Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pikake Flower Bath Bombs

Love receiving bath bombs as a gift?  Or do you like giving them as gifts?  Here is a recipe for some beautiful bath bombs from The Soap Queen that would be well received as a gift.  Pikake Flower Bath Bombs are great escape to a tropical island when you are not able to take a vacation.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Cayenne & Ginger Salve Recipe

If you have constant pain with some of your muscles, you may want to try this Cayenne & Ginger Salve recipe  that I found on the blog The Adventures of a Rural Housewife.  The Rural Housewife originally saw the recipe on the Learning Herbs website and became intrigued to try it because a friend of her had constant pain with some of her muscles.  Her chiropractor told her to apply warm, moist head to the area a few times a day.  So she thought she would give this recipe a try by making some changes to the recipe.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Creating a body butter for the colder, drier winter months

Strangely enough, California has not been experiencing the frigid cold winter like New England has.  (Hey Boston, if you could send some of your snow to Tahoe to help with the drought, we would gladly take it off your hands).  But anyway, if you need to hydrate and moisturize your skin, here is a recipe from Point of Interest that you could make on your own.  The recipe is in a recent post called Creating a body butter for the colder, drier winter months.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make Lip Gloss

If you are having a get together with your girlfriends and you do not know what kind of activity to do, why not have a lip balm making party?  I found this tutorial on How to Make Lip Gloss on the Totally Tutorial site, who found it on The Chilly Dog Blog.  Looks like a lot of fun doing this easy project.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Luck of the Irish Hot Process Tutorial

The month of February will soon be coming to a close.  That means March will be here and we will be soon celebrating St. Patrick's Day.  Since we are cutting it close to the holiday, we will not have enough time to create a cold process soap in honor of St. Patrick's Day.  Instead hot process soap is the next best choice.  What happens with hot process soap is that the extra heat speeds up the saponification process, which cuts down on the curing time. That is good news.  This means that hot process soap only requires 1-2 days in the mold, event with palm free recipes likes this one from The Soap Queen called Luck of the Irish.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Green Meadow Melt & Pour

Spring is just around the corner.  Well, in some parts of the country, Spring cannot come soon enough.  Here is a melt and pour soap project from the Soap Queen called Green Meadow that just make the season come abit quicker.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

What is a Niche, and How Do I Find Mine?

If you have a business or thinking about starting one, one of the important thing to consider is how do I stand out from the competition.  It is crucial to have a niche. You are thinking what is niche?  Niche refers to a distinct segment of the market.  If you have a identifiable element that will catch the eye of your potential customers that may motivate to buy your product or service.  According to the Soap Queen, developing a niche also gives your products or service a specific appeal and contribute to a strong brand identity.  To learn more about this subject, then read the posting titled What is a Niche and How Do I find Mine?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Yellow Chamomile Cold Process Soap

Do you love Chamomile?  Here is a great cold process soap recipe that you may want to try.  The recipe from The Soap Queen is called Yellow Chamomile  which is perfect for the intermediate cold process soap maker.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

5 Steps to Build a Better Newsletter

Recently I posted a article from The Soap Queen "Is a Newsletter right for you and your business?". Now I have to say that there is a follow to that posting called 5 Steps to Build a Better Newsletter. This posting gives you the five most important tips for a successful newsletter. So if you are ready for the next step in doing a newsletter for your business, then read this post to see what you need to do.   Then take the plunge to the next step.  Are you ready?  Then get ready.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Blarney Stone Soap

St. Patrick's Day is a month away and it is not too early to think about it.  If you do not drink beer, here is a cleaver and sober idea from Nature's Garden - Blarney Stone Soap.  This is the perfect project for the melt and pour soap makers.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Orange Creamsicle Bath Truffle

When I saw this recipe for Orange Creamsicle Bath Truffle made me think back to my childhood of the ice cream treat.  Well at least this recipe from The Soap Queen does not have any calories.  You say you do not know what a bath truffle is?  The best way I could describe is like a bath bomb but they are made with more oils or butters than a typical bath bomb, but they still produce plenty of fizz.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Rosy Red Lip Gloss

Since Valentine's Day is this weekend, I wanted to share a lip gloss that was inspired by the beauty of red roses.  This Rosy Red Lip Gloss recipe from The Soap Queen uses merlot sparkle mica and rose pearl mica to give the gloss a shimmery red color that is flattering to a variety of skin tones.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

8 Tips for Buying and Using Essential Oils

Are you a newbie to using essential oils?  And you are wanting more information about buying and using them?  The Mountain Rose Blog posted an article on the 8 Tips for Buying and Using Essential Oils.  This post goes into the eight most important elements about buying and using essential oils.  The subject ranges from the basics of what an essential oil is to what kind of recipes you can use them in. Really good info to help you out on this subject, so check it out.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Testing Fragrances in Soap

Even though supplies test their fragrance and essential oils they care in soap, but other factors such as temperature can affect your soap batch.  Would you like to learn more?  In a recent posting Testing Fragrances in Soap by Soap Blog discusses how to test fragrance and essential oils in soap.  Now you would think you would test more likely in cold process soap making but would you believe that it is a good idea to test in melt and pour?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Marbled Clay Hot Process Soap

Are you a cold process soap maker looking for a new soap recipe?  Here is a Marbled Clay Hot Process Soap recipe from The Soap Queen that you may want to try.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Murumuru Lotion Bars

The winter weather can certainly dry your skin out. If find that your body products just do not provide enough moisturizing properties to your skin, then you may want to try and make this recipe for Murumuru Lotion Bars.   This recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop offers a great choice for the winter season.  According to The Natural Beauty Workshop, skipping the water phase lotion bars offer a hefty dose of conditioning oil and butter which makes them ideal for conditioning really dry skin.  They also say that a good lotion bar should glide across the skin delivering smooth and creamy moisture all over the body.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Sparkling Strawberry Melt and Pour Bars

Can you believe that Valentine's Day is just around the corner? Just it is. I have found this really cute melt and pour soap project from the Soap Queen called Sparkling Strawberry Melt and Pour Bars that would be perfect to give out your valentines.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Five Ways to Use Milk Powders in Bath & Body Products

To be honest, the only thing that I have made with a milk product in it was a milk bath and that was in a powdered form.  I have not really looked into making other products with milk but after looking at this posting from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Five Ways to Use Milk Powders in Bath and Body Products , I am reconsidering using milk powder in other products.  After reading this posting I am considering using milk powder in bath truffles and bath bombs.  What about you?