Friday, May 19, 2017

Black Cherry Merlot Wickless Candle Melt

I have heard of wax melts that you can use on a ceramic piece.  But if you do not want to go that route, I found this interesting project from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Black Cherry Merlot Wickless Candle Melt. This is a great and safe way to enjoy candles without lighting a wick. You can place this 4 oz tin on a coffee or candle melter,  As the the wax slowly melts, it will fill your room with a wonderful scent of Black Cherry Merlot.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Murumuru Cream Deodorant

Photo - From Nature With Love
I hardly find deodorant recipes, but I found one that I thought was very interesting.  The natural recipe is from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Murumuru Cream Deodorant uses a simple formula of vegetable butter, vegetable oil, baking soda and arrowroot powder.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Peppermint Lip Scrub

Photo by Point of Interest
I love the flavoring of peppermint.  What about you?  If you love it like I do, then you should check out this recipe for a lip scrub from Point Of Interest called Peppermint Lip Scrub. What is really interested about this recipe is that the author took normal white sugar and put it into a coffee grinder.  What did the coffee grinder do to the sugar?  According to the author, it turned into a very small crystal berry type sugar.  I thought that was interesting.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Daisy Cold Process Soap Tutorial

Are daisies your favorite flower?  Here is a really cute cold process soap tutorial from The Soap Queen called Daisy Cold Process Soap.  This is an intermediate level project that takes one hour plus extra prep time to complete this recipe.  Surprisingly, this recipe yields about three pounds of soap.

Friday, May 12, 2017

DIY Mermaid Bubbling Bath Truffles

Photo From The Soap Queen
Do you love bath fizzies?  Here is a cool recipe from The Soap Queen called Mermaid Bubbling Bath Truffles that has the cool jelly roll look.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

DIY Remineralizing Tooth Powder Recipe with Charcoal

I know there are other ways to clean your teeth instead of using toothpaste. I have heard of using baking soda and tooth powders.  This is the first recipe I have seen that has charcoal in it. If you are interested in trying a new recipe for tooth powder, check this one out from Lovin' Soap called Remineralizing Tooth Powder with Charcoal.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Neem & Lavender Oil Mask

Photo by From Nature With Love
According to The Natural Beauty Workshop, Oil Cleansers are great for deep cleaning pores and refreshing skin.  Even with the most simplified formulas, oil cleansers can help dissolve built up oils and free clogged pores, but when specialized ingredients are added, these simple recipes can provide targeted benefits for specific skin types. I would not think that oil cleansers could do that.  I guess I suspicious since I have only skin.  If you would like to try a new recipe, Neem & Lavender Oil Mask from The Natural Beauty Workshop.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Rose Gold Bath Bomb Tutorial

I recently purchased a rose gold cover for my smart phone.  I really like the color, so when I came across this Rose Gold Bath Bomb recipe from The Soap Queen I just had to share it.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Flower & Herb Body Oil

Photo - From Nature With Love
Do you have a great body oil?  Here is a recipe from The Natural Body Workshop called Flower & Herb Body Oil that you should try.  This recipe has a blend of the author's favorite body oils, and infused with calendula, lavender and geranium.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Chamomile & Coconut Oil Body Balm DIY

I love using body balms on my elbows and my cracked heals.  It is not often that I make a recipe, but I found this tutorial from The Soap Queen called Chamomile & Coconut Oil Body Balm that may just fit the bill for my needs.  You should try it too.

Monday, May 1, 2017

How to Set Up Your Market Display

Now that you have decided to start selling your bath and body products and you are wondering if there are any tips or tricks on how to make your booth more attractive.  The Soap Queen recently posted a blog about How to Set Up Your Own Market Display.  The posting goes in to detail on what your should bring, how to transport your items, how to set up your display and tips for designing your display.  Good luck on your new business adventure.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Heavenly Lilac Bath Truffle Tutorial + Free Printable

Love using bath bombs?  You may just want to try bath truffles to make your next bath more luxurious.  What are bath truffles?  Basically, they  are essentially bath bombs with extra skin-loving oils and butters.  They add more add more hydrating properties to your bath than typical bath bombs.  The Soap Queen recently posted a recipe for Heavenly Lilac Bath Truffles that also includes free printables.

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


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


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 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.