Beauty from Ashes

phoenix-311786__340The “Beauty from Ashes” branding happened when I poured some soap and didn’t like how it came out, so I chopped it up and made new soap out of it. (I originally called it “Second Chance Soap,” but I like the idea of something beautiful coming out of a “mistake” — and the origin of soap is ashes.) Plus there’s the metaphorical thing about making something from virtually nothing during hard times, which is how I got started making soap in the first place. Beauty from Ashes soap includes an uplifting/motivational quote.* (See below for examples.)

Seriously, making the soap and watching the ingredients swirl when I first pour it is mesmerizing. Here’s what just-poured soap looks like:


These are holiday soap gifts.


*Here are some examples of the motivational sayings that are included with each bar.

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!” ~Audrey Hepburn

It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up. ~Vince Lombardi

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. ~Oprah Winfrey

If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.