Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rose Clay Face Mask DIY


Masks are a wonderful product to use on your face.  The Soap Queen recently posted this recipe for a Rose Clay Face Mask that is suitable for both oily and dry skin.  The property of rose clay not only adds a pink hue to the mask but it also has oil absorbing properties.  This intermediate recipe takes about 30 minutes to complete and yields (4) eight ounce jars.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

DIY Rose Under-Eye Serum

The skin under your eyes is extremely thin and delicate.  Would you believe it is one of the first places to show the signs of aging?  So it is a great place to give a little extra TLC.  And how do you do that?  Make this Rose Under-Eye Serum recipe from The Soap Queen.  According to the Soap Queen, this recipe is designed to pamper the under-eye area with a blend of nourishing oils, vitamin E, and evening primrose extract.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sweet Orange & Calendula Lip Balm

Lip balm is great.  Here is a recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Sweet Orange & Calendula. This recipe has the soothing benefit of calendula and the cheerful scent of sweet orange which comes together in this buttery soft lip balm recipe.  After seeing the picture of the finished product, I really like the lip balm container.  When I make another batch of lip balm, I plan to purchase some.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lily & Rain Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial


Melt and Pour soap makers, I have not forgotten you.  I found this lovely layered soap recipe from The Soap Queen called Lily & Rain that brings to images of sunny skies and colorful blooms.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Easy Bath Bombs (Bath Fizzies) Using a Moon Cake Mold Press

I have made bath bombs with plastic spheres, melt and pour soap mold but I never heard of mold presses.  In this recipe called Easy Bath Bomb (Bath Fizzies) from Lovin Soap, they use mold presses from Moon Cake.  The molds from Moon Cake are like little presses with detailed imprints for cakes. When I saw the picture, they reminded me of cookie presses.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Layered Mint Cold Process Soap

Mint is one of my favorite scents for soap.  It is so refreshing.  Here is a cold process soap recipe from Lovin' Soap called Layered Mint. This recipe is for someone who is a more experienced cold process soap maker.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Can You Make Bath Bombs Without Citric Acid?

Have you been making bath bombs for awhile?  And the one time you want to make them you do not have any citric acid and is there a way to make them with out it?  There may be a way.  The Soap Queen recently posted information in a blog post called Can You Make Bath Bombs Without Citric Acid?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Floral Sugar Lip Scrub DIY

Have you ever used a lip scrub?  It is just like a body scrub but it is especially made for your lips.  Once the dry skin is removed from your lips , it helps with the lip balm to absorb better.  Granulated sugar is the perfect lip exfoliant because it is a lot gentler than salt but is scrub plus it takes good.  To learn more about making a lip scrub, check out this Floral Sugar Lip Scrub recipe from The Soap Queen.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sultry Jasmine Lotion Tutorial

It has been awhile since I found a lotions recipe that I wanted to share. It is from the Soap Queen called Sultry Jasmine.  I find lotions making one of the easiest recipes to make.  You should give it a try.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Jelly Bean Cupcake Bath Bombs

Photo by Natural Beauty Workshop
Here is a really cute bath bomb recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Jelly Bean Cupcake Bath Bombs that would be so adorable for Easter. Plus they look good enough to eat so make sure to put some kind of warning on them.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tips for Soaping in Small Spaces

Are you like me and have a small space for making soap or other body products?  Most of my equipment and some supplies are stored in plastic storage containers.  I keep wishing for space of mine to store supplies out where I can see them.  I love the post from The Soap Queen called Tips for Soaping in Small Spaces.  I wish I had some to build structures like but I do not have someone to do it for or the right space but for right now I have to keep my stuff in storage bins.  One thing I did like for storage was Origami Shelving on HSN.  Like until I have the space to get these,,,it is just a pipe dream.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

HOW TO PREVENT SODA ASH ON YOUR COLD PROCESS SOAP BARS

Heavy soda ash on the surface of the left bar.
Photo credit: Angela Carillo of Alegna Soap
Raise your hand if you have have experienced soda on your bars of soap.  I have more than once.  Are you wondering how you can prevent it?  Back Porch Soap Company recently wrote a post titled How to Prevent Soda Ash on Your Cold Process Soap Bar.  The posting explains what it is, why it happens, how to remove it and more.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Plumping peppermint & jojoba oil lip scrub

Looking for a plumping lip scrub?  Here is one from Point of Interest called Plumping Peppermint and Joboba Oil Lip Scrub..  It looks pretty easy but there is one ingredient that piqued my interest....Dehydrosome Plump Active Ingredient.  Had some questions about it.  Especially, what is it?  I know that cinnamon that have that effective even temporarily.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Two Tone Cherry Blossom Lip Balm

