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The benefits of Handmade Soaps & Skincare

Just about everyone at sometime or another has used a bar of soap to clean their hands & body. But did you know, there are differences in commercially made soaps vs handmade soaps?

With the rise of coronavirus, or COVID-19, it is recommended one of the best ways to help keep down the spread of the virus is to wash your hands thoroughly. To thoroughly wash your hands, you want to not only get the main surface of the palms & fingers but you also want to make sure you wash the tops of your hands, in between your fingers, your thumbs, & don’t forget under your nails & nail beds. Because your nails have crevasses & in the case of long finger nails, germs can easily hide under your nails. The COVID-19 virus is encased in a lipid envelope, basically a layer of fat. Soap can break apart that fat and help make the virus unable to infect you. The second thing soap does is make the skin slippery so with enough rubbing, we can pry germs off & rinse them away.

Eventually, all of this hand washing will take a toll on your skin. Commercially made body bars will do the job of keeping you clean but tend to strip away important oils in your skin. This is were it’s important to choose a handmade soap that has been handcrafted to nourish your skin & add important oils back in your hands & body. Small batch soaps are made with this in mind. They are made of a base of natural ingredients rather than a slurry of chemicals made to replicate soap. At Lucky Suds LLC, we handcraft our soaps from our own scratch recipe. All of our handmade soap bases include olive oil & coconut oil. Some are palm free & some are Vegan and they also include Organic Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter, rich almond oil, castor oil, or avocado oil. These natural ingredients are a true friend to your skin as they moisturize while they keep you clean. Commercially made bars have a tendency to strip away those oils that keep your skin soft & moisturized. The more you use a handcrafted soap, the less lotion you will find you need because homemade soaps nourish.

Our handmade soaps come in a variety of styles & scents to please everyone. Try our Handcrafted Blueberry Soap or our Handmade Strawberry Soap that is great for Spring & Summer. Try any of our handmade soaps that have the inclusion of activated charcoal to help achieve clearer skin. Activated Charcoal is a great ingredient to help with acne & blemishes and many of our handcrafted soaps include activated charcoal in the ingredients. Or you may choose soaps that have essential oils which have many benefits for your skin as well. I’ll delve more into essential oils in my next blog, as that can be an entire small book in itself.

Any of the handcrafted soaps you choose will help keep the spread of the coronavirus down with proper hand washing. We hope you choose handmade soaps as part of your hand washing routine. If you have any questions about our products, I am always happy to answer them if you send them to my email at luckysudsllc@gmail.com at this time, I am unable to attend fairs & festivals due to the coronavirus shut-down but would love to hear from you & answer any questions you may have.

Stay safe, be healthy, & keep washing those hands!

Michelle

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Upcoming Shows 2020

If you would like to meet me in person and see all the products I have available, please come to one of my upcoming shows:

2020

January

1/16/20 Pajama Party to benefit Safe Harbor Lorain County Genesis House. This event will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 5 pm – 9 pm, at the Emerald Event Center located at 33040 Just Imagine Dr, Avon, OH 44011

February

2/9/20 Artists of the Rustbelt at the B&O Station. This event will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, from 11 am – 5 pm, at the B&O Station located at 530 Mahoning Ave, Youngstown, OH 44502

2/21-23/20 Great Lakes Home, Flower & Crafts Show at Kalahari Resorts. This event runs Friday, February 21, from 10 am – 8 pm, Saturday, February 22, from 10 am – 8 pm, & Sunday, February 23, from 10 am – 5 pm. Held at Kalahari Resorts in the Kilamanjaro Convention Center, 7000 Kalahari Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870

2/28-29/20 WITAN French Market. This event runs Friday, February 28, from 10 am – 7 pm & Saturday, February 29, from 10 am – 3 pm. This event is located at the St. George Fellowship Center, 3204 Ridgewood Rd, Fairlawn, OH 44333

March

3/7/20 Badger Fine & Preforming Arts Spring Craft Show. This event runs Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 9 am – 3 pm. This event is located at the Badger High School, 7119 St Rt 7, Kinsman, OH 44428

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS 3/21/20 Strongsville High School Yearbook Craft Show. This event runs Saturday, March 21, from 9 am – 2 pm. This event is located at the Strongsville High School, 20025 Lunn Rd, Strongsville, OH 44149

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS 3/22/20 Vegbash. This event runs, Sunday, March 22, from 10 am – 6 pm. This event is located at the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 North Market Ave N, Canton, OH 44721

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 3/25/20 Wine Down Wednesday. This event runs Wednesday, March 25, 2020, from 6 pm – 8 pm. This event is located at Lago East Bank, 1091 W 10th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 3/28/20 Boardman Gridiron Spring Craft Show. This event runs, Sunday, March 29, from 11 am – 5 pm. This event is located at the Boardman High School, 7777 Glenwood Ave, Boardman, OH 44512

