Sunday, December 19, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
When designed the formulas for my Hand & Body lotion, and Body Butter, I wanted to choose each oil and butter carefully, considering the qualities it brings to the finished product. So I’d thought I’d share some of my reasons, and a bit of info about the chosen oils and butters!
Hazelnut Oil- An excellent emollient oil, it’s rich in Vit E, potassium, calcium and magnesium! All those vitamins and minerals mean hazelnut oil is highly moisturizing, with some cell regenerative properties. Nice! Hazelnut oil is also high in oleic acid (like olive oil) which means for one that it’s similar in nature to our skin’s sebum. In turn meaning this oil will absorb into the skin readily. Hazelnut also has a high concentration of tannins with gives it a drier feeling on the skin.
Macadamia Nut Oil – Another oil I’ve chosen because it’s high in oleic acid, making it moisturizing and giving us those lovely cell regenerative properties. Macadamia nut oil is also rich in vit E, and has excellent anti inflammatory properties, making it soothing and suitable for sensitive skin.
Kokum Butter – I like to include this butter for several reasons. It has a high melt point, which helps to keep the product stable (ie: not melt). It also thickens up my body butter nicely, without resorting to fillers to accomplish a thick cream. It has nice levels of oleic acid, and absorbs easily into the skin without leaving a heavy, greasy feeling.
Mango Butter - Made from mango seeds! Another ingredient I've chosen for its high oleic acid content. Mango butter offers great moisturizing properties, as well as the anti inflammatory and cell regenerative properties that come from the oleic acid. Mango butter is also a great anti oxidant, with a high level of tannins lending it a non greasy, astringent quality. Mango butter also contains something called gallic acid, and has been studied as a burn and wound healer that may prevent infection during the healing process.
I hope I've offered some insight as to what makes a good body butter or lotion!
Thanks for reading!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Handmade soap is an affordable luxury that anyone can indulge in. Handmade soaps are gentle on the skin, in a way store bought soaps can never be. There are no fillers, animal products, chemical additives, or detergents in my soaps.
My handmade lotions and body butters are also made without harsh chemicals, fillers or animal products. Since I make my lotions and body butters from scratch, I choose each ingredient for the unique benefits it can offer the skin.
I always use organic and responsibly sourced oils and butters, as well as organic essential oils, and skin safe fragrances.
Visit my Etsy shop and view my full line of skin pampering products!
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Monday, June 28, 2010
I love essentials lists.. I always find something I didn't think of, or wouldn't have thought of. hehe So here we go!
1. Body Splash - Perfect in soaring temperatures, a body splash is might lighter on the skin than heavy perfume, and not sticking like moisturizing body sprays. Kept in the fridge it will really help cool you down on a sizzling hot day.
2. Foot Scrub - Most certainly a summer essential! When you're wearing flip flops and sandals every day, your poor feet can take a beating. Take extra good care of em this summer!
3. Since your feet are buffed and lookin good, show them off in some hip leather sandals. Totally handmade, and lots of styles, but sure to check out this awesome shop!
5. I don't know about you, but in the summer I tend to wear less makeup, and a lot of the time, none at all. For one, a lot of makeup will just melt in the heat and when I get sweaty. Plus it just feels heavy. So a lot of the time I wear just mascara and lip balm. So #4 on the list is, a good lip balm! My lip balms are formulated to be stable in the heat and cold, and include lip softening extracts.
6. Summer is a time for fun accessories! Keep your long hair off your face and neck with a fun barrette! This gal has lots of cute, summery designs!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I'm working out the details for a contest... coming soon!!
Any ideas about what would make a good prize?? Would you prefer a gift certificate? A few products you can choose your own scent for? Let me know what you think! :)
Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I'm trying my first tonight, a formula I designed for my oldest daughter. She's got thick, curly, dandruff prone hair so I picked a few special ingredients that will hopefully help with that.
I need a few special ingredients before I can try shampoo tho. That'll be next!
If it works out well, I might start testing a few formulas and make them to sell. Prob. a reg. hair type, and dry.. or maybe a clarifying shampoo, and a daily.. a daily condit. and a deeper, weekly.. we shall see!
