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|Bubbles are the greatest thing in the world! I think that bubbles are 80% of why I got into and have stayed in soapmaking. There, now you know my little dirty secret as to why I love soapmaking. If you love bubbles as much as I do, come join me for today’s recipe. You won’t want to miss it!
As much as I love bubbles, that is not what makes these bath fizzies so magical. No, it is the color. These little gems stay white but as soon as they touch water, bam color! The magic in these bath fizzies make it great for all of those who are kids or just kids at heart. Come join me today for a simple recipe you can share with friends and family!
Weigh everything except the fragrance oil into a plastic bag. (Some of these ingredients are highly airborne. So much so that wearing a mask may be helpful.) Seal up the plastic bag and gently mix the dry ingredients. You don’t want to shake it because when you open the bag, you will get a cloud rising from the bag. Once the dry ingredients are fully mixed, add your fragrance oil. Don’t forget to double check with the fragrance calculator when you choose a different fragrance. Mix the fragrance oil into the dry ingredients. You can now package your bath fizzies.
Note of Caution: Do not package your bath fizzies in glass. If any water gets into the container then it is sealed up, the expansion can cause a dangerous explosion. Please be safe. We highly recommend “single serving” sizes packaged into plastic bags. These are much safer and give you plenty of cute options.
|We recently received a request for a gentle scrub that would be on the thicker side and be gentle when exfoliating the skin. So today I am going to show you how to make a Lotion Scrub. This is very simple to make, easy to use, and your skin will be extremely happy.
I first measure out 4 ounces of lotion base into a mixing bowl then added 2 tablespoons of ground luffa or vanilla bean, stirred with a spoon until completely mixed, then I filled the finished scrub into containers, that’s it.
I was really excited to try this scrub so I used the luffa scrub first and scooped some out and rubbed it in my hands and up my arms a bit. I rubbed for a couple of minutes and then rinsed it off in warm water. The excess lotion and ground luffa or vanilla bean rinsed right off and left my hands soft and silky. This would be great to apply everywhere prior to a shower, my legs definitely could use this. What a great idea and something different to use for those of you that need a gentle exfoliation.
|Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and I wanted to have some cute things ready. Valentine’s Day is all about love, more specifically, love between couples. But why can’t we show a little love to ourselves? Here is a fantastic milk tub tea that has a bit of magic added to it.
I think one of the best ways to slow down and take some personal time is to take a bath. Showers are are quick, fast and invigorating. Baths are slow, peaceful and calming. Because there is more time in an enclosed space, it is best to use very small amounts of fragrance. If it is too intense, the user may feel driven out before they are ready. Light and mild is best.
The first product in my formulation is Milk Powder. Milk Powder is simple and easy to use. Milk has also been used as a beauty agent for a very long time. Even Ancient Egyptians used milk in their baths! Because milk is a natural blend of fats and water, it is really good for the skin.
Next, I used Natrasorb. Natrasorb is a really, really fluffy form of tapioca starch. It helps keeps the bath tea from becoming oily from the extract and fragrance oil. It also helps the bath tea seem more fragrant than a bath tea without Natrasorb.
I also used Epsom Salt. These salts are wonderful. High in mineral content, Epsom salts have been long used for spa treatments such as baths and foot soaks. You can also use a sea salt but I have a personal preference to Epsom Salt.
Botanicals also make an appearance in this formulation. How can you have a tub tea without botanicals? I chose Rose Buds and Chamomile Petals. Roses are a luxury item that has been used in beauty products for as long as we have written record! Calendula has constituents that are anti-inflammatory in nature. Calendula is also used for managing dry, rough and scaly skin.
To give the skin a little more pampering, I added Chamomile Extract. Because of its famous soothing nature, I wanted a little to bolster the skin. Perfect for soothing both mind and body!
Finally, I added some fun finishing touches, a fragrance oil and some color. This is where the magic is. I chose to use our Purple Raspberry Color in its dry form so that it would lightly color the bath water. Prior to adding water the mixture looks white, except for the botanicals. My fragrance oil of choice is Red Clover Tea. You may use any fragrance or essential oil for this recipe. Don’t forget to use a pretty ribbon!
Measure Milk Powder, Natrasorb and Purple Raspberry Color into a plastic bag. Mix well. Measure Epsom Salts, Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil and Chamomile Extract into a separate bag and mix. In a third bag, weigh Calendula Petals and Rose Buds, then add the first two bags. Mix until uniform. Scoop into Heat and Seal Tea Bags. I like approximately 2 tablespoons of product per Jumbo Bag. Using an iron, seal the edges of the bag. Finish with a cute ribbon and label. Enjoy!
