Color Me Pretty Part 1 – Cosmetic Recipes

History of Cosmetics Civilizations have used forms of cosmetics for centuries in religious rituals, to enhance beauty, and to promote good health. Cosmetic usage throughout history can reveal a civilization’s practical concerns, such as protection from the sun, acknowledgment within a class system, or simply for beauty. In as early as 10,000 BCE, men and women in Egypt used scented oils and ointments to clean …

Formulating Your Own Soap Recipes eBook

Formulating Your Own Soap Recipes eBook

We are very excited about our newly released eBook.  It is a comprehensive guide to creating your own soap recipes and formulations. It walks you through everything you need to know and more on the subject. Nothing is left to guessing – know exactly what you are doing it and why. Topics include: Saponification and why you need to understand …

Cafe Latte Goat’s Milk Soap Recipe

This soap, made with coffee and milk, can be used in the kitchen to rid unwanted scents from hands, in the morning to help wake your senses, or to help exfoliate skin.  Coffee grounds are known for their ability to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Café Latte Soap – 4lbsBy weight unless otherwise stated17 oz Coconut oil 76°17 oz Olive oil8 …

Slowing Trace Plus 5 Slow Moving Soap Recipes

Controlling Trace There are a few factors to controlling trace in your soapmaking.  If you want a light trace or an emulsion, try these tips: Work at low temperatures Increase the water in your formula Use a whisk instead of a stick blender Use sodium lactate Avoid butters and use less hard oils Use oils that trace slowly, such as olive or canola oil Test …

Lemon Poppy Seed Soap Recipe

We originally posted this recipe here in 2010.  It has become our most popular recipe on this blog.  I thought I would share it again for those looking for a good recipe.  Lemon Poppy Seed Soap – 5lbs By weight unless otherwise stated 24 oz Avocado oil 8 oz Coconut oil 76° 5 oz Palm oil 12 oz Sunflower oil …

Spoon Swirl Lavender Soap Tutorial

Spoon swirling is a very simple technique with a big impact.  I have seen some gorgeous spoon swirls with just 2 colors that really stood out.  In this tutorial, more for my beginner readers, I will show you exactly how easy it is create this soap.  This lavender soap uses 3 colors and lavender essential oil.  I made a five …

Lavender Coffee Scrub Recipe

Lavender Coffee Scrub ½ cup Brown Sugar ¼ cup Ground Coffee 1 tbsp Lavender Buds ¼ cup Grapeseed Oil Mix all of the ingredients breaking up any clumps.  Store in a sealed jar or bottle.  To use, scoop about ¼ cup into hand before entering shower.   Wet skin and rub scrub over body avoiding the face.  Rinse with warm water and shower as …

Pumpkin Puree Facial Masque Recipe

Simple and Natural Pumpkin Puree Facial Masque Recipe

Pumpkin Puree Facial Masque 3 tsp Pumpkin Puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling) ½ tsp Honey ¼ tsp Powdered Milk of your choice  Combine ingredients in a small bowl, place in a container and keep refrigerated until ready to use. To use, apply the mask with your fingers to a freshly cleaned face.  Leave on for 10-15 minutes then rinse with warm water. This …