A Rose by Several Names – Or Rather, with Several Roses

Rose garden soapI recently opened up an old bar of soap that I had gotten in a convention swap a few years ago. It was a humble round bar with ground rose petals flecked throughout called simply “Rose Garden.” I had recently thought about making a soap with clay, and wanted to use some rose clay, so my newest soap recipe was born. To honor its inspiration, I too called it “Rose Garden” – and included three different types of rose-themed ingredients: rose clay, rose hips and rose petals. I used the rose clay in the bottom layer, the rose hips in the middle layer, and sprinkled rose petals in between and on top. Instead of a rose fragrance oil or rose essential oil, I made an essential oil blend that’s rose-ish…rose-esque…rose-reminiscent.

Try the Rose Garden Soap Recipe

A Rose by Several Names – Or Rather, with Several Roses originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 at 00:15:22.

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Millions rally in Egypt after military calls for show of support; Morsi under investigation

CAIRO – Called out by the army, the largest crowds in 2 1/2 years of upheaval filled Egypt's streets Friday, while ousted President Mohammed Morsi was formally placed under investigation on a host of allegations including murder and conspiracy with the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
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Millions rally in Egypt, responding to army call

CAIRO (AP) — Called out by the army, the largest crowds in 2 1/2 years of upheaval filled Egypt's streets Friday, while ousted President Mohammed Morsi was formally placed under investigation on a host of allegations including murder and conspiracy with the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
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Stinky Summer Dog + Your Homemade Soap = Fresh Pup!

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It’s summer…and the combination of shedding and being out in the heat has made our Daisy dog not quite as fresh smelling as she usually is.  The last time we took her to the groomers for a bath, it was over $ 30! So I’ll be putting Daisy in the bathtub and giving her a bath myself. While not nearly as potent as modern chemical flea treatments (and many people think that’s not such a bad thing!) a good blend of essential oils in an oil-fortified soap can be just the ticket to get your dog fresh and clean and repel the fleas…and a little bit of extra castor oil and shea butter will make your dog’s skin and coat extra sleek.

Dog soap recipes

Note: these recipes are NOT for use on cats! Cats have different ways/inabilities of eliminating essential oils from their systems – so essential oils can be toxic to them!

Stinky Summer Dog + Your Homemade Soap = Fresh Pup! originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at 23:36:21.

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Drive away monsoon skin woes with chocolate, strawberry facials

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) During the monsoon, women often complain of skin dryness and painful pimples and try to cure them by using beauty products. Experts, however, recommend fruit-based homemade remedies like strawberry, chocolate and buttermilk facials to resolve skin problems.
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A New Bar of an Old Traditional Recipe

A number of months ago, I made a soap recipe that while made for centuries, is still surrounded by some controversy – pine tar soap. It has been often touted to help with help alleviate skin conditions like eczema, and psoriasis – but the controversy over whether pine tar contains the carcinogen creosote has stifled its manufacture and sale by home based soap makers. Whether you use a creosote-free pine tar, or disregard the controversy, adding some of this gooey pitch to your soap recipe, with its smoky, pungent, woodsy, leathery scent, is a wonderful soap making adventure! And it’s even better after it’s been sitting on the soap rack curing for 6 months!

How to Make Pine Tar Soap

A New Bar of an Old Traditional Recipe originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 21:25:19.

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