Don’t Eat It – The Name

Don't Eat It! Coconut soap. Peanut Butter Soap, Cocoa Soap
Don’t Eat It!
Coconut soap. Peanut Butter Soap, Cocoa Soap

Here is a quick story for those of you who haven’t heard how my soap got the name Don’t Eat It!

One day while I was in my kitchen cutting a slab of soap into bars, my youngest daughter, who was then in her mid teens, walks in. She glanced at what I was doing and immediately exclaimed “OH, Fudge?” Her excitement was extinguished when I quickly replied “No, soap. Don’t eat it!” Well not long after this I sent some soap home with my dad in a bag of groceries. I told him what it was, but he called me not long after he got home. “What is that stuff in the plastic baggie?” he asked. “Soap” I replied. “Oh I thought maybe it was fudge or cheese,” he said. “No,” I said, “Don’t Eat It!” So first it became a joke, but I eventually decided to name my soap “Don’t Eat It”

The story doesn’t really end there because one day, I was making labels for a batch of soap, and as I typed, “Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Almond Milk, Honey, Cinnamon,” I realized that those were all the ingredients that my breakfast bowl of oatmeal contained. (Yes I have put olive oil on oatmeal.) So other than the sodium hydroxide (lye) that is the necessary ingredient in making soap, this and many of my other soaps (coconut, pumpkin spice, peanut butter, cocoa) are completely edible.  The ingredients generally come from either my kitchen or my garden. You may have heard the saying “If you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin,” and with a couple of exceptions ( zinc oxide, sodium hydroxide) I have begun to subscribe to this philosophy in making my products.  So when you read my product label, and you think “yum” that sound s good, just remember “Don’t Eat It”.

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