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Published on June 11th, 2008 | by Autumn Wiggins

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Bow-Chicka-Bow-Wow: Smelly Chicks Make Soap Porn

I found Smelly Chick’s Online Soapmaking Resource the other day, because they had blogged about my seed packet tutorial. Interestingly enough, the site includes “tutorials, soap porn, industry news, and more”.

Now, the term “yarn porn” is often thrown around in the craft world. In fact, you are reading a blog post by the proud owner of knittingwhorehouse.com (I collect domain names with the loftiest of intentions). But… “Soap Porn”? Smelly Chicks, you asked for it, and I’m going to goat’s milk this for all it’s worth. Ahem…

First of all, this site is sexy! As a web designer myself, I’m super impressed with the graphics and layout of their WordPress theme. The blog is has many interesting tidbits, not only for soapmakers, but anyone with a small craft business.

In the about section, site proprietor Marr Williams describes the hours of research she embarked on before completing her first bar of soap. I know how she feels. A couple years back I set out with the same intentions, only to be overwhelmed by the amount stuff you need to do this. Soapmaking is a no-looking-back sort of craft. Especially if you are wanting to make cold or hot process varieties, the materials involved are intimidating (namely, the lye) and somewhat expensive. Let alone trying to narrow down which scents to choose without accumulating a militia-worthy arsenal of essential oils. Still, there are few indulgences I find as satisfying as burying my face in a silky white lather of all natural ingredients.

When I finally surrender to my desire to make soap, I’m thrilled to know that the latest tutorials, lye calculators, and resources are all accessible from one place. Until then, my addiction to soap porn continues, and I’ll gladly pay members of Etsy’s Soaper Stars and Green and Clean street teams to fulfill my sudsing fantasies.

Remember, soap works best when you’re wet… I doubt I’ll ever use it to wash out my dirty mouth though!

Photo Credit: Pure Herbal Handmade Soap by Ginger’s Garden

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About the Author

This 2008 interview pretty much sums it up: 1. How would you describe yourself? An oddly situated performer of thought experiments 2. Do you have any anecdotes about your work (how you got started, frustrating moments, or funny stories)? At this year's Maker Faire in San Mateo, I gave a presentation on how the trend of green crafting can ultimately address the problem of consumption and waste. Dale Dougherty,the publisher of Make and Craft, later had a gift delivered to me, a staple bound book of poetry: Music Like Dirt by Frank Bidart. This is the last thing one would expect to take home from an event so focused on renegade technology. To my surprise, it was an existential reflection on the human need to make things that I now find myself going back to whenever I need some inspiration to look beyond the materials and processes of crafting. 3. What kinds of things do you do for fun? In my spare time I enjoy amateur astronomy, outdoor adventures, collecting domain names, and hanging out at coffee shops. 4. What interesting projects are you working on right now? I'm working to organize community involvement in upcycling, and have a few top-secret website projects up my sleeves! 5. Where do you live? Kids, pets, spouse, occupation? O'Fallon, IL, a suburb (and I mean a totally typical suburb) of St. Louis, MO. Rather than moving to the more culture friendly urban environment, I am staying put and annoying the heck out of Wal-Mart by throwing a massive indie craft show(Strange Folk) in their backyard. I have a husband, Doug, and two sons: a 7 year old mad scientist named Jack, and 6 year old Max, who we think is an aspiring tattoo artist since he's so fond of drawing all over himself with markers. To pay the bills, I do freelance writing, mural painting, and website design, sell my handmade crafts, teach art classes for kids, and work part -time at a local coffee shop. 6. What new idea (in or outside of your field) has excited you most recently? The concept known as "Cradle-to-Cradle" is a blueprint for sustainability that states everything we manufacture should be either biodegrable, infinitely recyclable, or intended to be upcycled. This is the basis for many of my ideas of how the crafting community can be more widely involved in solving the environmental crisis. 7. What is your favorite food/color/tool? granola/green/sewing machine!



  • http://www.smellychicksonline.com Marr Williams

    Thanks for the write up Autumn!I read your blog all of the time and have been meaning to add it to my blog roll. Today seems like a great day to do that. Thanks for your great biz card tutorial and for all of the green info that you share. It’s important work you’re doing. :)

  • http://www.smellychicksonline.com Marr Williams

    Thanks for the write up Autumn!I read your blog all of the time and have been meaning to add it to my blog roll. Today seems like a great day to do that. Thanks for your great biz card tutorial and for all of the green info that you share. It’s important work you’re doing. :)

  • http://www.smellychicksonline.com Marr Williams

    Thanks for the write up Autumn!I read your blog all of the time and have been meaning to add it to my blog roll. Today seems like a great day to do that. Thanks for your great biz card tutorial and for all of the green info that you share. It’s important work you’re doing. :)

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    I see you are using a picture of my soap.
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