April

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS 4/4-5/20 43rd Annual Beaver County Maple Syrup Festival. This event runs, Saturday, April 4 & Sunday, April 5, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm both days. This event is located at the Beaver County Conservation District, 156 Cowpath Rd, Aliquippa, PA

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 4/11/20 Skyview’s Annual Spring Craft Show & Vendor Fair. This event runs, Saturday, April 11 from 10 am – 3 pm. This event is located at the Skyview Lodge, 336 Pearl Rd, Brunswick, OH 44212

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANDELLED DUE TO COVID-19 4/18/20 Spring Crafts Show – Parma High School. This event runs Saturday, April 18th from 10 am – 2:30 pm. This event is located at Parma High School, 6285 W 54th St, Parma, OH 44129

May

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO JULY 3, 4, & 5, PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING US FOR THIS EVENT 5/1-3/20 Vintage Market Days – Among the Wildflowers – This event runs 3 days: Friday, May 1st, from 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, & Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. This event will be held at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19201 E Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED 5/23/20 Mohican Arts & Crafts Festival. This event runs Saturday, May 23rd, from 9 am – 4 pm. This event is located at Central Park in Downtown Loudonville, OH

June

6/6 Peninsula Flea. This event runs Saturday, June 6, from 10 am – 4 pm. This event is located at Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverview Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264

6/8/20 Austintown Farmers Market. This event runs Monday, June 8th, from 5 pm -8 pm. This event is located at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Rd, Austintown, OH 44515

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED 6/12-14/20 Strawberry Festival. This event runs Friday, June 12, from 6 pm – 11 pm, Saturday, June 13, noon – 11 pm, & Sunday, June 14, noon – 8 pm. This event is located on the Bedford Commons in Downtown Historic District Bedford, corner of South Park & Broadway Roads, Bedford, OH

6/15/20 Austintown Farmers Market. This event runs Monday, June 15th, from 5 pm -8 pm. This event is located at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Rd, Austintown, OH 44515

6/20/20 Howland Farmers Market. This event runs Saturday, June 20, from 9 am – noon. This event is located at the Howland High School

6/22/20 Austintown Farmers Market. This event runs Monday, June 22nd, from 5 pm -8 pm. This event is located at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Rd, Austintown, OH 44515

6/27/20 Peninsula Flea. This event runs Saturday, June 27th, from 10 am – 4 pm. This event is located at Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverwood Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264

6/29/20 Austintown Farmers Market. This event runs Monday, June 29th, from 5 pm -8 pm. This event is located at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Rd, Austintown, OH 44515

July

7/3-5/20 Vintage Market Days – Among the Wildflowers – This event runs 3 days: Friday, July 3rd, from 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, & Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. This event will be held at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19201 E Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH

7/6/20 Austintown Farmers Market. This event runs Monday, July 6th, from 5 pm -8 pm. This event is located at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Rd, Austintown, OH 44515

7/11/20 Peninsula Flea. This event runs Saturday, July 11th, from 10 am – 4 pm. This event is located at Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverwood Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264

7/13/20 Austintown Farmers Market. This event runs Monday, July 13th, from 5 pm -8 pm. This event is located at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Rd, Austintown, OH 44515

7/20/20 Austintown Farmers Market. This event runs Monday, July 20th, from 5 pm -8 pm. This event is located at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Rd, Austintown, OH 44515

7/27/20 Austintown Farmers Market. This event runs Monday, July 27th, from 5 pm -8 pm. This event is located at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Rd, Austintown, OH 44515

August

8/1/20 Peninsula Flea. This event runs Saturday, August 1st, from 10 am – 4 pm. This event is located at Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverwood Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264

8/3/20 Austintown Farmers Market. This event runs Monday, August 3rd, from 5 pm -8 pm. This event is located at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Rd, Austintown, OH 44515

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED 8/8/20 Shop & Rock Handmade Fest. This event runs Saturday, August 8th, from 11 am – 6 pm. This event is located at Market Square at Crocker Park, 239 Market St, Westlake, OH 44145

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED 8/9/20 An Affair on the Square. This event runs Sunday, August 9th, from 11 am – 5 pm. This event is located in downtown Medina, OH on the Square.

8/10/20 Austintown Farmers Market. This event runs Monday, August 10th, from 5 pm -8 pm. This event is located at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Rd, Austintown, OH 44515

8/15/20 Peninsula Flea. This event runs Saturday, August 15th, from 10 am – 4 pm. This event is located at Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverwood Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264

8/17/20 Austintown Farmers Market. This event runs Monday, August 17th, from 5 pm -8 pm. This event is located at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Rd, Austintown, OH 44515

8/24/20 Austintown Farmers Market. This event runs Monday, August 24th, from 5 pm -8 pm. This event is located at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Rd, Austintown, OH 44515

8/31/20 Austintown Farmers Market. This event runs Monday, August 31st, from 5 pm -8 pm. This event is located at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Rd, Austintown, OH 44515

