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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Handmade Herbal Soaps

I took a class on making herbal soaps today and I am so pumped up about it. My daughter Gummybear has sensitive skin and I've been wanting to make her homemade organic skincare stuff. So I think this is a step in the right direction.

These are the soaps I made. 

In the lavender soaps above I added almond oil, Shea butter, vegetable glycerin, organic coarse sea salt, lavender essential oil, and julienned rose petals. I was really surprised by how the salt looks like snow against the soap. It looks so decorative but it smells so divine!  I used it this evening on my daughters and myself and am really impressed with how this soap stood up to water. It didn't get soggy and our skin didn't get that tight feeling after our showers. 

The above soaps are what my instructor said were "black soaps."  He explained that they derive their name from the herbs makers mixed into them. He said that with black soaps makers put all kinds of herbs so they could offer a lot of benefits to people, rather than confine the soap to one or two herbs. The herbs darken the soaps, hence the name. 

In mine I put crushed mint, Rosemary, oatmeal flour, Rosemary and spearmint essential oils, Shea butter, almond oil, and vegetable glycerin. I wanted this soap to be refreshing and open up the nasal passages. We'll see how it goes!

The above are soaps infused with apricot kernel oil, vegetable glycerin, shea butter, and grapefruit essential oil. These were actually the left over soap I didn't get to use as the class was winding down. The point of making this soap was to make rose petal soap. 

These rose petal soaps are supposed to be single use soaps. Basically, if you don't like the soaps at public restrooms, you can take your own rose petals (dried or artificial) dipped in soap, and use them to wash your hands. You can toss the rose petal afterwards. 

We also made bath salts!  This is my Rosemary bath salt. 

And this is my lavender bath salt. Too bad that the girls JUST graduated from baths to showers earlier this week. 

That's it for now!  Thanks for reading. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

April Empties

Another small empties post. 

L'Occitane Ultra Rich Face Cream
It came out seeming to be thick and ultra rich but once applied and blended out it ended up being not that thick.  I do wish it had been a smidge more moisturizing.  It smelled really nice though. I don't know if I'd buy it but I'd use it again in a pinch. 

Leole Water Drop BB Aqua Makeup
Had this for the longest time.  Finally finished it up and felt so satisfied to say goodbye to it. I remember really liking it several years ago but I think my skin changed so much since then. My skin now is a little darker, drier, and more mature, and I think water makeup is not moisturizing enough for my skin now. Also, the shade is wrong on me and because my skin is drier this makeup really makes my eye area look crepey.  

And that wraps up last month's empties.