Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mimosa Bloom Glycerin Soap

Here is an adorable melt and pour soap project from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Mimosa Bloom Glycerin Soap.  This project uses two layers of glycerin soap, one clear and one opaque to make these colorful soap. This recipe make about 4 three ounce bars of soap.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Rise + Shine Shower Steamers

Do you take a shower rather than a bath?  But you like the idea of bath fizzies?  Here is a recipe for shower tablets from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Rise + Shine Shower Steamers. You will definitely wake up from the minty aroma of these shower steamer fizzies,  The combination of menthol crystals and the Rosemary Peppermint Fragrance and Essential Oil Blend will awaken your senses and you get ready for the day.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sugared Amber & Plum Wax Melts

Here is an alternative to candles....wax melts.  You are asking what are wax melts?  Basically, wax melts are scents wax (candles) without a wick and you burn/melt them in a potpourri or tart burner.  Want to learn how to make them?  Here is a recipe called Sugared Amber & Plum from Wholesale Supplies Plus.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Layered Handmade Soap Kit & Tutorial

I have taken classes on how to make cold process soap from scratch.  I have always been intimated about replicating a recipe.  But I wanted to try to make cold process soap and I was steered to Soap Quick from Mission Peak Soap in Fremont.  I tried it two years ago and fell in love with it.  So I found this Layered Handmade Soap Kit and Tutorial from The Soap Queen that uses a similiar project.  So if you are like I was, then I would recommend trying their project.  So basically, layered soap is a classic design.  Depending on the technique, creating layers can be easy or difficult, according to The Soap Queen.  This recipe is made using a technique known as "spoon plop".  It is when the soap is plopped into the mold, which is very easy to do and it creates a completely different bar each time.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fishbowl MP Soap

Many times I have seen the fish in the bag melt and pour soap, but this is the first time I have seen it in in a fishbowl version.  The instruction for this Fishbowl MP Soap project from Wholesale Supplies Plus is sure to be a hit with the young and old.  It is great item for craft shows, kids parties or even fundraisers.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Creating Piped Flower Embeds for Cold Process Soap

Photo by Amanda Gail of Lovin' Soap
Would you like to add a bit of whimsy to your cold process soap? I found instructions on how to create piped flowers.  This recent post titled Creating Pipped Flowers Embeds for Cold Process Soap from Lovin' Soap would look perfect on top of your bars of soap.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

How to Make Essential Oil Massage Oil

Massage Oil is one of the easiest bath and body products to make.  You can make it very easily and in a recent post from The Soap Queen called How to Make Essential Oil Massage Oil tells you how.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sand Dollar Bath Bomb DIY

Do you love to spend your summers at the beach?  I found the perfect reminder of your lovely vacation...Sand Dollar Bath Bombs from The Soap Queen.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Baby Bottom Diaper Cream

Most of us probably remembers a product in a white tube that was used for a baby's bottom.  But if you want to go a more natural diaper balm that will soothe your babies' sensitive skin and keep babies's bottoms moisturized to help prevent chafing, then check out this recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Baby Bottom Diaper Cream.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Talc-Free Baby Powder


Looking for a powder that will keep your baby's bottom dry? Check out this Talc-Free Baby Powder recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus.  The recipe includes arrowroot powder, cornstarch and bentonite clay to help to absorb moisture while the caledula, chamomile and lavender add soothing properties.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

DIY Gemstone Melt and Pour Soap


I love the look of gem stone soaps, but I have to tell you that I am intimated at trying to make them.  From Lovin' Soap posted the great instructions on how to make them in a posting called DIY Gemstone Melt and Pour Soap.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Chamomile and Calendula Infused Bastille CP Soap for Beginners

Are you new to making cold process soap?  I found a soap recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus that is great for beginners.  It is called Chamomile and Calendula Infused Bastille CP Soap.  It is gentile soap that is perfect for babies or anyone with very sensitive skin.

