Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pink Salt & Shea Bath Bar

This Pink Salt and Shea Butter Bath Bar tutorial is an intermediate melt and pour soap project from the Soap Queen that combines a shea butter soap base with Himalayan Pink Salt to create a bar that is both moisturizing and exfoliating.  The Soap Queen states that since there is a large amount salt in this recipe that it does not lather as much but it is still luxurious,

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Lavender Coffee Scrub Recipe

Here is a simple scrub recipe from Erica at Bath Alchemy called  Lavender Coffee.  This recipe contains four ingredients that can be combined together in a jiff to make a wonderful scrub that can be used during your morning shower routine. So check your cabinets to see if you have enough brown sugar and coffee to make this uplifting scrub.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Pumpkin Puree Facial Masque Recipe

You do not have to wait for Thanksgiving to make this facial masque, it can be make all year round.  With three simple ingredients from the grocery store, you can recreate this Pumpkin Puree Facial Masque recipe from Bath Alchemy.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Gentle Gel Serum

How would you like to relieve your tired eyes?  Would your believe you cane make your own serum?  This Gentile Gel Serum recipe is part of the Home Spa Collection from The Soap Queen. This ingredients in this recipe were selected specifically for their skin loving properties.  To make this serum is very easy and should only take 30 minutes of your time but you will get 10 tins of serum to use yourself or give way.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Making a Lip Shimmer or Colored Lip Balm

Here is newest addition to Point of Interest's Snapguide: Making a Lip Shimmer or Coloured Lip Balm. Susan has been meaning to make some mineral make-up visual guides and this happens to be the first one. So stayed tuned for more new and exciting guides.

Making a Japanese themed body wash - other ingredients

Recently, I posted an article from Point of Interest about surfactants in Japanese themed body washes.  Now a follow-up post is about about adding other  ingredients.   Making a Japanese Themed Body Wash - Other Ingredients discusses why you need to add other ingredients to your products if they contain surfactants. From this post you will learn what these ingredients are. Plus there are links to other articles that will provide helpful information.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Free Beginner’s Guide to Soapmaking: Common Soapmaking Oils

Are you new to making your own bath and body products?  Would you like a guide about oils and butters?  In this Free Beginner's Guide to Oils and Butters has great information on on combining oils and butters in any soap recipe.  The oils you use will impact most all defining factors in your finished product.  So if you want to get it right, then take a look at this guide.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Making a Japanese themed body wash - surfactants

If you ever wondered why some people add surfactants in their body products? There are probably many reasons why and in Point of Interest's posting of Making a Japanese Themed Body Wash - Surfactants goes over why she uses them. You may agree with her or you may not.  But if you are the fence then read this post and maybe try for one particular recipe and if you don't like it then do not use the ingredient again.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Peppermint Recipes for Hair, Body, and Bath

Do you love the aroma of peppermint?  It is so crisp and refreshing that it is perfect for Summer.  Peppermint is bright and stimulates, cools and enlivens the senses.  I bet you have never thought to add it your bath and body products.  If you do not have any recipes or ideas on how to use peppermint in bath and body products then you should check out Natural Beauty Workshop's post on Peppermint Recipes for Hair, Body, and Bath.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sea Glass Guest Soaps

You love the look of sea glass?  Well, guess what?  In a recent post on the Wholesale Supplies Plus blog has this tutorial on how to make Sea Glass Guest Soap. I thought this would be a great project to share because it would be a great present to make for someone who has a beach house or to give out as a favor if you are having a wedding at the beach.

