Do you have any good recipes that include essential oils and fragrant oils in lotions and/or liquid castile soap? - Anonymous Plugoo User
Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils can both be used to add scent or properties to lotions and liquid soaps.
Here's a simple lotion recipe that uses some of my favorite Essential Oils. Blossom Body Cream can also be made with Fragrance Oils, just leave the Essential Oils out of the recipe, and add one teaspoon of your favorite Fragrance Oil in its place.
You can add Fragrance Oil to Liquid Castile at a rate of 5% (about 24 ml per 16 ounces of soap) or you can add Essential Oils at between 1 - 3%, depending on the Essential Oil you are using. As always, make sure you research the safety and recommended usage for any Essential Oil before using it in a recipe. In general, the aroma of Liquid Castile Soap blends best with sharp scents such as citrus, herbs, or fruits.
As a former massage therapist, I have used arnica oil for massages, but am curious if it can be used in a melt and pour base, and if so how much may I use per pound of soap? - Anonymous Plugoo User
Thanks for your question! You can certainly incorporate the properties of Arnica into Melt & Pour Soap. There are two different ingredients that you can use. I'll go over each of them to help you pick.
Arnica Oil - This Arnica Infused Soybean Oil will add a bonus of moisturizing power to your Melt & Pour Soap, however, it can reduce the lather. Add Arnica Oil at a rate of 1 tablespoon per pound of soap to your recipes.
Arnica CO2 Extract - This super concentrated Arnica Extract can be added at a much smaller rate than Arnica Oil. Add just 1 - 2% to your Melt & Pour Soap to infuse the base with Arnica properties.
Personally, I would probably use the Arnica CO2 Extract over the Arnica Oil in a Melt & Pour Soap. Melt & Pour Soap needs all the lather it can get, so I would be hesitant to risk reducing it by adding Arnica Oil.
Have a tip for adding Arnica to Melt & Pour Soap? Share it with us in the comments below.
Making handmade bath & body products is naturally, very hands on. Whether I'm working on a new recipe, or whipping up a batch of an old favorite, I always keep my collection of tools handy. This is an overview of my most used tools and equipment, basically my desert island list for DIY bath and body. Is there something in your cupboards that you just couldn't live without? Perhaps some fantastic tool that makes certain projects a breeze? Let us know in the comments below.
Mixing Bowls My mixing bowls have seen a lot of action. I keep one set of melamine in small medium and large, as well as a matching set of stainless steel bowls on hand at all times. In addition to the mixing bowls, I keep a set of Pyrex ramekins handy as well. The tiny bowls are perfect for mixing micas, EO or FO blends, or mini batches of recipes that I am still formulating.
Utensils I adore my stainless steel whisk, but life would be far from complete without my collection of spoons and spatulas. (I keep a pile of mini spatulas around which are not only cute, but surprisingly useful.) Knives are also a great thing to have nearby. I reserve a good sized cleaver, a paring knife, and a butter knife reserved for crafting use only. My stash of wooden Popsicle sticks and chopsticks are more than necessary. Their presence is practically luxurious.
Measuring Handmade bath and body products are all about precision. I keep a tiny, but super accurate scale in my work space, which can measure in fractions of a gram, perfect for making everything from creams to small batches of soap. Its big brother, a larger sized Kitchen Scale comes in handy when I'm making large batches of soap. These two are the flagships for an entire fleet of measuring equipment including Measuring Spoons, Measuring Cups, plastic beakers in every shape and size imaginable, graduated cylinders, and my personal favorites, 2 different sized Pyrex Beakers. .15 cc Scoops are not to be forgotten. These tiny little treasures are perfect for portioning out Mica, Powdered Extracts, or other itty bitty ingredients.
Cooking My Universal Doubler Boiler has a twin sister, my second Universal Double Boiler. I can't imagine surviving with less than two. I reserve two sauce pans to accompany them as well. The two pans selected for crafting purposes are low grade, bargain basement types, which is just fine since they will never know the joy of heating up actual food. Like my entire DIY skin care collection, these pots are only used for crafting. I also keep a cookie sheet, a brownie pan, a mini cupcake pan, and a legion of multi-shaped ice cube trays in my collection.
