Cynthia LaFourcade is the creator behind The Log Home Kitchen™, a website dedicated to promoting creative, passionate country living. A resident of Salmon, Idaho for over 17 years, she shares her transition from having lived and worked in a fast-track city lifestyle to embracing the country life.
Making handcrafted artisan soaps has become a mainstay in her arsenal of creative endeavors, and is a result of having become frustrated in purchasing mass-marketed “detergent” bars. “There’s no real soap being made by the big brands. They’re laden with chemicals that can be toxic and have extraordinary high levels of what they consider to be fragrances that my family became sensitive to,” she says. Cynthia took it upon herself to learn how to make soap, and the safety precautions that need to be taken when doing so. “It’s part art, part science. Oils, butters, and additives have to be weighed in exact measures to create saponification when mixed with sodium hydroxide. The fun part is once it’s emulsified, the sky is the limit in applying an artistic flair to the finished product,” she added. What set her soaps apart from many are the edible-looking attributes she creates, such as whipped tops that are embellished with natural ingredients, such as flower petals or grains.
She hopes to add products that are nourishing to the body and mind as part of The Log Home Kitchen™ product line in the near future.
A creative entrepreneur and culinary enthusiast at heart, she spends most of her time stirring up earthly delights in her log home kitchen nestled in the foothills of central Idaho. With a multi-faceted background in corporate media, production, and business administration, Cynthia has come full circle in her life, bringing her experiences and talents to the business and creative world of blogging. She’s married with children, which include Angel, a Boston Bull Terrier, Remington, an Australian Shepherd, four cats, Chamois, Max, Skittles and Stella, and twelve laying hens. Her love of antiquing and gardening, along with baking, cooking, and most recently, artisanal soap making, is shared through her photography and writing.
Cynthia is a member of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild, and adheres strictly to Food, Drug and Cosmetic Administration guidelines.
She is also a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
You can follow her latest stirrings at www.theloghomekitchen.com.