Handbrewedsoaps

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Location Oakland, California, United States
Introduction I'm a third generation "Oaklander”; have two wonderful girls; and a really cool husband! I've been a classroom teacher in OUSD for 8 years. Now, I work on the Oakland MILE Project, a project that researches the impact music has on student learning. I also run my dream business. Handbrewed Soaps™ was born when my husband and I came up with the idea to “marry our passions” together, his brewing beer and mine hand-brewing soap! I started making cold process soap 4 years ago out of the need to provide my family with a better alternative to commercial soaps that extracted the oils out of our skin and replace them with harmful chemicals that irritated us. I wanted a soap that would clean without added chemicals and without taking away the essential oils in my skin. Through the years, I have experimented with herbs, fruits, and vegetables from my backyard. Then I made soap out of my husband’s beer. I was hooked, and Handbrewed Soaps™ was born. This blog is about what I “brew-up”: an idea, a craft/home project, an adventures. I can’t guarantee everything will be a success, but it will definitely be entertaining. I also encourage you to check out my store at handbrewedsoaps.com.