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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

NEW SAMPLER BOTTLES & JARS

I have done away with the mini samplers as it is hard to fit any larger size bottles in those plastic sampler bags so I am finished with those. Those were so cute and neat for samplers but they just didn't hold much in them. So I decided to just add some of my 1oz sampler size jars and bottles. Great to try before you commit to buying larger size products and not liking it. I don't want customers to waste their money on items they are not sure about.

Try these nice size 1 oz sampler bottles


Shea Butter Lotion

Creamy Shea Butter Body Wash

Luxury Scented Body Wash

Or you can try these cute little 1 oz size sampler jars


Custom Creamy Hand Cream

Pegasus Natural Spa Sugar Scrub

Cooling Peppermint Foot Cream (already scented)

Creamy Cinnamon Almond Scrub(already scented)

Sea Salt Body Polisher Scrub

Chocolate Oatmeal Brown Sugar Scrub

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

NEW ARRIVALS!

COME AND TAKE A LOOK AT MY NEW ARRIVALS! I am very proud of these soaps and I have more to come in the up coming week.

SUMMER SPLASH COLD PROCESS SOAP. A combination of lemon and mango orange scent. Great for this time of year. Made with essential oils and pigment color made with water, glycerin.


NEW APPLE BUTTER COLD PROCESSED SOAP. Made with quality oils and has a teriffic apple butter scent. Great lather. Come by and check it out

NEW CHOCOLATE MADAGASCAR! This is one of my best smelling soaps to date. I made this with a special tea and added vanilla madagascar to this soap. This is the natural color of the soap and has excellent lather. Smells terrific

Friday, July 20, 2007

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN HOMEMADE PRODUCTS

I notice a lot of business that sell cream, lotions, whipped body cream and butters are actually made from premade bases. What do I mean by premade bases? These creams are no different than creams and lotions you buy at your local Walmart. Lotions, creams and hair care items such as shampoos, conditioners, body washes that are already made up and sold in bulk by suppliers and have fragrance oils added to them and sold to buyers at 7.00 for a 4 oz bottle. YOu are better off going to your local drug store or Walmart for these creams and lotion because they are no different. I myself use and have used some of these base on certain items but I do not claim that they are handmade from scratch. I myself have used premade bases but I do not or have not sold them for outrages prices either. So I am not innocent of using them myself.

Some sellers just don't specify that they are made from premade bases, and are not required to do so if they are premade as far as I know, but the way you can tell if you see ingredients listed like this:

Ingredients: Deionized water, Cetearyl Alcohol Cetearth-10, Glyceryl Monostearate, Isopropyl Palaitate, Aloe Vera, Triethanolamine, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Cocoa Butter, Colorant, Fragrance

These ingredients are found in our everyday shampoos and conditioner, body washes and other beauty products. These are NOT homemade creams and lotions they are made from premade bases that was just added fragrance to them. Do you know what some of these ingredients are? Paraben is not one of the ingredients you should be seeing in your ingredients.

Why should you avoid Parabens? Previously published studies have shown that parabens are able to be absorbed through the skin and to bind to the body's estrogen-receptors, where they can encourage breast cancer cell growth.

But Flower maintains that the amount of parabens absorbed by the skin is very low and the parabens are "metabolised by the skin cells to produce products that have no estrogenic activity".

Information found at Organic Consumers

There are so much information about parabens. Please do your own research on parabens. This is just for information purposes and I don't claim to be a scientist or any other professional to make these claims. This is just information that I have collected and formed my own opinions about the use of parabens and why I choose not to use products with it in it. :-)



Souffle Body Butter back this Fall

I love the feel of my Souffle Body Butter and I love using it. I still use it but I can't not add it back to my line mainly because of the melting issue with the butter. In order to maintain the whipped consisitency, it has to remain its whipped texture. Not to mention the melting due to the extreme summer heat. So this will be back this Fall when the weather is much nicer.

Ingredients That I Use

Here are some of the ingredients that I either use in my soaps or in my products. Preservatives are only used if the products will not be used in a short period of time other than that I do not use preservatives or other artificial ingredients to make my products usable.

Aloe Vera - Aloe barbadensis - native Texas succulent, often called "The Miracle Plant", soothing, emollient, antibacterial, heals skin irritations, burns, and wounds, promotes new skin growth, moisturizes, protects, and counters the effects of aging; we use certified organic aloe

Annatto Seed - Bixa orellana - imparts a beautiful earthy yellow color to foods and cosmetics and is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, and emollient

I use this to give a nice rich color to my soaps.

