Monday, June 30, 2014

Locker Room Foot Powder

Looking for a foot powder to make? Here is an easy recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Locker Room Foot Powder has arrowroot powder which imparts a silky texture while the baking soda deodorizes. This foot powder can be used in shoes or dusted on feet before putting on athletic socks.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Air Freshener Tarts: Harvest Ale

I know what you are thinking, this project is not a bath and body product. But I thought it was an interesting tutorial to share.  This recipe for Harvest Ale Air Freshener Tarts are perfect for anywhere that needs freshing from your car to your dresser drawers.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Melon Ball Bath Fizzies

Here is another summertime treat for the bath - Melon Ball Bath Fizzies. This recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus is an advanced project that takes two hours to make a total six bath bombs.  You can use the whole bomb or break it in half and get multiple uses.   Makes great gifts to give out as party favors or gifts for your friends.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fresh Lemonade Body Wash

I love lemonade all year round but it is especially delicious during the summer.  If you love lemons as much as I do and want to bring it into your bathing routine, you may want to make this recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Fresh Lemonade Body Wash.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bath Fizzies: Pampering Mom

Even though it is long past Mother's Day, you can pamper mom any day of the year.  Here is a bath fizzy recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Pampering Mom that is very easy to make anytime of the year.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Melon Sugar Scrub Cubes

One of my favorite classes that I took at The Nova Studio was Erin Pikor's scrubs class.  In this class. she showed us how to make single use sugar scrub cubes.  I love using this product because it is easy to travel with when I go house sitting plus I find them less messy than other scrubs. While looking for new recipes to share I found this Melon Sugar Scrub Cubes from Wholesale Supplies Plus. This recipe has a watermelon fragrance that definately reminds me of summer plus it has the blend of jojoba butter and coconut oil that will leave your skin soft and gently exfoliated.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Long Days of Summer Soap

Now that the summer solice has arrived and the days start getting shorter, there is plenty of time to enjoy the dog days of summer.. Here is a cold process soap recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Long Days of Summer that would be great way to celebrate summer. If you never heard of Wholesale Supplies Plus, they sell all kinds of supplies to make soap and other bath products.  They have a lot of recipes for other products to make and a cold process soap recipe is very rare.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Two Tone Layered Chevron Soap

Chevron pattern is very hot these days.  So if you are in love with this pattern here is a cold process soap recipe that fits the bill.  This Two Time Layered Chevron Soap Tutorial is from the Soap Blog and it is considered a hanger swirl.  Are you wondering what the hanger swirl is? According to the Soap blog, it is a two part swirl or layer which is followed up with a hanger manipulation.  In this case, the patter is created by layering followed with a hanger manipulation.  And what makes this look outstanding is the contrasting rich blue and golden yellow combination.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Invigorating Foot Soak

Do your feet ache after a long day of running around?  Would you like to pamper but you do not have time for a long soak in the tub?  Here maybe the solution to your problem - soaking your feet with Invigorating Foot Soak (Fizzy Bombs). This recipe from The Soap Queen is for the beginner and it only takes 30 minutes to make four refreshing bath bombs for your feet.  These make great gifts for anyone who spends alot of time on their feet.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Rosemary & Honey Conditioning Hair Spray

It has been four years since I grew my hair out that I no longer need hair spray.  But if I need such a product again I would like to try and make this Rosemary and Honey Conditioning Hair Spray recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop.  According to The Natural Beauty Workshop, rosemary is a great ingredient for hair care. It's natural astringency helps keep hair's moisture while adding gorgeous condition and shine.

Friday, June 20, 2014

4th of July Fireworks Cold Process

Fourth of July will soon be here.  I found this festive cold process soap from the Soap Queen called 4th of July Fireworks Cold Process.  Even though it is too late to have this made for this year's festivities, it would be great for any patriotic holiday.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Blueberry & Plum Salt Scrub

Have your ever heard of Virgin Plum Kernal Oil?  I never had until I saw this recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Blueberry and Plum Salt Scrub.
It can be sweet and has a fruity aroma. Would you believe that you can add this to your recipes because it eliminates the need to add fragrances or essential oils to scent your product.  It is also great for the skin.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DIY: Strawberry Bath Bombs

Do you love to take baths? What about strawberries? Here is a recipe for Strawberry Bath Bombs from Bath Body Supply that would be great for you.  If you like strawberries but do like the mess, this would be a great These bombs are even easier to use; you just drop the entire bomb in the tub. You do not have to use the whole bomb, just break it in half,. This is a very simple recipe that makes 5-6 large bombs.  

