A New Adventure for FSW!

Today we set up our mini-shop in a new space at Cherry Creek Mall (Denver) called The District Shops.  This is a space for hand crafted items created by artisans from the greater Denver area.  FSW will be located on the Main Floor –  The Marketplace!  This area will be broken into 5 “Districts”.  Each district will have a unique background, unique look, and unique products.  Districts include Food District, Vintage District, Boutique District, 5280 District (Colorado products), Little District (Kids products), Spa District, and Gentlemen’s District.  FSW will feature all of our gentlemen’s products, beer soaps and little gentlemen’s products.  This is our first foray into a brick and mortar enclosure.  As you are probably aware, we have our Shopify web page and we participate in many weekend shows, but now we will have a permanent outlet for many of our products!

The District Shops will open officially on June 1.  Please drop into this new facility inside the Cherry Creek Mall and check out our products and other products created by our fellow Colorado artisans

 

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Fun with Beer Soap!

Here in Colorado, one of the most vital and innovative industries is the Craft Beer industry.  We at Flatirons Soap Works love to make beer soap because it is sooooo good for the skin and the process is challenging plus great fun.  Flatirons Soap Works has been selected to be one of the few vendors at May’s Bacon and Beer Classic in Denver.  We have teamed with Breckenridge Brewery to create a signature soap for the Classic.  We have combined Breckenridge’s Vanilla Porter with the bacon lard from the signature bacon and created a wondrously luxuriant bar of soap!  We also created a vegan version of this soap for those who don’t like bacon.  Although I can’t imagine who that would be!

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To avoid confusion, we added a cute little pig to the top of the bar made with lard.

Other fun soaps we are creating include:

Fun Soaps

 

 

 

Beer Soap and More Beer Soap

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Flatirons Soap Works makes the best beer soap.  This week we made more.

Using beer instead of water to make soap, beer will offer a light scent with all natural ingredients.  The beer in beer soap has some added health benefits. Beer soap has ingredients that moisturize, fight acne, repairs hair.  Beer is made up of hops, barley, malt and whatever herbs, fruits, spices and grains the brewer choose to include.  Hops contain polyphenols which are thought to account for its anti-bacterial and preservative effects. Hops also contain skin -softening amino acids and are known for their relaxing properties.  Beer soap has a much better lather than soaps made with water.

The taste of beer translates to a much lighter scent in the soap, so FSW adds a few fragrance oils or essential oils into the soap mix. For instance, if a chocolate stout is used for soap making, a touch of vanilla and or cocoa powder is added as a compliment to the chocolate undertones.

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Are you using Soap?

When I go to the store to buy soap, I find that there are very few soap products are actually soap.  Most “soaps”, shampoos or body washes are synthetic detergent products.  They have more in common with laundry detergent than with real soap.

Real soap is made from combining oils, fats and lye.  The reaction that takes place when these ingredients are combined is called soponification and the result of that reaction is soap and glycerin.  Once the soap mixture has been prepared it’s poured into molds to saponify for a day, taken out to dry for a day, and then cut into bars of soap and left to cure for 4 – 6 weeks more. It’s as natural as soap gets.  Glycerin is left in the soap because it attracts moisture to the skin.

Look at the ingredients on an average bar of soap in your local store. Many contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), anionic surfactant used in laundry detergent.  SLS will ry out and irritate skin. Many commercial “soaps” also contain sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), a cheap foaming agent that has been known to be contaminated with a suspected carcinogen Dioxane while being manufactured.

It is the consumer’s responsibility to read the label!  Manufacturers may call their product “soap” even if it contains no soap at all!

Look at the number of ingredients in Commercial Soap and Natural Soap.

Dove White Bar Ingredients:  Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate Or Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate Or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

FSW Au Naturel Soap Ingredients:  Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Distilled Water, Castor Oil, Essential Oil, Natural Colorant.

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Valentine Gift Box

VALENTINE BOX

The perfect valentine gift.  Sweetheart Bubble Bath Scoops, Valentine cupcake bath bomb, Shea Splendor gift size body butter and Falling in Love Valentine soap!

Falling in Love Artisan Soap scented with gentle sweeps of peony are the first to bloom in this delightful bouquet. Pure elegance! Ingredients:  Coconut oil, Palm oil, Olive oil, Castor Oil, Sodium hydroxide, body safe fragrance and colorant.

Valentine Cupcake scented with a  juicy blend of orange, cherry, peach, pineapple and vanilla.  Ingredients: Baking Soda, Citric Acid, Cornstarch, Kaolin Clay, Grapeseed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Milk Powder, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, isopropyl alcohol, Glycerin, Tapioca Starch, Safe Color & Fragrance.

Sweetheart solid Bubble Bath Scoops scented with modern rose and lily brightened with hints of orange, lime and ozone. Ingredients: Baking Soda, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate ,  Citric Acid, Kaolin Clay, Glycerin, Cocoa Betain, Cocoa Butter, Isopropyl alcohol , Polysorbate 80, Body Safe Color & Fragrance.

Love Me Body Butter scented with a juicy blend of orange, cherry, peach, pineapple and vanilla.  This luxurious body butter base is full of skin moisturizing oils such as Shea, avocado, and rice bran. As if that wasn’t enough, we also included calming chamomile extract and vitamin E for even more skin conditioning benefits! This body butter leaves skin hydrated, without a greasy feel.

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