Saturday, May 31, 2014

Garden Candle Tutorial

It has been a long while since I posted a candle project but I guess I had not found a really cute project to share.  That is not until now.  I found this Garden Candle Tutorial that so stinking cute that I had to post immediately.  This would be perfect for party favors for bridal or baby showers or even give out on your wedding day.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Juicy Orange & Sweet Rose Cold Process

Love making your soap by the cold process method?  If you do then I found this really cool project from the Soap Queen called Juicy Orange and Sweet Rose .  This orange scented soap piles up orange peels, rose petals and has the bright color of paprika. This intermediate tutorial will result in three pounds of soap.  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Organic Ingredients for Natural Baby Skin Care

Do you have a baby and wondering what are the best ingredients to use in making baby skin care products?  In a recent post from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Organic Ingredients for Natural Baby Skin Care goes into details on which ingredients are the best to use. But according to the site, gentle is best when it comes to caring for baby's delicate skin.  Nourishing carrier oils, moisturizing butters and mild hydrosols can be used to create simple cleaners, body oils, body balms and more.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Handmade Soap for the Gardener

Do you know someone who loves to garden?  Here is a great cold process soap recipe from The Soap Queen called Handmade Soap for the Gardener that has a lot of great additives for cleaning and exfoliating.  Just to let you know that this recipe is an advanced project that takes between 45-60 minutes to make (without curing).  You will get about 14 bars out of this recipe. So you will have enough to give as gifts or for selling.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Calamine Lotion Soap Recipe

I remember as a child going camping and unfortunately get bit by a mosquito or a bout of poison oak.  So I would often use Calamine Lotion to relieve the itching.  While looking for some other unique melt and pour projects I found this one on the website From Nature with Love called Calamine Lotion Soap. If you are going to be spending time camping or out at dusk, you may want to prepare this soap to help relieve some of the scratch due to mosquito bites or poison oak.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Can I add glycerin to a lotion bar?

It has been awhile since I made a lotion bar, but when I get the chance to make them I love using them right away.  Susan of Point of Interest recently had a question - Can I add glycerin to a lotion bar?  So she replied in a post answering that very question. If you like to make lotion bars and you had the same question, then read this posting and see how Susan answer that very question.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Espresso Shot Cold Process Tutorial

Do you love your expresso shots?  If you cannot get enough of you daily shots, then here is a cold process tutorial from Anne-Marie (aka The Soap Queen) called the Expresso Shot Cold Process Soap. This is an advanced tutorial  that takes to 30 minutes to make and yields five pounds of soap.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Citrus Summer Mist Recipe

May is not even over yet and here in California we have already had some really hot days.  So I suspect there maybe more.  Before it gets really hot again, I think I am going to make this recipe for Citrus Summer Mist from Saffire Blue. It is an easy formula that smells great and will enliven and refresh the most stagnant personal space that needs it during the summer season.  You can use this mist to refresh everything from home linens to the air around you.  Just to let you know that this product is not to be used on the skin as a toner on the skin/face or as a body spritz. It is really only to be be used in the air and on linens.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

DIY Glitter Body Gel

According to Allison Kontur of Bath Body Supply, Body glitter is immensely popular among people of all ages. Instead of paying an arm and a leg for this frivolous body decoration, make it yourself for a fraction of the cost. You can have complete control over how much it sparkles, fragrance (or the lack there of) and the sparkle you choose.  That is what is so great about making yhour own bath and body products.  So if you are interested in learning about making your own Glitter Body Gel, then make sure to check the instructions. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Beach Butter Balm

How would you like to make your skin feel buttery smooth?  Here is a recipe called Beach butter Balm from Wholesale Supplies Plus that is perfect to use after a day at the beach.  But do not be fooled by the name because you can use it to re-moisturize your dry skin anytime of the year.  This is an easy recipe to make and  it only takes a half hour.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Lemon Cream Body Butter Recipe

Yum!  Lemon Cream Body Butter from Saffire Blue is a delicious recipe for the body. Just wanted to let you know that this recipe calls for 6 tablespoons of cocoa butter.  It does not specify whether it is the natural or deodorized.  I am presuming that it would be deodorized since natural (has the smell of chocolate) would not smell that great with lemon.   This recipe makes one cup and should be used promptly.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Rose Garden Cold Process Soap Tutorial

Already this month I found two lotions recipes that revolved around roses and now I found this cold process soap tutorial from the Soap Queen called Rose Garden Cold Process Soap.  This is a two-part soap recipe so it is more intensive than some of the other cold process soap recipes that The Soap Queen has shared.  I really like how the rose is piped on a bar of soap that looks like stems.  This would be a great favor for bridal showers, weddings or any other appropiate event.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Victorian Heart Melt & Pour Soap

I really love the shabby chic and Victorian decorating styles.  If you love that style too then you can add these beautiful soaps to your bathroom and/or powder room.  These melt and pour Victorian Heart Soaps  can be easily made in no time. Thanks to the Soap Queen for sharing this tutorial.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Rose Face and Body Lotion

I find making lotion is a very easy product to make.  I love making lotions even though I do not need to use it that often, but I like making it for gifts.  Here is a nice recipe from Mountain Rose Herb called Silky Rose Face and Body Lotion that you might want to try and add to your library.  I recently posted another recipe that contained rose water but you may want to try both and see which one you like best.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bunny Rabbit Soap

I know, I know that it way past Easter but I thought this was so cute that you may want to save this idea for celebrating Easter next year.  As a matter of fact, this would be adorable for a baby shower favor.  This melt and pour Bunny Rabbit Soap tutorial from Denise of Go Planet Earth posted the instruction for this adorable soap on her personal blog Denise's Yadda Yadda on Soap Making, Crafting and Personal Ramblings.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Rose Water Lotion

Love making lotions?  Or are you new?  Here is a simple lotion recipe from The Soap Queen called Rose Water that is great for the beginner but the more experienced lotion maker would love making it too.  According to The Soap Queen there was not additional color or fragrance added to the recipe so that the natural aroma of the rose water would shine though.  This recipe makes (3) eight ounce bottles.