Sunday, June 15, 2014

DIY Cologne (Alcohol-Free)

It has been awhile since I took Lori Nova Endres's Perfume class at DeAnza College. Here is a recipe for Alcohol Free Cologne from Bath Body Supply.  But this recipe has ingredients that Lori did not use in her class.  SO I am unfamiliar with them.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Cranberry Seed Foot Scrub

Do you use a foot scrub? I have never used one before and never thought of using one until I saw this recipe from The Soap Queen called Cranberry Seed Foot Scrub.  This is a very easy recipe for someone who is just starting out making there own bath and body products. It only takes 10 minutes to make this eight ounce jar.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Rosemary Hair Whip

You probably have heard about using Mayo in your hair?  Some of you might think it is a little kooky, but it seems that there is some common sense behind this.  In a recent posting from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Rosemary Hair Whip discusses this phenomenon behind homemade hair whips  and how to make them.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Herbal Scalp Massage Bars

Do you love using massage bars?  Guess what I found a recipe that is formulated to be used on the scalp.  This Herbal Scalp Massage Bar recipe is from The Natural Beauty Workshop is formulated for the scalp but it can be used all over the body.  These are fragrant bars include Amla, Argan, Copaiba and Vegetable Squalene Oils that are intensely conditioning and healthful ingredients for your scalp.  According to The Natural Beauty Workshop these oils will feed your hair's roots while being stimulated by a gentle massage and essential oil blend.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DIY Oil-Free Exfoliating Wash

Are you looking for an oil-free exfoliating wash but you cannot find one in the stores that you like? Maybe the last resort would be making your own.  I found this Oil-Free Exfoliating Wash recipe from Bath Body Supply that you just may want to try.  According to the instructions, you can use this on the face, but the amount of fragrance should be cut in half.  Facial skin is very sensitive to fragrance additives and should be taken into consideration whenever fragrance or essential oils are used to scent your facial products.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sacha Inchi Facial Serum

Are you looking for a new facial serum?  Here is one from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Sacha Inchi Facial Serum.  Never heard of Sacha Inchi? Neither have I.  According to The Natural Beauty Workshop that is a exotic rain forest plant in Central and South America.  It has tiny seeds that are packed with some incredible skin loving stuff including Vitamin A and E and plenty of antioxidents.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Doughnut Melt & Pour Soap

Awhile back Michaels Arts and Craft store had on its shelves a kit where you can make your melt and pour soaps look like doughnuts.  When I was in a class at The Nova Studio we were making cupcakes soaps from a cold process recipe. I had mentioned that there were two kits that you could make your soaps look liike cupcakes and doughnuts. One of the students said that she tired the kits and the soaps did not come out looking as good as the picture on the box.  Isn't that always the case?  But anyway I found this Doughnut Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial on the Soap Queen website that I just wanted to share.  Maybe these will come out better the Michael's kit that Homer Simpson would be proud to use.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Exfoliating Cleanser Recipe

Have you been looking for an exfoliating cleanser?  Or using a lotion as a cleanser?  Someone recently inquired about these two questions to Susan at Point of Interest.  In a recent post titled Weekend Wonderings: Making Substitutions in an Exfoliating Cleanser Recipe and Using a Lotion as a Cleaner discusses this very issues and provides some recipes that you may want to look at.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Essential Oil and Fragrance Oil Usage Rates in Cold Process Soap

Have you ever wondered how to calculated how much fragrance or essential oil you need to add to your cold process soap recipe?  Everyone does it differently.  But according to the site Learn  How To Make Soap, the amount of essential oil and fragrance oil used in soap should be calculated based on the base oil amount in your recipe and not the total amount of soap (oils + lye + water).  You are probably wondering why?  Well, I am not going to tell you because I do not want to spoil the surprise plus I want you to read the posting called Essential Oil and Fragrance Oil Usage Rates in Cold Process Soap. Learn How To Make Soap clearly explains what you need to do in this situation. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

MP Base Geode Recipe

I have to admit I watch QVC and have seen the host sell the glycerin soap bars that mimic beautiful gems and rocks.  I have seen them sold at the East West Bookshop in Mountain View.  I have heard of the Geode soaps but I have not personally seen them personally.  But if ever wonder how they make the Geode soap here are instructions that I found on the From Nature With Love called MP Base Geode Recipe. Make sure From Nature With Love's website for more recipes.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Refreshing Facial Mask

This is not the actual picture of the product.
Looking for a refreshing facial mask to apply to your face?  Here is a recipe from Natures Garden Candles surprisingly called Refreshing Facial Mask This recipe makes 2 facial masks.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Buttercream Bar Recipe

Here is a facial cream bar that smells wonderful and leaves your skin feeling silky soft and lightly fragrant.  This Buttercream Bar Recipe  was found in the recipe section on From Nature with Love's website.  It is a simple recipe requiring only a few ingredients which means whipping out a big batch of product to give out as gifts or to sell.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Liquid Crystal Emulsifiers

Too be honest, I have not really experimented with emulsifiers since I normally use e-wax that I purchased from Wholesale Supplies Plus when I make lotions or creams.  But I found this posting on the Point of Interest site discussing Liquid Crystal Emulsifiers that is very interesting reading.  I did not know that conventional emulsifers can cause irritation to our skin by disrupting the skin's lipid barrier and that liquid crystal emulsions mimic the lipid by-layers in our stratum corneum, which means more actives or lipids from the lotions can penetrate our skin.  There is a lot more to learning from this posting so I am anxious to get into learning more about this subject.