Monday, July 31, 2017

DIY Lavender Linen Spray

Lavender is such a soothing and relaxing aroma. An easy way to spread the scent around to make a linen spray.  Never made a linen spray before?  Want to learn how?  The Soap Queen recently posted the instructions in a blog called DIY Lavender Linen Spray.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Rose Gold Cold Process Soap Cupcakes


When I took a class at The Nova Studio when back when I took a class on how to make soap cupcakes by the cold process soap technique.  Here is a recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Rose Gold Soap Cupcakes. These soap would make an adorable wedding favor.  Wholesale Supplies Plus suggests changing the color of the soap or organza bag to match the colors of your wedding.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Luxurious Lavender Bath Salt DIY

Calling all lavender lovers.  Here is a bath salt recipe from The Soap Queen called Luxurious Lavender that would help you relax from the day to day activities.   It is a very simple recipe that a beginner can make.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

LEMON LIME VOTIVE CANDLES

Photo by Crafts by Amanda
Here is a really fun summer time project from Crafts by Amanda..Lemon Lime Votive Candles. I have seen candles like this before but I have never attempted to make them.  This would be a fun decoration for a summertime picnic.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Margarita with Lime Cocktail Melt and Pour Soap

When I saw the picture of this Margarita with Line Cocktail Melt and Pour Soap from Wholesale Supplies Plus, I could not believe how real it looked...even down to the salt on the rim. What a fun favor to give out at your next party.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jasmine Yuzu Solid Perfume Oil

Have you heard of Yuzu oil?  I never heard of it until I found this recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop for Jasmine Yuzu Solid Perfume Oil .  Basically, yuzu is a rather exotic type of citrus fruit with an unique aroma that is bright, tart and floral.  It is sort like a mix between lemons and flowers.

Monday, July 24, 2017

DIY Matcha Green Tea Body Butter


Here is a body butter recipe for the beginner from The Soap Queen called Matcha Green Tea Body Butter.  It is packed full of green tea goodness and it has a lovely light green color.  This butter gets its smooth texture from the shea butter base.  Plus it has a combination of oils which includes sweet almond and vegetable.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Raspberry Geranium CP Soap

Here is a beauty of a cold process soap recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop....Raspberry Geranium.  According to The Natural Beauty Workshop, raspberry seed oil is extremely nourishing to the ski because it is rich in fatty acids, phenols, and anti-inflammatory benefits. The oil from black and red raspberry make great super fatting agents in handmade soaps.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lavender & Honeyquat Lotion Recipe

Are you looking for a new lotion recipe? I found this recipe from The Soap Queen called Lavender and Honeyquat Lotion.  Some ingredients that are included in this recipe are moringa seed oil, rosehip seed oil and shea butter.  The mixture of these ingredients creates a thick lotion that absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves your skin feeling soft and silky.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Black Tea Soap Tutorial

According to The Soap Queen, Black Tea has been renowned for centuries as a potent source of powerful anti-oxidents. This Black Tea Cold Process Soap Recipe from The Soap Queen's website harnesses those properties by replacing water with black tea.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Recipes from the 2017 HSCG conference: Rosehip & calendula moisturizer

Susan from Point of Interest demonstrated how to make to lotions at the 2017 HSCG Conference.  In her recent post, Recipes from the 2017 HSCG Conference:  Rosehip & Calendula Moisturizer she shares her recipes.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Shea Mafura Hair Butter - Two Ways

I have made whipped body butter before but I just learned that if you whip shea butter it is also great for your hair.  How did I find out about it?  I found this recipe called Shea Mafura Hair Butter from The Natural Beauty Workshop.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How to Infuse Oil with Tea

Using a variety of oils in bath and body products is a very exciting thing to experiment and formulate in your recipes.  How would you like to take it to the next level by infusing your oils with tea?  In a recent post by The Soap Queen called How to Infuse Oil with Tea gives you some really great information on the subject.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Whipped Coconut Butter

Love using body butters?  Here is a great recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Whipped Coconut Butter. This recipe combines coconut butter blends with a lighter absorbing oils of Meadowfoam Seed and Jojoba that is great for the summer months as it does not leave a greasy feel.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

