Soft, creamy Pistachio Nut Butter is made by hydrogenating pure Pistachio Oil along with Vegetable Oil. The result is a smooth, spreadable butter that can lend a pleasant texture to balms, salves, and lotions. Pistachio Nut Butter can also be used in soap making to add moisturizing qualities. Because it penetrates the skin easily, it makes a wonderful ingredient for massage lotions or butters, and can be included in all-over body care products.
October's birth flower is Calendula, one of the most commonly used herbal flowers used in natural skin care and medicine. Calendula is a very useful ingredient. It's soothing properties make it a favorite for use in everything from bar soaps to salves, serums, and lotions. Here are some lovely photos from our Flickr Photo Pool that are making great use of Calendula.
Our recently launched web site, Beauty by the Batch, provides a great service by showcasing bath & body artisans in an easy to navigate directory. You can search for an artisan by specialty, product, or simply by browsing photos on the home page. In addition to this valuable service, Beauty by the Batch also provides a growing library of full length articles on natural and handmade personal care.
You could literally spend hours pouring over the wealth of information available in Beauty by the Batch's Personal Care Article Library. It touches on a wide range of subjects including Skin Care, Beauty, Massage, Health, Pet Care, Aromatherapy, and more. Some of my favorite recent articles include:
Introduction to Essential Fatty Acids This article contains basic information necessary to understanding how and why these ingredients are so important to your health and to your beauty.
Beauty by the Batch's Guide to Purchasing Vegetable Soaps A little background information on how handmade soap is created, and what you should look for when purchasing it. This informative guide answers many questions that clients often have when buying handmade soap for the first time.
As I am working to develop my product line, I find that I am stuck with
the number of scents to offer. I would like to have a nice range of
scents that cover earthy, floral, fruity, exotic, masculine, feminine
and fresh, which will probably be unisex. Do you have a recommendation
of a maximum # of scents and also, do you recommend a way to go about
signature scent development? ~ Amber
Thanks for contacting me with your question.
Developing custom scent blends sounds like it would be a great solution
for you. It helps to set you apart form the crowd, and creating the
blends can be lots of fun. It will take a lot of experimentation to
develop blends that you and your customers love, but it can also be
We have a great article on blending custom scents on our log. I'll give you the link so you can check it out.
As for how many scents to add to your line, that is up to you and
your customers. Many businesses start out with a smaller number of
great scents, and expand the line as the popularity or demand grows,
but having a larger line of scents has its advantages too.
Do you have any tips for Amber on how to develop her line of scents? If so, please share them with us in the comments below.
These miniature, single serving Salt Scrubs will thrill your friends and family this Halloween season. This assortment of cute, candy scented scrubs look adorable packaged in colored tissue paper, and are sure to be a big hit with kids and adults alike.
This project starts with a very basic Salt Scrub recipe. This base recipe is made in one batch, and then split into smaller portions to create a variety of scents and colors.
Directions In a small mixing bowl, combine the Sea Salt and Fractionated Coconut Oil to create the basic Scrub. Next, take 1 mounded teaspoon of scrub at a time and color and scent it individually, in disposable paper cups, using the following combinations of Mica and Fragrance Oil:
1/4 teaspoon Milk Chocolate Fragrance Oil & a few pinches of Copper Mica and a pinch of Black Mica
1/4 teaspoon Caramel Apple Fragrance Oil & 1/16 teaspoon (or less) Jewel Tone Topaz Mica
1/4 teaspoon Pomegranate Fragrance Oil & a few pinches of FDA Red Mica and FDA Blue Mica and a pinch of Black Mica to deepen
1/4 teaspoon Raspberry Fragrance Oil & 1/16 teaspoon (or less) FDA Blue Mica (add a pinch of FDA Red Mica to achieve a more purple tone)
The micas go a long way so add a pinch at a time and stir to see how the color disperses. Use small pinches of the Black Mica to deepen the chocolate color and the pomegranate as desired.
Usage & Packaging Package each of your mini scrub in a 1 Ounce PET Jar. Seal the lid with clear tape to make sure that there won't be any leakage. Cut a 6 inch x 8 inch piece of of colored tissue paper for each jar,wrapping them individually. Twist the ends to look like candy wrappers. The finished jars should resemble wrapped pieces of candy! To dress these up even more, top them off with decorative Halloween stickers.