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.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Strawberry & Chocolate Fudge Solid Sugar Scrub Bars Recipe

Photo by Rebevva Dillon
Wow!  These bars look good enough to eat, but they are not to eat, They are sugar scrub bars that you use in the shower.  I have made solid sugar scrub bars before but I have never made them with distinctive layers,  Now that I have seen this recipe from Soap Deli News called Strawberry & Chocolate Fudge Solid Sugar Scrub Bars, I really am interested in trying to make them.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rose Clay & Charcoal Soap Tutorial

It has been 2017 for 10 days.  Are you still looking for a rejuvenating cold process soap recipe?  I found this one from The Soap Queen called Rose Clay & Charcoal Soap. Both rose clay and charcoal are known for their oil-absorbing properties.  According to the Soap Queen, charcoal in particular binds to dirt and oil in the skin, bringing them to the surface,  In this particular recipe, the charcoal is sprinkled in between layers to create rustic looking stripes.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Himalayan Salt Bars (Melt and Pour)

About a year and a half ago, I found a recipe for a hot process soap (not melt and pour) recipe for a Himalyan Salt Bar recipe in an issue of Willow and Sage.  I have not tried to make it since i seems to be a recipe that could be difficult to manage.  But I did find a melt and pour recipe on the Wholesale Supplies Plus website called Himalayan Salt Bars (Melt and Pour) that maybe an easier project to try first.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Vegan Lip Stain

Are you looking for a lip stain recipe that is vegan?  Low and behold I found this one from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Vegan Lip Stain.  This recipe is natural and vegan lip stain doubles a moisturizer.  The Alkanet Root Powder is infused into the butter and oils which leaves a soft ping color on your lips.  The recipe also contains coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil which will give your lips a supple softness.  The Candellia wax adds the hardness to keep the product solid.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Solid Deodorant

Instead of buying deodorant in the store, why not make your own?  I found this recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Solid Deordorant. It an easy recipe that takes no time to make.  It contains cocoa butter that help this formula blend easily into the skin while the baking soda and arrowroot powder keeps the moisture under control,  The blend of oils make this a very pleasing scent for either a man or woman.

Monday, January 2, 2017

DIY Moonlight Essence Spray Perfume

It has been many years since I took Lori Nova's perfume class when she taught through DeAnza Foothill College Community Education.  She used a more natural route by using carrier oils.  In the class, we made a solid perfume and a roll, But I do not recall making a spray version. In this recipe from the Soap Queen called Moonlight Essence Spray Perfume uses Isopropyl Myristate which is a synthetic product that creates a nice slip in lotions and helps absorb into the skin quickly.  It can be used in bath oils, massage oils and perfumes.  It can be used at 100% for a your perfume base.  I really like the bottle that is used for this recipe.