Pumpkin Soaps for October!!

If September was the Apple Month, then October is for PUMPKINS!  We’ve been harvesting all sizes from the garden, and piles of them are for sale along the roadways.

Green Circle Grove, you know, celebrates the Pumpkin Month with soap!  Let’s see how many ways:

Harvest Pumpkin

 

First of all, there’s traditional Harvest Pumpkin.  Each batch is loaded with pumpkin fragrance oil and a tablespoonful of nutmeg to bring the scent of pumpkin pie into the house and even into the shower! A Harvest Pumpkin soap ball in a dish on the kitchen sink is a great way to lightly scent the room when you wash up.

 

Another favorite is Gabriel. Between us, Kristen and I have five children—and a few years ago, we created a soap for each of them using their choices of scents.

Gabriel

This is Gabriel’s choice – our youngest child who’ll always be a little boy to his mom, even though he’s a tall 17 year-old now.  His choices of scent are still those of home and Mom: pumpkin, pecan pie and a dash of nutmeg.

 

Our homemade soaps are made with the same basic ingredients our great grandmothers used—distilled water, lye and fat.  Great Grandma used animal fat—we use olive oil as a base with some coconut oil, castor oil and sometimes-even corn oil.  We measure very carefully—you may have heard that lye soaps can “burn”?  When ladies had to make their own lye from wood ashes and render

Checking the temperature of the lye.

their own fats, it was difficult at best to have accurate measures!  We use scales and thermometers and timers to be sure everything is just right.

 

 

Kristen measures and weighs the oil.

 

 

Green Circle Grove soaps are available as 4 oz. bars, 2 oz. “bitty bars”, large and small balls.  These harvest scents, Harvest Pumpkin and Gabriel, make nice hostess gifts or party favors; put them in a glass jar for a counter-top decoration, too!

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