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essential oil safety, aromatherapy www.anniesgoathill.com

Be careful…be very careful.

I am speaking out about formulas, recipes and instructions that I’ve seen in print – over the internet (Facebook, social media in general, soap making lists), and in books that I’ve downloaded, that have included very poor and/or misinformation about essential oil use.

So, today I am sharing a compilation of basic truths that I feel cannot be expressed enough.


  • Essential oils are not safe for ingestion! Do not drink them, and do not include them in your food.
  • Essential oils cannot be derived from each and every species of plant. Other than citrus, a fruit scented liquid that is labeled essential oil is not so! A fruit scented oil (such as strawberry, blueberry, banana, apple, coconut, etc…) is a fragrance oil.
  • Essential oils should not be applied neat (oils must always be diluted – normally with a carrier oil – before applying to the skin).
  • Essential oils must be used with caution – and even more so with the elderly, people that are sick or weak, and children. Use extra caution, or avoid usage altogether, on infants and animals.
  • An absolute diluted in a carrier oil does not equate to a pure essential oil. (Example: Vanilla is in its best form as an absolute. It does not distill well as an essential oil. Vanilla absolute can be diluted with a carrier oil, but the result is NOT to be labeled as pure essential oil). 
  • Any book that teaches essential oil blending, aromatherapy, or the formulating of products that contain essential oils, should include safe usage instructions and warnings.
  • Your nose knows! When an aromatherapist is in training, oils are studied by the book (chemistry make up and how the oil is derived), and through scent. The trained nose becomes familiar with good oils (oils that have not been adulterated). Trust your nose! If you suspect that an oil is not as labeled, you are more than likely correct. Do not use an oil that smells “off”.

Please help protect the freedom we have to use these oils. Misuse and misinformation will speed the boat up that could carry regulation to our doors, or worse, someone could die or become very sick. Stop the dreaded words, “It is natural, so what can it hurt?” It can hurt much…natural does not equate to safe or non-toxic.


My background: I am a base level aromatherapist. I took a course through a well-known school, completed projects with actual people, made formulas and products, took a detailed final exam, and received a certificate. Even at that, this does not make me an expert. I have a good understanding of the basics of aromatherapy – safety, usage and chemistry.

Annie’s Goat Hill, Smell and Feel the Goodness!

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With a mixture of sadness and happiness, people continue to write and call asking for Annie’s Goat Hill soap and lotion.

At this time we no longer sell handmade soap and body care products.

I do write books on soap making (and other topics), which at this time are published here Essential Soapmaking, and here, Advanced Soapmaking; Removing the Mystery. If you are interested in making great soap, these books are chock full of helpful information, insight, and my goat milk soap how-to’s and formula (in the advanced book).

I am also writing an entire line of books, in this order: goat care, children’s farm fiction, and several devotionals – publishing to be completed in both 2013 and 2014.

Thank you,



Share, Encourage and Grow



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Advanced Soap Making; Removing the Mystery www.anniesgoathill.com

I am excited to announce the release of my new book, Advanced Soapmaking: Removing the Mystery, co-authored with Alyssa Middleton of Vintage Body Spa.

Coverage from our Amazon.com page, where the book is available, “Enter the world of progressive soap making through Advanced Soap Making: Removing the Mystery. As if you were attending one of their private classes, the authors, Mary Humphrey and Alyssa Middleton lead you through step-by-step instructions, tips and formulas: * How to create unique soap formulas and size the formula to any mold * How to make luxurious goat milk soap * How to beautifully swirl and layer * How to blend natural scents like a pro * How to embed and rebatch natural soaps You will also gain extensive knowledge of common and exotic soap making oils, butters, herbs, unique liquids, hardeners and waxes. The glossary and resource guide erase any remaining advanced soap making doubts with easy to read terminology and locations to shop for ingredients, packaging and other soap making needs.”

My personal goat milk soap making techniques are included in the book, as well as the formula that I follow. Goat milk soap, including most made from scratch soaps, are worth every penny you either put (or pay) into them! Learning how to make the soap yourself really does pay off – for the health of your skin!

If you are new at soap making, or even if you are more experienced, I feel you will find this book to be a great resource.

Happy reading, and happy soaping!


Share, Encourage, and Grow

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goat milk soap www.anniesgoathill.com

I am thrilled to announce that we have returned to our normal 2 day shipping turnaround!

If you do order soap from us, however, keep in mind that orders are coming in quickly (like Christmas in August), so we may fall back another day before the month is over.

I also wanted to let you know that there is still a nice stock of goat milk soap in our inventory.

We did run out of our stamped soap boxes, and now are packaging goat milk soap in biodegradable cellophane bags.

Let me know if I can help you with anything.




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I am very excited to announce the launch of our book today!

Essential Soap Making is a 94 page, detailed, comprehensive e-Book, co-written with Alyssa Middleton of Bath and Body Academy.

