Monday, June 29, 2015

Vanilla Bean Bubble Bars Recipe

Do you enjoy using bath fizzies when you take a bath?  And you want to try something slightly different?  Here is a recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Vanilla Bean Bubble Bars that is really easy to make and you get alot of bars from this recipe.  They are easy to use in the bath. Just crumble one half of the bar under running water and experience heaps of luxurious bubbles.  You will get a moisturizing affect from the glycerin and castor oil which will leave your skin soft and smooth.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Color Palette Tips + Color Resources

Are you stumped when it comes to using multiple colors in your soap?  I have some good news.  The Soap Queen recently wrote a post called Color Palette Tips and Color Resources.   When you start with your soap project, your inspiration can start with a fragrance oil or a color palette.  If you start with a fragrance then it might be easier to select  your colors.  For example if you are scenting your soap with lavender then you could select shades of purple.  Or if you are using an orange spice fragrance then you could color your soap with orange.  But if you want to create your own colors, The Soap Queen suggests you should check out the color wheel. So before you get started with your colors, read this post before you start creating.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sahara Sunset Cold Process Soap Tutorial

Here is a really cool cold process layering technique that reminds me of a lovely sunset.  This recipe from The Soap Queen is called Sahara Sunset Cold Process Tutorial which is an intermediate level project that takes two to three hours and results in 3 pounds of soap,

Friday, June 19, 2015

Itch Relief Stick

Summer will be officially here on Sunday, June 21st even though in some parts of the country it has already started with the warm weather.  One thing that most people do not like about summer is the occasional insect bite that comes with being out in the warm weather.  There maybe a solution for that.  And that is making this recipe called Itch Relief Stick which is on the site. It is any easy recipe which will help with those itchy bites plus it is portable so you take take anywhere from the campgrounds to 4th of July fireworks display.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

How to Prevent Scent Fading in Soap

I recently made my first batch of cold process soap and was wondering how can I prevent it from fading.  Then voile, I found this posting from The Soap Queen called How to Prevent Scent Fading in Soap.  This article gives some great tips and just like there is a lye calculator, Bramble Berry has there own Fragrance Calculator.  So if you are having difficulties with your fragrance fading, you should read this.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Aloe Bubble Bath Bombs

Using bath fizzies when you take a bath are fun, but the bubbles do not seem to stick around.  If you are looking for the bubbles to stick around alittle while longer, then you may want to try to makes these Aloe Bubbles Bath Bombs recipe from The Soap Queen.  This is a really easy recipe to make in no time.  The time spent making these bombs would be about 30 minutes and you should get about 16 out of this recipe.  Definitely something to think about when you need some gifts for your friends.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lavender Body Butter

Do  you use a body butter on a regular basis?  Did you know that it is pretty easy to make?  While browsing the Aura Cacia website I found this recipe for a Lavender Body Butter.  If you love the scent of lavender, then this is for you.  Lavender essential oil provides a delectable aroma and first rate skin care benefits.  When you use a mixer to whip this body butter recipe it creates a light, creamy texture that's a joy to apply.

Monday, June 15, 2015

When to Insulate Handmade Soap

According to the Soap Queen, temperature is a very important part in cold process soap making.  I can affect everything from trace to color to texture and scent of your final soap.  An important factor that factor that affects the temperature of your cold process soap is insulating it after it has been poured into the mold.  You may be asking what how do you insult your soap?  It involves covering the mold with a lid or homemade device such as a piece of cardboard to keep the soap warm. Then you would wrap the mold in a blanket to insulate.  There may be other ways to insulate your soap if you have a textured top.  Want to learn more about this?  Then read The Soap Queen's recent post called When to Insulate Homemade Soap.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Lavender Tamanu Baby Balm

When I was baby there were mostly commercial products for diaper rash.  Nowadays, it is pretty easy to make your own products right in your own home.  This recipe for Lavender Tamanu Baby Balm from Aura Cacia is great for soothing your baby's bottom and it works well with cloth diapers.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Mojito Body Scrub

I never drank a mojito before, but I did love the fragrance when I took a cold process class at The Nova Studio.  I want to recreate in a soap batch one day.  But while searching the Aura Cacia website for the possibility of purchasing some essential oils, I found that they have recipes.  And the one that totally stuck out like a sore thumb was Mojito Body Scrub. If you love using body scrubs and love the aroma of mojitos, then this recipe is for you.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Peaches & Cream Facial Scrub

I normally use a commercial apricot scrub for my face and I have not really found a recipe that I that I would want to make.  But I found this recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop that sounds good enough to eat.  It is called Peaches and Cream Facial Scrub.  I would say that most of the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store but the peach kernel oil and the oat straw extract may have to be found at a health food store or possible online. Since this recipe is made with fresh ingredients it is best to use it right away but the author says you can store it in your fridge for 3-5 days.

Friday, June 5, 2015

DIY: Homemade Beard Oil Recipes

Does your man have a beard?  Well, if he does you may want to consider looking at this recent post from The Mountain Rose Blog called DIY: Homemade Beard Oil Recipes. What is great about using a beard oils is that will condition the hair and moisturize the skin underneath.  And also great is that they are easy to make.  So this would definitely be a great father's day gift for your man who sports a beard.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Herb Infused Bath Oil

Do you love to use bath oil? Making infused oils are easy and fun by using a slow cooker. But if you do not have a slow cooker then you can use a double boiler The easy recipe from The Soap Queen called Herb Infused Bath Oil. Bath oils are quite relaxing in a hot bath.  It can be added directly to bath water to create a moisturizing and calming bath experience.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Soap School: How to Make Cold Processed Soap

I started making soap by the melt and pour method.  And I have taken a couple of courses through The Nova Studio on cold process method.  If you are unable or if you do not have some teaching classes in your area, I found this posting from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Soap School:  How to Make Cold Process Soap.  If this does not help you, there are many other sources on the internet that may help you.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Coconut Luffa MP Soap

According to Wholesale Supplies Plus, one of the best things you can do for your skin is to exfoliated. It helps rid your skin of dead cells and promotes growth of new ones.  In their recipe library, they have this melt and pour recipe for Coconut Luffa MP Soap that fits the bill.  It is moderately difficult to make.  Just takes about a half hour to make which results in (12) 5 ounce bars.