Beeswax - Cera alba - unbleached and pure, cosmetic grade, used to give a waxy feel to cosmetics, also possesses healing qualities, only our balms contain beeswax, our soaps do not
Black Willow Bark Extract - Salix nigra - analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, potent antimicrobial, contains salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid) which is the ingredient that aspirin was originally synthesized from, increases cell renewal by increasing turnover of the stratus corneum layer, non-irritating and very gentle botanical extract

Bentonite Clay - adsorbs and absorbs dirt, oil, and toxins from the surface of the skin, cleanses, tightens, and tones, lends a slippery feel to soaps and increases lather, great for purifying the skin, helpful in treating acne, eczema, itching, hives
Castor Oil - Ricinus communis - soothing, lubricating, rich in fatty acids, acts as a humectant to draw moisture to the skin and hair, gives a rich creamy lather to soaps

Calendula-The flower petals of the calendula plant ( Calendula officinalis ), or marigold, have been used for medicinal purposes since at least the 12th century. Calendula is native to Mediterranean countries but is now grown as an ornamental plant throughout the world. It is important to note, however, that not all household plants called marigold are members of the calendula family.

Calendula contains high amounts of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants that protect the body against cell-damaging free radicals. Researchers are not sure what active ingredients in calendula are responsible for its healing properties, but it appears to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial effects.

Citric acid is a weak organic acid found in citrus fruits. It is a natural preservative and is also used to add an acidic (sour) taste to foods and soft drinks. In biochemistry, it is important as an intermediate in the citric acid cycle and therefore occurs in the metabolism of almost all living things. It also serves as an environmentally benign cleaning agent and acts as an antioxidant.
Citric acid exists in a variety of fruits and vegetables, but it is most concentrated in lemons and limes, where it can comprise as much as 8% of the dry weight of the fruit.

Clay (Kaolin, Moroccan Red, French Green, Rose) - cleanses and tones, absorbs dirt, oil, and toxins from the skin, increases lather, and lends natural color to our soaps

Cocoa Butter - Theobroma cacao - the fat of the cocoa bean, smells like chocolate, super emollient, for chapped skin and lips, dry skin, mature skin, stretch marks, skin irritations, and wrinkles

Coconut Oil - Cocus nucifera - emollient and healing, used in soaps to produce a big fluffy lather

Coffee - Coffea arabica - scavenges free radicals which cause premature aging and many other skin disorders, acts as an astringent, sunscreen, odor absorber, and anti-cellulite ingredient

Cornmeal - This is a granular flour ground from dried kernels of yellow or white corn, with the husk and germ almost completely removed, but as it retains some of the corn’s hull and germ, it is more nutritious. It is a mild abrasive that promotes finer skin texture as it exfoliates and smoothes rough, dry skin. It helps to unclog pores, exfoliate dead skin cells and mop up excess facial skin and body oils and is especially useful for oily skin types.

Dead Sea Salt - Dead Sea Salt – Mineral rich contains high proportions of Potassium, Magnesium and Bromide. Used to stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation, relax muscles and relieve skin problems such as acne eczema and psoriasis.

Earth Pigments (ultramarines & iron oxides) - We use only naturally derived cosmetic grade earth pigments which have been used safely for many many years. These pigments are made from naturally occuring compounds like iron, sulfur, china clay (kaolin), and sodium carbonate. We never use harmful synthetic FD&C dyes or CI colors.

Emulsifying Wax -created when a wax material (either a vegetable wax of some kind or a petroleum-based wax) is treated with a detergent (typically sodium dodecyl sulfate or polysorbates) to cause it to make oil and water bind together into a smooth emulsion.

Essential oils- are highly concentrated and potent oils extracted from plants, leaves, flowers, roots, buds, twigs, rhizomes, heartwood, bark, resin, seeds and fruits. According to the International Organization for Standardization, essential oils are a natural product made by distillation with either water or steam or by mechanical processing of citrus rinds or by dry distillation of natural materials.

Flavor Oils - a mixture of fragrance oils and essential oils approved for use in lip products. They lend a "scent" to lip balms.

Goat’s Milk Powder - Goat’s milk has been recognized as a natural emollient for centuries. Goat’s milk helps soothe and moisturize the skin. It contains important vitamins such as A, B6, B12 and E. Goat’s milk has 3 times more beta-casein than cow’s milk. Caseins are easily absorbed into the skin and allow for quick hydration of dry skin. The content of triglycerides, capric, caprylic and caproic acid helps balance the skin’s natural pH and promotes natural exfoliation of dry skin. We use a full cream goat's milk powder.

Honey (Pure honey)- Honey is full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Has an emollient property, is soothing and a humectant. Emollients make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce rough feeling, cracking and irritation. Honey is cleansing and antibacterial. Bacteria cannot live in honey, which demonstrates its preservative properties. It leaves a micro thin protective film on the skin.

