Lump of Coal

This is a spectacular prank to pull on kids for Christmas.  A lump of lumpofcoalcoal in their stocking….. that turns out to be a really nice soap!

A beautiful beef and buffalo tallow based formula enriched with coconut oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and castor oil; colored with activated charcoal (yes, the suds will be ‘dirty’ looking, but the hands will be CLEAN!) and scented with orange and spice essential oils!

Now, I realize this doesn’t really look like a lump of bituminous coal.  Due to circumstances that were beyond my control, I didn’t get to mash the soap when it should have been mashed into a ‘lump’ shape.  So, we have these very solid ‘anthracite’-looking lumps (OK, use your imagination).  The upside – these bars will LAST so much longer than if they’d gotten mashed.  :)

It smells beautiful, it cleans well and the shape will fit little hands as well as larger hands.

Each weighs a little over 4oz.  $2.50 Get it here

Lotion Bars Available for Shipping!

Your skin is your body’s largest organ – most of us have heard that in recent years.  When I was growing up, no one really gave much thought to how much skin did or Lotion Bardid not absorb of what was put on it.  By the time I was a teenager, I fully believed the skin absorbed a LOT of what was put on it.  And what an ugly way to learn this:  I got gasoline all over one side of my body and wasn’t able to wash right away.  I got the smell of gasoline out of my clothing before I got it out of my skin and the headache lasted for 3 days.   I believed that my skin had absorbed a lot of gasoline and that caused the headache.   I got a good amount of negative feedback about that theory.  

Nowadays, it’s common knowledge that the skin absorbs what is put on it.  Indeed, there are many prescription medications which are delivered transdermally.  Two of the best ways to get Magnesium into your system is to use Magnesium Oil (which is really a brine, but it feels oily initially) or Magnesium Gel – both deliver a quick dose of Magnesium (magnesium plays a part in over 300 processes in the body!) right through the skin.  

So, long story short, your skin is absorbing some of EVERYTHING you put on it!  Now, with that in mind, go read some of the ingredients on a bottle of lotion….   Yeah.  Seriously.   We all run around ‘trusting’ that those products are ‘safe’, but are they really?  Especially when you get to looking around for some of the specific chemicals listed and what they’re used for and the potential harms they can cause….  Is your health REALLY that expendable to you?  Not to me.  I truly believe that if it’s not edible, then it shouldn’t go on the skin.  That is why these little gems were created.  

Plain and unassuming, our lotion bars don’t really look super pretty.  However, they’ve been meticulously formulated with Organic and raw ingredients to nurture lotionbar2the skin.  It took some time, but these have been perfected for ease of use in cold weather as well.   With a base of organic beeswax and organic coconut oil, enriched with cocoa butter, emu oil, shea & mango butters and lanolin, these are superior skin care.  They’re multi-use items, too – have had customers tell me they use these as eye brow wax, to sleek their pulled-back hair, as nose and/or paw wax on their pooches… the list goes on.  Believe it or don’t, these do NOT leave the skin feeling oily or greasy!  On top of all the goodness these impart to the skin, they also smell delectable!  

Lotion Bars are available with or without the tin – if you get one with the tin, save the tin and re-use it!  Lotion Bars are wrapped in heavy duty foil (recyclable) and the melting point is pretty low, so they can’t go in a pocket that is close to the body.  During the summer months in hot lotionbar3places like Arizona, these should probably be refrigerated.  We won’t even try to ship them during the summer, so if you LOVE these, make sure to stock up before the hot weather comes along.  

Available here

Crusty Drunkard

CrustyDrunkardWith a refreshing dirt and oak moss scent for everyday cleanliness and sobriety.

Sounds like something EVERY pirate would enjoy, doesn’t it?

OK, let’s back up – going to give you the back story…  In looking at my schedule with a realistic eye, it became very clear to me that I wasn’t going to be able to get ALL the things I WANTED to do DONE in the way I am currently having to work.  So, I asked my daughter for help.

