Aloe Vera Soap

When a dear friend asked me to make soap for her son at his request, I felt I had to make him something special. His mum usually gets the French Red Clay soap but I switched it out for Activated Charcoal.

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Soap in my very busy crocpot 🙂

I also switched half the water for aloe vera gel.

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In the mould

I’m also tickled to be using this silicone loaf mould for the very first time. I’ve had my eye on one for about 2 years. I now own 2 🙂

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The cut...

This soap is scented with a blend of Black Tea fo and Eucalyptus eo  because he’s in university in the UK (they love their tea!) and its getting colder as autumn/fall progresses. It smells really good!

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You can see the poppy seeds in flashlight

It was a real pleasure to fill this order.

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It's a wrap!








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Felted Soap

I’ve had my eye on this project for a while and actually ordered wool roving months ago. Happy to finally get this project ticked off my list!

Felted soap is basically soap wrapped in wool. As the wool is agitated around the soap, it felts together and tightens around the soap. What you are left with is essentially a soap and washcloth in one.

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Wool roving in popping colour

Felted soap tends to last longer in the shower (if you drain it well between uses of course) and when the soap runs out, the left behind felt can be used as a facial scrubbie because wool is naturally antimicrobial. Another thing you can do is put a slit in the side and insert another soap. Or you can just use it to clean your bathroom sink and tub.

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Felted soap 1

I really like how these turned out. I immediately want to felt up some Castile soap. I have a year old one that’s been winking at me for a while now 😀

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Felted soap 2

Felting soap is labour intensive but makes beautiful unique gifts. What do you think? These are definitely going in my Christmas gift sets this year.

Yogurt Spa Salt Soap

I introduced a lady to salt bars early last year and since then she’s enjoyed many different variations and additives. This time I had some homemade Greek style yogurt on hand so I replaced half the water content with that.

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This is the bar I saved for myself after trying out the lather. You’d think after a while this would be redundant for a soap maker… but the LATHER was awesome ❤ ❤ ❤ like a thick cleansing creme in a bar, leaving behind clean pores and smooth feeling skin. I didn’t even mind that I was bathing with cold water (not by choice I tell you!) it made it all the more invigorating.

Fragranced with Black Raspberry Vanilla,  there's nothing not to love about this truly spa-like indulgence. If you’ve never tried a spa salt bar, you really are missing out 😉

Calendula and Camwood Baby Lotion

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Calendula and Camwood Baby lotion. Not a great picture... Couldn't get the light right!

This Camwood and Calendula lotion in my mind is a fusion of traditional healing herbs used often for babies. I have made oil infusions of both herbs in the past to use as body and hair oil, as well as in lip balm and other anhydrous body balms.

For this lotion I used a tea of both herbs with Calendula infused sweet almond oil. I like sweet almond oil for baby lotion because it’s a very light oil and it absorbs easily with no greasy feeling.  This lotion keeps skin looking and feeling moisturized with no residue left on the skin.  Of course I kept a small tub for my own use 😀

100% PKO soap with a twist

What do you get when you mash up a couple of

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You have half the ‘liquid’ portion of my recent salt spa soap. I moulded half the batch in my regular cylinder mould then I added kosher coarse ground sea salt to the remainder

20150501-142938.jpg for the first time and moulded in individual cavity moulds.

Also had some good Palm Kernel Oil on hand and made this 100%. While the properties of PKO are similar to Coconut Oil in soap, this oil makes fluffy dense lather.

i was also surprised that my skin did not feel tight at all (even Castile makes my facial skin tight if I don’t moisturise). Also, I feel my skin looked brighter and DH agrees. This may be due to the yogurt and banana. I’m going to continue using this exclusively for a couple of weeks. I’m also calling the supplier for an additional 10kg!

Deep Pore Cleansing Mask for oily and acne prone skin

I really enjoy the feel of my skin after a cleansing mask but I get lazy about mixing it up just when I need to use it. After lots of experimentation I found a formula that works for my sometimes combination – sometimes oily skin. The winning recipe is easy to spread, packed with pore cleansing goodness and leaves my face touchably soft when I wash it off. This means I can whip up a batch that I can keep for up to 6 months.

20150423-112832.jpg What’s in it?
Herbal emulsified base (proprietary)
Bentonite clay (of course)
Kaolin clay
Neem leaf powder
Activated charcoal
Blended camwood soap
Tea tree essential oil

If I was making this for someone with dry or sensitive skin, I would take out the bentonite clay and add honey and aloe vera (both great at attracting moisture to the skin) to this recipe. I would also sub out the tea tree for lavender essential oil.

I’m writing this after washing this mask off my face and I know I shouldn’t be touching my face but…

Lavender Camwood Soap

I like coincidences. Just a few days after making my African Black Soap and Camwood paste, I got a call from a lady who specifically wanted Camwood {and lavender essential oil, honey and bentonite clay} in her soap. In her words, she likes ‘all things natural’ so she had done a lot if research.

20150410-231003.jpg I was happy to oblige and this is the result. The dark flecks are Camwood and you can see bits of bentonite and kaolin clays I added.

Of course I tested a piece in the shower. The Camwood gave good exfoliation -a little scratchy but not unpleasant- while the lavender eo was very calming and soothing. I felt like taking a nap afterward 😀

Camwood, sometimes called African sandalwood has been used for centuries to clean baby skin {in fact, it prominently features in a prayer for pregnancy and safe delivery in my culture} and is the ‘osun’ part of the popular ‘Dudu Osun’ brand of African black soap. It is a coveted beauty ingredient now that its been proven {anecdote} to work wonders for a plethora of facial skin problems.

I’m quite happy with how this turned out and hope the lady who ordered it is too. ❤