All About Loofahs

What is a loofah (loofa, luffa)?

It’s a vegetable that grows on a vine and will ripen to a replenishable and sustainable body scrub.

We began growing loofahs in the summer of 2019. We did not know what the outcome would be, but when they finally began to grow, we began preparing them to be sold. Loofahs grow on vines. The vines can grow quite long, as ours grew just over 80 feet. Loofahs look just like zucchini and are even edible when the vegetable is young. However, to produce the sponge, you let it dry and then peel the skin. The cleansing process starts by soaking the loofahs in a bleach-water mixture. We use one-half a cup of bleach per five gallons of water. They are then hung up and dried.
 The picture to the right shows the different stages of the loofah. The dark green color is what it looks like as it first starts growing. Then it becomes more of a light yellow-green color. When it turns brown, that is when it is ready to be picked and peeled. The white-tan color loofah is what it looks like after it is peeled and soaked in the bleach water, also in the picture below.
Loofahs are great at exfoliating and will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. They are also good renewable resources. To properly use them, soak them in water and they will be squishy and act like a sponge. The loofahs are best paired with our Shea Butter and Goats Milk soaps. You can use them on your body and face to reduce oils. Due to the naturalness of the loofah, when you first use a loofah, it may smell like hay. After a few uses, however, the smell will be gone.  Rest assured, the hay smell does not transfer to your skin!

If you would like to purchase a loofah, head over to our shop and pick one up today!

Lemongrass Goats Milk Soap

What is so awesome about our Lemongrass Goats Milk Soap?

When it comes to repelling some pests, we just might have the answer for you!

We started making Lemongrass Goats Milk Soap upon request from one of our customers at the Hallsville Farmers and Artisans Market.  This gentleman was curious about our Lemongrass scented items.  His claim was that he was instructed to use it because of it’s natural properties to repel ticks (Google Search).  While it was the first we had heard of it, we quickly started researching. Lemongrass Goat Milk Soap
Lemongrass Body Scrub with Lemongrass The information returned from Google was interesting and surprising.  The Lemongrass essential oil that we were using for our Lemongrass Bath Bombs and Lemongrass Body Scrub is reported by many to repel ticks (and some other pests).  While the customer that was asking about it didn’t want to use a Bath Bomb or our Body Scrub, we agreed that we would try to put it in our soaps and see if it would work for him.
Riley and Megan began designing the soap and came up with a soap that was mainly yellow and included some clear flakes that were tinted green.  After the first batch was made, we knew this scent was going to be a hit!

While lemongrass and lemons aren’t related, they both contain citral which gives them both the “lemony” scent.  This “lemony” scent will invigorate your showering experience when using our soaps and scrubs.  In the bath, we suggest using the Bath Bombs which will surely make any alone time worth it!

Goats Milk Soap Lemongrass Front

You will love the scent of our Lemongrass Soaps, Bath Bombs, and Body Scrubs.  Whether you want to potentially send ticks packing or you just want an invigorating experience.  The scent of citrus is sure to awaken your senses!  If you would like to try a bar, you can visit us during the summer at the Hallsville Farmers and Artisans Market.  If it isn’t summer or you can’t wait, you can visit our shop and pick up a bar, bath bomb, or body scrub to have shipped to you!

Make each new day a you day!

We are not doctors or in the medical profession.  All claims of any medicinal or other benefits of using our products are a result of basic internet searching.  We do not guarantee our products to reduce the number of ticks/tick bites you receive.  Each individual is unique and may have different results.  If you are unsure of using this product, feel free to consult with your own physician or a professional.

We’ve been busy, but…

The last update was in 2019 and it’s now 4 months, almost 5, into 2020.  We are in a pandemic.  Everyone is asked to stay at home and things have shut down.  This web site hasn’t done much and the updates are lacking.  But that doesn’t mean we aren’t up to something!

Over the last several months we started making lip balm!  After making several batches and honing our recipe to create something that everyone likes, we finally agreed on a recipe.  We started kicking out different flavors – Bacon, Banana Creme, Cherry, French Vanilla, Key Lime, Pina Colada, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Tropical.  These are super good!  Full of Vitamin E.  Tons of Coconut Oil.  We even threw in some Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter!

The other thing I’ve been working on is getting a platform available for people to buy our products.  I tried this website first.  It wasn’t that great.  I attempted to use Etsy – but in reality, if you don’t pay a fortune to advertise, you won’t sell anything.  I decided to integrate/create a shop on Facebook.  It was all good and fine until I realized customers could only buy one thing at a time.  Not very efficient when you want 5 of something.  So I scrapped that and came back here.