Me:  Put your thinking cap on.  I want to make one good beer based shampoo/body bar for men that will go with ALL of the Shave Creams and After Shaves because there isn’t enough time to get 8 different batches of soap done.

Daughter:  Crusty Drunkard Man Soap:  with a refreshing dirt and moss scent for everyday cleanliness and sobriety.  Just kidding.  I’ll come up with something.

Me:  I think you just did.

And here we are.  Crusty Drunkard is a beef and buffalo tallow soap enriched with beer (lots and lots of beer!) silk, argan oil, avocado oil, rice bran oil, meadowfoam seed oil, hemp seed oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, and vitamin E.  A good amount of coconut oil for a moderate, cleansing lather.  Superfatted to about 7% so it’s not overly drying as a solid shampoo.

My husband says the scent is very nice – he smells hints of vanilla and truthfully, I smell them too.  It smells like an aftershave that my dad wore when I was a kid.  It’s a manly yet classy scent – earthy, not dirty.  It’s been scenting up my living room while it cures out and it gets better with age.  Nifty.

Please believe me – the appearance and scent are much more sophisticated than the name would imply.

Get yours here

Aftershave Balm

This is a pic of an empty bottle for a place holder! Every time I get this made up, they go so fast and I forget to take a pic. Will be replaced soon. :)

Hi everyone!

Today, I bring to you Aftershave Balm.  This is not a lotion, but a balm made with witch hazel (a botanical astringent) and Organic Aloe Vera to help alleviate any discomfort from razor burn or nicks and to encourage healing of the skin.

This is completely made from scratch – I even make the witch hazel extract from organic witch hazel and rum.  Enriched with Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Argan oil, vegetable glycerin and scented with essential oils and botanicals.

Because this is left on the skin, there will be no versions available with fragrance oils, and essential oils will be used lightly.

Unscented (for those who prefer no scent or wish to add their own essential oil or blend)
Sandalwood Citrus (earthy, rich sandalwood balanced with orange and grapefruit)
Cocoa Orange Spice (cocoa, orange and spices – smells like an orange with cloves in it next to a cup of hot cocoa)
Lemon Eucalyptus (the crisp, clean scent of lemon on balance with eucalyptus)
Rose Geranium (Rose and Geranium Essential oils blended to perfection)
Forest (very green/herbacious scent created with sage, cedar and evergreen essential oils)
Lavender (Lavender essential oil is soothing)
Spice Bay (Bay, Spices and Rum – think old spice with a twist of lime)

Get yours here 

Frankincense and Myrrh aka Bar of Bethlehem

OK, you know that thingFnMfrs are often punny around here, right?  A little irreverent, but not disrespectful! :)

If you participated in the contest and voted for that name before the comments closed, you’re a winner.   Please send your address info!

Close up

Close up

When I make the Glucosamine/MSM pain cream, Frankincense and Myrrh resins get infused into one of the oils used in the cream. There is always some of the Resin left over in the bottom of the oil jar. They smell beautiful, they just refuse to dissolve into the oil.

Decided to use them in this soap.

Mildly exfoliating, three shades of gold and gold on top make this a visually interesting bar!  It’s also HUGE – each bar tips the scales at over 7 ounces.


Close up image of gold

This is a beef and buffalo tallow-based bar enriched with silk, hemp, goat milk, mink, emu oil, hemp seed oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil and apricot seed oil.  Organic red palm oil was used to enhance the golden tones!  Fragranced with Frankincense

Close up of top

Close up of top

resin and essential oil, Myrrh resin and essential oil and just a couple drops of pure Sandalwood Essential oil – but not to worry!  While the scent is beautiful and earthy, it is not over powering.  This soap produces a medium lather and cleanses well without excessive drying action on the skin.

Beautiful!   Get yours here


Shaving Cream Soap

Cream Soap is a subject most people don’t know a lot about.  There are few recipes from the late 1800’s ShaveCreamthrough early 1900’s in print and not a whole lot of information written down.   It grieves me some that many of the products out there calling themselves ‘cream soap’ are really just whipped up dish soap with stabilizing chemicals.

