Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Best Way To Take Care Of Your Soap






Now that you have purchased your new soap, how are you going to take care of your new soaps. Well our handmade soaps are in their natural state.  I do not add any preservatives or synthetic hardeners.  When our loaf it cut into bars, they are placed on a drying rack for a minimum of 4-6 weeks.  During this time they are going through the drying stage to harden the bar.  When you handle your soap with care,  your handmade soap will live a long life and serve you well.  



Here are some tips:
1.  Keep your handmade soap from drowning in a puddle of water.
2.  Always use a soap dish that drains very well. (I use a steel or wooden soap dish that is vented for drainage between uses)
3.  Give your handmade soap plenty of air between uses.
4.  Using a color bath poof or natural loofa will extend the life of your soap.
5.  You can use up every last sliver of soap by using a soap sock or bag.
6.  Store your unused soap in a cool dry place such as a linen closet or lingerie drawer.
And last but not least, please enjoy your handmade soap and if you run out of soap, you know where to find us

www.pegasussoaps.etsy.com
www.pegasussoaps.thecraftstar.com 

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Benefits Of Butters & Oils In Skincare





Beauty and skincare go hand in hand. The skin on your face, especially around the eyes, is incredibly delicate. It is important to nurture this sensitive skin with specialty products designed for these unique areas. Consider including our handmade facial care products such as our mineral masks, cleansing washes, creams and other great butters for your skin care needs.

 Butters helps aid in soothing skin irritations. The emollient and moisturizing properties of some butters can be effective in soothing and combating dry and flaking skin. Butters are incorporated our  skincare line, such as lotions and creams as well as balms. We blend them into our lip care recipes and create products to combat chapped, dry lips. Natural butters such as Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter pair well with various oils to create moisturizing soaps.. Here are some popular butters that we incorporate in our facial, skincare and soaps, collections:

Most Used Shea Butter- Shea Butter has shown to be a superb moisturizer, with exceptional healing properties for the skin. Vitamin A in Shea Butter is important for improving a number of skins conditions, including blemishes wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis. Additionally, Premium Shea Butter cream has properties to treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns, frostbites, and a number of other conditions of the skin. Shea Butter’s unparalleled moisturizing property is due to several natural moisturizers present in the cream.

Cocoa Butter - Great for combating dry skin. The smooth texture and sweet fragrance make it the perfect ingredient for cosmetic or skincare products. Although cocoa butter is great for dry to combination skin, its emollient properties may not be the best for oily skin types.

Jojoba Butter - Soft butter that is thought to aid in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis. Blend into lotions and balms. 

Kokum Butter - Considered to be a healing agent for skin irritations. This butter can be incorporated into acne products and skin tonics. Great  for all skin types. 

Mango Butter- Effectively treats dry skin.  Heals skin rash.  Heals skin peeling, after tanning.  Clears blemishes and wrinkles.  Relieves itching skin.  Heals sunburn.  Shaving cream for a smooth shave.  Treats small skin wounds and skin cracks.  Moisturizes and smooths tough or rough skin.  Fights frost bite.  Prevents stretch marks during pregnancy.  Relieves insect bites.  Promotes healthy rejuvenated skin.  Heals muscle fatigue, aches and tension.  Relieves skin allergies such as poison ivy or poison oak.  Treats eczema and dermatitis.  Fights off fine lines and wrinkles

Sweet Almond Oil- naturally high in vitamins A, B1,B2,B6 

Olive Oil - full of antioxidants such as vitamins A and E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. These antioxidants help neutralize the free radicals that cause skin damage.

Coconut Oil - safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays wrinkles, and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitiseczema and other skin infections.

 Essential Oils 
pure essential oils can be extremely nourishing and balancing for the skin. Each essential oil has unique properties that could be beneficial to all ages and skin types. Several essential oils offer moisturizing benefits without the feeling of greasiness on the skin. These benefits along with antibacterial properties may be the perfect combination for those with acne prone skin types. For aging skin, various essential oils may aid in rejuvenating the skin and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Essential oils can be a practical addition to your skincare formula. We incorporate them into your handmade skincare products such as facial soaps or facial moisturizers. Some essential oils in our skin care collections:

Tea Tree Oil - Thought to be beneficial for acne prone skin types. Its antibacterial properties keep sensitive skin clean by fighting acne-causing agents.

