Friday, April 20, 2018

Anti-Aging, Rejuvenating, and Repairing Claims

Did you know about the FDA's Import Alert 66-38 titled "Skin Care Products Labeled as Anti-Aging Creams" of 1988?  It clearly states that exaggerated 'anti-aging' claims could cause a product to be unapproved new drug.  This alert was the basis for understanding restrictions on cosmetics claims like anti-aging, rejuvenating and repairing.  At the end of 2017, the import alert was withdrawn. What to learn more about this topic?  Marie Gale, who wrote a book on Soap and Cosmetic Labeling and currently writes news, updates about labeling, gmp, and regulations on her site on www.mariegale.com, wrote an article called Anti-Aging Rejuvenating and Repairing Claims.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Choosing Oil Substitutions for Cold Process Soap Recipes

Photo by The Soap Queen
Are you new to cold process soap making? Has it ever happened to you when you do not have a particular oil for your favorite recipe?  And you are wondering how to choose an oil to substitute for the one you do not have?  I found this video from Lovin' Soap called Choosing Oil Substitutions for Cold Process Soap Recipes

Monday, April 16, 2018

Karma Bath Bomb Tutorial

Here is a great bath bomb recipe from The Soap Queen called Karma Bath Bomb. If you love patchouli, Bramble Berry's Karma Type Fragrance Oil is for you.  It is inspired by Lush'a original scent, it features top notes of juicy orange with base notes of patchouli, sandalwood, musk, and pine.  This complex blend is perfect for bath products.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Recipe: Pistachio & Magnolia Exfoliating Wash

Here is a simple exfoliating wash recipe from Bath Body Supply called Pistachio & Magnolia. The base of the wash is made with a pre-made suspension gel liquid soap.  I never thought of combing pistachio and magnolia together as a fragrance oil but it sounds interesting.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Soap DIY

Many years ago when I took a cold process class at The Nova Studio, I feel in love with Lori's Lemon Poppy scented soap because it smelled exactly like a lemon poppy seed muffin.   If lemon poppy seed muffins are your favorite and you make soap by the melt and pour method, I found instructions from The Soap Queen for Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Soap.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Swirled Rose Soap Tutorial

Here is a really nice swirl cold process recipe from The Soap Queen called Swirled Rose.  This recipe is a blend of old and new...it has a classic design with a modern scent.  The subtle swirl is created with a technique known as an in-the-pot swirl which is very easy to do and it gives each bar of soap a different look.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Honey & Avocado Soap

For all you melt and pour soap makers I found a melt and pour recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus that uses a base that is detergent free.  This Honey & Avocado Soap that is packed with skin nourishing ingredients.  This layered soap project is a moderate level project that takes about two hours to complete and resulting in eight bars of soap.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Explaining and Preventing Glycerin Dew

Have you experienced slippery and wet to the touch with your melt and pour soap? According to The Soap Queen, "This is a common reaction referred to as “sweating” or “glycerin dew.”  If you want to learn more about this common reaction, then read the post titled Explaining and Preventing Glycerin Dew on The Soap Queen website.

Monday, April 2, 2018

LAVENDER SUGAR SCRUB

Are you looking for a possible Mother's Day gift for your mother, grandmother or aunt?  Here is a recipe from Crafts by Amanda called Lavender Sugar Scrub that special person will enjoy.  This is a very simple recipe with only three ingredients.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Wildflower Rebatch Soap Tutorial

To be honest, I  have never made a batch of rebatch soap.  I know you can reuse cold process soap and recreate a new batch.  In this Wildflower Rebatch Soap recipe from The Soap Queen, you can purchase already rebatched soap so that you do not have to work with lye.  This is an intermediate level project that takes about an hour to complete.  And it results about 3 pounds of soap.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

How to Make Sushi Soap

It has been a long time since I found a melt and pour soap making project.  I am not sure why, but I think it is because I have not found an interesting one to post until now.  If you like to eat sushi or know someone do does, this melt and pour Sushi Soap project from The Soap Queen would really fits the bill. This project is for the advanced soap maker that takes about 3-4 days to make. So you would need some patience to make a batch of this soap.  But I say it is well worth the wait.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Winter Potpourri

About a week ago, Spring and somehow the weather has not gotten the memo.  Anyway, here is a potpourri recipe from
Wholesale Supplies Plus called Winter Potpourri that is very colorful addition to any home.  All one has to do is place the potpourri in a bowl to scent any room of the home.  About every month, just add a few drops of refresher oil and stir to reactivate the fragrance.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Tangerine Lip Scrub Recipe

Lip scrubs are perfect for exfoliating dry and chapped winter lips.  If you would to make your own lip scrub, I found this recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Tangerine Lip Scrub. Would you believe that this recipe has only four ingredients?  Well, that is why it is so simple to make. The bright color and fresh-squeezed tastes comes from Tangerine Butter.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Safflower & Ginger Soap Tutorial

Are you a cold process soap maker looking for a different soap project to make?  I found this interesting advanced layered soap project from The Soap Queen called Safflower & Ginger Soap.  This project takes 1 to 2 hours to completed and it yields about 5 pounds of soap.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Painted Rose Bath Bomb DIY

I saw this recipe for Painted Rose Bath Bombs from The Soap Queen and I thought to myself that I wish I could paint as well. What a lovely Mother's Day gift or Bridal Shower favor.





Friday, March 16, 2018

Pink Grapefruit Soaking Salt

 It seems like everyone is busy today.  And it is hard to find time for ourselves.  If you are lucky enough to take time out of your day to soak in the tub, I have to congratulate you.  I found this recipe from Bath Body Supply called Pink Grapefruit Soaking Salt that you may want to try in your in next soak.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Wild Rose Bath Salt DIY

Love to soak in the tub?  Do you use bath salts? Here is a recipe from The Soap Queen called Wild Rose that is absolutely delightful.   If you are concerened about the flowers clogging your drain, you can place a spoonful of salt into muslin bags or sealable tea bags before each use.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Baby’s Breath Soap Tutorial

Baby's Breath flowers are often seen as an addition to most bouquet.  Basically, they play second fiddle to larger flowers but they make a beautiful topper for this cold process soap recipe.  If you want to make this soap recipe, check the Baby's Breath Soap recipe from The Soap Queen.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Whipped Lavender Body Butter DIY

Love body butters?  I found this beginner body butter recipe from The Soap Queen called Whipped Lavender that takes 20 minutes to make (6) four ounce jars.  I think this is an easy product to make and give as gifts.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Lavender Sleep Time Bath Truffle DIY

Did you have a hard day?  Would you like to find a way to relax?  I found this recipe from The Soap Queen called Lavender Sleep Time Bath Truffles.  These bath truffles are simple to make and since the recipe contains extra skin loving butters, it will make the recipe mixture with a texture similar to pie crust or cookie dough.  But the mixture can be easily rolled out into rustic balls.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pumpkin Bath Fizzies Recipe

I know it is not pumpkin season but this recipe of Pumpkin Bath Fizzies from Wholesale Supplies Plus is good to have around when the fall season finally comes.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lavender & Charcoal Soap DIY

Here is an intermediate cold process soap project from The Soap Queen called Lavender & Charcoal Soap.  Charcoal soap has become extremely popular these days and for good reason....it has amazing skin benefits.  What is so great about charcoal is that it has powerful absorption properties making it especially beneficial for oily facial skin.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

DIY Baby’s Breath Bath Bombs

Baby's Breath brings back memories of my senior prom corsage.  If you love taking baths, I found this recipe from The Soap Queen called Baby's Breath Bath Bombs that will take your mind off the cold temperatures and gray skies.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Recipe: PomBerry Lip Exfoliator

If you love using lip exfoliators, I found a great recipe from Bath Body Supply called PomBerry. It is a very simple recipe that can be made in no time.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Cocoa Ginger Lotion Bars

The cold weather can really dry your skin out.  Here is a recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Cocoa Ginger Lotion Bars that is great for moisturizing or massage.  According to the author, the warm and stimulating scent of ginger helps mellows out the naturally sweet aromas of vanilla and cocoa butter. If you do not like ginger, you can try replacing the essential oil with something equally unexpected like cardamom, rose or cherry.  Or you can omit the essential oils because they also smell wonderful unscented.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Lime LaCroix Soap Tutorial

I have seen LaCroix at Safeway but I have never bought it before.  I did not know that you could use it for soap making.  The Soap Queen has used it as an ingredient for her Lime LaCroiz Soap recipe.  This is a very fruity scented soap that was inspired for an In-The-Pot-Swirl.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Toasted Coconut Sugar Scrub

If you love coconut, then you will love this recipe for Toasted Coconut Sugar Scrub from The Natural Beauty Workshop. Scrubs make a great exfoliant for your skin but with the added shredded coconut makes a great addition to your scrub because of its soft texture, subtle scent and the lovely bright white color makes it super versatile.

Monday, January 29, 2018

How to Take Advantage of Trends

Do you make your own bath and body products?  Wondering what the trends are?  In a recent post from The Soap Queen called How to Take Advantage of Trends  gives you some good information about it.  To tell you the truth, I was in awe of the pictures in this post. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Coconut Honey Turmeric Facial Scrub

Looking for a different facial scrub recipe?  I found one from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Coconut Honey Turmeric. Of course, it is great to exfoliate our skin with a scrub, but this one that is both gentle and effective can be a challenge. But this recipe fills that bill.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

DIY Floral Wax Bark Melts

According to The Soap Queen, Wax Melts are a great alternative to candles.  They fill the room with scent and provide a cozy atmosphere.  This Floral Wax Bark Melts is extremely easy to make because there is no mold necessary-all you need is a lined sheet pan.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Yuzu Vanilla Lip Mask

Have you ever heard of a lip mask? Actually, I never heard of it before until I found this recipe for Yuzu Vanilla Lip Mask from The Natural Beauty Workshop.  Basically, it is an intensive lip balm that is perfect for fighting the harsh winter weather.  The best time that this lip mask should be applied is at bedtime.  Generously slather the balm over your lips before you go to sleep and you will likely wake up with more luscious and moisturized lips.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Swirled Orchid Cold Process Soap Tutorial

As a young child, the color of my room was lavender. I was not a big fan of it but as I grown older, I really like it.  So when  I found this cold process recipe from The Soap Queen called Swirled Orchid Cold Process Soap I had to share it.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sleepytime Magnesium Bath Bombs

Here is a bath bomb recipe from the Natural Beauty Workshop that is mineral; rich and infused with chamomile, mandarin and vanilla.  Sleepytime Magnesium Bath Bombs recipe is fairly simple as far as bath bomb and fizzies go.  It was inspired by magnesium's fame for aiding in restfulness.

Friday, January 12, 2018

How to Resize Cold Process Soap Recipes


To be honest, I an a beginner to cold process soap making. I usually have used soap quick from Mission Peak Soap.  But I always wondered how to resize a recipe.  Good News!  I found an blog article from The Soap Queen called How to Resize Cold Process Soap Recipes.  I hope that this will help out a newbie like me or anyone else.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Orange Cranberry Bath Fizzies Recipe


Bath fizzies are great to use while you are taking a relaxing bath. If you would like to make your own, here is a recipe from Wholesales Supplies Plus called Orange Cranberry that you may want to try.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Chocolate Peppermint Soap Cupcakes Tutorial

Did you make a resolution of cutting down on sweets?  Here is a way you can by making and using these Chocolate Peppermint Soap Cupcakes from The Soap Queen.  This is basically a cold process technique with a melt and pour base frosting.  

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ice Cream Sundae Scrub Recipe

It looks like I am a theme of having a sweet tooth since I am posting bath product recipes that look like sweet treats.  But, I guess I am trying to get it out of my system since it is the New Year.  So I am sharing this cute Ice Cream Sundae Scrub recipe to celebrate the New Year. And boy does it remind me of my very first paying job at Baskin Robbins.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Strawberry Milkshake Cold Process Soap

I remember way back when I was a candysripper at local hospital and I worked in the gift shop. We had a display of flower that visitors could purchase for patients that they were about to visit.  On the display was an adorable arrangement of carnations in a soda glass that looked like a milkshake.  This cold process soap recipe from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Strawberry Milkshake reminded me of those arrangements.