Other odds and ends I can't live without: my Thermometer, hordes of Pipette Droppers, and a supply of Cheese Cloth. My favorite luxury items would have to be my Drum Grater, and my Mortar & Pestle. So what do you keep in your DIY Bath & Body stash? We'd love to hear about your favorite tools, equipment, or gadgets. Tell us all about them in the comments below.
I was tickled pink to receive this wonderful compliment from fellow blogger, Lindsay, on her blog today. Here's what Lindsay had to say about From Nature With Love, The Natural Beauty Workshop, and me, Emmy Gabriel.
From Nature With Love (fromnaturewithlove.com) is a website, web store, informational powerhouse and resource so vast and valuable, I almost considered keeping it my little secret.
But, alas I cannot keep my mouth shut or my fingers quiet enough NOT to share this wonderful site with you!
From Nature with Love is a web store that retails all natural ingredients for skin care, aromatherapy, spa and craft industries.
The beautiful site is incredibly user friendly and inspires the creation of an all natural skin care regimen after browsing the site.
After all, the skin is the largest organ of the body and absorbs whatever products we place externally on it. From Nature with Love is about chemical free, "green," all natural ingredients that are safe, therapeutic and non-toxic.
In addition to retail, the site offers a resource center that includes a recipe database, an information library, a soap making calculator and more!
These super cute, single use sugar scrubs are a fun twist on an old favorite. Made with Melt & Pour soap base, they are a cinch to whip up, and to make they are totally adorable! For this recipe, we used Rosehip & Jojoba Melt & Pour Base, one of our many unique specialty MP Bases. To customize this recipe, try substituting any of our other MP Bases, along with the Fragrance Oil and Carrier Oils.
This recipe is made in two batches. Start by lining the brownie pan with a sheet of parchment or wax paper. Use enough paper so that you'll be able to lift the edges out once your scrubs have cooled. Next, chop 8 ounces of Melt & Pour Base into cubes, then melting it in a double boiler. While the Base is melting, measure and pour 2 cups of Sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the Pink Glimmer Mica to the sugar and mix it well, making sure to break up any clumps. Once the Melt & Pour Base has melted completely, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1 oz. of Fractionated Coconut Oil, 1 ounce of Rosehip Seed Oil, and 1/4 oz. of Fragrance Oil to the Base and stir well. Next, slowly pour the colored sugar into the Melt & Pour Base, stirring continuously. Make sure the sugar is fully mixed by breaking up any clumps that appear. If the mixture begins to harden too quickly, return the double boiler to the hot water as you stir. As soon as the sugar is mixed in, pour the hot mixture into one of the brownie pans. Use a spoon to quickly spread out the mixture, creating one even layer over the pan.
Wash out your double boiler pot and repeat this process, substituting the Pink Glimmer Mica for the Cobalt. Once both batches are finished, you'll need to leave them in a cool, safe place for them to harden up. Make sure you give them plenty of time to cool, or you could damage them during the next step. Once you are sure the scrubs have cooled completely, you can pop them out of the brownie pans. Use the paper lining to gently lift them out of the pan if possible. If that doesn't work, turn the pan upside down on a clean work surface and tap the bottom to help knock them loose. If you are still having trouble, try popping the pans into the freezer for two minutes each.
When the scrubs come out of the pans they should be in two large slabs. Carefully trace a grid of horizontal and vertical lines in the surface, then carefully cut along the lines, creating cute little cubes of scrub. Package them as soon as you can to keep them from attracting moisture.
Usage & Packaging
These itty bitty little scrubs are meant for single use. On your way into the shower or bath, grab a cube and use it to scrub rough spots on your arms, legs, hands, feet, or back. These are a little too harsh for your face, or other sensitive areas. The scrub can be rubbed on as is, or you can crush the cube into a more classic texture, but gently pushing on the edges after it has been warmed in water.