DIY Coffee Body Scrub

Do you need a cup of coffee in the morning?  Better yet, you can start your morning with a jolt from this Coffee Body Scrub. This easy scrub recipe from The Soap Queen is made with coffee grounds, coffee butter and coffee oil is perfect for any coffee-lover.  Coffee grounds exfoliate away dead skin, while the coffee oil and coffee butter leave the skin feeling smooth.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Aromatherapy Bug Deterrent


It is summertime and the bugs are out in force.  If you have plans to for a special event,  I found this recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus for Aromatherapy Bug Deterrent.  This recipe is not only aromatically comforting, but is effective in keeping mosquitos, gnats and other critters from ruining your events. It also contains natural ingredients that are nourishing for the skin and calming to the nervous system.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rose Quartz Salt Bar (Cold Process Soap + Sea Salt) with Video

Awhile back Willow Sage had a hot process peppermint sea salt soap recipe.  When I saw this Rose Quartz Salt Bar cold process recipe from Lovin' Soap, I had to share it.  I really like the shape of the soap, it looks like it would go into a ring setting.  It is cool that there is a companion video to watch to see how the soap is made.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Geranium & Lavender Belly Balm

Do you know someone who is pregnant?  Here is a recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus that helps take away the itching and dryness from her belly.  The combination of oils and butters really does the trick.  You can use it before and after birth or anytime your skins needs TLC!  So check out Geranium & Lavender Belly Balm recipe from WSP.

Monday, July 3, 2017

DIY Ginger & Moringa Oil Hair Conditioner

Do you use hair conditioner?  I found this interesting, yet easy recipe from The Soap Queen called Ginger & Moringa Oil Hair Conditioner which has Moringa Oil from the Moringa tree. According to the Soap Queen, the Moringa Tree which is also known as the Miracle Tree and the Tree of Life.  It is considered a superfood because it is made from seeds of the tree which is packed with potassium, fiber and mganesium.

Friday, June 30, 2017

HOW TO MAKE HERBAL SACHETS

You may have had a sachet some time in your life. They smell wonderful and make great gifts.  If would like to make your own, I found this tutorial from Crafts by Amanda called How to Make Herbal Sachets. The instructions tell you everything that you need to know how to make them. I really love the fabric that they used for the bag. I probably would purchase the quarter flats from Joann's since they are just the right amount for me to get started.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lemongrass Mojito Soap Tutorial

When I took a cold process soap class at The Nova Studio, I happened to pick out a soap scented like a mojito.  Since then I have been in loved with my soap smelling like the drink.  If you are not into the cold process soap technique, you can still make this fragrant soap by the melt and pour method by the instructions by The Soap Queen's project called Lemongrass Mojito Soap.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Oatmeal and Chamomile Foaming Cleanser

Every skin type can benefit from regular exfoliation, but those with sensitive skin often shy away from the practice. This could be because of the many scrub products on the market have ingredients that are too harsh and irritating that can easily upset skin.  So if you have sensitive skin you may want to try this recipe called Oatmeal and Chamomile Foaming Cleanser from The Natural Beauty Workshop.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Baking Soda Free Deodorant

Would you like to make your own deodorant?  Here is a recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus that is Baking Soda Free Deodorant. It is a very easy recipe to make and you get a heck of a lot of product.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Solid Perfume

Love wearing perfume but do not like the cost.  Here is a Solid Perfume recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus that will leave a lasting scent on your skin.  You can use their suggested scent or  customize this recipe using your own fragrance.  It is a perfect size that you can keep in your pocket or wristlet.   

