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Friday, April 27, 2007

Sodium Laureth Sulfate VS Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate


There is great confusion about Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacteate. I am being asked a lot about using SLS. SLS is Sodium Laureth Sulfate which I do not use. People seem to want to avoid this ingredient as there has been rumors of it causing cancer. Well if you look on any shampoo, body wash or any product you currently have in you bathroom you will see sodium laureth sulfate. This ingredient is very difficult to avoid unless everything you use is organic or made from organic ingredients.

SLS means different things depending on the person. There are several different ingredients that are said to SLS are very different.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate is derived from coconut and palm oils; a safe skin friendly surfactant (foaming agent) for both skin and hair. This mild plant derived surfactant creates a rich, luxurious lather that effectively removes suface oil, dirt and bacteria, without stripping or drying sensitive skin. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate is also hydrophillic, This meas it is attracted to water, which enables it to dissolve more readily in water. thus providing superior rinseablility.

Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES) is a detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc.). It is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent made by mixing sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, and sodium salt. Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES) are surfactants (“surface – active agent”: a substance, like a detergent, which enables a liquid to foam), which are used in many cosmetic products for its cleansing and emulsifying properties. Please do your own research.

Sodium Lauryl Lactylate is derived from palm kernel and sugar, a safe, skin friendly cleanser for both skin and hair that effectively removes surface oil, dirt and bacteria, without stripping or drying sensitive skin.

This is for information purposes only. The information about these additives was found from various websites. and wiki, that supply Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate. I am not an expert and I just wanted some to know the difference between the two ingredients.

New Glycerin Soaps




I have noticed that I don't much glycerin soap in my shop so I thought I created a few. One of my new glycerin soaps are the famous LoveSpell glycerin soap. This has a great lather and smells great.




This one is one of my customers favorite scent and I love it too. This is a lovely scent for the spring and summer months. This has a refreshing scent that will leave you feeling wonderful after a nice shower. This also has a lovely rich lather and will last a long time as both of these bars are 4 oz size bars.

Bubbling Bath Bombs




Yes they are back! I have been asked many time from customers to bring these back and now I have decided to do so. For those who don't know about these, well these are my bubbling bath bombs. The really create a foaming and bubbling action when these babies are dropped in the bath. I have a few custom bath bombs with natural herbs such as rose petals, peppermint leaves and natural ground oatmeal. The other bombs you can customize to your liking with my available scents. These are just great and love them. I stopped making them as they took a long time to make but I have made these in bulk so they wont suck up all my time making them. They will be sealed in a shrink wrapping to preserve the scent. These are available at my shop on Etsy

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

New Etsy Seller


From time to time I will be featuring some fantastic sellers. I can appreciate good quality work and so should you. I love creative people and would love to let them have a day in the spot light.

I would like to introduce a new seller to Etsy. The name of the shop is called Lovin Bijou. She makes some of the most beautiful handmade bags. I recently talked with Lovinbijou in a chat room at Etsy she is such a lovely person. I just had to take a look at some of her beautiful handcrafted bags and I was amazed by the wonderful bright colors. I welcome Lovin Bijou to Etsy and hope that she enjoys her time there. Cheers to you!

Here are a few of what she has in her shop at Etsy.






So if you love good quality handmade bags, stop on over to

LovinBijou


I aquired permission from the seller to display her pictures and to advertise her handbags and promote her new Etsy shop.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Homemade Skin and Body Care recipes

I have tried some of these homemade recipes myself and you can do these yourself as well.


Avocado & Carrot Mask



This mask combines avocados, which are rich in Vitamin E, with carrots, which are high in beta-carotene and antioxidants, and cream, which is high in calcium and protein. These ingredients will rebuild skin collagen, improve tone and texture, and fade age spots.
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • 1 carrot, cooked and mashed
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Spread gently over your face and neck, and leave in place 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow with your favorite toner.



Banana Facial Mask



  • 1 ripe ripe Banana

  • 1 T Honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon Jojoba oil

  • 1 T Yogurt

  • 1 egg white

  • 1 T Kaolin (white) clay

In a small mixing bowl, whisk the egg white, then blend in the Yogurt, Jojoba oil, Honey and then the Kaolin clay until it becomes a smooth creamy mixture. In a separate bowl, mash up the banana until it is smooth, then blend into the first mixture.