What types of Shampoos and Conditioners do you like to use?
Monday, June 21, 2010
I've got the final two formulas in testing... ie: Myself, sister and kids will be taking lots of baths this week. LOL
I think the kids are the best testers for this kinda thing. They loooove the bubble bars, and helped me come up with the best formula. hehe
Fingers crossed this goes well, and it'll be in the shop next week! Yay!!
I also need to photograph my shower gel bottles, and such and those will be debuting soon too!
Exciting times! :) I think when both new products start, they will be on an introductory special for a limited time. Sound good? :)
Hope everyone has a good week!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
I got all the new soapies listed.
Yuzu - bright and fresh with just a hint of sweetness. Perfect for summer!
Sassy Strawberry - this is a grownup strawberry with a touch of musk. Very sexy!
French Lilacs - Feminine and springy, I love this scent!
Almond Macaroon - That pretty much says it all. Almond and coconutty goodness. Yum!
I also listed the last 2 jars of Sugar Scrub Cubes in Lick Me All Over on clearance sale. Grab em while you can!! I do have a jar of Frosted Lime Cupcake, and Yuzu, but I haven't photographed them yet. :) Shhh!
I also listed my brand new products.. Flower Pedicure Scrubs. They're mini, solid scrubs in the shape of flowers! They're packed with cocoa and shea butters, and sea salt and pumice for a good scrub. I've been using them all week and my feet have never looked before. Seriously... I love these babies!!
Next up, my charcoal face soap, and perhaps a facial moisturizer or two. :)
Hope all the Dad's out there have a great Father's Day tomorrow! We're all taking my Dad out to Red Robin, yummy!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
It's my first, but I really like it! Come see and tell me what you think!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
This is sooo pretty!
Bit o Berry Necklace
This designer has lots of eco friendly jewelry. So pretty! I like that she uses environmentally friendly materials too!
I've been thinking of creating a baby line for a while. Probably just Baby Wash and Lotion in a few different, baby skin safe, scents. Lavender/Vanilla, Lavender/Honey and probably unscented.
Then I thought, what about pet sprays/washes? Something for everyone in the family, ya know? hehe
I could have Pet Wash, and Coat Freshener. I'm thinking for the pet line, I'd use natural essential oils, I can create a blend that would help keep bugs off, tho I can't claim it would work like Frontline or anything. lol Plus I could make a couple that are just for fun, like... Birthday Cake or something. hehe
Stay tuned as I get workin on these new projects!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Summer Body Splash
Spray on this light and refreshing body splash anytime of day! Great for warm summer days, when heavy perfume and moisturizing body sprays are just too much!
Witch hazel is lightly astringent, while the aloe vera and glycerin give just a hint of moisture so your skin is left smooth and soft. Can be used on your hair and body! 4oz. spray bottle is the perfect size to toss in your gym bag, or purse as well.
I am listing this Body Splash in mostly summer type scents... Sassy Strawberry, Beach Babe, Lime Sugar.. Just comment here,or convo me at the shop on Etsy if you have a special scent request!
Foaming Sugar Scrubs!
Enriched with sweet almond oil for extra decadent, skin softening moisture. This bubbly, foaming scrub gently cleanses your skin will polishing, leaving your skin smooth and soft with no greasy after feel. This creamy scrub is perfect for summer time, and won't melt down in transit either!
Formulated with extracts of Calendula, Sunflower, Aloe, Irish Moss & Marshmallow! Calendula, Sunflower and Marshmallow are all thought to be soothing to the skin. Aloe and Irish Moss are moisturizing.
This I'm also mostly making in Summertime scents. Again you can contact me with any special scent requests! I have have a listing of this product in a "Pick your own scent". Can also be made unscented!
New lip balm flavors too! Rose Passionfruit, Bubblegum Bliss & Vanilla Smoothie. Yummy!
Come check it out! I love comments and convos!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I'll be adding some new scents to the Etsy shop in the delightful Fluffy Whipped Soap over the next couple days. Yay!
