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With the end of summer in sight (why yes, it has been raining here all week; thanks for asking), we are making the most out of the sun with recipes to keep skin hydrated. Summer means clothing like tank tops and shorts, which means more shaving.  Not to worry, we’ve got you covered with the Sunday Night Spotlight: Foaming Bath Whip + Green Tea Shaving Cream Tutorial.

With moisturizing ingredients like Vitamin E Oil, Green Tea Seed Oil and Green Tea Extract, it leaves your skin feeling soothed and fresh. Foaming Bath Whip can also be used for other recipes, as seen in this Rose Clay Sugar Scrub.


Make Lotion from Scratch on Soap Queen TV

In this special throwback episode of Soap Queen TV filmed in 2010, I show you how to create lotion from scratch. After watching this video, you will have all the tools you need to make luxurious, moisturizing, and perfect lotion every time!

First, lotion ingredient uses and benefits are reviewed. Then I show you how to make lotion from start to finish. Labeling requirements are also covered if you plan on selling your product. A note on semantics: I use the term sterilize which is technically incorrect. I should be using the term disinfect when talking about cleaning my tools for lotion making.

As an extra bonus, the label template used in the video with the correct INCI names is available for download. Just download the PDF template, print it on label stock, cut out the labels and write in the fragrance you used and your contact information.

Want to make your very own lotion from scratch? Our Lotion Kit includes everything you need to make 48 oz. of handmade lotion!

Kit Includes:

8 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
8 oz. Avocado Oil
8 oz. Shea Butter
1 oz. Phenonip
1 lb. Stearic Acid
1 lb. Emulsifying Wax or Ceteryl Alcohol
12 – 4 oz. Clear Reverse Tapered Ovals w/White Caps
1 oz. Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
1 oz. Cucumber Melon Fragrance Oil
Lotion Making Booklet

Lip Balm Recipe Roundup + Tips

Creating lip products is a great project for beginners and more experienced crafters alike. The best thing about making your own lip products is the ability to customize everything from the texture, color and moisture. With a wide range of ingredient options, creating the perfect lip balm, lip stick or lip scrub is easy and fun!

Moisturizing Mahogany Beard Oil

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:15 minutes
  • Yields:Four 2 oz. bottles

For women, keeping hair soft and healthy is often part of our everyday routine. From leave-in conditioners to hot oil treatments and masks, lady tresses get plenty of TLC. But why should girls have all the fun? Keeping facial hair well-groomed and fresh is equally important!

With Jojoba Oil and Buckthorn Extract, this Moisturizing Mahogany Beard Oil will keep facial hair feeling soft and shiny. Lightly scented with Mahogany Fragrance Oil, beard oil keeps skin beneath hydrated and flake-free. To use, apply a few drops of beard oil onto the hands and gently work into facial hair.


Interview with Katie of Royalty Soaps

Amazed by the saponification process during a soap making class, Katie White of Royalty Soaps started her business at only 17 years old. Her gorgeous soapy creations are full of color, texture and personality. Active on YouTube with over 50 videos of cold process tutorials and product reviews, Katie’s soaps and fun personality are truly inspiring. Read on to learn more about what motivates Katie, and how she got started soaping. 


Sunday Night Spotlight: Foaming Bath Whip + Green Tea Shaving Cream Tutorial

Light and creamy, Foaming Bath Whip is a product that can be used in many different projects. From scrubs, bath bombs and soapy frosting, this versatile whip adds a fluffy texture and moisture. The main ingredient is glycerin, which attracts moisture from the air and leaves your skin feeling hydrated.

Easy to customize, Foaming Bath Whip will accept up to 5% fragrance or essential oils. Simply pour the fragrance in, and use a hand mixer or stick blender to beat the Foaming Bath Whip to achieve a soufflé-like consistency. Very mild with a pH level of 5.5, this product is ideal for dry or sensitive skin. Looking for even more moisture and skin loving properties? Extracts and fixed oils can also be added to Foaming Bath Whip.