Photo by The Natural Beauty Worhsjop
 Back in December of 2016, a volunteer did a craft workshop on who to make candles with shaped inserts.  I thought it was quite interesting.  So when I saw this Two Tone Cherry Blossom Lip Balm recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop, I wanted to see how it was done.  It is very similar to what I learned  in the candle workshop and I plan to try this because it looks really fun.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Lazy Soap Maker’s In-The-Pot Soap Swirl

Photo by Lovin Soap
I would call myself a beginner in the realm of cold process soap making.  But I have to be honest, my first attempt at making cold process soap was doing an In The Post Soap Swirl.  Pretty daring for a first try but I did keep it simple...I used only one color pigment and the base color of the oils which came out a cream white.  For the first try it came out really nice.  To this date I have not tried more colors.  Do not feel ready for that, but if you are then I would recommend Lovin' Soap's The Lazy Soap Maker's In The Pot Soap Swirl.   I found the technique interesting since I normally took out alittle soap batter and combined with the color sand swirled it in.  She does it a completely different way?  For those experienced,,,,would you do it this way?


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs

Celebrate Easter?  It is approaching fast.  Are you looking for something to give your friends for the holiday?  The Soap Queen recently posted this cute recipe for Easter Egg Bath Bombs. This is an intermediate level project that makes four bombs.

Monday, March 27, 2017

How to Make Custom Lip Tints Using Natural Ingredients

According to The Natural Beauty Workshop, Lip Tints are one of the easiest mineral make up items to master.  Would you like to try? How to Make Custom Lip Tints Using Natural Ingredients is a good place to start.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Pear Coconut Lip Scurb

Lip Scrubs are great to exfoliate dead skin off your lips. They make great gifts or to include in your product line. I found this great recipe called Yummy Pear Coconut Lip Scrub from Point of Interest that is flavorful and fun to make.Why not take a chance and make this one if you have never tried a lip scrub before?

Monday, March 20, 2017

5 Tips for Using Fresh Ingredients in Soap

Do make cold process soap and ever wondered if you could use something from your kitchen to use it in a recipe?  You just might be able to.  I found this recent blog posting from The Soap Queen called 5 Tips for Using Fresh Ingredients in Soap that explains what you need to do.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Coconut Milk Face Mask

Love using a face mask?  This Coconut Milk Face Mask from Wholesale Supplies Plus will leave your face feeling softer and brighter looking after only 10 minute. Would you believe that this face mask with packed with yummy ingredients such as kaolin clay, colloidal oatmeal, aloe vera and coconut milk powders.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ROSE QUARTZ BATH BOMBS

These bath bombs are perfect to make for your Valentine or for anytime of the year.  This lovely Rose Quartz Bath Bombs recipe from Brambleberry is very simple to make.

Monday, March 13, 2017

How to Make Soap with Wine

Recently, I was looking for a company to serve wine at a senior center celebration and I did come across a recipe for red wine brownies. So I thought I would share a cold process soap recipe with wine.  The name of the recipe is How to make Soap with Wine and I found the recipe from The Soap Queen.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Aleppo Soap Recipe

Here is a cold process soap that you can also make by the hot process method..it is called Aleppo Soap (aka Laurel Soap) from Lovin' Soap. According to Lovin' Soap, it is a simple soap to make all you need is olive oil, laurel fruit (berry) oil, lye and water.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Rainbow Jelly Bean Lip Scrub

Another one of my favorite body products to make is lip scrubs.  I found this recipe from Natural Beauty Workshop called Rainbow Jelly Bean Lip Scrub.  If jelly beans are your favorite sweet treat, then this definitely for you.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes

One of my favorite projects that I learned from a class taught by Erin Pikor at The Nova Studio was on sugar scrub cubes.  It is a very simple and fun project for both beginners and advanced crafts. Basically, it taking a melt and pour soap base, oil and sugar which are quickly mixed together and pour into a mold.  Once the mixture is hardened, then they are cut into squares.  What is great about these cubes is that they cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate the skin. What to learn how to make them, check out the recipe from The Soap Queen called DIY Sugar Scrubs Cubes.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Kukui Nut Oil Lip Balm DIY