On the farming side of things, we’ve got the garden going.  We’ve got 3 rows of red potatoes, 3 rows of onions (red, yellow, white), one row of salad, four hills of radishes (doing them different this year!), and one row of garlic!  The annuals are coming in just fine (asparagus, strawberries, grapes).  Although we don’t sell those at the farmers market, it’s nice to see them come up and bloom!

And just like every other company, we are trying to figure out what is going to happen with the Farmers Market.  We’ve been watching podcasts, online classes, and training on how to do things.  While some of it I agree with – some of it I don’t.  One of the biggest things is to have your customers shop with their eyes and not their hands.  Grocery stores aren’t currently doing this with their produce and they sell “ready-to-eat” produce.  Unfortunately, we don’t have the “right stuff” to sell “ready-to-eat”.  This is why our vegetables show up on the stands with dirt and other stuff on them.  If we wash them, then it becomes “ready-to-eat” and I believe we would all need food handlers cards for that mess.  So, I don’t know.  So I have no idea what we are going to do with that.

I’ve rambled on long enough.  Enjoy the rest of the <day, week, month, year> and I will post again sometime next year!

 

-riley

New year, new things!

Welcome to 2019!  We hope that your 2018 was a great one and hope that your 2019 will be even greater!

Late last year we introduced two new scents – Sandalwood and Patchouli!  Both are available in Goats Milk Soap and will be available in Shae Butter in the future so keep an eye on the store for details.  They are currently made but they are not activated in the store.  If you are interested in either of these items, please contact us and we can get you set up!

Coupons, coupons, coupons!  Introducing 25% off your entire order!  Use coupon code “25off” during checkout and save!  This was originally set to expire at the end of last year, but we’ve extended it.

Shipping: Shipping is always a flat $7 no matter how much you order!

-rn

I don’t know if this is a serious post or not…

I just showed up and the last update/blog post was from April.  What? I guess we’ve been doing so much stuff and things that I forgot to update the site, so here’s an update! Some highlights from the last time:

We have added Shae Butter soap to the list of wares. It’s super sudsy and I’m not sure which version I like better. I would probably lean toward the Shae Butter side. Both are kickin’ rad!

The next update is going to break everyone’s heart! I am removing the store on the main page (www.thenicholshomestead.com). If you wish to order soap, please contact me directly. It seems like a better idea.

I believe the Hallsville Farmers and Artisans Market is coming to an end. I am not quite sure because we haven’t been the last couple of weeks. With both of the kids busy with sports, schools, and other activities, it’s kind of hard to be in two places at once.

The building that was for sale was apparently not for sale. So we couldn’t buy it even if we wanted.

Xmas is coming. So is winter. Yay.

-rn

Serious post update 2018 posted

Sorry for the silly title, but I couldn’t think of anything wittier to say.

The first real update in several months has occurred!  You might have slept through it, but you can see it now!  Products have been uploaded.  Prices have been set!  Shipping has been decided to be at a flat rate of $7 regardless of how much you buy.  Inventories have been updated.

On the subject of inventories – the body scrubs can be made to fill when ordered.  They do not take much time to create and we believe something of that nature should be as fresh as possible.  The body scrubs are currently the only items that we have that you can back order.  If it says there aren’t any in stock, give us a day and we will make more and ship it out.

In addition, the Hallsville Farmers and Artisans Market is about to start.  Several of the vendors are going to begin May 19 from 9 am until noon.  The Hallsville city-wide garage sales are June 9th and we will be operating the Farmers Market from 8 am until Noon.  This year the time for the regular Farmers Market will be from 9 am until noon.  This is a change from years past, so please come before noon.   We will be offering our bath products as well as vegetables later in the year.  I will update everyone when the vegetables are ready!

We are also planning on doing the Moberly Farmers Market which we believe is going to be on Thursdays from 3:30 pm until 7 pm.  If you are in the Moberly area, stop by and say “Hi!”  We will do mostly the bath products at this Farmers Market.

Hallsville Fun Fest!

Today we joined up with the other vendors from the Hallsville Farmers & Artisans Market and set up at the Hallsville Fun Fest Vendor Fare.  Turnout was awesome and the weather couldn’t have been better.  Thank you to everyone that came out to browse the different items and enjoy the fare.

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Booth at the Hallsville Fun Fest Vendor Fare

Great day at the Hallsville Farmers Market

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Riley and Megan at the Farmers Market in Hallsville, MO

It was a beautiful day at the Hallsville Farmers Market.  Lots of customers means lots of sales.  Stop by and see us Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.