Monday, May 12, 2014

How to Make Poppy Seed Soap

If you love horses, Totally Tutorials recently posted on their blog the instructions from blog The Pickled Herring this melt and pour Dala Horse Soap Tutorial.  I never heard of a Dala horse but it might be Scandinavian related since the author is really into Scandinavian things.  I just thought it was plain cute.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Soothing Gardener's Salve Recipe

Now that spring is has sprung and summer will be here soon, I am sure that all of the gardeners out there are doing their thing to their garden.  I am sure your winter pampered hand have taken a beating from all the plant, weeding and pruning.  To help sooth. heal and mend your worn and tired skin, you should try making this Soothing Gardener's Salve recipe from The Mountain Rose Herb.  If you do not garden but you know someone who does then this would be something you can make for them and give it to them as a gift.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Lavender and Chamomile Goat Milk Bath

I know Mother's Day is tomorrow, but I saw this Lavender and Chamomile Goat Milk Bath Tea from The Soap Queen would be a great gift if your mother loves to take baths. Even though it is too late to make it for Mother's Day, you can make it for her anytime of the year.  Just wanted to let you know that The Soap Queen will be posting more exclusive relaxing tutorials on her site the next two weeks so I plan to check them out and share them with you.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Rock Rose & Chamomile Body Wash For Super Sensitive Skin

Are you experiencing super sensitive skin? And you cannot seem to find a body wash to help with your situation? Here is a recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Rock Rose and Chamomile Body Wash. While researching body wash recipes for a baby on the way, the author came across a method of diluting Castile Soap with hydrosols and aloe.  Would you believe by super diluting liquid soap can be very gentle and be customized to suit your skin type by switching out the hydrosol? Give this recipe a try and see how it works for your sensitive skin.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe

I know that this blog is dedicated to bath and body products, but since I share recipe on how to make your own soap this recipe for liquid laundry detergent qualifies to be shared.  This recipe for Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent originally appears on the Fan of Stuff, but I found it through a site I follow called Totally Tutorials.  It seems like a very simple recipe - only 3 ingredients, but I find it confusing about how much soap you need.  It calls for 1/2 bar of grated soap, but what is the originally weight of the bar of soap?  4 oz?  The picture looks deceiving.  If anyone out there knows, please share. I would be interested to know so that I can try this recipe.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

How to Make Flower Pot Soaps

Since Mother's Day is fast approaching and I was thinking what can I make that would be different from the traditional gifts.  Flowers will be expensive and will not last long.  Would you believe I found this melt and pour soap project from Denise from Go Planet Earth.  On her blog Denise's Yadda Yadda On Soap Making, Craft and Personal Ramblings she has recently posted a very cute idea on How to Make Flower Pot Soaps.  This is the perfect way to celebrate Spring by giving your mom some flowers.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Lavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe

Mother's Day is coming up soon and you cannot think of anything to give her.  Why not make something?  If she loves taking baths, why not makes these Lavender Sage Bath Bombs.  This recipe from Nature's Garden make three large bath bombs. If you do not have the supplies, you can purchase all of them through Nature's Garden.

Monday, May 5, 2014


Amanda from Learn How To Make Soap shared her recipe on how to make Cocoa and Coffee Salt Bar.  This salt bar recipe was made during her weekend with Benjamin at Prairie Soap Company. Previously she shared her African Black Soap Salt Bar recipe,  If you missed that recipe, then I would recommend checking it out.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Learn How to Make Radiant Red Lipstick

Do you love to wear red lipstick?  If you want that commanding attention than you should watch this tv video by The Soap Queen called Learn How to Mae Radiant Red Lipstick. In this instructional video you will learn how to make your own hyper-pigmented lipstick in three different shades.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Jazzed about Gel Phase

According Anne-Marie (The Soap Queen), "Gelling" and 'gel phasing' in cold process soap refers to a part of the saponificaion (soap making) process where the soap gets warm (around 180 degrees) and gelatinous. If you are new to cold process soap making, this is extremely common and you most likely have experienced it. Gelled soap is more hard in the first few weeks after pouring because it evaporates its water a bit faster than non-gelled soap.  Gelled soap also has more transparent and shiny look than non-gelled.  Do not worry because non of these things affect the final outcome of the soap after a full cure.

So, are you are like me and want to learn more about this topic.  Anne-Marie has written an informative posting titled Jazzed about Gel Phase that tells you everything you need to know.  After finishing this I am going to read it all the way through.

Friday, May 2, 2014

How To Make A Headache Healing Balm

While checking my Facebook page, I saw this posting from DIY Home World on How to Make a Headache Balm.  I had to scroll down to get to the link that led me to the site called Henry Happened , which actually had the recipe for Herb-Infused Balms for Healing Headaches. To tell you the truth, I have not used a balm for a headache before because I rarely get headaches. This would be interesting to try especially the recipe that includes lavender (which is meant for relaxation).  Now I must warn you that this posting does not give you exact amounts you need to make these recipes so read the posting all the way through in order how to make them.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Five Fresh Facial Mask Recipes Using Natural Ingredients

There many recipes out there to make facial masks.  In a recent from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Five Fresh Facial Mask Recipes Using Natural Ingredients uses alot of ingredients you can use from the grocery store.  Since these masks are made with natural ingredients that they will not last very long.