Perfect Harmony: Bubbles and Brew

When most think of uses for beer, other than drinking of course, cooking usually comes to mind. (Who doesn’t love that yummy batter on fish fry’s every Friday!) Most though would not even begin to think of using their favorite cold brew for washing but soap made with beer is actually great for your skin! Since beer is primarily hops, many of this herb’s properties and benefits become a skin cleansing asset when added to soap. Beer contains anti-bacterial polyphenols, skin softening amino acids, and the benefits of any ingredient used in the beer making process comes out in the soap as well!  This means all the antioxidant properties of any fruits put into the beer transfers its antioxidant properties to the soap.  Oats, barley, and wheat (which are found in just about all brews) are mineral-rich grains that add additional health promoting benefits. Here, at Wick-edly Sent Soap & Candle Company, we wanted to capture the goodness wheat beer has to offer with our olive oil bar soap. Our brew of choice: locally brewed in Rochester, New York, Dundee Summer Wheat. The result is a nourishing and lathering olive oil bar that is popular with both the guys and gals. With no fragrance needed, its scent has a natural touch of sweetness, this is an all natural way to get the best feeling skin around!          ...

Natural and Olive Oil Soap Makes a Comeback

Year ago, the claim that Ivory was 99.4 percent pure (their earlier claims said they were 85.48 percent) made people consider just what the ingredients were. Being pure of something, whether it’s natural soaps or alcohol, needs further explanation. While the fatty anhydrides, soda, and water caused explained the number, many wondered what percentages of the other brands were, and what exactly were the ingredients. With so many choices out there the public continues to believe what is being told to them, even if health issues of leery ingredients prevail. Lye is used in all soap, even olive oil soap, in some method or another. The components of lye (ash) to saponify the oils and water to create soap has changed, but something is always needed to cause this reaction. In the soap making beginning there’s a story how mixing potash created a lye mix, which resulted into soap making. But if this was happy accident, much research was done after; or curing time, not to mention the blending of different oils, for soap makers to continue their passion today. Thank God for that. Now, the common lye mixture is sodium hydroxide and water. Do we really need lye though? True, many oils can clean the skin itself, but that would mean drowning our faces and body in oils and rinsing off, only to feel like a slimy well moisturized eel. A friend also claimed that he didn’t need soap, and to prove a point, continued to take showers, while sometimes skipping a day, depending on his body’s natural oils to clean him. He submitted, and bought a huge...

Top 14 Reasons to Give Olive Oil Soap as a Gift

It’s occurred to us people like to give our olive oil soap as gifts–for any time.  I know, no one wants to hear about Christmas being not so far away, so I won’t mention it.  Oops, too late. However, our soap makes a great gift for any time of the year.  It is popular with regular occasions that are not national holidays: Birthdays Housewarming Feel Good, Pick Me Up Sympathy Guest soap Get Well You smell, please use this Anniversary Congratulations New Job, New Baby Wedding Divorce New Flame Turning Over a New Leaf I know, number 8 is kind of comical, who gives soap as an anniversary gift–but hey, not everyone can afford diamonds or gold.  So no matter what occasion, natural soap is always a great gift.  It shows you care because you’re giving a hand made product that’s fresh, and good for you. If you’d like to add to the list, or share what’s your favorite reason, just leave your comment below. Thanks,...

Clara finds America and Wick-edly Sent

Ah, Austria, rich in history, scenic beauty, and music.   Mozart, Falco, and let’s not forget the Sound of Music.  Recently we’ve discovered an Austrian from Couchsurfing, a site where people literally crash on stranger’s couches. These people, usually students, writers, artists, are travelling the world, and need to stay just for the night, or a week.  Our friends Bryan and Christin Babcock,  are the brave couple who let their couch become the rotating hostel for couchsurfers have had incredible luck.  In turn, we’ve been fortunate to meet these wonderful souls who are young, eager, incredibly happy, and love America. The latest intrepid is Clara Meier, who is an accomplished writer from Austria whose travels she keeps in her blog: http://claratouring.wordpress.com She goes back to school in September, where she is studying to become a journalist.  While she is here in America, she’s been to Washington DC, New York, Boston, and yes, the thriving metropolis of Canandaigua. While her hosts are busy working, she is discovering America in unusual ways.  Her latest post talks about gelato, and how American food differs from Austrian food.  She asked if she could help us at the store, and find out how small businesses do business. Clara is helping today us today, cutting olive oil soap and labeling different lotions.  This week she will be discovering all about crafting soaps, lotions, and candles.  She is fascinated about shea butter, didn’t realize that it came from a tree, and we were surprised how well she can pour without spilling. We will be sorry to see Clara go, but look forward to when she decides...

Soap Production

It’s amazing.  This is an order that Shawna (thanks for the photo) is working on for Sonnenberg Gardens Mansions.  Rose soap is exclusive there, because of their Rose Garden.  That is just one of the exquisite gardens. We do have other new soaps as well that we will be posting here on our blog. The soaps are available in two sizes.  Our 7 oz size is a quite a handful, great as gifts or for people who can’t make it in our store often.  They last a very long time, especially if you keep it in a dish that let’s it drain. If there is a shop or place that you think will be a good fit for our olive oil soap, soy candles, or any of our products, please let us know. Thanks!...

Spring Soap Spectacular

Just in time for Easter, fill your basket with colorful soaps!  A wonderful collage of floral soaps await you at Wick-edly Sent Soap and Candle company.  Smell florals such as Lilac, Rose, English Garden, Hydrangea, and Sweet Pea.  So lovely to look at, so good for your skin, our special goats milk soap will be a spring sensation for you to try. Three guest soap sizes of hopeful scents will enlighten any soul, combinations of Honeysuckle Jasmine, Sweet Pea, and Rose.  Or Hydrangea, Lilac, and English Garden. Available in our store at 94 South Main Street, Canandaigua NY. Or you can call us at 1-888-467-WICK...