- The oils: your local soap makers use a variety of skin loving oils and butters (most of them even edible) like olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter to name a few. This is the soap we trust for our family so you can be confident that nothing fishy goes in it.
- The scent: we take the extra step in being as much natural as possible and choose to make our soap using only plant extracted essential oils to scent our soap. Essential oils have been known for centuries and were brought as gifts to Jesus. No artificial fragrances or colorants ever in our soap. Different earth clay, salts and herb powders add beauty to our soap.
- The glycerin: glycerin is a treasured emollient that softens and attracts moisture to your skin. The mass production cheap soap is full of chemical cocktails and synthetic ingredients and it is stripped from the naturally occurring glycerin during the saponification process. Than it is sold to higher priced body care and pharmaceuticals. Handmade soap retains all the glycerin and produces a luxurious creamy lather.
- Waste: there is no waste run off from a big chemical factory. No plastic bottles to dispose. Soap bars use minimal packaging.
- Community: buying soap at local fairs and farmers markets supports your local community. I think I can speak for all soap makers that we do what we do, because we Love it. It is fun, creative and most of all in sync with mother Nature.
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This is what goes on behind the scenes in soap making. You can use a different recipe- add more oils or herbs. Enjoy!
Lemongrass essential oil has stimulating and antiseptic properties. It is used in facial toners with its astringent properties to help fight acne and greasy skin. Lemongrass is very similar to Citronella and can help keep bugs away. A powerful mood lifter, Lemongrass strengthens the nervous system and can be dropped into bath water to soothe muscular nerves and pain. www.edensgarden.com
Have you ever read the ingredients label on the back of your blush container? It turns out the first thing listed is CHALK. I was wondering why the store bought blush is so stiff and compound and my home made one is flying all over. Now I know. Well, there are many recipes on line how to make all natural make up and blush and I decided to try making it. And it worked. I even did a selfie photo session to show you my “blushy” cheeks but will post these some other time.
You don’t need much to make your own all natural blush. I used arrowroot powder, red beets powder, cocoa powder and a small storage container.
Teodora’s All Natural Blush
3 tsp Arrowroot powder
3 tsp Red Beets powder
2 tsp Cocoa powder
Mix everything very well and stir gently or your counter top will get “blushed” as well (like mine did)! You can adjust the ratio cocoa powder: red beets powder depending on your preference of color. I like mine more reddish than brownish.
Store in an air tight container. To use dip your brush in it, gently tap on the brush to remove any excess powder and apply on your cheeks!
You know your make up is safe when all ingredients are edible. And this one is! Happy Blushing!
Let’s make some homemade All Natural Perfume Oil in a roll-on bottle. All you need is a light carrier oil like Avocado oil, essential oil of your preference and a roll-on bottle. And there you have it. Chemicals free perfume that is easy to carry with you in your purse.
1 oz Avocado oil (or any other light oil like Grape seed, Argan and Rose hip oil)
essential oil ( I used Grapefruit and Vanilla)
roll on bottle
Generally n a 1 oz carrier oil you would put 6 drops of essential oil. This would be 1% solution. You can increase it up to 4% but no more than that. Read carefully the instructions
on your essential oil. Essential oils are very concentrated and should not be applied directly on your skin. Always dilute essential oil in another oil. You don’t need to go fancy and olive oil would work perfectly. I have been using my perfume oil for awhile now and noticed that I need to reapply it a few times during the day. This works perfectly for me as I don’t like strong scents. I hope you will try your hand at this.
Let’s make some delicious all natural lip balm. Cold weather and the dry air indoors can take a toll on your lips. Use this lip balm to moisturize and sooth your lips.
What you need:
1 tsp beeswax
1 tsp cocoa butter
2 tsp oil of your choice-avocado, almond, olive oil
5-6 drops of essential oil (optional). I like peppermint or lemongrass.
Small jar/tin to store with a cover
Place the beeswax, cocoa butter and oil of your choice in a glass measuring cup. I use a double broiler to melt all ingredients. If you don’t have one simply place the measuring cup over a small pot with boiling water. The bottom of the measuring glass should not touch the bottom of the pot. Keep stirring to incorporate everything well. Once all butters are melted remove from the heat and keep stirring. Add 5-6 drops of essential oil. Mix well. Pour in to your container. Let it cool. Enjoy!
Christmas is my favorite time of the year! Enjoyed lots of good friends, talks, food and uplifting spirits! Can’t wait for the next one!
Cupuaçu Butter is obtained from the seeds of the Cupuaçu tree that grows in the Brazilian Amazon. Cupuacu Butter is a refined, light tan, soft solid with a low melt point (approx.32-36°C) that liquefies and spreads quickly when in contact with the skin.
Cupuaçu Butter possesses a high capacity for water absorption which gives it superior moisturizing properties. Cupuaçu Butter offers a lovely emolliency that will restore elasticity and softness to skin.(theherbarie.com)