About New England Handmade Artisan Soaps
New England Handmade Artisan soaps was a woman-owned soap company established in 2012 and based in Worcester, Massachusetts. I am not currently selling soaps, but I continue to make soaps for my own personal use, for family, and for friends under the New England Handmade Artisan Soaps label.
I make soaps using the cold process soap-making method using only vegetable oils. Cold process soap making involves mixing a unique combination of vegetable oils, especially chosen for their various properties to cleanse and condition as well as their ability to produce a creamy and fluffy lather, with sodium hydroxide, also known as lye. The chemical reaction that results consumes all of the lye, leaving behind luxurious, handcrafted soap. Once you’ve tried handmade soap, you’ll never return to the commercial soaps so drying to your skin. I have even found that I can use little to no moisturizer and lotion.
Welcome to my blog! My name is Dana Huff, and I started making soap in July 2012. I’m a teacher by trade, and I love to read.
I decided to try my hand at making soap when I fell in love with a soap sold at the farmers’ market near my old home. I stocked up on this soap before I moved, and each time I bought it, I handled and smelled the other soaps for sale. They were so pretty and smelled so nice! And I could understand all the names of the ingredients on the list. I decided if the lady selling soap at the farmers’ market could make soap, so could I. I began researching—following soap-making sites and blogs, saving recipes on Pinterest, and reading soap-making books. I tried my first batch using a recipe in the first soap-making book I read, Elizabeth Letcavage and Patsy Buck’s Basic Soap Making. I started this blog to chronicle my adventures in making soap, and also (truth be told) because I’m a serial blog starter.
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About My Recipes
My own recipes are shared here under the terms of a Creative Commons License.
Soap Recipes by Dana Huff are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
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What does this mean? You are free to use my recipes to make your own soap. You can alter them if you like, and you can even share them on your blog or website; however, you may not sell soaps made with my recipes or otherwise profit from my recipes. Recipes are still copyrighted to me, but I extend these rights in the interest of sharing what I’m learning and helping fellow soapers.