The Patriotic Peacock Swirl

Yesterday I posted instructions on how to make your own peacock nail polish.  If you love the look of peacocks, then you may want to try this cold process soap recipe from Lovin' Soap called the Patriotic Peacock Swirl.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Peacock Glitter Nail Polish

How would you like to strut like a peacock while wearing this Peacock Glitter Nail Polish?  This tutorial from The Soap Queen can be made a beginner and it takes only 20 minutes to make.  So you can make it just minutes and wear it the same day!  How cool is that ?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Three Reasons That Businesses Fail

Have you considered starting a business? Have you started doing the research work?  If you are considering starting your own business, you may want to read the article from Wholesale Supplies Plus on the Three Reasons That Businesses Fail. If you have started the researching process (or whatever process you are in the middle of), I would recommend you stop for a moment and read this article because it will give you a better perspective on the process of starting a business. It may just may make you more aware and to better prepare yourself on your new adventure.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Herbal Mosquito Repellent Recipe

Summer is here and with it the irresistible urge to bask in outdoor glory. We want to feel the warm earth on our feet and sun-rays on our shoulders. We go on camping trips, forest hikes, long bike rides, and enjoy berry picking, barbecues, picnics, and live music. Until the buzzing begins…So to help with the pesky mosquitoes, you should try making this Herbal Mosquito Repellent recipe from The Mountain Rose Herb.  I recently received this recipe in a newsletter from them and I thought I would share.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

What are surfactants?

Are you new to making your own body products?  You heard of the word surfactants but do not know what it means?  In this posting by Point of Interest called What are Surfactants? gives you the low down on this important subject.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cocoa Butter Bath Fizzy Recipe

In a recent email newsletter that I received from Joan Morais announcing her sale, class and other information included a recipe for Cocoa Butter Bath Fizzy.  So if you like the added benefit of cocoa butter in your bath fizzy while you bath this is the perfect thing to use.  These would make great presents or party favors.  

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Why Cold Expression for Citrus Essential Oils?

In a recent newsletter I received in my email box from The Mountain Rose Herb had an article about why should cold expression be used for citrus essential oils.  The article entitled Why Cold Expression for Citrus Essential Oils?  explains what you need to know what you need to know about the subject of citrus essential oils plus there are a couple of recipes one should try.

Coconut Oil & Pink Salt Scrub

Do you love using salts scrubs while you take your shower?  Here is an unique recipe from the Soap Queen called Coconut Oil and Pink Salt Scrub. This is an easy recipe since the salt is already colored for you. If there is someone in your life that loves the color pink then this definitely would be a great present to give them. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Wicked Ganja Shampoo Bar Recipe

Do you use a shampoo bar to wash your hair?  Or would like to get rid of your shampoo and try a shampoo bar instead?  Here is a recipe from Soapalooza  called Wicked Ganja Shampoo Bar that you may just want to try.  

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Violet Glitter Gradient Soap Tutorial

If you love the color violet, you will love this Violet Glitter Gradient Soap Tutorial from The Soap Queen. It is a very sparkly soap that would be an impressive gift.  Of course, if violet is not your cup of tea then select a color that would. This is an intermediate level project that should take 2-3 hours to get nine bars of soap.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Protecting Confirdential Information

If you are in business or wanting to start a business, you are probably wondering how to protect confidential information. In a recent blog post Wholesale Supplies Plus called Protecting Confidential Information goes into some of the legal aspects of what can be done and some information does not fall into trademark, patents and copyrights category.   So if you have something that needs to be kept confidential then you should read this.  The information just might be helpful on what direction you need to take,

Friday, July 12, 2013

Neapolitan Ice Cream MP Soap Loaf Recipe

I remember as a child the ice cream man driving around the neighborhood selling all kinds of treats.  one I definitely remember sharing with two of my other friends was a Neapolitan Ice Cream Sandwich.  When I saw this Neapolitan Ice Cream MP Soap Loaf Recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus brought back a lot of childhood memories.  Are the memories flooding back to you?  Then we should make this soap and keep the memories alive.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Natural Deodorant Recipe

