Tuesday, July 12, 2011

BESTeam Feature: Mossycreeksoaps

My name is Michelle Rhoades, I am a certified soapmaker with the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild. Currently I teach in my own studio in Warner Robins, in the Mossy Creek Soap Studio along with my site on Etsy. My studio is decorated with "fun" in mind~ I needed a creative space besides the kitchen in my home. When I out-grew my kitchen and my family grew tried of being surrounded by soap all the time, I knew it was then I needed to find another place to create. That's when I started teaching others how to make soap.

My husband Dan and I started soap making together when a direct selling company that I really loved when out of the direct selling business. Instead of starting all over with another company with a new product and I started making my own. Which means I have complete control over what goes into my soap. I love to cook and I thought well... soap making cannot be that much different? Right? It's true.. there is something so amazing creating, designing and formulating soap. I get all the oils together. Some of which provide good moisture, good lather and that produce a good long lasting bar. Put them into a big pot add a little lye water and mix. Then I get to experience that fascinating transformation from oils to soap! It's so addicting.. I cannot wait to make my next great new recipe. I cannot wait to see what neat color combination's I can come up with and how the swirls will look in the end.? The hardest part is waiting until I can cut the bars.

You ask.."What's so special about homemade soap?". Well the answer is short... It's plainly better for you with out all the fillers of commerical soap. My soap is made with Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Lye and water. Basically thats it! You can add fragrance, you can also add color..but it's in the simplicity of the recipe that keeps most people coming back for more. I do believe most people do not know that their favorite beauty bar is not really soap? It's a detergent.. similar to the one you wash your dishes and clothes with. Allthough it may be mild and filled with lotion...it's not SOAP. Soap must be made with Lye in order to be called soap.

Mocha & Coffee Soap

Blooming Earth Basket

50 Full Size Soap Wedding Favors

3 Lavender, Tea Tree & Mint Soap

Oceans Edge Soap


If you are an Etsy seller that loves to blog like me. Then come and try out the BESTeam.






  1. Thats wonderful Elizabeth! Congrats on your growing business~ and best wishes for the future!


  2. Michelle~ wow so fascinating to hear about soap making! Wish I had a class nearby to take!Best wishes to you!!!


  3. Hi Elizabeth,

    Your blog is great, so much going on! I found you through Etsy Blogging Buddies.


  4. Loved reading the interview =) That coffee bean soap is awesome! I want some now.


  5. WOW. Great invetview! And I learned something very cool...soap makers can be certified! What an accomplishment and a true commitment to your passion and your customer!


  6. Thank you Elizabeth for Sharing my Story~ Also thank you to everyone else for posting!

    Love your blog Elizabeth! Have A Great Day!

  7. Thank you everyone. I am very happy to have Mossy Creek Soap as one of my team members.

  8. What an interesting interview! I just learned that my 'soap' is a detergent-omg. I love the coffee soap I may have to go get some of that!

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  10. Well I never realised that lye was such an important component of soap-making and that my favourite bars might well not contain it! One learns something every day here on Etsy!

    Have just "met" you via the Blogging Buddies site, and will be following you at their suggestion. (We also share an acquaintance with Annie of Dough,Dirt and Dye and Greetings Card fame). Hope that you'll return the favour by following me at www.ColdhamCuddliescalling.blogspot.com where I post about making, mending and creating the toys in my Etsy shop www.coldhamcuddlies.etsy.com. Hope to see you there sometime soon!

    All the best. Isobel

  11. Congrats on the new business. Love the last picture.

    following you from blogging buddies





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