Sunday, May 30, 2010


Fragrance Free Carrot Soap

I recently made some soaps using fresh carrot puree. Now, I've always known that carrot is good for your eyes, and good for your skin, but until I started to research on the carrot, I didn't know how magical it really is!

Carrots are extremely rich in Vitamin A, which is essential for health eyes. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, and plays an important role in the development and maintenance of healthy skin, hair, and mucous membranes. It also has antioxidant properties that neutralize free radicals in the body that cause tissue and cellular damage.

Carrots have many important vitamins and minerals, besides Vitamin A. They are rich in antioxidants Beta Carotene, Alpha Carotene, Phytochemicals and Glutathione, Calcium and Potassium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, C, and E, which are also considered antioxidants, protecting as well as nourishing the skin. They contain a form of calcium easily absorbed by the body. Finally they also contain Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, and Sulphur.

Here's an interesting tidbit .... usually, raw veggies and fruits are much better than cooked. But did you know that cooked carrots are more nutritious that raw? This is because raw carrots have a tough outer cellular wall which makes it hard for the body to convert the beta carotene to Vitamin A. Cooking the carrots partially dissolves cellulose-thickened cell walls, freeing up nutrients by breaking down the cell membranes.

Here is an interesting and fun website about carrots and their goodness:

World Carrot Museum

Drink a glass of carrot juice everyday for healthy glowing skin!

I think I am going to have to experiment more with carrots in my soaps! Carrot seed oil is something I have not tried yet, but I am certainly going to look into it! If you google "carrot seed oil skin care" you'll find TONS of info! It looks like it would be wonderful to use in a facial mask. It even helps you get a golden even tan while helping to protect you from harmful UV rays of the sun!

Just magical, carrots are!

Carrot Cake Soap

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fun with a Droid

So, we switched from a land line telephone to a wireless smartphone last month. We got a Motorola Droid, and I have been having a lot of fun with this phone! So much more entertaining than a boring ol' land line!

Yesterday we took a drive up Mt Lemmon, and I took the phone with me. With it, I was able to relist one of my items that sold in my Etsy shop while we were out, by using the pre-intalled browser. When we heard a song on the radio and we couldn't remember who sang it, I used an app called Shazam that will listen to whatever music is playing, and will tell you the name and who is singing. It told us who was singing! To which we replied DUH. I took a few pictures with it, although it's really almost impossible when you are standing in the sunlight because you just can't see the screen. And just before we started out day trip, I activated an app called My Tracks. This is a GPS app that will track were we go until I tell it to stop recording. So when I got home, I told it to stop recording, and it gave me a bunch of (maybe useless) information. First it showed me a map of our trip. Then it gave a little report. Total miles - 106. Total time - 5hrs 53min. Min elevation - 2,327ft. Max elevation - 9,006ft.

Here's a pic of some patches of snow up on top of Mt Lemmon taken with the Droid camera:

And here's a pic of the Ski Valley

Now, if you want to see some REALLY good pics of our trip, go to Ray's blog Sonoran Connections.

And a gratuitous cat pic for my sisters :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May Soap Sale!

It's time for another soap sale! I know you are all waiting! You're getting dirty planting that garden, washing those windows, cleaning out the garage. And you need to stockpile some nice handmade soap to keep you fresh and clean! 


Buy 3 or more soaps, get another of your choice for FREE!
From now until end-of-day Sunday, May 23rd, I am offering a FREE bar of soap with your purchase of 3 or more soaps! This offer applies to both on Aunt Nancy's Website and Aunt Nancy's Etsy Shop.

When ordering from Aunt Nancy's Website, enter your choice of FREE bar in the buyers comment area when checking out. Please note that discounts apply when buying 3 or more soaps. To find out more about these discounts, and shipping costs, click here: Pricing/Shipping Info.

When ordering from Aunt Nancy's Etsy Shop, be sure to look for my listings that offer your choice of 3 soaps, or your choice of 5 soaps. These listings have discounts built into them, and will save you money! Enter your choice of FREE bar of soap in the "Comment to Seller" section during checkout.

On The Curing Rack

I have some soaps that are still on the curing rack that you can order as your free bar. I will put a "cure date" on the label so you'll know when it's good to use. These soaps are:

Fragrance Free Carrot Soap - ingredients: olive oil, coconut oil, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, sweet almond oil, organic canola oil, pureed carrots, avocado oil

Carrot Cake Soap (smells like carrot cake!) - ingredients: olive oil, coconut oil, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, sweet almond oil, organic canola oil, pureed carrots, avocado oil, fragrance oil, essential oil (orange)

White Sage with Shea Butter (a clean scented white soap) - ingredients: olive oil, distilled water, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, shea butter, sweet almond oil, caster oil, fragrance oil

Black Raspberry Vanilla Swirl (white with blue swirls) - ingredients: olive oil, distilled water, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, organic canola oil, grapeseed oil, wheat germ oil, fragrance oil, blue oxide

Fleurs D'Oranger (smells like orange blossoms) - ingredients: olive oil, distilled water, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, organic canola oil, grapeseed oil, wheat germ oil, fragrance oil, red clay

Palmarosa Lavender - ingredients: olive oil, distilled water, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, organic canola oil, rice bran oil, wheat germ oil, essential oils (lavender, palmarosa, geranium)

If you have any questions about ordering these "on the curing rack" soaps, feel free to email me!

Friday, May 7, 2010

The winner of the soap giveaway ....

And the lucky number is #4!

Footjeweler is the lucky winner of the soap giveaway!

Footjeweler is Amy Dikes of Barefoot Bling, home of “high-spirited indulgences for toes that show!". If you like to dress up your toes, feet, and ankles with toe rings, barefoot sandals, and sparkling anklets, Barefoot Bling is the place to go!

Congratulations, Amy! :)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Soap Giveaway !

*** Giveaway closed with 14 comments. Thanks to all! :) ***

Just a fun little giveaway .... a bar of my handmade soap, your choice! To enter, just answer, via comments, my little "soap poll" below. On Friday, May 7th, I will draw a random number using Counting down the list of comments (1,2,3,4....) I will match the number given to me by to the comment, and the person who wrote the comment that corresponds to the number drawn, will be my winner!!

** Please be sure to leave me an email address so I can track down the winner! **

And if you get a chance, please check out the great soaps on my website! Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soap

Soap Poll

Which kind of handmade soap do you usually look for?

1. An unscented soap, that is gentle to sensitive skin.

2. An all natural soap that is scented with essential oils and colored with natural clays.

3. A soap that is wonderfully scented with florals or food scents from skin safe, phthalate free fragrance oils.

And just so you know, I have all three kinds of soaps! :)

ps: You may list "other" if you'd like. :)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

And the winner is .....

The winner for the Handmade Necklace Drawing is ...

Lavanya from CA !!!

Congrats, Lavanya!!