How would you like to use a deodorant that does not have all the nasty ingredients like aluminum?  Here is a natural deodorant recipe from Natures Garden Candles that just suits the bill. Well, all of the ingredients (beeswax pastilles, coconut oil, castor oil, cocoa butter) except for the lavender flower fragrance oil are natural.  Now I do not know if you use lavender essential oil instead of the fragrance oil if that would cause a rash or what.  And I am not sure why the author of this recipe used the fragrance oil instead of the essential oil version.  Essential oil versions are more concentrated and maybe it would be too much. So I am going to throw it out there to start the discussion on whether or not the essential oil version of lavender should be substituted.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Measuring in Part Plus Recipes

Measuring in parts is often referred to as the "simpler's method"  and it can be really forgiving when using this method when making herbal recipes.  The beauty of using this method is that a recipe can be scaled up or down in almost any measuring device.  Would you like more?  Then check out the blog post titled Measuring in Parts (with recipes) from The Mountain Rose.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Anhydrous Eye Shadow Primer Recipe

Do you use an eye shadow primer?  How would you like to learn how to make your own?  In a recent post from Point of Interest called Anhydrous Eye Shadow Primer Recipe contains information on how to make your own primer.  It is a very easy recipe that Susan created that is basically a lotion bar with very dry and less greasy feeling oils and butter with some oil soluble titanium dioxide which is used to create a white background.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Cupcake Wax Tarts Recipe

Here is a real sweet treat for your wax tart warmer!  These Cupcake Wax Tarts from Natures Garden look good enough to eat! This makes approximately 20 cupcake tarts which would be great to make and give as a gift with a wax tart of course.  These would be perfect to melt at birthday party.....

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Orange Basil Swirled Hearts Soap

Here is creative technique for cold process soap you may want to try.  This recipe for Orange Basil Swirled Hearts Soap from I'd Lather Be Soaping is a new technique, genre and a butter for Jenny.  She remembers seeing Anne-Marie and Kristie demonstrated the technique and thought it was cool.  Also for those who love palm free recipes she mentions The Nova Studio's recipes.  For those who want to go palm free in their cold process soap then you should give it a try.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

How to Manage and Build Your Online Reputation

Have your recently started your own business?  Are you wondering how you should deal with your online reputation?  In this recent post on Wholesale Supplies Plus's blog talks about How to Build and Manage Your Online Reputation. This is an informative piece that simply puts what you should do.  There are somethings you may know already but if you do not, it is good to take the time and read this.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Make your own nail polish!

Do you love wearing nail polish?  Have you ever thought of making your own?  Some of you may already have made your own but there are probably many of you have never thought about it. But Point of Interest recently posted on their blog about Making Your Own Nail Polish. This posting is very informative on where you can find recipes on making nail polish.  The one I am most aware of is the one from the Soap Queen. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Coconut Sea Salt Foot Bath Recipe


In a recent email blast from Joan Morais, she included a recipe for Coconut Sea Salt Foot Bath that I would like to share.  You can get more tips and sections from her free ebook called Feet Retreat For My Soul. So if you really enjoy foot baths, you may want to take the opportunity to get the free ebook.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Snapguide: Wax Tarts

Do you love to make your own candles?  Have your ever tried making wax tarts?  Wax tarts are like candles but without a wick.  They are melted in a ceramic device with a tea light. If you would like to learn how to make wax tarts, take a look at Point of Interests new Snapguide: Wax Tarts.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Birthday Cake Soap

Birthdays come around once a year.  But who does not love to celebrate with a piece of cake? This Birthday Cake Soap recipe from the Soap Queen was inspired several years ago from Debbie of SoapLove.  This is an intermediate project will take your 2 - 3 hours to get 7 soaps.    This would be a great party favor at your next celebration,

Monday, July 1, 2013

Herbal Mosquito Repellent Recipe

Summer is officially here.  If you have plans to go camping or live in an area where you are in constant battle with mosquitoes, you may want to make your own Herbal Mosquito Repellent. This recipe from Mountain Rose are really easy to make.  In this blog post also includes a recipe for sunburn relief. You may want to make this in case you are spending your summer at the beach.