, oddly enough, even though it’s a floral fragrance it’s even popular with men. A recent comment from a male customer was “it smells lovely, lasts ages and makes a fantastic lather.”

Why not order your bar now? Hebridean Rose in the online shop

 

The soap is now in the storage area and will stay there for around a week. I will then wrap and package it ready for sale. Hot process soap does not require the long “cure” time that cold process soap has.

Coco Castile

OK so this soap isn’t strictly a castile soap which traditionally is a soap that is made from 100% olive oil. I’ve added a little coconut oil to the mix as it helps to produce a good lather – something that a castile soap isn’t renowned for. The coconut oil will also help to produce a slightly harder bar of soap than a 100% olive oil bar.

I used the cold process method for making this soap – the majority of my other soaps are made using the hot process. It was fairly soft when i un-moulded it after 24 hours and i think that like traditional castile it will take a wee while to cure. I’ll see what it’s like after a month but it may need two months before i can put it on sale.

** Special offer!** I made 20 bars, if you would like to pre-order bars at the special price of £2.50 a bar (it will be £3.00 a bar when it’s added to the shop) please contact me :-)

This will be a fabulously mild and gentle soap bar – there are no added colourings or fragrances – just simply soap.

Here are a few photographs that i took during the process…

Luxury handmade hebridean castile soap made in uist

After 24 hours in the mould it’s ready to be cut

Luxury handmade hebridean castile soap made in uist

Cut and trimmed

Luxury handmade hebridean castile soap made in uist

In the baskets ready for curing on the shelves in the storeroom

Luxury handmade hebridean castile soap made in uist

And very little waste – the bits that i trimmed off i’ve shaped into balls and once they’ve cured for a few weeks they’ll be in my bathroom :-)