Honey powder - is natural honey that has been spray dried into a fine powder.


Humectant - A substance used to help maintain moisture in a product. Used for moisturizing skin, increases water content of the top layers of skin. Aloe vera gel, glycerin and honey are examples of humectants.

Jojoba Oil - Simmondsia chinensis - our organic golden jojoba oil is unrefined thereby retaining all of its healing properties, a natural mimic of the oil secreted by human skin used to protect against premature aging and wrinkling and to lubricate skin and hair, a pure liquid ester that will never go rancid, non-comedogenic (will not clog pores), a powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, a soothing and conditioning agent,and useful for the treatment of acne, great for sensitive skin

Milk Powder- Dried milk powder rich in vitamins A & D, minerals and proteins. Nourishing, moisturizing and soothing.

Oatmeal- Oatmeal is a product made by processing oats. Oatmeal is coarsely ground unsifted oats. Rolled oats and steel-cut oats are also called oatmeal. The porridge made from this is also called oatmeal or oatmeal cereal. The groats are coarsely ground to make oatmeal, or cut into small pieces to make steel-cut oats, or steamed and rolled to make rolled oats

Peppermint -Peppermint (Mentha × piperita) is a (usually) sterile hybrid mint, a cross between watermint (Mentha aquatica) and spearmint (Mentha spicata). It is occasionally found wild with its parent species in central and southern Europe, but the first intentional crossbreed of watermint and spearmint was done in England. Being sterile, it spreads by rooting.

Olive Oil - Olea europaea - used extensively in skincare for centuries, high in monounsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant and a superior moisturizer, used to nourish and protect the skin and to combat the effects of aging, draws moisture to the skin while allowing normal skin functions to take place, one of the very best oils for natural skin care; we use only cold pressed and/or organic olive oils (never the cheaper solvent extracted pomace oil): recent research has shown that olive oil possesses oleocanthal - a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-aging compound and pain killer

Sea Salt - sodium chloride - contains 84 elements and minerals found naturally in the human body which are essential to good health, used as a treatment for psoriasis, eczema, acne, and general good health, relieves muscle tension, soothes and softens the skin; we use natural solar dried salt from pristine waters

Saponification - is the hydrolysis of an ester under basic conditions to form an alcohol and the salt of a carboxylic acid. Saponification is commonly used to refer to the reaction of a metallic alkali (base) with a fat or oil to form soap. Saponifiable substances are those that can be converted into soap. The end product is glycerin and soap.

Sea Kelp Extract - Mineral rich, nourishes, softens and helps skin retain moisture.

Stearic Acid - A white, waxy vegetable derivative (coconut or palm oils) used to stiffen and stabilize lotions and creams.
Shea Butter - Butyrospermum parkii - Extracted from the kernels of a wild African tree, shea butter is an excellent emollient with great healing properties. High in triglycerides and fatty acids, its soft buttery texture melts easily into the skin. Traditionally used by indigenous people for burns, wounds, sunburn, muscle aches and as a moisturizing beauty aid for hair and skin.

Turbinado Sugar - made using 100% cane sugar. It retains the natural molasses found in the sugar crystals and is a wonderful scrub agent for the body.

Vegetable Glycerin – Vegetable based humectant, which draws moisture from the air to the skin. It is nontoxic, nonirritating and non-allergenic syrup with a high water and low fat factor.

My opinions About Soaps not made from scratch.

First let me tell you that I started out with Melt & Pour. It was a great avenue for me to get started making soap and if it wasn't for me starting with M & P I wouldn't have branched into cold process soaps. I still use some it so just wanted to let you know that. I don't think I am perfect in anyway because I chose to do soaps from scratch and don't want to put anyone else down for using M & P either. This is just my personal thoughts about it and other soaps bought in stores.

Most so called soaps are mostly synthetic, so called "soaps" that are full of harsh detergents and other unnatural chemicals. These soap are in our stores that we buy all the time.

Check out the ingredients (if they bother to give you any) and
you'll see just how many cheap oils or animal fat or Tallow and synthetic petro-chemicals their so called "soaps" really contain.

You can't add a pinch of herbs and a natural sounding names and make real soap. If soaps are made with detergents and mineral oils and other agents then its not real herbal soap. Anyone can buy soap in craft stores and throw in some herbs and other ingredients. That does not make it natural soaps. There is still the detergents and other artificial ingredients to make it melt and pour. This is based on my knowing what is in the soap I use. I myself have been guilty of the convenience of Melt & Pour soaps and the the different ways you can make these soap look pretty and appealing to the buyers by using colorful colors and herbs and other things to make these soaps stand out for the buyers but you have to ask yourself. Although these soap are pretty, are they really good for your skin. My soaps may not be pretty in color or have fancy names and cute molds that they were made with but I think I am better off with the natural route.

