It is not very often I am struck speechless by a new fragrance. The other day I came in from the sweltering outdoors to the air-conditioned refuge of our building. Now I am the first to admit that heat makes me cranky. Some days I don’t even want to be with myself!
Andee, the sweet angel that she is, accosted me with a giant hug and a perfume strip. “Oh my gosh!” She gushed. “You have just got to smell this!” I remember taking a tentative sniff from the perfume test strip then grabbing her wrist to bring the strip back for another, deeper sniff. “What is that?” “That is our new Blackberry Iced Tea!” she laughed. Wow. I was Continue reading New Blackberry Iced Tea Fragrance Oil!→
I may not be the resident scrub addict, but I do enjoy the occasional scrub for my own personal pampering. Since my shower is *gasp* dreadfully bare of any fun products, I decided to remedy the problem with this fast and simple scrub that is perfect for gifts or personal use.
This scrub is wonderful because it isn’t excessively oily, and it feels sinfully luxurious! This scrub is a fabulous body scrub due to the fine grains of the white sugar. If you want to take the recipe and change it to a foot scrub, I would recommend using the Medium Bath Salt or Coarse Dead Sea Salt in combination with the sugar.
I am a major fan of tropical fruits. Papaya, mango, kiwi, pineapple, coconut and starfruit all find a place on my kitchen counter throughout the year. They are all just so yummy. I even like to make Pina Colada inspired smoothies. Just take a can of coconut milk and some frozen pineapple and you have a tasty treat!
Recipe in Ounces
3.53 oz Beeswax
2.82 oz Palm Kernel Oil
2.82 oz Virgin Coconut Oil
1.83 oz High Melt Point Shea Butter
1.41 oz Castor Oil
0.99 oz Golden Jojoba Oil
0.42 oz Lanolin
0.28 oz Pina Colada Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
20% Palm Kernel Oil
20% Virgin Coconut Oil
13% High Melt Point Shea Butter
10% Castor Oil
7% Golden Jojoba Oil
2% Pina Colada Flavor Oil
Weigh everything except the Pina Colada Flavor Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything has melted. Add the Pina Colada Flavor Oil and stir well. Pour into tubes and allow the mixture to cool and solidify. Cap, label and delight your lips with a sweet treat. Enjoy!
I intended this lip balm to be somewhat firm but very creamy. This recipe nailed it on the head. (Happy dance!) It has gotten rave reviews from the staff. Even our non-coconut fans have requested their own tubes. One gal commented on how she loved that it was glossy and so easy to apply with great staying power. She said she can’t wait to make some at home with her daughter. That sounds like so much fun!
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Every summer gives me the opportunity to participate in some amazing events that are hosted around our valley. I love that because I can meet all kinds of people and make new friends. Take Mama Julie. I first met Mama Julie at a wood-fired pizza restaurant. Mama Julie is sweet, kind and funny. She loves nothing more than to make you smile.
I ran into Mama Julie the other day at the grocery store and she greeted me with a warm smile and a hug. We wandered the store as she told me about her family, her work and her garden. (I must admit, I might have a small case of garden envy. She is overwhelmed with fresh rosemary, basil and parsley. Lucky lady!) During our chat, Mama Julie mentioned that with all the time in the garden, she has a hard time keeping her knuckles and elbows from drying out. Today I wanted to make a stick for all the talented gardeners like Mama Julie. Come join me!
Golden Jojoba Oil
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Palm Kernel Oil
Helichysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Grams
28 grams Castor Oil
40 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
30 grams Coconut Oil
40 grams Beeswax
6 grams Lanolin
24 grams High Melt Point Shea Butter
30 grams Palm Kernel Oil
2 grams Helichysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.99 oz Castor Oil
1.41 oz Golden Jojoba Oil
1.06 oz Coconut Oil
1.41 oz Beeswax
0.21 oz Lanolin
0.85 oz High Melt Point Shea Butter
1.06 oz Palm Kernel Oil
0.07 oz Helichysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
14% Castor Oil
20% Golden Jojoba Oil
15% Coconut Oil
12% High Melt Point Shea Butter
15% Palm Kernel Oil
1% Helichysum Essential Oil
Weigh everything except the Helichysum Essential Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything has melted. Add the Helichysum Essential Oil and stir well. Pour into tubes and allow the mixture to cool and solidify. Cap, label and soothe those poor elbows. Enjoy!
This lotion bar is like a soft lip balm. It is very smooth and creamy and a dream to apply. It spreads very nicely. I can see using this as a lotion bar for sore muscle because it can be applied so gently. It has a slight, dare I say tacky, feeling from the lanolin that helps trap moisture in the skin. I applied some to my dry and cracking knuckles. Wow! I am enjoying the relief!
I get asked on a regular basis what kind of soap I tend to make the most. That is the hardest question to answer because I am always trying something new. One of my most recent experiments has been with using tomato paste in soap.
It makes such a beautiful color. I recommend no more the 0.75 oz of tomato paste per pound of fats. Just remember, the color of the soap is not UV stable so if you store your soap in an area that gets lots of light, don’t be surprised if the color fades.
I am so excited and relieved to finally tell you that the Clear Lip Balm Tubes are back in stock! You’ve been asking just as hard as we have about these tubes and we finally have these fabulous tubes into our warehouse!
Now that these tubes are back, what are you looking forward to making most? I’m looking forward to making a Caramel Latte Lip Balm first!
Whew! It has been a crazy Monday. Why is it that Mondays seem to be the busiest day of the week?I have all of these spectacular plans and they just seem to be systematically derailed.
I wanted to give a sneak peek into tomorrow’s blog. I can be a rather experimental soapmaker. I find something and say “I wonder what this would be like in soap.” While this can get me into trouble, it is rather cool/thrilling when things are a success. My latest concoction? Tomato paste in soap!
Join me tomorrow to find out all about it! I think you will be delighted with the results.
There is something delectable and enticing about sun warmed honey. One of my favorite ways to eat honey is atop a sweet, oven fresh cornbread and creamed butter. If the honey drips off the corn bread, not to worry, licking the honey off your fingertips is half the fun! (If you want the recipe I use, check out the cornbread recipe Dirk shared a while back!)
Do you know those days when you feel like you have been on your feet ALL day? I have those days and my feet can ache from all the standing, walking and flexing they have done. Good shoes can definitely help with long days on the feet, but I still want to soothe my feet at the end of the day. So I headed to the kitchen and whipped up this yummy summer foot soak to pamper my feet and help them feel better after those long days.
This multi-purpose foot soak is awesome because it can be bagged in the Heat Sealable Tea Bags for easy tub or foot bath clean up. It can also be left loose, mixed with a little water to make a paste and then used like a mask. Either way you use it, your feet will be treated to a little luxury!
Recent rains have encouraged our gardens to grow and today, the rain has also encouraged our catalog to grow!
What are the newest products in the catalog?
We’ve added some new extracts after many requests from customers like you! What extracts are they? St John’s Wort Extract and Witch Hazel Extract! These oil soluble extracts are great additions to lotions and creams. Where would you add them?
Frogs Soap Mold
These adorable frogs hopped into the office today with all the rain! Splish splash away and take a bath with a frog today.
White Kaolin Clay
One of my favorite clays! It is finally back in the catalog after a long hiatus. Kaolin clay makes silky soaps that have me sighing in delight. Try some today and discover what luxurious things clay soaps are.
I hope you enjoy the newest products! Which one are you looking forward to the most? Log in and comment on the blog! I’ve got some freebies for the first 10 people who comment!
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