In this book you will learn about the different ways to make soap (focusing specifically on cold process soap), ingredients used to make soap, techniques and safety information as well as formulas you can use as a starting point to make gentle, natural soap.  Step-by-step instructions with dozens of photographs that make it easy to follow along. 
essential soap making book www.anniesgoathill.com
The eBook includes:
  • Ingredients and equipment needed to make soap
  • Beginner’s formulas, with detailed instructions and suggestions on creating unique formulas
  • Reference charts including: Oils used in soap making and their properties, Essential oils and their properties, Herbs used in soap making and their properties, Herbs to color soap naturally
  • Instructions on making herb-infused oils
  • Coloring soap with micas, ultramarines and oxides
  • Troubleshooting
  • Starting a Soap Business, including how to price your soaps and where to sell them
  • Resources for purchasing ingredients and packaging
  • Glossary
Praise for Essential Soap Making
This book is an excellent base.  It’s ideal for anyone thinking about starting a bath and body business to someone just wanting to explore the more technical aspects of basic soapmaking.  From covering trouble spots in cold process soapmaking to exploring insurance to delving into business basics, it is a comprehensive primer to all things soap, soapmaking and craft business 101.  Buy it, devour it and enjoy making your first few batches of soap.”
– Annie-Marie Faiola, aka “The Soap Queen” and owner of Brambleberry Soap Making Supplies
“Alyssa and Mary have done an extraordinary job of assembling all the critical information you need to start making soap at home.  The indexes and charts make handy “pull-out” references, and the photographs make it easy to follow the instructions and confirm that you are doing everything correctly.  This book has all the information you need, plus it’s written in Alyssa’s and Mary’s easy, breezy style, which also make it fun and enjoyable.”
– Donna Maria Johnson, Founder of Indie Beauty Network
Purchase the book here.  And enjoy!!!!
Mary Humphrey

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Are you ready for a good giggle? Watch and listen up!

Giggles and Goat Milk Soap from the Red Barn Studio

It was fun.  It was impromptu.  And you got to see a curing rack full of soap.  Where’s the smell-o-vison?

And then, that’s not all of it.

As tired as I am (Can you tell by my silliness?), I went on to video #2.

Mary Humphrey from Annie’s Red Barn Studio

Dig my apron straps and lavender t-shirt? You get what you see with me.  Only the best!

Enjoy your day!

Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – where you can Smell and Feel the Goodness!


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goat milk soap sale www.anniesgoathill.com

I love bargains too.  Goat milk soap is a luxury, not a bargain.  So…when you see the word bargain it means serious business!

The details of Annie’s 6 for 6 Special are:

$6.00 flat rate shipping for 6 days!

Newly discounted soaps in the soap store (think of it as:  scratch and dent soap!).

The only rules to this special are:
  • shipping within the continental U.S.
  • products must fit into one USPS box* (no larger than the USPS 12x12x6 box- a LOT of soap fits into the box!)
  • sale dates 7/23-7/28/12 (ending 10 PM ET)
Don’t forget the most important rule – ENJOY your bargain!

*additional shipping fee of $6.00 will be charged per box

Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – Where you can Smell and Feel the Goodness!


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goat milk soap swirled www.anniesgoathill.com

A customer once said, “You know what I like about your soap? I like that it is not all fancy, with wild colors.  I just want good soap, nothing crazy.”

You know, I tend to agree with that statement.  But sometimes, when I mix it up a little, I really do sell the devil out of the “limited edition” soaps!

I do not swirl enough to claim that I have ever reached the practice-makes-perfect swirling gold star.  Oh no, I am far from it.  I fit soap production into my schedule to keep the base soaps that we carry in stock, swirling and other techniques, well…they happen when I am feeling a bit frivolous.

So, I had a sample sized bottle of Lily of the Valley fragrance that kept winking at me each time I opened my fragrance cabinet.  It said, “Hello, do something different with me!”

So, I tried.  Lily of the Valley, you got the green, you got the lavender.  You got the pretty.  Yes, you did.  Swirls, not so much.

lily of the valley goat milk soap www.anniesgoathill.com

Another blue moon (Or was that a full moon?) will come along.  I’ll hit up the swirling techniques again.  Yes I will!

Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – Where you can Smell and Feel the Goodness!

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shampoo bar www.anniesgoathill.com

Shampoo Bar

I have been a happy soap experimenter the last several days.

For the 1001’st time (at least that is how I see it), I am testing a new shampoo bar recipe.  One of these days I’ll come up with a formula that I feel is as good as I expect it to be.

Not everyone has soft water.  I know this because I have experienced it.  I will eventually design a bar that works well in hard water!

How about the pretty top on this one? Soap can just be gorgeous! Don’t you agree?


Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – Where you can smell and feel the goodness!

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unscented goat milk facial soap www.anniesgoathill.com

Unscented Facial Soap

Making soap becomes comfortable.  I always love the process, and I especially find joy in the moment when I release a new log of soap from the mold.  The danger of becoming too comfortable with our method is that we get careless with safety (a splash of lye – not so good), or we forget to add in an ingredient.  Are you nodding your head in agreement?

Sometimes, though, forgetfulness turns into a nice find.

In this case, I forgot to add in fragrance during the making of the soap.  In turn, what I got was a nice bar of goat milk soap that I love to use.

It is creamy, gentle, lathers nicely (thank you to kaolin clay), and has great emollient qualities (of course, it is goat milk soap)! The lack of fragrance isn’t a problem.  Sometimes it is nice to not add fragrance when cleansing, it gives your perfume or body cream a chance to stand out on its own afterwards.

Saying hello to Annie’s Unscented Facial Soap – or a great overall body soap!

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