This recipe is a terrific way to use up extra homemade kombucha. (If you’re not sure what the heck “kombucha” is or how you’d go about making it, check out my friend Teri’s article to learn all about it.) Besides its possible health benefits, kombucha (a fermented tea drink) is reportedly great for your skin too. […]...read the full article.
I can’t wait to share this recipe with you today! I’m so in love with these little shampoo bars. Not only do they leave my hair soft and shiny, but they work perfectly for hands and body too. (Bonus: they’re also working great for bathing my dogs!) Note: Some links on this website are […]...read the full article.
I often get questions on my milk soap making posts (HERE and HERE) as to whether it’s possible to hot process soap with milk in it. The short answer is: Yes, with some care taken, you can hot process milk soap. For the longer answer, I’m going to take you step-by-step as I make this […]...read the full article.
While Honey & Dandelion Soap is one of the most popular cold process recipes on my blog, I’ve often gotten questions about how to make it using a crock pot (hot process) instead. Since dandelions are popping out like crazy around here (hooray!), I thought this would be a good time to make some up […]...read the full article.
This recipe uses common oils and canned goat’s milk from the grocery store to make a wonderfully creamy soap that costs around $1.50 per bar to make! (See below for the full price breakdown.) Click HERE for a hot process version of milk soap that you can make in your crock pot. Food grade lye […]...read the full article.
I made this soap last year, at the end of a long, cold winter. I was excited and ready for spring and had even planted out some pansies and broccoli and then…. we got a surprise late snow that stuck around for several days. I moped about it for a short bit, but then figured […]...read the full article.
This tutorial will teach you how make your own creamy, skin-nourishing milk soap! Pretty much any cold process soap recipe that calls for water, can be made with milk, or a milk substitute instead. You just need to take a little different approach to make sure you don’t scorch the milk or overheat your soap. If […]...read the full article.
This baby carrot soap is gentle and mild, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin. To make this, you’ll need to first prepare a carrot puree. (Alternately, you can use carrot baby food.) To make the puree, slice a large carrot into rounds and simmer in a covered pot of water. When tender, spoon […]...read the full article.
Old-fashioned pine tar soap has traditionally been used to help with psoriasis, eczema, and other skin afflictions. Some also use it for treating flaky scalp and dandruff. Its smoky campfire-like scent makes it a popular “manly” soap, but can be equally enjoyed by all. Because pine tar itself has a really strong aroma, I added […]...read the full article.
Shampoo bars are similar to regular bars of soap in many ways, only they usually contain a lot more castor oil, for a great lathering experience, along with herbs and oils that are especially nice for your hair. Below, I’m sharing a recipe for Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bars, but you could use another essential oil […]...read the full article.
Today, I want to address another of the most frequently asked questions I get: “I found this great looking soap recipe on the internet, but it includes palm oil. How can I make it palm free?” (A related question I get is: “What’s wrong with using palm oil?” That’s something of a hot button topic […]...read the full article.
Today, I’m over at Natural Herbal Living, sharing a recipe for a honey & hemp shampoo bar. To see the full recipe, just click on the photo above or the link below! Honey & Hemp Shampoo Bar You may also like my complete Natural Soap Making package that includes eBooks on making cold process […]...read the full article.
Today, I’m sharing a recipe from my Natural Soapmaking Ebook Collection. It’s a lovely, old-fashioned bar that’s simply scented with lavender essential oil and naturally colored with purple Brazilian clay. (You can buy purple clay HERE at Bramble Berry.) If you’d like a whiter soap, instead of the pale purple tint shown, just leave out […]...read the full article.
This week, I’ve been sharing some recipes using aloe vera and fresh roses. First, we made a skin soothing gel, then we turned that gel into a fabulous anti-aging skin cream, and today – we’re making soap! To make this, you’ll need a pint jar full of freshly picked rose petals. (If you don’t have […]...read the full article.
Forsythia are those ornamental flowering bushes that you see blooming everywhere this time of year (at least around these parts.) What some don’t know though, is that forsythia is also considered an edible flower, which is the main qualification I look for when creating new soaps and such. I figure if it’s safe to eat, it’s usually […]...read the full article.
Clays are one of my favorite additions to soap recipes. Not only do they add natural color, but I love how the resulting bars leave my skin feeling so clean and refreshed! Clay soap is especially helpful for itchy, inflamed skin conditions, like bug bites and summer heat rashes. It can also be used as […]...read the full article.
Lemon balm grows like crazy around my house (which is a good thing!), so, of course, I had to turn some of it into a soap! For further inspiration on ways to use this prolific plant, be sure to check out my post on 12+ Things to Do With Lemon Balm. This is a Cold […]...read the full article.
This mint soap recipe is another personal favorite! The French green clay helps soothe skin irritations, while the peppermint essential oil energizes and refreshes the senses. I use fresh mint from my garden to make this, but you can also use dried. Any type of mint that you have on hand will work in this […]...read the full article.
Honey & Dandelion Soap is probably the most popular soap I’ve ever made. It sells out as quickly as I can make it and happens to be a personal favorite, as well. It’s loaded with fresh dandelions from our fields, raw honey from our bee hives and organic tamanu oil – making it especially useful […]...read the full article.
Today’s recipe is for Pumpkin Soap! For this batch, I added a vanilla spice swirl to give the bar just a hint of warm, fresh-baked scent. Because I have several sensitive family members, I usually leave bars unscented or very lightly scented with natural ingredients only. If you want your soap to have a more […]...read the full article.