Lots of fun, fruity summer scents up my sleeve!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Mmmm, I can't wait to un-mold this in the morning!!
This is perfect Kitchen Soap, tho I think I might end up taking it to the shower too! I love anything coffee scented! :)
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Grapefruit & Gardenia soap, yum yum! It's my first HP for sale, I'm rather pleased with this process. I think I'll continue to soap both ways, CP and HP. :)
I love this scent in lotions too. Soo light and yummy! Back to Etsy for a bit!
I like her light and airy pictures, just beautiful! :)
My favorite is this vintage typewriter.. my Mom used to have one JUST like it! Same pretty color and everything!
I think my Mom had one of these too.. hehe
I love browsing vintage shops on Etsy it's so much fun! :)
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
I think my final blend consisted of, lavender, lemon, rose absolute, cedarwood and patchouli.
I added the charcoal and a bit of silk to my regular face soap recipe. Yummy! I might just have to try a bit tonight... lol
Saturday, June 5, 2010
I'm planning on a giveaway for my 100th sale. The 100th customer/sale will get an awesome free gift with their purchase! Now.. shall I keep it a surprise? Or make an announcement.. hmmm..
I wasn't sure if I could believe it, so this morning I've spent making a batch of HP soap. Yuzu, colored with orange mica, it looks so pretty!!
Made a new face lotion to try out, just for myself.. I might give some to my Mom to try, tho skin care is so much more scientific, that I'm not sure I want to get into selling it, more than face soap anyways.
Now I think it's time to get cleaned up, then take the girls to the park for a while. I'll take a book and my camera (if I remember).
Then tonight my sister and I are going to see... ECLIPSE! SO excited!! Wooooo!!!
It's gonna be a good Saturday!
Friday, June 4, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Got lots of new whipped soaps listed in the shop!
Feels great to be so productive!
Got some HP soap cooking away... I think I'm going to scent it Plumeria. Ahhh, so sweet and nectar like. Love it!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I did HP (hot process) soap last night in a Grapefruit Gardenia combo. Lovely! That will be ready in about a week or so.
I also have a beautiful lavender colored Lilac soap that will be ready in about 3 weeks! Yay!
Soap made the HP method is ready to use much sooner than the CP. I'm rather excited about that! I'll be trying it again a few more times to see how I like it. Could be much easier! lol
Now, what scent to soap this afternoon.... hmmm!
Friday, May 28, 2010
I just listed body butters in the following scents:
And two new bubble bar scents!
Sassy Strawberry and Lime Sugar!
So fresh and yummy!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
This was at the request of my sister who wanted lav soap. hehe
Tonight I think I'm going to soap lime cupcake, or maybe a summery one.. peach magnolia! Yum!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
But, I just had to say ... I love Owl City! <3
I discovered them a few months ago, Fireflies is super popular on the radio here. But wow, ALL of his songs are so awesome! Sweet, touching.. funny.. catchy.. they're great! And he doesn't swear, or sing about anything uh... adult.. lol It's always nice to find music I like, that I can share with my kids. :)
My absolute fav is Vanilla Twilight. Uh .. may ... zing!
If you haven't heard of Owl City, go check em out!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I have a Hawaiian Suntan scents that I reeeally like. I'm planning to use that one for sure. But what else? Maybe Pina Colada? Or Mojito? Why is it only tropical drinks come to mind... lol
I'm also tinkering with two new products just for summer. After bath splash and whipped soap scrub. I think when it's super hot out, especially humid and hot.. a regular oil and butter sugar scrub is too heavy. And my regular body mist is too moisturizing for that kind of weather. So lighter products are needed.
Anyhoo.. that's what I'm workin on! :)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The hardest part is deciding on what scent to use. I should probably do a summery type scent, or one intended for Happily Ever After.. decisions, decisions.. lol
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
I got a head cold, that after a week went down into my chest, and I coughed for two weeks. Then my littlest one got a stomach flu. 24 hrs. Then I got it, and my oldest got it. Now I have another cold, sore throat and cough.