As I made my way through the ‘mystery’ of Cream Soap, any family and friends who were interested and willing got Cream Soap to try out in order to give me feedback.  The feedback helped me improve the formula each time.  My husband hasn’t bought commercial shaving products for more than 5 years now.

Cream Soap is a cooked soap made with fats and oils high in stearic acid, two different types of lye, glycerin, aloe vera, vitamin E, oils for conditioning and other properties (each oil has something different to offer to the soap – cleansing, conditioning, lather, hardness, stability), and super creamed while the soap is still hot.  Then it’s got to rest.  This resting period is also called “The Rot” even though there is nothing going bad!  Like many other things, this soap just gets better with age.

I flat refuse to put fragrance oils in Shaving Cream soap.  This soap sits on the skin for a time and the act of shaving can disrupt the surface of the skin, making it more apt to absorb anything in the soap, this Shaving Cream will always only have essential oils or be unscented.

Right now, this is available in the following scents:
Unscented (for those who prefer no scent or wish to add their own essential oil or blend)
Sandalwood Citrus (earthy, rich sandalwood balanced with orange and grapefruit)
Cocoa Orange Spice (cocoa, orange and spices – smells like an orange with cloves in it next to a cup of hot cocoa)
Lemon Eucalyptus (the crisp, clean scent of lemon on balance with eucalyptus)
Rose Geranium (Rose and Geranium Essential oils blended to perfection)
Forest (very green/herbacious scent created with sage, cedar and evergreen essential oils)
Lavender (Lavender essential oil is soothing and cleansing)
Spice Bay (Bay, Spices and Rum – think old spice with a twist of lime)

There has been a page created for Men’s items and all these are listed there as well as on the soap page – as you can see, however, the scents available are not exclusive to men nor to women.

If you have an essential oil or blend you’d like used in your cream soap, don’t hesitate to contact me!  I’m happy to work with you.

Get your Shave Cream Here and here


Name That Soap! Contest

Hey everyone! I need some help – there’s this really beautifulIMG_0092  exfoliating bar with Frankincense and Myrrh in it (the resins as well as essential oils – NO fragrance oils) for the upcoming Holidays.  Help me name it and the person who suggests the name used will win a bar!! :)

Comment below with your idea(s)!

The pic will be published when the soap is released for sale and at that time, the name of the winner will be announced.

Numero Dos :)

NumeroDosOK, this is a touchy subject, but everyone DOES it.

Number 2.  Drop a deuce.  Poo.  Hence the name, Numero Dos.  Made with all natural NON-chemical ingredients, this little gem will not only save embarrassment. it won’t poison you or your environment!

Simply spray a few sprays on the surface of the water, go, flush.

But that’s not where the usefulness of this stuff ends.  Deodorize the air, stinky shoes, etc.  Because there are essential oils and glycerin in this, test it on an inconspicuous spot first – the essential oils are strong and, well, glycerin is glycerin – not really an oil, not really water.  They may make spots on certain fabrics or surfaces – they’ll likely be fairly easy to clean.  But you’ve been warned – I’m not coming to clean it if you mess up… LOL   :)

Currently, I only make Lemon Eucalyptus (and everyone seems to love it) but if you’d like to request a certain essential oil or blend, feel free to Contact me and we can work out the details.

Ingredients: Water, Odor Killing Enzymes, Essential Oils, Glycerin.

Yours is waiting for you  here


Avocado Facial Bar

Avocado15A coconut oil free, fine tallow soap enriched with the flesh of an organic avocado, vitamin-rich organic avocado oil, emu oil, organic aloe vera, jojoba, raw organic shea butter, raw organic cocoa butter, lanolin.   Therapeutic grade essential oils of lavender, bergamot and melissa contribute their scent and healing qualities – and you know you’re not being subjected to chemicals.  This super luxe 9% super fatted soap is all about taking care of your face!