Sept

9/5/20 Peninsula Flea. This event runs Saturday, Sept 5th, from 10 am – 4 pm. This event is located at Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverwood Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED 9/12-13/20 Crafts in the Park. This event runs Saturday, Sept 12th & Sunday, Sept 13th, from 10 am – 5 pm both days. This event is located at Lakeshore Park in Ashtabula, OH

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED 9/26/20 Main Street North Canton Street Festival. This event runs Saturday, Sept 26th, from 10 am – 10 pm. This event is located from Charlotte Street to Bachtel, North Canton, OH

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED 9/27/20 Bitchcraft. This event runs Sunday, Sept 27, from noon – 6 pm. This event is located at the David L Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

October

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED 10/3/20 Twisted Wilder Fest. This event runs Saturday, October 3rd, from 11 am – 7 pm. This event is located at Southgate Park, Green, OH

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED 10/4/20 Boardman Rotary Oktoberfest. This event runs Sunday, October 4th, from 9 am – 5 pm. This event is located at the Boardman Township Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Rd, Boardman, OH 44512

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED 10/10-11/20 Sauerkraut Festival. This event runs Saturday, 9 am – 8 pm & Sunday, 9 am – 6 pm. This event is located in Waynesville, OH

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Along the Journey

Welcome

Welcome to Lucky Suds LLC. We create handcrafted skin & hair care products in small batches from scratch recipes with all natural ingredients. Our lotions, face creams, salves, oils, hair care & skin care products are formulated with natural shea & cocoa butter, blended with top tier oils to create healthy, natural products to keep your skin & hair in the best shape. Our handmade soaps are created the old fashioned way with lye, water, oils & natural colors. No two soaps are exactly the same so when you purchase from us you get a work of art. Our products are made to moisturize, nourish and hydrate your skin for a healthy glow.

We ship anywhere in the United States & Canada. If you are local, we can deliver products to a local spot for pick-up or if you enjoy shopping in person, you can either catch us at one of many different local art shows,  an updated list is only a click away under “Up Coming Shows” on our main page or our products are available at Kaleidoscope Creative Goods, in downtown Sugarcreek, OH .

Here at Lucky Suds we strive to use local businesses to produce & package our products. Enjoy!

 

 

This new venture I have taken on has been exciting, scary, uplifting, humbling and at times I’ve said to myself, what was I thinking?!! I am a pretty head-strong creature and once I commit myself to something, I will dive head first & go full speed until I have accomplished my goal.

So let me take you back to my very first batch of making soap. I have to say, I was terrified but at the same time intrigued by the how and the what, as in, what will happen. At the time, I didn’t know much about how to make soap. Also, I had no idea how hot lye water became when the magic of H2O & NaOH (sodium hydroxide, aka, lye) were combined in a swirl of chemistry happening right in my kitchen. Having been a baker for many, many years, I do understand the chemical reactions needed to happen for breads and cakes to rise & to make cookies just right. If you leave out an ingredient or change your fats or leavening your recipe will fail. Having that understanding has helped me propel quickly into the world of soap with an easier mind set to know, you need so much liquid, so much oils/butters, so much lye to make a loaf. But I never had my eggs or milk heat up to an extreme temperature so quickly when I added them to baking powder.

So here I am in my kitchen, kinda terrified, with a long sleeved shirt, elbow length chemical gloves, goggles, an apron, and work boots, yes, work boots. I was so scared I would get a tiny drop of that noxious lye water on me that if I had, had a hazmat suit, believe me, I would of had it on. My husband comes around the corner with a face of disbelief he questions, what are you doing? Well honey, I am learning how to make soap. It’s funny now but at the time he didn’t seem to pleased in my new business venture. So as long as my arms could reach safely away from my body, because I didn’t want to be near this pot of chemicals & fumes, I slowly poured my lye water into my warmed oils and the most amazing thing happened, I actually saw the start of what would be my very first soap creation. The clear water that was being poured into the oils started to blend. I could see the saponification process beginning, there were swirls of milky white starting to dance with the oils & blend together. I quickly picked up my blender & starting to incorporate those magical chemicals together. Wow! Wow! I was doing it! I was making soap. As I blended, I knew I had to reach trace. At this point I really had no idea what “trace” was supposed to look like or how the mixture should react. So I blended & blended, it seemed like forever but it came together & stayed together, much like mixing a cake. When it reached this magical trace, it very much reminded me of pastry cream. It felt like home.

Now it wasn’t a complete success the first time, like most first times, I had no idea how to calculate for a mold, so I had underestimated my batch size & ended up with a bunch of mini soaps but that’s ok, I made them. The entire evening I keep peeking at this wonder bar I had created & almost couldn’t sleep waiting for the next day to cut it into bars. Finally, I cut them & let them cure. The joy I had felt using my first bar of soap was exhilarating. They had lather, they had a wonderful scent, they were firm & hard, they were just like a bar of soap I could buy, but better! They had no chemicals, they were natural, they didn’t irritate my skin like store bought soap, they were perfect!

And so the journey began…