GAH! I've been eating oranges, eating healthily in general.. tryyyyying to get rest, yeah right..
Hopefully this cold will go away soon, and then we can all stay healthy for a while. It just makes work so miserable and it sucks there already, I can't really call in, even if I need to.. plus it zaps my creativity completely, so I haven't been creating much of anything or working on the stores or anything. Other than work on a few orders that came in. Ugh.
Wow this is a super whiny post, sorry about that! lol
Tomorrow I have off, in which I had planned to do a ton of housework that needs doing, grocery shop and errands.. I think I will... grocery shop, do one of the super important errands.. and then nap. I need to get better!!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
*Make scrub for CraftServer swap.. I STILL don't know what scent I'm going to do! lol
*Figure out what program to use for labels instead of Photoshop
*Post Mother's Day gift sets
*Make 2 new soaps
*Set up a photoshoot day to work on pictures
I've only just started, and it's still a bit confusing to me, but I got a few listings up, and I've been browsing a bit to check it out. Seems like lots of people on Etsy are there too. Makes sense. lol
Hopefully I'll get a chance to read up on Artfire policies, and get my page filled out a bit more.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I'm afraid, when things seem to be going well... that I'll screw it up and ruin it. I want to have a successful business. I want to grow it.. I want to improve my life! It scares me though. How will I do it? What if I make the wrong choices and I fail?
I need to be strong, plow ahead and try not to let my fears, keep me from even trying. How can I make the changes I dream about, if I don't try?!
Please say things like, if at first you don't succeed, try again! And don't let fear of failure keep you from your dreams... it's all easier said than done, if you ask me.
I'm going to do my best... and remember this feeling I have right now. Afraid, yes... but determined. Change is scary, but it can be good too. Failure sucks, but how will I feel, 10.. 20 years from now, if I never even tried... more of a failure than if I had.
So smile girl. Keep at it! Nothing will get accomplished without some hard work, but just think what you'll have to show for it! Something to be proud of, for sure.
Friday, April 9, 2010
We're celebrating the girl's birthdays all this weekend! Non-stop Paaaartaaaay! lol
Hopefully I'll be able to squeeze in some soaping time. I need to rebatch the last batch I made. It overheated, and cracked and sunk in the middle. *sad face* It smells great tho! lol
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I missed my internet tho! lol I was soooo distressed when we got home yesterday and I couldn't get my computer to turn on! LOL Hopefully that doesn't keep up.. I can't afford to fix it, or get a new one!
So in soap and b&b news... I think I've perfected sugar scrubs to EXACTLY how I want em. lol I kept thinking I had it, but then no... I'd tweak it a bit, and a bit more... now, I think it's perfect! It also should hold up pretty well in hot weather, except of course those few days we get over 90. lol
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
It's early, but I did get a few things done on the list. lol I got the Pink Sugar bombs made (testing my molds, I made a giant one! plus a few reg. size ones hehe). So hopefully I'll be able to get the Vanilla Pear ones made later tonight, or maybe first thing in the A.M.
Laundry is going nicely... lol Exciting times here.
The girls are out with my Mom at the school's Hawaiian Spring Dance! Peace and quiet here... :)
Now that the first batch of bombs is drying, I think I will make the batch of soap I'm planning for a Craft Server swap! Fun!
- Make bath bombs (vanilla pear & pink sugar)
- Organize new supplies
- Write new profile on Etsy
- Work on label ideas for new brand
- Wash bed sheets
- Finish laundry
Thursday, March 18, 2010
It's too easy to sit down and think, ok, I'll check my regular email, twitter, etsy, craft forums, etc... then before I know it an hour has passed, and I still haven't moved on from etsy! LOL
I've been dreaming up a new Etsy shop. I was starting to feel that I need a better, more cohesive theme for my shop. There is one I'm a fan of that is sooo cute, and kinda fairy tale/gothic/fantasy bath and body stuff. Love! I'd like to do a line like that... maybe more, fairy tale/fantasy than gothic. I'm not very goth. lol
Hopefully I'll be utilizing my blog more to sketch out ideas... :)