About Me

Hello, and welcome to HerbAlcochete website!

Hm, what can I say about me? So, my name is Sofia Matias, I was born in Lisboa in 1976 (now do the math!), I am a mechanical engineer by training and the mother of this wonderful Joana since 2014.

Life has been an adventure with very exciting moments. One of them was discovering that I like to make soaps… no, natural cosmetics! It all started with a family day in Parque dos Monges, (Caldas da Rainha, Portugal) where I attended a soap-making workshop.

The workshop was very simple, but I learned that I could make soaps with natural products, so simple that I could find almost everyone in my pantry! I was so curious that I decided to investigate on the net about how to make natural homemade soap at home and ended up trying it out. That’s how it all started!

Why talk about soap making?

I must confess, I am lazy. Therefore, starting a blog and above all wanting to keep it over time is something that comes out of inspiration and conviction. Inspiration on the excellent products that can be made by collecting ingredients from nature, simple and 100% natural, with very simple processes.

Conviction that these same products are incomparably better than the hygiene products we use today. Thus, this blog appears because I want to make known the best that natural ingredients and simple manufacturing processes have to offer to all of us.

So what is HerbAlcochete?

HerbAlcochete is a blog where you can find recipes and step-by-step instructions for making handmade soaps, balms, creams, perfumes, bath bombs and other natural cosmetics at home. You can also find information on where to buy equipment, ingredients, and even some gardening tips, as you can grow some of the ingredients at home! If you just want to buy, HerbAlcochete also advises some stores and brands where you can buy hygiene and beauty products based on natural ingredients.

A little curiosity: the name HerbAlcochete comes from the combination of herbal (relative to grass) with the name of the very picturesque and beautiful Portuguese village where I live: Alcochete.

I hope you enjoy the experience!

Check out this post that lists all soap tutorials from this website to choose what you’d like to learn to do.

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