So i put together a small ebook for people who are not sure if soap-making is for them or not…before they make an investment in a class.
I get a lot of questions in my Instagram DM (@ninibodytreats) and after years of giving advice, I have put this frank insight together for you. It is available to purchase in/for Nigeria at the moment though as that is my main market in a manner of speaking.
By the way, that’s not me in the picture 😀 She is a model and I purchased her picture online. I feel her smile is just as warm as mine 🙂
In the 7 years I’ve been making soap (amazing!) I have tried hundreds of additives and scores of recipes. Now I’ve come to a place where I tend to go back to 2 or 3 recipes but I can still have fun with techniques and presentation.
These are my current 3 favourites (from left to right):
- Oatmeal Milk and Honey
- AC + BC Deep Detox
- Golden Calendula
All soaps feature coconut oil and shea butter as a standard base and may also include olive oil, sunflower oil, castor oil, palm oil and/ palm kernel oil (hmmm…ive not used PKO in over a year actually).
So what do you think? Which soap is your favourite judging by looks alone? 😁
I started sharing my sea salt scrubs with Instafam and the response has been tremendous.
The salt scrubs are different from sugar scrubs in that they are a more intense version and trace minerals get deposited which suits most skin types…as long as you don’t have broken skin. That’s an experience not worth having 😁😁😁
It all begins with the best quality ingredients. This baking cocoa is awesome!
Sorry for the poor quality picture. Peep the globs of organic cocoa butter. The combination has me mentally reaching for a spoon. Yummm
In goes the exfoliants. This is my Salted ChocOrange scrub so ive added organic orange peel powder and sea salt.
Voila! It’s all come together nicely.
Salt scrubs are great to use at night. I sleep like a baby after a good scrub and a couple of people have told me the same. Take only what you need into the bath/shower. Scrub from ankle to shoulder. Rinse off and say hello to beautiful soft skin. This scrub is emulsified so it will leave behind a light layer of lotion on your skin. 💕💕💕💕
Thanks for reading this far!
Its been many nights and many days since I was here. Thanks to the three people who kept reminding me of the treasure I abandoned here…I appreciate you ladies.
So, my soapmaking journey has mainly been about bar soaps but every now again someone will ask me about liquid soap…specifically for something a certain American Dr has been selling for over 60 years 😉.
Well, after 4 years of searching for a specific ingredient I could trust and trying out a couple of batches I can now confidently add liquid soap to our menu 🎉🎉🎉
Introducing the Nini Junior Moisturising Castile Soap for babies and sensitive adults.
It’s a simple clean formula with no unnecessary ingredients.
For the sharp eyed ones among you 😁😁😁 you have also picked up on something significant. Nini Junior happened without much fanfare in december 2016 because Nini Body Treats has a lot going on and i didnt want the products in this babies-and-sensitive-adults range to get lost.
So if you are on Instagram kindly show us some 💕💕💕 @ninijunior.ng
Thank you for reading this far and I will be back soon.
When I first started to research how to get rid of acne, aspirin kept popping up for topical applications. I never did try it but I often wondered if it really worked.
A few weeks ago, a lady contacted me about formulating a natural BHA system for her acne prone skin. Only two days later, another lady asked me to source her some White Willow Bark (WWB from now) = happy coincidence.
WWB is often referred to as ‘natures aspirin’ because they share salicylic acid in common. And in addition to using it for pain relief, its also popular for topical application in the treatment of acne.
According to this article on Medical Daily WWB can be used to alleviate acne because of its ability to reduce inflammation and exfoliate the pores deeply.
I was gifted some WWB by Remzo (thank you so much girl) and in addition to the herbal facial cleansing milk I made last night, I will be cooking up some more acne fighters as soon as my other supplies come in. #happydance
This salve is so simple, it doesn’t even qualify to be called a recipe 😀
Three parts coffee-infused organic coconut oil and one part organic raw beeswax come together into a salve that’s firm enough to pour into a lip balm tube. I’ve chosen this darling little container because I plan to use it as more than just lip balm.
The coffee scent come through quite strong because the oil infusion was very potent and my testers (willing and unwilling…lol) have given it the thumbs up!
I infused some good quality ground coffee into organic coconut oil a few days back. The plan is to use the result in a few applications which I will blog or instagram 😀
After a few days of infusing in a warm sunny spot, I strained the oil in the fancy setup pictured above for about 18 hours to ensure I got at least 90% of the oils out (this is not an exact science of course but it works for me) and emptied the grounds into a clean jar.
This can be used as is for an amazing body scrub in the shower but I couldn’t leave it alone. I like the feel of an emulsified scrub so I added in some P80 and fine sugar.
The P80 helps to disperse the oil left in the scrub in water so that the result is a scrub that’s slightly easier to apply and rinses off clean.
I’m leaving half this batch beside the kitchen as coffee is brilliant for getting rid of odors (garlic onion etc) and the rest will be used up tonight 😉
A few days ago I posted this picture on my instagram page @ninibodytreats.
It’s wet ginger pulp in case you are wondering and in spite of all the things it could have ended up being, my only intention was to turn it into aromatic oil for use in bath and body products.
To make the oil, I thoroughly dry out the pulp before maceration.
If I’m in a hurry, I use a small crocpot to gently steep the dried herb in oil (either a single oil or combination) on very low heat for over 6 hours. If I have time on my side, I steep the herb in oil in a glass jar for 6 weeks, shaking the bottle at least once a day.
The result is the most fragrant natural oil that can be used directly (depending on the ratio of herb to oil) or mixed with Shea or cocoabutter for a warming body butter. I also use it in lip balm.
Hope this has been useful. I would like to hear about your herbal oil creations.
This post was inspired by finding a jar of thick lotion I made for my sister last year in one of her cupboards. It was a fragrance free cocoabutter lotion made with a strong calendula tea.
Why? Although everything looked smelled and felt okay, it had passed the ‘fresh by’ date on handcrafted lotion (with preservative) that I’m comfortable with and its not always that nasties growing in product is visible to the naked eye. Especially if you live in hot, sticky high humidity areas like I do.
Unlike commercially produced lotions which are usually no more than chemicals that help preserve the emulsion for a very long time and under stressful conditions, handmade creams are not meant to last forever.
Also, unlike handcrafted soap which tends to get better with age (unless one or more of your oils go rancid) creams and lotions are best used up within 6 months. Some may last up to a year if kept in pump bottles away from direct heat, etc, but I would err on the side of 6 months and just make a fresh batch with active ingredients.
Soaping with herbs and spices is a lot of fun – not to mention the extra skin benefits – and I always try to incorporate some in my soaps.
Curcumin Yogurt Citrus Peel Soap by NiniBodyTreats
This time, curcumin (turmeric) takes centre stage. This spice is touted to help naturally correct sun damage (amongst other things) and I decided to help it along with a lot of probiotic yogurt and citrus peel powder for gentle exfoliation.
Exfoliating soaps are better used directly on the skin, so I’ve used a recipe that makes satisfying bubbly lather.
This batch is soap 4 of 6 (I will blog about the set when they are are all ready) in my fragrance free soapy creations and it doesn’t dissapoint ❤ .