Try the microwave test to distinguish real soap from melt and pour soap. (You know, the little kits you can buy at the craft store for "making soap" with kids?) And not only the craft store soaps but any melt and pour soap base. A melt & pour soap will begin to liquify with a minimum of 10 seconds in the microwave. A true cold process soap won't melt that easily.

What methods are used make Melt & Pour so convenient to use? Obviously it takes more artificial ingredients to make these kinds of soaps readily available for ease of use and being able to melt it over and over again.


This is not to knock down anyone who buys or sells these kinds of soaps. To each their own but for me it was a lesson for me not to use these kinds of soaps for myself. I still like to use these soaps to make pretty colorful soaps with certain fragrance that I can't use in the cold process method such as fragrance with vanilla. These fragrance oils don't do well in cold processed soaps and will turn the soaps brown. M & P still clean your body as homemade soaps but overall they are not good for your skin. This is why I decided to start making my own soaps. I know what is in my soaps.

Why homemade soaps? Real natural soap is easy to see. First, it should say "soap" on the label. By law, soaps that are not REAL soaps will say "beauty bars" or some other name other than soap.

I use soybean oil,palm, coconut oil, safflower oil, and other oils to soften the skin such as almond oil, cocoa butter, grapeseed oil. But even with out these oils, homemade soaps will make your skin much softer and smoother.

These are ingredients you will find in homemade soaps. If the soaps are not made with this then look elsewhere. Yes some Melt and Pour have added goats milk, honey, herbs and added oils but that doesn't make it good for you skin. Again I have been guilty of adding these ingredients to my soaps before making my own from scratch.

Our cold process soaps are specially formulated to deliver the very best in skin care while using only safe, truly natural ingredients. I never use pomace olive, harmful chemicals, synthetic preservatives, cheap petroleum products.

I don't claim that my soaps are "ALL NATURAL" mainly because I use fragrance oils in my soaps because the scents (to me) seem to last longer than the essential oils. I do have some soaps that don't have artificial colors or fragrance oils I can say are all natural soaps. So I can't completely say they are "All NATURAL" because I will be a hypocrite if I did say that. But I can say that you are more safer with my soaps then other soaps you will find on the market. Yes essential oils are far more better for you than fragrance oils but the do not have the wide variety of scents that most people are looking for. I would love to stock my shelves with more essential oils but 5.99 for a 1/2 oz of essential oils is pretty expensive. The more exotic the essential oil is, the more expensive they are. As much as I use scents in my soaps, this is not economical for me at this time. Especially since I am a very small business.

Other harmful synthetic additives to avoid are FD&C colors, dyes, antibacterial triclosan & triclocarban, EDTA, TEA, DEA, sodium laureth and sodium lauryl sulfates, and other chemical sounding names you don't recognize or can't even pronounce. Avoid them all.


Of course the real test will be when you use the soap. If it dries your skin out or makes it feel tight or itchy then its not soap. There's nothing like well made, glycerin rich, real handcrafted natural oil soap to leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and nourished.

Since I have been using my own soaps, I have not use my lotions that I make on my skin. But I still use them, just not as much. So if you're looking for skin loving soap, take the time to seek out natural handmade real soap. Your skin will thank you for it. A healthier skin means a healthier you!

Why Choose My Products?

This is just to give you some insight from my perspective about why I decided to use homemade soaps.

First of all I handcraft my soaps using time-consuming cold process method, which means no external heat is used so the goodness of the natural ingredients are preserved for you. Each bar begins with a high percentage of skin-loving olive oils to which we add food grade coconut, palm and castor oils for a rich creamy lather that nourishes as it moisturizes. Next we add brewed teas, herbs, vegetable butters, and cleansing earth clays for their exceptional skin care benefits

Storing and care for your soaps

Since soaps are made with good oils is in its pure and natural state, it doesn't contain any synthetic preservatives or artificial hardeners. It doesn't need to. With just a little care and feeding, you can prolong the life of your soap and it will serve you very well.

Don't let your soap drown in water.

Feed your soap plenty of fresh air between uses.

Always use a well drained soap dish to keep soap dry.

Use of a wash cloth or loofah will extend the life of your soap.

It's best to use your new soap within six months of purchase. It won't stay fresh forever!

Store unused soap in a dark, dry, relatively cool location such as a lingerie drawer or linen closet.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Yippeee New Soap!