This is a LOW SUDSING formula – because of it’s luxurious ingredients, this soap will not make a big, bubbly suds – but it will clean the skin all the same – well not the ‘same’.  It will be gentler than other, more sudsy soaps.  :)  See my Coconut Oil Post.

Remember that these super fatted soaps do have a shelf life – they’re good for about a year after obtaining them, so use them or put them in the freezer.   Offered at $7.00 per bar here

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Interested in making your own soap?

somethingbluenewOne of my most favorite things about making soap is the calculation of the formula.  I absolutely love to figure out how much of each oil should go into a certain formulation, what additives ‘fit’, I sketch out how I’d like it to look, even.  There are some formulations that never get off the ground for one reason or another, others that can’t get made fast enough to suit me.  I love doing this from the first idea of a product right to meeting the person who buys it.

I’ve talked to several people who have expressed an interest in making their own soap. The things that hold them back seem to be the following:

1. Difficulty in figuring out a recipe.
2. Not really knowing exactly which steps to take
3. Afraid of Lye.

We will address number 3 first.  Lye is only as dangerous as you make it.  If you take steps to protect yourself (gloves, safety glasses), use non-reactive utensils and containers (plastic, stainless steel) and always, always, ALWAYS pour your lye into your water, the lye will not hurt you.

While I know many people who get all separate utensils for making soap, I don’t.  I use the same pots we eat out of to make soap and they’ve never been cleaner!  EXCEPT in the cases when someone has made a special order for a batch of soap that contains a very heavy fragrance oil (i.e., one that I wouldn’t normally use as I choose those which are not-so-toxic).  Some of those fragrance oils take 2 or 3 batches of laundry soap or liquid soap to get the smell out of the pot!  (It seems to me that the fragrance oils that have the most toxic ingredients also take the longest to get out.) So, if you’re going to use fragrance oils in your soaps all the time, getting separate items to make soap is probably a good idea.

Now, the main point to this post:  I can help you with 1 and 2.  You can let me know what kind of soap you want, the oils and additions (goat milk, etc) you’d like to use and I will formulate a recipe for you. Then give you a step by step tutorial on how to make it.  Just send an email with your information.




Super Emollient Cream and TLCream updates

Hi everyone!  If you’ve been trying to order Super Emollient Cream lately and had trouble, I apologize! CreamSome of the links were somehow misdirecting to another product.  They’ve all been fixed and checked – and double checked.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if there are ever any issues with the links or checkout for you.

Super Emollient Cream and TLCream

Ordering Info

There is more than one way to order here at Intrinsic Alchemist!

One, you can click ‘Buy Now” on any available item, click continue shopping to add more items to your cart, then Check out.

Once you’re in the checkout area, you’ve got several choices as shown below:


The first choice, Payment by Credit Card – you enter your credit card information in the secure interface and I process the card manually. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express.

The second choice, Payment by PayPal – you either log in to your pay pal account or enter your card information in the PayPal interface and the card is processed by PayPal.  I do understand that not everyone is thrilled with PayPal, however, so there are other options to choose from!

The third choice, Money Order – you choose this option, I send you the information on where to send your money order.  Once the funds arrive, your order ships.

The fourth choice, PayPal Invoice w/Terms – this option is usually used with full Loaf orders.  You place your order, choose this option, a certain amount, usually 50% of the total, is paid immediately with the remainder due upon shipment.

The fifth choice, Please Send Invoice CC – you choose this option, then I prepare an identical invoice through my credit card processor and send it to your email address.  The interface is secure and the payment is fast and easy.

If you’re international, please choose the Money Order option.  I will only charge exact shipping, but need to calculate it first according to your location.

Have a great day!

If Barbie made an All-Veg Soap….

It would look like this.  :)

Scented with a knock-off of VS Dream Angels ‘Heavenly’, then colored with neon pink and purple colorants, this is definitely an interesting bar!  Heavenly

This all-vegetable soap is made with organic cottonseed, organic coconut and soy oils, enriched with vitamin-rich organic avocado, apricot, hemp, raw organic cocoa butter,  raw organic shea butter, mango butter, sweet almond oil, organic coconut milk and organic aloe vera.