Orange Oil - Thought to help with acne and dermatitis while keeping a smooth and healthy complexion.  

Lavender Oil -inhibits the bacteria that cause the initial infection, helps to regulate some of the over-excretion of sebum by hormonal manipulation, and can reduce the signs of scarring after the acne has begun to heal. Adding a small amount of lavender essential oil to other skin creams or ointments can greatly increase the potential for relief and healing

Fragrant Facials - When buying skincare products, soap, or cosmetics - fragrance is always an important factor to our customers. Our facial and skincare products with butter and oils are formulated with essential oil and skin safe fragrances combinations that are subtle. Many prefer a mild scented product for their face and we only had a small amount of essential oils and fragrances to the facial line. While there are others that prefer a more fragrant scented lotion, body sprays and soaps. Some  of our customers may prefer unscented products, which we will accommodate with special request or make unscented items available to purchase. Many with sensitive skin may opt for a fragrance free option to avoid skin irritation. We encourage our customers to institute a daily regimen to nourish and moisturize their delicate facial skin We try to accommodate all of our customers needs by allowing them to select the type of  fragrance or essential oils they want vs selecting the choice given to them by having these items readily available to purchase.  We add your choice of fragrances and essential oils to your products at the time of your order to ensure quality fresh products at the time of your order and not shelf sitting items waiting to be bought.

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Michelle
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Michelle

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Our New Casper Mattress!

I usually don't promote too many products but this one I will promote and share.  We recently purchased this wonderful Casper mattress.  Let me tell you a little about this mattress.  We stumbled upon this bed by someone mentioning this to my husband, so we thought we check it out. There are Youtube video with comparison to all of these mattress as well. The mattress comes compressed in a box and it is hard to imagine a queen size mattress compressed so small to fit into a box. It comes with a small cutter to cut the plastic and simple easy instructions. There is a slight odor to the mattress (at least with mine) but nothing that doesn't go away after a few hours.

What is the difference with Casper and the rest? Well you don't have to go into a mattress warehouse or a mattress store and be hassled by sales people on buying a bed. No you can't test it out before hand but the beauty of the Casper mattress that you can try the mattress for 100 days and you don't like it, simply get a refund and the mattress will be donated. Simple as that. 

We have had the mattress now for about a month and I have to say without a doubt that we have been sleeping so much better and wake up in the morning feeling rested. No joke!  Some may feel that the mattress maybe a bit too firm, but we think it is more like semi firm and I love how you don't sink into the mattress like most Tempurpedic mattress that are so expensive. Casper mattress can be used with or without a box spring but we chose to use our new platform bed and we just love it. Just having a simple mattress on a bed frame  is so much easier than having to deal with a box spring.






"The Casper bed doesn’t sleep hot. After months of testing, we determined that a top 1.5" layer of latex foam would complement the support of our memory foam and provide significantly more circulation to keep sleepers cool. This isn’t the same latex found in tires or bedside tools, it’s a high performance foam designed for sleep. Unlike most modern foam-based beds, the Casper retains a traditional springiness that removes any sensation of being stuck and provides a helping hand to indoor sports" 

So in closing if you want to take a look and learn more about Casper and get $50.00 off on your new Casper mattress, follow the link below and you will receive your discount at checkout.


 Casper $50.00 off referral

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Michelle

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Delicious Crab Cakes

 

Here is a delicious quick and easy crab cake recipe

INGREDIENTS:
1 large egg
2½ tablespoons mayonnaise
1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup finely diced celery (you’ll need one stalk)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1 pound lump crab meat*
½ cup panko (Try Whole Foods 365 brand for this recipe)
Canola oil

DIRECTIONS:

1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2. Combine the egg, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, Old Bay, salt, celery, and parsley in a large bowl and mix well. Add the crab meat (be sure to check the meat for any hard and sharp cartilage) and panko; gently fold mixture together until just combined, being careful not to shred the crab meat. Shape into 6 crab cakes (about ½ cup each) and place on prepared baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

3. Preheat a large nonstick pan to medium heat and coat with canola oil. When oil is hot, place crab cakes in pan and cook until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes per side. Be careful as oil may splatter. Serve immediately with tartar sauce or a squeeze of lemon.