Happy Chinese New Year of the Horse – Let’s Make Some Soap!

Year of the Horse
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Today is the Lunar or Chinese New Year – and 2014 is the Year of the Horse. Full of fun, charm, popularity, sunny disposition and just a bit of surprise, the Horse is a marvelous animal totem for this year. So, to embrace some of this Horse energy, Maggie Hanus from A Wild Soap Bar and I created some essential oil blends inspired by the Year of the Horse. They’re great blends for any time of the year…or any year…but are especially resonant in this forward moving, fun and cheerful year.

Year of the Horse Blends for Candles and Soap

Happy Chinese New Year of the Horse – Let’s Make Some Soap! originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 19:14:57.

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Shaving Your Way into the New Year

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In his book, “Leisureguy’s Guide to Gourmet Shaving,” Michael Ham was focused on the folks doing the shaving rather than the women (and men) who are making shaving soap – for the men (and women) who are shaving. But the book gives a wonderful, detailed explanation of the art of shaving well – and a great overview of shaving soaps, creams and other products. By helping me to understand shaving better, this book helped me better understand what was really needed in a great shaving soap. I’ve reformulated my cold process shaving soap recipe to better reflect Ham’s recommendations for the perfect shaving soap. May your 2014 be filled with perfect shaves and satisfied shavers!

Shaving Your Way into the New Year originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Friday, December 27th, 2013 at 08:12:44.

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Floating Candles – Any Time of Year

floating candlesI love to make a big bowl of floating candles for winter time parties. Something about the water and fire work for winter. But for an outdoor barbeque last weekend, I made some simple floating candles and put them on the table outside by the pool in a bit bucket of ice water – and they were marvelous. They weren’t made with any mosquito repelling essential oils, but they did give a nice scent to the area. I do think a few people were a bit confused, thinking that the bucket was for keeping sodas and beer cold instead of just decor, but they figured it out.

How to Make Floating Candles

Floating Candles – Any Time of Year originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 at 23:43:05.

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Shaving Your Way into the New Year

Shaving Soap
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In his book, “Leisureguy’s Guide to Gourmet Shaving,” Michael Ham was focused on the folks doing the shaving rather than the women (and men) who are making shaving soap – for the men (and women) who are shaving. But the book gives a wonderful, detailed explanation of the art of shaving well – and a great overview of shaving soaps, creams and other products. By helping me to understand shaving better, this book helped me better understand what was really needed in a great shaving soap. I’ve reformulated my cold process shaving soap recipe to better reflect Ham’s recommendations for the perfect shaving soap. May your 2013 be filled with perfect shaves and satisfied shavers!

Shaving Your Way into the New Year originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, December 31st, 2012 at 12:56:44.

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