Get yours here


Fall into Pumpkin Spice

Since today is the first day of Fall, I thought you might appreciate this take on Pumpkin Spice.  pumpkinspice

A beautiful beef and buffalo tallow-based bar enriched with Organic pumpkin that I grew, raw organic shea butter, silk, raw organic cocoa butter, meadowfoam seed oil, jojoba oil, sustainable organic red palm oil, beer (Shock Top Lemon Shandy), and rice bran oil.  This is an awesome soap that can be used as a solid shampoo as well.

The colors come from the pumpkin, red palm oil, minerals and spices.

Scented with organic cinnamon and a blend of essential oils and fragrance oil that delivers a sweet pumpkin spice scent!

It smells good enough to eat….but don’t.   Get yours here.

Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear FruitAnyone who’s been up around 4 in the morning looking for something on TV has seen the ad for the super juice made from the fruit of the nopal cactus.

Well, that’s prickly pear.  They grow in abundance in my front yard.

I pick the fruit with metal tongs, then burn the spines (spikes! LOL) off with a torch.  Then I toss them in a bucket.  Once I’ve got as much as I think I can use OR I get tired – which ever comes first, in we go.  I don my kevlar gloves – even though we’ve burned the ouchiest parts off them, there can still be little tiny spines that will burrow into the skin – and peel the fruits.   Each one has many tiny pricklypear15black seeds inside.  Those seeds are hard as rocks!   Once the fruits are peeled and seeded, they’re edible.  To me, they taste a little like melon.   I think they make pretty good syrup for our gluten free/grain free pancakes and waffles.   They also seem to make pretty nifty soap!

Enriched with prickly pear fruit, goat milk, beer, aloe, jojoba oil and avocado oil, with a super fat of 7%, this is a super bar of soap.  It also has meadowfoam seed oil and can be used as a solid shampoo.

The fragrance is a blend of phthalate free fragrance and essential oils.  It’s quite a sweet floral, but isn’t cloying.    This is a low coconut formula, meaning it will cleanse, but not be too drying.  The suds will be low instead of a high, bubbly lather.

As always, the colors are natural minerals.

Get yours here


Jasmine is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family that are widely cultivated for the fragrance of Jasminetheir flowers.  The delicate, sweet odor is so peculiar that it is without comparison one of the most distinct of all natural scents, and for a long time, it was believed that it was the only scent that could not be made artificially.  Jasmine fragrance oil closely follows in composition the natural oil – but the true perfume of Jasmine is not exactly reproducible by any combination of chemical compounds or other natural products and the best Jasmine Fragrance Oils have Jasmine Essential Oil mixed into them. Because pure Jasmine Essential Oil is so pricey (in the neighborhood of $100 per oz), a bar of soap made with pure essential oil would be extremely expensive.   So, I have used a blend of a not-so-toxic fragrance oil and real Jasmine Grandiflorum Essential Oil.

The soap is a beautiful, hard beef and buffalo tallow based soap, enriched with Goat Milk, Silk, Mink Oil, Emu Oil, Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Apricot Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, Olive oil and fine cosmetic clay.  It’s luxurious to say the least.

$6.25 Get yours here


Coffee and Chocolate will make you smile….

It’s been a while since coffee soap was made around here – and I know there are several of you who have coffee15been patiently waiting on me to get it together and get this done.  I’m sorry it took so long.   If it’s any consolation, this is another one that is BETTER now.

Made with freshly brewed organic fair trade coffee, freshly ground organic fair trade coffee beans, raw organic fair trade cocoa butter and raw organic fair trade cocoa powder, this one is almost edible.

It has zero added scent, so the natural fragrances of the coffee and chocolate mingle through lightly.  It has a bit of coconut oil added so that it cleanses.  It’s also enriched with beef and buffalo tallows, castor oil and hemp oil.   This is balanced out with the skin-loving and conditioning properties of goat milk, buttermilk, aloe, kaolin clay, rhassoul clay, whey, honey, gluten free beer and silk.