Ok yes I finally got around to making a new batch of soap. This new batch is called Almond Scrubby Soap. Pure sweet almond fragrance with an apricot seed add to it for a scrubby feel to the soap. No color was added to this soap. Pictures are coming soon as the soap is finished going through the saponification process. Once I cut it you will get a looky. Smells so good. This is made with pure olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, castor oil. The combination of the oils will give it a nice tan and creamy look to the soap.

This is a close up shot of the soap. This has to cure for 4-6 weeks. You can see the apricot seeds in it to give it this nice texture and exfoliant.


I really want my soaps to have a special appeal to them. I want to go the natural route with my soaps without all the artificial colorings to color them. Although I still use fragrance oils, I do have essential oils as well but because of the high cost of a small bottle, I still use fragrance oils. They tend to make the scent last as with some of my essential oils that I have used tend to fade a bit. But not all do this. I tend to see alot of fancy swirls and colors on alot of other soaps but I choose not to go this route. Mainly because, 1 my swirling technique really sucks and 2, I really don't want to use too much color in my soaps.

I have 6 batches of soap currently curing that I did not use any artificial coloring and the color of them are just beautiful. One is my Mocha Coffee Soap. I use only coffee to color this soap.

Another is, Tomato Leaf which I used annatto powder to color it. It has a rich peach color and the grains of the annatto powder in it to give it a cool affect.

Also my all time favorite the Sage & Citrus Flower soap. It has no color in it at all but with the Calendula flower petals in it give is a beautiful color.

Next is my Rosemary Mint soap that was colored with mint and rosemary powder. It has a rich dark green color and scented with a rosemary and pepermint scent. The peppermint is a essential oil. There a few specs of rosemary in the soap as well.

Next is my Apple Butter Creamy Soap. This was scented with a sweet scent of apple butter and was colored with a light dusting of red kaolin powder and mixed in was apple powder. Awesome!

Next is my Chocolate Madagascar. MMMM this smells awesome. First instead of using water I used a flavored tea. It is deep in color and the color of the tea colored the soap. I did add a hint of cocoa powder. Madagacar fragrance was added to this. This scent as a unique vanilla scent. This has very deep chocolate color. No artificial color was added to this soap. It looks like a chocolate bar. :-)

Whipped Shea Butter Cream



News Flash! Well due to the high cost of Shea Butter, I decided to discontinue the hand cream due to the fact that I have to use a lot of the Shea Butter to make this cream. Instead of raising the price for my 4 oz jar, I decided to just keep making my Shea Butter Lotion. I know there are a lot of sellers that sell a 4 oz jar for 9-11.00 and to me that is just extremely high to a 4 oz jar. But I know that is what most are selling it for. I had mine prices at 5.75 a jar. But if I decided to keep the cream in my products, I would have to raise my price to 7.00 a jar. And I didn't want to do that. I want to keep my prices reasonable and not outrages. I am working on facial clays and cold creams if I can get my recipes just right but so far, nothing has come out the way I wanted. I tried an experimental recipes last night and it was a disaster. Just awful so I had to wast that batch. Luckily I didn't make a lot to waste it. I will keep you updated on my progress but so far nothing has panned out for me. ggggrrrr. I will keep at it till I get it the way I want.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

New Natural Shine Lip Gloss with Flavor


This is a all natural lip color with a lot of shine. An all natural lip gloss that is good for your lips and taste good too. Features an applicator and a wiper to remove excess gloss on the wand.

Holds 10 ML Ingredients: Vegetable glycerin, castor oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, vitamin E

I love flavor lip Gloss. This can be tinted light to darker color. Available colors are Pink and Red

$3.00

This also available in my Etsy Shop

New Items Just Listed


Save on a bundle of my handmade Soaps. Here you can choose 3 of my handmade soaps of your choice and save $$$

Lemongrass Poppy
Natural Green Tea
Soothing Lavender
Natural Oatmeal
Rich Cinnamon Vanilla Bean
Mint Chocolate Swirls



This is one of my favorite soaps. I love the smell of fresh roses. My mom always said "I rather stop and smell the roses, rather then get them after you are gone". Makes sense. You can't appreciate them when you are gone. I love the smell of any fresh flowers. This is a all natural vegan soap. This soap is made with Olive Oil, Soybean Oil, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide (lye) and Pink Kaolin clay was added for this rich deep color. This also has a rose petal fragrance. A must try. You can use this with the petal or you can cut the top off but it adds a little exfoliant to the soap. I just listed these at my Etsy Shop. I am still working on my website. It takes a lot more work then my Etsy shop with is very easy to keep up with.