Skin Care Doesn’t Just Stop with Natural Soap — Exfoliate!

Soap ExfoliantsSome people like their soap rich and smooth and creamy.
Some like it full of scrubby stuff.
Most, like me, like it somewhere in between…or a combination of both

After cleansing, exfoliation is one of the most important parts of overall skin care; a little bit of scrub is actually quite good for you! So why not incorporate a little bit of scrub along with your cleansing? Along with dozens of natural colorants you can add to give your soap (both cold process and melt-n-pour) color, there are many natural exfoliants you can add to give your soap some scrubbiness. Here’s a growing list I’ve been compiling from my own soaps, tests and other soapers.
Using Natural Exfoliants in Soap.
You really will notice a difference in your skin if you regularly exfoliate.

Skin Care Doesn’t Just Stop with Natural Soap — Exfoliate! originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 17:00:11.

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Are Your ‘Natural’ Beauty Products Really Natural?

The cosmetics/personal care aisle of Whole Foods or a health-food store is the unlikely intersection between seemingly conflicting impulses: the impulse to look good and the impulse to do good. After all, how nice does it feel to buy a product that makes you look better, sounds healthy and seems like it doesn’t hurt the environment? It feels pretty darn nice.
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Natural Colors in Candles

Melted Colored Soy WaxThis was one of those driving in the car ideas…where you think about something…and almost have to pull over because you don’t want to for get it – a way to make natural colors in candle wax. In soap, many people take pride in only using natural essential oils and colorants. There are lots of folks who do that, and lots of suppliers who have products designed for that. But with the rise in popularity of soy wax, candles have been marketed and made as “natural” too. You can make an herbal oil infusion for soap making – and soy wax is just modified soy bean oil. Here are the instructions for infusing the wax, – and a step by step photo gallery of the tests. While only a few of the herbs really gave me good color in the wax, the colors I got were really great…and there are many other herbs I haven’t tested yet.

Natural Colors in Candles originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 08:45:22.

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Natural Doesn’t Have to Be Boring

wheat grass soapI know that soaps with wild and vibrant swirls are very popular today – full of artistry and unexpected magic. I do love all of the cool new micas and colorants and options we have to color our soaps! But I got started making soap using natural colors, and will always have a real appreciation for them. And just because it is natural, doesn’t mean it has to be boring. As you can see in this gallery of natural soap colorants, there are lots of lovely variations.

Natural Doesn’t Have to Be Boring originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 at 11:13:02.

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Open Question: looking for a natural, vegan laundry soap recipe?

I have been looking to make my own laundry soap and looking to do so I found a recipe that called for Fels-Naptha Soap Bar . in researching the ingredients for that I discovered in has animal fat in it. Um yuck. anyway I am looking for an alternative. I do make my own soap for shower and dishes but I am looking for something different and a little more cost effective. Thanks

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Open Question: Is tresemme safe for you hair? Or any natural shampoo recommendations?

I know that a lot of things these days have harmful chemicals and you really have to pay attention to what you’re using, so i really want to find a safe shampoo. i’d like to think that the most common brands are the best since so many people use them, but i just still don’t know. and you can’t trust all the claims they make either because there are ways to go around them.
i currently use is the TRESemme clean & natural shampoo. is there anything bad in that? what are the chemicals i should look out for in the ingredients? also, are there any TRULY safe and natural shampoos i can easily find at wholefoods or something? lol i seriously wish i could just make my own shampoo, soaps, and everything because this is just ridiculous….

thanks!

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