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Floral Buttermilk Bath

According to Wholesale Supplies Plus, Ancient Egypt and Cleopatra's renowned glowing skin was the source of inspiration for this luxurious bath milk recipe called Floral Buttermilk. Cleopatra was know for taking daily milk baths and was rumored to be a seductress with her intoxicating aroma.  This is a very easy recipe to make. It takes only 30 minutes to complete and results in  (20)  one ounce large tea bags.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cactus Flower Soap Tutorial

Do decorate in the southwestern motif?  Or do you hail from the dessert?  I found this interesting cold process and melt and pour soap project from The Soap Queen called Cactus Flower Soap.  This project is more for the advanced soapmaker.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Breastfeeding Boobie Butter

Recently at work, there have been a couple of babies being born.  I found this recipe that would be a great gift to make and give....Breastfeeding Boobie Butter.  This recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus is great to use between feedings to help soothe and lubricate sore and dry nipples.  It is very easy to make and only takes 30 minutes to make.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Orange Butter Body Scrub DIY

I have heard of cocoa butter and shea butter but this is the first time that I have heard of Orange butter.  It is smooth, creamy and very fragrant that it may just may become your favorite ingredient in your body products.  But if you would love to try this new found ingredient, you can try this recipe from The Soap Queen called Orange Butter Body Scrub.  This is a very easy sugar scrub recipe that takes no time to make and results in five 4 ounce jars of product.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Whipped African Shea Butter

Here is a really great moisturizer recipe that is great for all year round...it is  Whipped African Shea Butter from Wholesale Supplies Plus.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Turmeric Secret Swirl Soap Tutorial

I have seen a lot of different swirl techniques, but this is the first time I have seen a secret swirl technique. This recipe from The Soap Queen is called Turmeric Secret Swirl Soap which is for the advanced cold process soap maker.  To complete this recipe it will take you 60 minutes and yield about five pounds of soap.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

DIY Turmeric Melt & Pour Soap

It has been awhile since I found a really nice melt and pour soap recipe to share but I just happened to come across this Turmeric Melt & Pour Soap project from The Soap Queen which is really great for beginners and the advanced crafter would appreciate the quality ingredients.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Orange Furniture Polish

From time to time I find an interesting recipe for cleaning or household products.  So when I saw this recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus for Orange Furniture Polish I was excited to share it with you. This product works great as a cleaner and furniture polish.  It only helps clean the furniture but also will help to keep it looking new and bring out the wood's natural beauty.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Black Salt Bath Bomb DIY

Have you ever heard of black salt?  I had not until I saw this recipe from The Soap Queen for Black Salt Bath Bomb.  IF you decide to use charcoal in this recipe, Polysorbate 80 is key in this recipe.  Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier that helps mix the charcoal into the water, resulting in less charcoal on your skin and tub.

Friday, June 9, 2017

All About Trace in Soapmaking Video

When you are making a batch of cold process soap, are you having problems with your batch coming to trace?  Whether you are a beginner or experienced, trace can sometimes can be a problem.  If you want or need to learn more about trace check out the recent post from The Soap Queen called All About Trace in Soapmaking (Video).

Thursday, June 8, 2017

DIY Turmeric & Ginger Body Scrub

Here is a lovely body scrub from The Soap Queen called Turmeric & Ginger Body Scrub that a beginner can make. It takes only 20 minutes to make this recipe and it yields (4) 8 oz jars.

Monday, June 5, 2017

How to Make Charcoal Facial Soap

According to The Soap Queen, Charcoal face soap seems to be everywhere right now, along with charcoal face makes and bath bombs.  When I think of charcoal, I think the stuff from the BBQ and why would I put it on my face? But from reading the post called How To Make Charcoal Facial Soap, it binds to dirt and oil and pulls it out of pores, leaving your skin clean and refreshed.  Because of its oil absorbing properties, it's especially fantastic for oily skin.  Since it does that I may just have to try this soap on my oil skin.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Eucalyptus Spearmint Shaving Soap

Photo by From Nature with Love
Father's Day is just around the corner.  Are you having a difficult time thinking of a gift?  Here is a recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Eucalyptus Spearmint Shaving Soap that would be an unique gift for that special man in your life.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Dog Soap Recipe

Do you have a dog and dislike using the commercial soap to wash them?  I found this post on Lovin' Soap by Guest Poster Tricia Hoffman called Dog Soap Recipe. This cold process soap recipe gives your pooch the same benefits that us humans take advantage of handmade soap.