Have you ever used the kukui nut in any of your body products?  I have not tried it yet but according to The Soap Queen, it is commonly used in massage and face oil because of it is lightweight and does not leave the skin feeling greasy.  The kukui or the candelnit tree is the state tree of Hawaii and the residents of our 50th state have used it for many years,  In this recipe from The Soap Queen called Kukui Nut Oil Lip Balm from The Soap Queen also has another tropical ingredient - Coconut Oil.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

DIY Rose Clay Milk Soap Bars

I have not been teaching or making a lot of melt and pour soap since I started teaching a basic cold process soap class a year ago.  If you want a simple way to make soap and you want to use goat's milk soap base, I found this recipe from The Soap Queen called Rose Clay Mil Soap Bars.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Natural Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap

Lovin' Soap posted this picture chart of colorants that she used in cold process soap.  If you would like to see this picture in more detail and seek our more resources, check out the recent posting called Natural Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap.

Friday, February 24, 2017

How to Make Rosehip Seed Bath Salts

There are many things that you can add to your hot bath from bath bombs to bubble bars.  But one of the simplest items to make is a bath salt.  They can be made in minutes and they make great gifts.  So here is a recipe from The Soap Queen called How to Make Rosehip Seed Bath Salts.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Layered Cherry Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are an easy project to make and give as gifts.  Here is a recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Layered Cherry Bath Bombs that fits the bill.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Kokum Butter Cold Process Soap Tutorial

I am pretty new to making cold process soap.  I know that one can add Shea butter but I never knew that one can add Kokum Butter.  I am unfamiliar with it but The Soap Queen says that it is a hard butter that is comparable to cocoa butter.  If you want to check out this cold process recipe, it is called Kokum Butter Cold Process Soap.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Frankincense Essential Oil Body Balm DIY

Here is a fantastic body balm recipe from The Soap Queen that is a really great for hydrating. It is a very easy recipe called Frankincense Essential Oil Body Balm.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

How to Use Kokum Butter

In all of my experience of making bath and body products, I have used Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter.  But I have never used Kokum Butter.  After seeing this posting from The Soap Queen, called How to Use Kokum Butter, I am learning more about it.  Want to learn more?  Then check out the article.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Making DIY Oat Milk For Handmade Soap

I have heard of using milk in a cold process recipe, but I did thinking of making your own oat milk for your recipe.  I only found out about it when I saw this post from Lovin' Soap called Making DIY Oak Milk For Handmade Soap.




Saturday, February 4, 2017

DIY Turmeric Clay Face Mask


Did you know that Turmeric contains curcumin which is an anti-oxidant and it thought to have anti-flammatory proprietaries? This Turmeric Clay Face Mask recipe from The Soap Queen harnesses the properties of this powerful spice plus it contains luxurious ingredients like carrot seed oil and carrot extract.

Friday, February 3, 2017

French Macaron Inspired Bath Bombs

Do you love French Macrons, but do not love the calories?  Here is a sweet bath treat that is inspired by Bramberry's love of this sweet treat...French Macron Inspired Bath Bombs.  This is an intermediate level  project that takes an hour to get 10 bath bombs.

Monday, January 30, 2017

DIY Floral Sugar Scrub

Here is a really simple sugar scrub recipe from NOW that would be great gift to give to any friend or as a party favor.  It can even be a project that can be done at a bridal or baby shower.  It is called Floral Sugar Scrub.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Himalayan Pink Salt Milk Bath

A few months back, I found a recipe for a Pink Himalayan Hot Process Soap recipe in an issue of Willow and Sage.  I have not tried it yet, but I am intimated to try it.  I am building my confidence to try it sometime in the future.  But in the meantime,, I found this Himalayan Pink Salt Milk Bath recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop that is really to make. What attracted me to this recipe is that the pink salt brings a pretty color to bath products.  What is great is that it can be used to speckle bath bombs, color body scrubs or to make a layered milk bath more spectacular..  It has a gorgeous mottle array of warm pinks and red from the natural mineral content.  According to The Natural Beauty Workshop, it is packed with more than eighty beneficial trace minerals like Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and Copper.  When added to bath formulations, it is believed to help encourage, balance skin and event soothe skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Activated Charcoal Skin Benefits & Tips for Use

According to The Soap Queen, activated charcoal has become a popular ingredient for skin care products in the past few years.  Actually, it is not new.  Charcoal has been used in the beauty and medical industries for years. It is best known for its ability to absorb and draw out oil for the skin. If you like to learn more, The Soap Queen has a recent post called Activated Skin Benefits & Tips for Use.

