Using Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables as Inspiration and Ingredients in Soap

We probably got started making soap because we like things more natural – or appreciate natural ingredients. Plants, fruits and vegetables, with their wonderful colors, textures, and scents can indeed provide wonderful ingredients and inspiration for soap and candle making. They can be incorporated into your soaps…or just serve as inspiration.

Flowers and Vegetables in Candles and Soap Making

Using Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables as Inspiration and Ingredients in Soap originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 at 09:37:45.

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From the Groves to Your Candles and Soaps – Orange Essential Oil

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Uplifting, versatile, affordable and delightful – second only to lavender, orange essential oil would be the one that I most recommend be in your soap and candle making cabinet. It’s marvelous in practically any blend for soaps and candles and has many other household uses.

Orange Essential Oil in Soap Making and Candle Making

From the Groves to Your Candles and Soaps – Orange Essential Oil originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 13:40:38.

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Open Question: Can a depressed person make Medical decisions?

am dying to know this: I have been diagnosed with depression and am on medication an 17 and 18 next month. So if after my 18th birthday i was in hospital and i refused treatment which is important and the doctors know i suffer from depression will they take my right to make a decision by myself as an 18 year old adult or because i have depression will my parents have to decide for me will the doctors see me as incapable of making a decision. Am suppose to go see my GP every month since am on meds but i never go cuz i cant be bothered will the docs know this. And my parents don’t know i have depression and please anybody don’t say i should tel them cuz i WONT. My family has turned into a soap opera

* Am nt intending on harming myself i am not inviting death to come knocking on my door any time soon am JUST curious

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Open Question: My uretha hurts…what could it be?

first off, some helpful info:

-i’m a 16 year old female.

-my last period was february 16-19.

-i am sexually active with my longterm boyfriend. we lost our virginities to each other and neither one of us have an std of any kind.

-i was fingered on the last day of my period (feb. 19)

-i told the doctor i was not sexually active out of fear of my mom finding out.

-i’ve been drinking cranberry juice.

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3 nights ago, (feb. 20) i felt like i had to pee. so i went pee, of course. but it burned coming out and i still had a desperate feeling of having to pee even after i just peed. thinking i might have a urinary tract infection, i asked my mom to make an appointment at the doctors. they had me pee in a cup and they did tests and i showed no sign of infection.

the next day (feb. 21) it hurt even more than before. i had to pee more times than i usually do in a day. and it only hurt when the pee first started coming out and it started to ease as it was flowing, then hurt again when the pee was stopping. so i went back to the doctors and did another urine test. still no sign of any infection. the doctor said that it was possible it could just be irritation from soap or even because my period just ended. but this pain has never happened before.

now today, (feb. 23) it hurts even more than the past 2 days. it just burrns like helll and when i wipe, i see a very very light brownish-very light reddish color. it is not feces.

i’m just kind of worried and frustrated because the doctors say it’s not a uti…then what the heck could be wrong?!

could it be just an irritation because my boyfriend fingered me on the last day of my period? maybe the blood mixed with germs on his finger?

what should i do..?

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How to Make Homemade Liquid Soap

Liquid SoapOne folks master melt and pour soap making, and cold process soap making, they generally inquire about making liquid soap. It’s very like cold process bar soap in how the oils and lye are mixed together and brought to trace. But it uses potassium instead of sodium hydroxide and it’s a “hot process” (meaning you add heat to it) soap instead of cold. There are lots of variations in the recipes and how to formulate them, but the final soap still lathers and cleans. It can be a finicky soap process…but it’s a worthwhile soap adventure!

How to Make Liquid Soap

 

How to Make Homemade Liquid Soap originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 22:28:25.

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Warm Up, Relax, and Fizzzzzz

Bath BombsIt is most definitely bath time (in the Northern Hemisphere at least) – and there are many ways to create a It is most definitely bath time (in the Northern Hemisphere at least) – and there are many ways to create a blissful bath. They’re little bit bath salt, a little bit bath oil, easy to make, and a wonderful fizzy addition to your bath – fizzy bath bombs. They can be made in spheres, tablets, or using molds to make an wide variety of shapes. It’s a messy project – but the cleanup is easy and there are no dangerous chemicals, so it’s a great project for kids too! Be sure to also check out the new video version of the fizzy bath bombs project instructions.

“>blissful bath. One of my favorite ways to improve my baths are fizzy bath bombs. They’re little bit bath salt, a little bit bath oil, and are an easy to make, wonderful fizzy addition to your bath. They can be made in a variety of shapes – in spheres, tablets or molds. and it’s a great project for kids. There’s also a video version of the fizzy bath bombs project instructions.

Warm Up, Relax, and Fizzzzzz originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at 16:27:43.

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So What is Glycerin Soap Really?

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I’m always a bit bothered when a soap maker boasts, “Our products are all natural glycerin soaps.” Or, “Our soaps are better because they’re made from glycerin.” While I want to, I generally refrain from saying, “You don’t know what you’re talking about.” Well…they’re a little bit right…but the term glycerin soap is really a misnomer.

Remember…all real soap is glycerin soap.

I repeat, all real soap (not made with synthetic detergents) is essentially glycerin soap, because glycerin is a byproduct of the chemical reaction that makes soap.

Oils + lye (with some water) = soap + glycerin

Now, what many people think of as “glycerin soap” is actually transparent soap. Transparent soap is real soap too…it just goes through a cooking process where sugar and/or alcohol are added as “solvents” to keep the soap crystals from becoming opaque. Without this crystallization, the soap remains clear. You could take just about any of your soap recipes and adjust the process to make them transparent. (Naturally, some recipes will work better than others…but that’s basically the case.)

So What is Glycerin Soap Really? originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 22:28:14.

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The Wonders of Honey in Soap

Honey Jar“The secret of my health is applying honey inside and oil outside.” - Democritus (460-370 BC), Greek philosopher and physician who lived to be 109
Honey is a wonderful additive in cold process soap. I’m sure soap makers and Democritus would have been able to share recipes! Honey is one of the oldest “ingredients” known to man. It adds a bit of lathering capability (from the sugar content,) and also acts as a humectant like glycerin. I like it best in recipes like goat’s milk soap or one of my favorite soap recipes, Citrus Honey Bock soap.

Using Honey in Soap

Honey & Beeswax Soap Recipe

The Wonders of Honey in Soap originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 16:05:17.

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Open Question: pain in vagina area.?

Hi I’m 28 and for five days now my vagina area it’s tender the hole vagina area is tender. and always sore and hurts to wipe after I pee and sometimes not all the time but it burns when I pee. And when I wash with soap it burns so bad. The hole vagina area is sore don’t no Why. It’s not red or anything no bumps it only hurts when I wipe after a pee or wash it with soap the soap makes it burn like a have cuts down there or something but there no cuts I check my Hubby check also. There no rash no bumps no cuts no redness.

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