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 trip to 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 and ended up trying it out. That’s how it all started!
Why talk about soap making and natural cosmetics?
I must confess, I am lazy. Therefore, starting a blog and, most importantly, willing to fill it over time with content is something that comes out of passion, inspiration and conviction.
Passion and inspiration about the excellent products that can be made by collecting ingredients from nature, simple and 100% natural, with very simple processes.
And a conviction that these same products are incomparably better than the hygiene products we use today. Thus, this blog exists because I want to show the best that natural ingredients and simple manufacturing processes have to offer to all of us.
I will make and post recipes, tutorials, and share with you my own experience about these natural cosmetics. I will also show the best places to buy natural cosmetics if DIY is not a thing for you, but you still wish to try them out.
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 about where you can buy or get ingredients and equipment. However, soapmaking/natural cosmetics can be a very cheap hobby if you avoid the expensive essential oils.
If you just want to buy them, HerbAlcochete also advises some stores and brands where you can buy hygiene and beauty products made with natural ingredients.
A little curiosity: the name HerbAlcochete comes from the combination of herbal (relative to herbs) 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.
How Did I Create my Own Blog?
Do you like my website, and wish you could have one of your own, with your own personal ideas? Or are you wondering if you can make money with a website like this? The answer is yes to both. The answer is also with a loooot of work, some investment and a certain risk – just like any business.
I am no expert about the subject, but, with my willingness to share my own experience with others and before I knew it, I had created a four-post series about the subject!! :O This is how Herbalcochete was born and how it has been growing through time.
So even if a bit off topic, here it is, laid out in four posts, Creating Your Own Blog Site: