Saturday, October 10, 2015

Soaping with Allergies: Nuts, Gluten & More

One of the benefits of making your own bath and body products is having complete control the ingredients you put in them.  If you have sensitive or an allergy to particular ingredients, creating your products from scratch allows your to fully customize your products to your personal preferences. If you or someone you know suffers from severe allergies to products such as nuts or gluten, creating your own products can be very appealing.   Would you believe that tree nut allergies are one of the most common allergens in both adults and children?  Is is.  And according to The Soap Queen, tree includes (but are not limited to) walnuts, almonds, hazel nuts, cashews, pistachios and Brazilian nuts.  Peanuts are also a common nut allergy event though they are technically considered a legume. People who are allergic to tree nuts are more likely to be allergic to other types of nuts and should avoid all of them.  If you would like more information, you can read the recent post by The Soap Queen called Soaping with Allergies:  Nuts, Gluten & More.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Fresh Pumpkin & Pomegranate Facial Masque

Now that fall is here, what a great way to celebrate is making your facial masks with fresh pumpkin.  Here is an easy recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop called Fresh Pumpkin & Pomegranate Facial Masque.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Coloring Your Cold Process Soap

I would consider myself a beginner cold process soap maker.  I wanted to try a batch with a peppermint/vanilla scent to it.  With vanilla essential oil being so cost prohibitive and fragrance oil can make your batch turn brown.  So I was recommended by someone to use the Jack Frost fragrance oil from Nature's Garden, it will discolor. So I am on the hunt for titanium dioxide to make sure that when I swirl, that the white part stays as white as can be.  This is the confusing part. There are three types of Titanium Dioxide - Water, Oil and Methicone.  Not sure which one I should use for cold process soap. But I digress.  In my search I found this post from Great Cakes Soapworks on Coloring Your Cold Process Soap. So I found out how much I need to use but not exactly which one to use.  My search continues.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How to Create Homemade Lotion Recipes

Are you interested in making your own handmade lotions but find it imitating?  Well, if you never made your own lotion before it is recommended for you to try making a tried-and-true recipe so that you can get the feel of the process.  Once you have made a couple of batches, you will find it rather easy to create your own.  It can be tricky to know how much water,oils and emulsifiers are needed to create a stable product. The great thing about making your own lotion is that you can customize your lotion to the texture you like and know what is exactly going into your product.  Want to learn more?  Then read this post from The Soap Queen called How to Create Homemade Lotion Recipes.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Free Ebook from Mountain Rose Herb

Mountain Rose Herb has shared a lot of great recipes on their blog. They have had many requests to create an ebook of their best recipes.  They are excited to offer a collection of recipes covering natural body care, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, homemade cleaning formula and healthy snacks.  You will find so many wonderful inspirations for creating herbal gifts and easy tips for natural healing.  What is great about this ebook that that is free!  Interested then check out the posting and receive your Free Ebook from Mountain Rose Herb.