The best way to use this masque is while sitting in the tub because it is a bit messy. Apply to the entire face, neck and shoulder area. As it sits, keep applying more while you build the masque up as well as massage it in. Let sit for at least 10-15 minutes and then remove with a warm washcloth. Finish with a tonic or hydrosol on a cotton ball to remove any excess product from the skin, then moisturize as usual.

This is a wonderful softening and firming treatment in one.


Thyme and Fennel Cleanser (normal skin)


Fennel has been used throughout history as an aid to digestion or as a slight diuretic. As an infusion, fennel seeds can be gently cleansing and toning for the skin, and they can help reduce puffiness and superficial irritation. Thyme, which is used in antiseptic preparations, is a good astringent. Because this cleanser is very gentle, it can be used each morning. Dab it on your face and neck with a cotton ball, and rinse.

  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, crumbled (or 1/2 T dried Thyme)

  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed

  • 1/2 cup boiling water

  • Juice of Half Lemon

Mix the thyme and fennel seed in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Add lemon juice and steep for 15 minutes. Strain the infusion and store the liquid in a jar, in the refrigerator.


For the Hair

Cucumber Hair Treatment

If you swim in a chlorinated pool for exercise on a regular basis, the same damage you've noticed happening to your skin and bathing suit, is happening to your hair, as well. Try this treatment at home to keep chlorine damage to a minimum.

  • 1 egg

  • 1 eggshell's worth of olive oil

  • 1 quarter of a peeled cucumber

Blend the egg, olive oil and peeled cucumber. Spread evenly through your hair, leave on for 10 minutes, then thoroughly rinse. For the best results year-round, continue this treatment monthly.




If you try any of these homemade recipes, please leave a comment . I would love to know how they if these really work on others. I will be adding a few more sometime in the next few weeks.

Tips for the Body and Hair

I myself have tried some of these and they actually do work. I thought these were great tips to use.

Yes eggs
Lightly beat two eggs mixed with some milk and run throughout your hair. Leave on for 5 minutes, rinse and you'll see a shine instantly. The same can be done for your dog once a month, except just put an egg over their food. Also mayo is great as a cholesterol treatment on the hair. It may seem messy but the outcome is terrific

Aspirin for Dandruff
No problem, dissolve 2 aspirins in your dandruff shampoo and watch how it clears up. Use a good moisturizing conditioner afterward.

Hair Cocktail
Splash a little vodka in your shampoo if you have thick or product-build-up hair. Don't use on a regular basis.

Hair Static
This isn't meant to be funny. Use static guard. Use about 7 inches from your hair lightly. Don't over do it.

Greasy Hair
Powder. Most come in hundreds of fragrances, brands, and unscented selections. Put a little at the root of your hair before straying. If it is a serious problem, put the power on heavily for 15 minutes wash completely, condition lightly, and style.

Frizz-Off
Quick fix for curly hair frizz, always the lucky ones. Use a little, did I mention LITTLE bit about the size of a dime and rub in into your hands before applying it to your frizzy ends. Instant results without buying a product at the Salon.

Lemon-Boost
Lemon juice mixed with natural sunlight will lighten any hair. Just make sure you don't go a sour red head.

Sweet Shine
Honey in your tea, snack or applied as a small amount in the hair will give you shine.

Monday, April 2, 2007

HOT NEW ITEMS

Sparkle Glycerin Soap Squares and BathTime Soap Jelly



These are adorable glitter glycerin soaps. These are fun soaps for anyone to use. Kids and adults will have a blast with these fun soaps. These can be scented to your favorite scent. Thats the fun part of these as you can get them them way you like them and the colors are very bright and vibrant. Great as guest soaps or for the kids to use in their bathroom at bathtime. Available now Pegasus Handmade Soaps



Another cool item is the Bathtime Soap Jelly. This soap has a gelatine texture. Firm but not hard and you will be able to scoop a small about out of the jar and have fun with it. Plus you will get this lovely mason jar that can be used for all kinds of stuff. You can have these scented to your favorite scent and will last a good long time. It lathers well with a color sponge that will come with this jelly. This should be kept in the fridge or in a cool place to be kept firm. Before each use you may want to take it out 10 minutes prior to use so it won't be as firm. Try it you will love it.