Masks are very easy to make and we have an excellent recipe that will also work with the distance factor between Karen and her daughter. Let’s go make a simple face mask!
Sift the clay and measure 1/4 cup. Take a weight. Add in 1 tsp ground vanilla beans, take a weight. Now you will have a nice mixture that you can make dry and can make more, adjusting the recipe to suit her needs as she requests!
Mix 3 tablespoons of the clay mask mixture with 1.5 tablespoons of water. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes to completely hydrate. After 5 minutes, you can use the face mask by following the following directions.
1) Rinse face with warm water.
2) Rub a thin layer of mask onto your face.
3) Allow mask to dry on your face or at least 5 minutes with a maximum amount of time being 15 minutes.
4) Once the mask is dry, gently wash face with a warm and damp wash rag.
I hope this helps!
|Mayonnaise. When I think of mayonnaise, I think of cold cut sandwiches and my dad joking that condiments are needed to practice safe sandwiches.Yes, my father is a big tease. But mayonnaise is also great for the skin! Who knew?!
Mayonnaise is a emulsified product, being a blend of water, fats and proteins. This is why mayonnaise is great at moisturizing the skin! Mayonnaise is also high in Vitamin E. Mayonnaise is emulsified. Lotion is emulsified. Get the connection?
When applied to the skin, mayonnaise has been used as a remedy for removing dead, dry skin leaving dewy, moist and soft skin in its place. You can even use it in areas with tough skin like elbows and feet! Mayonnaise is even reputed to aid in the healing of sunburned skin. Talk about a near miracle in a jar!
How might you approach using mayonnaise? I want to know! Even if you tell me about your favorite sandwich!
|We use milk a lot. Cold cereal, baked goods, ice cream, cheese, yogurt, etc. We use milk in a huge amount of products. When you think of all of think of all of the things that we use milk in, it can be quite staggering. Well, I am about to add one more place to use milk in that enormous list. Your skin. That’s right! You can use milk on the skin!
As a child, I remember reading fairy tales of queens bathing in milk to keep their skin soft and white. There has to be some truth to that, right? There is!
Milk is loaded with proteins, fat, vitamins and minerals. Milk has a large amount of Vitamins A, D and E. It also contains alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy amino acids as well as lactic acid. These help gently remove dead skin revealing smooth and supple skin.
|I love the cooling sensation of cucumber. I find it particularly soothing in the heat of summer. We are very familiar with putting slices of cucumbers on our eyes but we can use the on the rest of our skin too!
I find the best way is to juice the cucumber and wither treat the juice as a toner or add it to clay to form a mud mask. Cucumbers contain silica, ascorbic acid, sulfur, vitamins and plenty of water.
Cucumbers are also reputed to reduce puffiness, reduce dark circles around the eyes and reduce the visibility of freckles! Wow! Isn’t that amazing? Hmm, I am thinking about mixing up a mud mask with cucumber juice and crushed mint leaves for a cooling sensation. What does a cucumber inspire you to whip up?
|I adore papaya! I love the taste. Wow! Sweet, exotic and slightly tangy. Somedays I can eat papaya until the cows come home! Well, I am pretty excited because papaya can be used on the skin too!
Papaya is much like kiwi. It has a large enzymatic profile meaning that the enzymes act as a chemical peel, removing dead, dry, flaky skin. Papaya is also reputed to stimulate new cell growth resulting in sunburns and minor injuries healing at a accelerated rate!
Now I will admit, when it come to skin care and papaya, I am at a bit of loss as to what other ingredients should be matched with it. Would you help me out? I would really appreciate it!
I really want to mash the papaya, spread it on a steak and grill after a few minutes of marinating. The enzymes that make steaks tender also make skin soft. To grill or to spa? What is a girl to do?!
|Another great item if you want to have an at home spa day is kiwi. Kiwi is fantastic because it smooths the skin through both physical and chemical means. If you mash a kiwi up and gently massage it into your face, the seeds physically remove, dry, rough and dead skin.
Kiwis also have lots of enzymatic activity. This means kiwis help chemically remove layers of dead skin. Think of it as acting like a chemical peel. It is!
Kiwis are also very rich in vitamins. Vitamins like C, K, A and E. It also contains thiamine, riboflavin, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, zinc, iron, magnesium and potassium. Wow! Who knew kiwis were such a powerhouse of goodies?!
I like to use mashed kiwis. I know it is a little plain-Jane but it suits my dashing lifestyle. What other things might you use with kiwis? I want to know!