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Good Clean Fun

by Ann Self

The sensual delights of soap are explored in a unique, hands-on program slated for 5:30 P.M. Tuesday, August 27, at The Village Green.

Soap is a very common product that is found in every household.

However, the craft of handmade soap is a unique art form and those who create it are nothing short of artists. The perfect mix of ingredients often provide a combination of pleasing scents and moisturizer for the skin.

Commercial soaps often contain harsh ingredients that strip the skin of its natural moisture, while handmade soap works to restore it. What’s more, nature provides ample opportunities for adding color to natural, homemade soap. Some exciting examples of natural colorants used in soap making include powdered cosmetic clays like bentonite, herbs such as nettle and turmeric, spices such as nutmeg, and dried food powders like tomato and cocoa.

Allison Haigler will present “Colors of Nature: Soap Making with Herbs, Spices and Clay” during the Village Nature Series at 5:30 P.M. Tuesday, August 27, at The Village Green. An artisan and instructor, Allison creates luxuriously lathering, delicately scented, all-natural soaps that nourish the skin, the largest part of your body.

During her program she will give an overview of the soap making process as well as the variety of materials, mostly plants, that we have at our disposal. She will then demonstrate a technique to incorporate many of them while showcasing examples of her work that reveal other examples of how to use color by creating layers, drops and swirls.

Finally, those who like to learn with their hands will have the opportunity to mix up some colors during her presentation.

The Village Nature Series is presented by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and The Village Green as part of their shared mission to protect and preserve the land and natural resources. The monthly presentations sponsored by the Cedar Creek Club provide educational opportunities to learn about distinctive features of the area for residents and visitors to the Highlands-Cashiers community.

The free programs are the last Tuesday of each month from May through September at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road near the Cashiers post office. For more information, visit VillageGreenCashiersNC.com or contact The Village Green at (828) 743-3434.

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