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My Blog: http://kelleskitchen.blogspot.com/
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I started making soap in 2005 for a variety of reasons. First of all, I had been purchasing handmade soaps for holiday gifts for my Mom for years and figured that she had always liked home made gifts in the past - why wouldn't she now? So, after doing a lot of research and deciding to make cold process soaps, I gave her soaps I created for Christmas that year. The weren't great when I started out, it's been a learning process, but no matter what my Mom's always loved them! I also had a desire to make soaps that I knew were vegetarian and would be more gentle on my skin as the soaps I had been purchasing at the store were drying my skin out terribly and causing me to break out in a rash. I didn't know it then…

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  • Born on March 24
  • Joined October 18, 2008

Favorite materials

Palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil, essential oils, fragrance oils, herbs and botanicals

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About

My Blog: http://kelleskitchen.blogspot.com/
My Twitter: http://twitter.com/KellesKitchen
My Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelleskitchen/

I started making soap in 2005 for a variety of reasons. First of all, I had been purchasing handmade soaps for holiday gifts for my Mom for years and figured that she had always liked home made gifts in the past - why wouldn't she now? So, after doing a lot of research and deciding to make cold process soaps, I gave her soaps I created for Christmas that year. The weren't great when I started out, it's been a learning process, but no matter what my Mom's always loved them! I also had a desire to make soaps that I knew were vegetarian and would be more gentle on my skin as the soaps I had been purchasing at the store were drying my skin out terribly and causing me to break out in a rash. I didn't know it then but the special gift I created for my Mom was the start of Kelle's Kitchen.

Each batch of my cold-processed soaps are handmade and vegan. The thing I love most about soap-making is being creative with combinations of fragrances and botanicals.

I take pride in my soaps and use only ingredients that are recognizable to people without a degree in chemistry, all of which can be found in my kitchen! I don't use any artificial dyes/colorants in my soap!

FAQ:

Q - Why should I buy homemade soap?
A - The short answer is because it is easier on your skin and you are supporting the long tradition of soap-making. Commercial "soaps" are actually detergents - many skim the glycerin created in the process off and add it to other beauty products such as lotions and creams. With cold-process soap making the glycerin remains in the soap which helps to retain moisture in your skin. Plus...hand made soaps are unique individuals!

Q - Why vegan?
A - I am a vegetarian myself and the only vegetarians I've ever lived with are Sonora, Kiara, and Panda...the bunnies. Though my family and room mates have all been very supportive of my choice, it opened my eyes to how wonderful products that can be appreciated by most people can be. Thus, I decided when I started making soaps that I would not use any animal based products (including beeswax, honey, goats milk, etc) in my soaps...and now my lip balm. My omnivorous friends and family enjoy the soaps as much as I do, and I feel good providing people with a product knowing that no animals were harmed or mistreated in the process.

Q - Do men even like soap? Why do you make masculine soaps?
A - The first question is one I'm not sure I'm qualified to answer. After all, there are men of all shapes, sizes, and interests out there and while some may fully appreciate a good bar of handmade soap, others might say, "Why did you get me this...I'll use the stuff from the store." But let me explain my crazy ways. My boyfriend is both my biggest soap fan and my most honest critic. He uses all of my soaps and provides feedback prior to making a batch about the scent combination I've chosen. Feedback is usually positive, but like I said - he's honest. And his favourite bars are more masculine smelling! And honestly, I enjoy these bars, too - often they smell musky and earthy and wonderful. So the reason I usually have at least one more masculine smelling soap is that I want him to have a bar he truly enjoys! As to whether or not the man in your life will appreciate them I can't say. But it's worth a shot!

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