Friday, January 27, 2017

DIY Vapor Disks

Shower tablets are similiar to bath bombs but may not contain carriers so that you do not slip in the shower.  Here is a recipe from NOW for Vapor Disks.  They are basically the same thing.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Luxurious Lotion Bars

Lotion bars make great gifts for any occasion from showers to teacher appreciation.  I found this recipe for Luxurious Lotion Bars on the NOW Brand of essential oils website that I wanted to share. It is a very simple recipe and you can even watch the short video that comes with the recipe to see how it is done.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

DIY Sugar Cookie Body Butter

I will often purchase the NOW brand of essential oils to use in some of my bath and body products.  I was looking on their website to see if it would be cheaper to purchase directly from them or continue purchasing from my local Sprouts or Whole Foods.  I may purchase the vanilla essential oil since neither place sells them but for others, I will wait until the quarterly sale at Sprouts.  But in my research the NOW website has some recipes that I am going to share.  And the first one is Sugar Cookie Body Butter.  I love using body butters and I thought I would share this one.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

How to Market & Label Handmade Face Masks

I have gone to plenty of arts and wine festivals and I have seen a lot of handmade soap booths.  But I have not seen anyone sell face masks.  It can be a great start especially if you make the recipes from The Soap Queen.  If you want to sell face masks, The Soap Queen recently posted an articles called How to Market & Label Handmade Face Mask.  The posting covers Mask Cosmetic Claims vs Medical Claims, Labeling and even includes a recipe.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Pureed Carrot Cold Process Soap


Have you ever thought of adding carrots to your soap? According to Wholesale Supplies Plus,, carrots are known for their multiple benefits to the skin.  The high content of beta-carotene and anti-oxidents are thought to provide the skin with extra protection from the elements.  So would you like to try a recipe that contains carrots?  Here is a recipe that is from the Wholesale Supplies Plus recipe Library.  It is called Pureed Carrot Cold Process Soap.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

DIY Lavender Clay Face Mask

Do you have dry and sensitive skin and cannot find a facial mask to use on your face?  According to The Soap Queen,  clay masks are designed for oily skin because clay absorbs oil.  Her recipe for Lavender Clay Face Mask was specifically formulated for dry and sensitive skin. She says do not let the list of ingredients intimidate you because this facial mask is surprisingly easy to make.  This recipe is an intermediate level project that takes about 30 minutes to make.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Buttercup Melt & Pour Soap DIY

It has been a really rain month here in California.  I am so looking forward to spring to arrive.  When I saw this melt and pour soap project from The Soap Queen called Buttercup Melt & Pour Soap made the rain go away momentarily.  This advanced melt and pour soap project takes 3 to 4 hours to complete and results in 3-4 pounds of soap.



Friday, January 20, 2017

Which Face Mask is Right for You?

I am sure you have heard of multi-tasking on your job, but have you heard of multi-tasking can also be applied to your face with facial masks.  Basically it is the process of applying different masks to various areas of your face to target specific skin concerns.  Are you interested in learning more about masks?  The Soap Queen has a recent post on her her site called Which Face is Right for You?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DIY Sea Clay Face Mask

If you are looking for a recipe for a face mask, I found this one from The Soap Queen called Sea Clay Face Mask.  Since this mask contains plenty of clay,  it has a really nice thick texture.  It drys on your skin after about 10 to 15 mins which gives you the classic "dry" clay mask feeling.  If you have more normal or combination skin, The Soap Queen recommends decreasing the amount of sea clay to 1-2 ounces. But it will take a little long to dry on the skin.  She also recommends if you have extremely sensitive skin, having tea tree essential oil for 10-15 mins could be a little irratitatng.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Blackberry Tea Salt Scrub

Love using salt scrubs while you shower?  I found this interesting recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Blackberry Tea Salt Scrub,  What is so interesting about it is the Pink Sea Salt.  What is Pink Sea Salt?  It is mined from ancient sea deposits in the Himalayan Mountains and it is considered to be one of the purest salts around,  These salts along with the moisturizing properties of the coconut and hazel nut oils, makes this a luxurious skin pampering experience.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tinted Lip Plumping Lip Balm Recipe

Photo by Rebecca Dillon
It has been the rage of using plumping lip products for awhile. Someone mentioned that cinnamon essential oil was use to make that happen, but in this recipe from Soap Deli News called Tinted Lip Plumping Lip Balm, clove essential oil is used. This recipe gives lips a zing because of the clove essential oil to plump up your lips with the added bonus of a copper shimmery tint.  What is really great is that this balm is not for special occasions, but it can be used everyday.  Also, it is great for dry or chapped lips because it contains laolin.