Topped off with a fresh grate of dark coffee beans, this is truly a beautiful soap.

Get yours here.



Blood Orange Shampoo Bar

Orange you glad I didn’t make a punny title?  :)BloodOrange

This is truly one of the nicest shampoo bars ever.  Made with olive oil that has been infused with blood orange,  vitamin-rich avocado oil that has been infused with Annatto, conditioning castor oil, silk protein, jojoba oil, meadowfoam, rice bran oil, organic shea butter, kind organic red palm oil, beef and buffalo tallows, with just enough coconut oil to suds up well without excessive drying.

The scent is super luxurious 5x concentrated Sweet Orange Essential Oil.  The orange color is naturally occurring from the annatto, red palm oil and essential oil; the deep red orange is created with minerals.

Available here

New Batch Rose Soap!

I’ll be honest, one of my most favorite things in the world is a rose bush.  Doesn’t matter what color – they’re all just beautiful and the smell of each one is unique.   RoseRose

While I love rose scented things, there is nothing more tedious to me than a rose scented item that is so obviously fake that the smell just never goes away.  Years after you get rid of some of those super fakey things, you can still smell them and the super chemical fakey base used to make them.

But Rose Essential oil is SSSOOOOO expensive!  What to do?  I found a really nice fragrance blend that smells like real roses!  AND it’s not a super toxic, kill-you-dead one, either!

This soap is just a beautiful, super hard, tallow soap enriched with Rhassoul Clay, French Green Clay, Kaolin Clay, Almond Oil, Castor Oil, Cocoa Butter, and Olive Oil then colored with Herbs and Minerals.  Awesome.

$5.25 per bar

Rose Balm – New and Improved

Uh Oh… is that a good thing or a bad thing?
That is what I always thought when I saw that one of my favorite products had the “new and improved” rosebalmsign on them. ESPECIALLY on a cleaning product – when I used to buy them – they were often not improved at all, just repackaged to hopefully generate new customers. Sometimes, the quality had taken a step backward and the new ingredient wasn’t very good at all.

But that is NOT what is happening here! If you have read about the TLCream, the oils are infused with calendula and helichrysum.  Well, the Rose Balm was SO nice with the oils infused with Roses, I thought why not use the calendula and helichrysum in this as well?

Roses likely originated in northern Persia, then spread across Mesopotamia to Palestine and across Asia Minor to Greece.  And thus it was that Greek colonists brought it to Southern Italy.  It is beyond doubt that Roses used in ancient days were cultivated varieties.  Horace and Pliny both wrote extensively about Roses.  The Romans made lavish use of Rose blossoms.   Roses have long been used as a remedy for soothing irritated skin.

Calendula has long been used by herbalists in cooking, medicine and as a garden flower .  Dodoens-Lyte (A Niewe Herball, 1578) wrote:  ‘It hath pleasant, bright and shining yellow flowers, to which do close at the setting downe of the sunne, and do spread and open againe at the sunne rising.’

Long used externally for pain, swelling, sprains and wounds, calendula also promotes cell repair and growth.

Helichrysum (also known in previous times as “Immortelle” or “Eternal Flower”) extract relieves skin irritations and promotes tissue regeneration.   Vitamin E is an antioxidant, has a roll in cell signaling and enzymatic activity.

Without a doubt, this beautiful balm just got a little more lovely.  It is a wonderful lip balm.  It can also be used on extremely dry spots, to groom eye brows – my daughter even uses it on her hair to control little strays – pretty much open to your imagination!

Made with organic avocado and olive oils infused with organic roses, organic calendula and organic helichrysum, organic sunflower seed oil, organic coconut oil, organic beeswax, organic honeycomb, raw organic honey, raw organic cocoa butter, raw organic shea butter, lanolin, alkanna tinctoria, vitamin e, geranium essential oil and rose essential oil.

Get it here


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