Summer Life is Good

Ah, summer life is good – and full! Right now, we are anxiously awaiting the birth of our new niece, Alise, so I’ve been holding up this blog post all day, hoping for a new baby photo for you. Alas, Alise is in no hurry to get here but we’re hoping (for Mama Cheriss’s sake) she arrives soon. (Update: Alise arrived today at 2:37 p.m. I’ll post a photo when I get one. My iPhone ones aren’t doing her justice in the slightest!). We’ve been spending a lot of time with the kiddos, at parks, at play dates and generally trying to balance and juggle work and family like all parents do. On the work front, I always think it’s going to slow down and it never seems to. We just shot a live Soap Crafting Club video that is up on Spreecast if you want to peek at what our Soap Crafting Club members get every month. And of course, the Handmade Beauty Box is fully underway with plans to ship the first box in January.
Jamisen has been enjoying a mixture of camps and meeting new people and learning new things this summer. He was asked at summer camp who were the oldest people he knew. He said his Mommy and Daddy. He then was asked how old we are. We are apparently seven years old. I had forgotten how ‘old’ people our age look to little kids!
Lily remains the most charming child of all time. She, among the ENTIRE family (well, fine Grandpa Faiola escaped it too) did not come down with strep throat this week. And this strep throat is so powerful that it got one of my employees sick that only sat across a table from me! Clearly, she is not only blessed with a charming disposition but an immune system that doesn’t stop. Must be all the kale juice! Jamisen loves the bribe frozen yogurt I give him in the morning and the evening to get him to take his antibiotics. He thinks he’s winning for sure.
Lily is fully walking now and into **everything**. She can open sliding glass doors which makes turning your back on her just a wee bit unsafe because she loves to sneak outdoors. She is skipping sign language and just moving right to talking. Every so often, she’ll just bust out with a garbled but identifiable phrase when I’m trying to sign it to her and I’ll be like, “Okay, so that’s why you’re not signing. You’re just going to talk.”
Our garden is producing bounty of epic proportions. The kale is over Jamisen’s head. It’s such a blessing – and an insane amount of produce to eat. We’ve been enjoying sharing it and are working on winning popularity contests with our neighbors. I’m pretty sure we’re not winning any with their kids (“Ugh. More kale from the neighbors?!”) . Jamisen helps me harvest the kale daily and is thrilled to do it since that means he gets to use scissors, typically an off-limits tool.
We don’t just have kale; we’re an equal opportunity greens family. We have spinach, bok choy and chard too. That’s what Jamisen is cutting in the above photo, chard. The broccoli sadly, was attacked by rabbits and never recovered but the rest of the garden (blueberries, corn, beets, potatoes, carrots, parsley, basil, strawberries, tomatoes, squash, green beans, blackberries, raspberries) is doing swimmingly. It’s a lot of work (in fact, I totally threw out my back pruning tomatoes last week) but completely worth it. I love being able to walk outside and get all the fixings for a hearty tomato, beet and kale salad.
The kids really are a delight. Every day they make me laugh in some new way and I am so thankful to have two healthy children. Despite the idyllic photo above however, Jamisen continues to challenge our boundaries in new and exciting ways daily. He usually spends some of his evenings in a time out with good behavior breaks in between. To his credit, he is loving and kind much of the time but for some reason, his little sister is bringing out his devil horns. We have started changing our messaging; talking about him as a protector for his sister and our family as a tribe/pack/unit. On the plus side, Jamisen loves to hug his sister (and really, hug, not just strangle-hug), is fiercely protective of her from his friends and asks where she is when she’s gone to sleep. There is hope yet!
Overall, life is extremely blessed, extremely full and feels like it’s moving faster every day. I am so thankful for excuses to slow down – like reading books, playing blocks and putting together puzzles – and never take those moments for granted. Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll post a baby picture as soon as there is one. =)

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