Cedarwood & Oatmeal Soap

Cedarwood & Oatmeal Cold Process Soap Recipe

This simple natural soap features: oatmeal, for visual texture and to soften skin as it gently exfoliates, French green clay, for a natural green color and mild cleansing properties, along with cedarwood “Atlas” essential oil for a clean woodsy scent. According to my favorite reference for essential oils (The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness), cedarwood “Atlas” (Cedrus atlantica) is mildly astringent, antibacterial & antifungal, making it a good addition to products … Continue reading

Dandelion Shampoo Bars Recipe

Natural Dandelion Shampoo Bars Soap Recipe (Palm Free)

Some unseasonably warm spring-like weather, along with an extra jar of dandelion-infused olive oil I had on hand, inspired this shampoo bar recipe. Keeping in theme with the happy sunny feelings that I associate with dandelions, I scented the soap with a cheerful blend of citrus essential oils, but you can use another scent, like lavender, or leave it fragrance-free, if you wish. While I made the batch shown using the hot process (crock pot) method, … Continue reading

Sunflower Soap Recipe

Sunflower Soaps Recipe

These cheerful little sunflower soaps are palm-free and naturally colored with lemon peel powder. I scented mine with a bright blend of mostly citrus essential oils, but feel free to use other scents in their place, or leave them completely unscented.   Because I have lots of sunflowers blooming now, I incorporated some into this batch. You don’t have to include the flowers in your soap, but if you’d like to, there are two ways to go about … Continue reading

Pure Soapmaking Book Review

Giveaway & Review of Pure Soapmaking Book

If you’ve been making, or thinking about making, soap for any length of time now, you’ve likely ran across Anne-Marie Faiola (aptly known as “The Soap Queen“) on the internet. One thing I particularly admire about Anne-Marie, besides the tons of free content and advice she generously shares, is that she’s one of the most upbeat and encouraging people around. I love supporting people that help make the world a more positive and better place, and … Continue reading

Aleppo Soap Recipe

Aleppo Soap features laurel berry fruit oil and can be useful for those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, eczema & acne.

Aleppo Soap is an ancient Syrian soap recipe made from just olive oil, laurel berry fruit oil, water and lye. It’s reported to be beneficial for those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and rashes. (For more information about the rich history of Aleppo soap, check out this article at Mother Nature Network.)   (This article contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you click on one and make a purchase, I earn a small commission for sending … Continue reading