Detoxifying Deodourant


Last year I started making my own Deodourant (not antiperspirant) because I ran out of my commercial stick and I was starting to pay attention to all the risks associated with them.

I scoured the internet for weeks looking for a recipe I could try out and modify for my climate and preferences.

One of the successful ones I made contained bentonite clay and that’s where the fun started. The first couple of weeks I felt that my pits were rotting because – oh my – did I pong out! I would lift up my hands in public and immediately put them down again so as not to hurt anyone.

It was later that i was reading about ‘armpit detox’ {yes dahling, such a thing exists} that it all came together. Bentonite clay is used cosmetically to suck out impurities in the pores thereby detoxifying the skin.

Well, it turns out that applying a bentonite clay mask to the pits is also beneficial for vacuuming out impurities and toxins accumulated over time there too. This vacuuming process takes about a week (or 2 in my case as I was not getting the full on effect of a concentrated mask) and many people who’ve done it report that it improved the effectiveness of their deodourant while some said they no longer had any odour, even after an intense workout!!!

Although it was not what I originally intended, my pits have been detoxified {hard to say with a straight face πŸ˜€ } and I can report that it’s safe to lift my hands in public once again πŸ˜€

As soon as my order of Kaolin clay arrives I will be making another deodourant stick for everyday use.

Spa ‘Breakfast’ Salt Soap

Coffee with milk. Oatmeal with a generous drizzle of honey. A slice of succulent red grapefruit on the side. Of course I’m talking about soap πŸ˜€

I took a sniff of a sample Cafe Latte fragrance in my stash and I just had to make this breakfast inspired salt bar as my next ‘creation’. I like how it all came together and it’s my first double batch salt bars because timing is VERY important when making these.

This scrubby salt bar has ground coffee beans in it for deep exfoliation {ain’t I sounding high brow cosmetics-y all of a sudden πŸ˜€ } so I would use it like 3ce a week or every other day. Coffee is also said to help boost blood circulation under the skin and is a popular ingredient in anti-cellulite products.

Salt naturally stings cuts in the skin so I wouldn’t advice this near any kind of broken skin. Clogged pores would thank it though.

A quick note on Lather and Handcrafted Soap

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Early on in my soapmaking journey, a friend I’d gifted some soap complained that one of the bars didn’t lather anymore. She said she really gave it a good workout πŸ˜€ but nothing happened.

At that time I chalked it down to hard water in her area and rested the matter. Recently…well over a year later… it registered in my mind as I was doing lathering tests what may have happened.

Handmade soap is usually made with a little (or a lot) of extra oils that’s not turned into soap. Not to mention all the natural glycerine that’s produced in the process. So for example my 100% coconut oil soap has 20% of ‘unsaponified’ oil in the bar. When I leave it unused for a few days, when I pick it up again it feels a little slick and I have to lather it under running water to get the luxurious dense lather that’s normal for that recipe! Other soaps with less oil lather up much quicker though.

Just thought to note this here for reference!

Fruity {Papaya} Salt Bars

I was talking to a lady on Sunday who said she doesn’t buy salt scrubs because she ends up never using them. I totally understand her…I’m the same! Before I started making soap I bought tons of fancy products I ended up never using!

I had planned to make her a regular moisturising soap but decided to introduce her to salt bars instead, which I think is the best if both worlds. Then DH walked into the house with some juicy papaya…i couldn’t NOT incorporate it into the soap y’all.

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In addition to bentonite clay {which turned the soap a dark peach initially}, I also added some dark honey and this is the final result


Fragranced with Vanilla {why didn’t I use this fragrance sooner???!!! I will be needing a big bottle of this fragrance ASAP} it’s downright yummy! I have no doubt she will be pleased.

Handmilled <3 Season Soaps

Hand milled soap is the process of transforming pre-made soap into another type of soap. Basically you shred or cut up the made up soap, melt it, add colour, fragrance, botanicals, etc and mould it back again. You can choose to melt the soap base down completely or leave chunks of soap in it for visual reference.

I decided to also test some new colours I just got. The magenta soap (I’m secretly calling it pepperoni soap πŸ˜€ ) started out red. I think it will make a good base for a red velvet themed cupcake soap. The other one is a mixture of activated charcoal and a little purple. I was going for a his & hers theme here since it’s the season for ❀ ❀ ❀

Review of ToutShea Moisturising Soap


I was thinking of what to call the 100% shea butter soap and tout {meaning all in French jumped into my mind and I thought ‘touchΓ©…tout Shea!’

That bit of nerdiness out of the way πŸ™‚ I decided to give it a good testing before unleashing it on my family and friends.

Lather: this feels like bathing with a luxurious soapy milky lotion if that makes any sense. It rinses clean {which is important to me} but leaves behind skin that feels really really soft. I can imagine it would be very soothing to dry skin. Normal skin won’t need moisturizer afterward though I think it’s a good idea to always moisturise your skin.

Hardness: this makes a very hard bar of soap, but not as hard as a 100% coconut oil soap. It also needs to be kept very dry between uses because it will soften and melt away into gel consistency if left damp or in a puddle of water.

Like Castile {100% olive oil soap} this soap will need a slightly longer cure time than others do. I will be checking it at the 1 and 2 month stage. Unlike Castile, it makes absolutely no bubbles and is not super cleansing much on its own so it needs the help of the sugars included in the additives. However, I suspect I won’t be making any more Castile from now on except by special request.

After a couple of weeks I gave the soap out as testers and the first person to use it wants his own batch! It was different from anything he’d ever used before. Another person called to confirm it was soap because she first thought it was a hunk of Shea butter…which is exactly what it is, right πŸ˜€

I think the best part about this soap is that it’s made from indigenous ingredients I can source fresh locally and easily. This is a keeper!

Banana and Oatmeal HP Soap

I quite like the idea of soaping with food! The papaya soap made what seems like eons ago was the first time and it turned out good. I kept a few bars for observation for over a year and nothing nasty happened.

This time I had a couple of bananas on hand that had gone soft and decided to soap it with some oat meal and milk.

I purΓ©ed the bananas in the soaked oats and soaped full water because I was using hard oils. I also added bentonite clay to the mix.

Everything turned dark chocolate brown {my fav colour?} in the pot, and with hot process the final colour after the cook is basically what you get.

I have a return customer who’s given me a free hand with her current order so this is what she’s going to get. Yum!

Just before posting this I decided to lather the soap up. Shame I didn’t have anyone to take a picture – the lather is dense and luxurious. Looked like I was wearing white silk gloves y’all. Left my hands feeling awesome with a light fragrance. Now I’m happy I decided to do a double batch. This is going into my stash pronto! ❀ ❀ ❀