Feeling a bit frazzled? One way to immediately help soothe your soul is to enjoy an aromatherapy scent formulated for calming. Aromatherapy can come in a variety of forms. You can get specific burners or infusers intended for aficionados of aromatherapy, or you can go a simpler route with some potpourri or scented candles. You can also purchase room or linen spray, hang sachets in your closet or just use bath scents in your favorite relaxing fragrance. Whatever delivery method you choose, you will be sure to enjoy the pleasant aromas as well as the effects of these wonderful scents. Buy some handmade soap today!

Lavender: Lavender is one of the most soothing of scents. For this reason, it is often used in scented heating pads, eye masks and other healing objects. It is also available as an essential oil and in candles and other scented items. This soft, powdery floral is appealing to most people and is especially nice in the bedroom and bath. You can try growing your own lavender and drying it, too. Many women find lavender aromatherapy useful during childbirth.

Vanilla: Most people find the scent of vanilla both relaxing and comforting. It elicits thoughts of favorite foods and happy memories of home and childhood. Vanilla is a subtle fragrance and is often combined with other fragrances in pleasing ways. If you plan to use it for calming, make sure it has not been paired with anything that has an invigorating effect.

Ginger: Ginger is often used in aromatherapy to relax and reduce tension. It may also be useful for nervousness or anxiety. The scent is brisk, but it is also warm with deep calming undertones. The essential oil of ginger is sometimes used to treat muscle aches or cramps.

Lemon: The refreshing scent of lemon is commonly used to eliminate anxiety and stress. While it does have some energizing properties, it can calm anyone who is in distress. It also has a cleansing effect on the environment and is useful in clearing a space after a stressful event.

Chamomile: Chamomile tea has long been used to relax people. While drinking it works wonders, even the scent of chamomile has soothing properties. It can help with insomnia and bring peace to a stressful environment. It is sometimes paired with lavender or rose to give it floral tones, both of which will enrich the effects.

Sandalwood: Sandalwood is often associated with meditation. The same properties make it good for any type of peace-inducing aromatherapy. Sandalwood has a warm and woody scent that has great depth; it is especially nice when paired with rose for a fragrant and relaxing combination.

Bergamot: Bergamot has been scientifically proven to relax and soothe; sniffing it actually has a marked effect on the brainwaves. In addition to calming, it has an anti-depressant effect and can be used to treat insomnia, anxiety and stress-related disorders.

Ylang ylang: The sensual fragrance of ylang ylang is a light and refreshing floral. It inspires balance as well as a sense of calm and relaxation. When paired with bergamot, it is especially effective for relaxation and meditation.

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Introducing our new ladder style slotted soap dishes for handmade soap. They are sleek and contemporary and would look great next to your kitchen sink or in the bathroom. They are slotted to promote maximum air circulation around your soap, to keep your soaps dry and happy!

Our ladder style soap dishes are available in Natural or Dark. Don't forget to add one to your shopping cart during your next shopping spree! They also make great gifts when coupled with a few of our handmade luxury soaps.

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Shea Butter in handmade soap nourishes the skin with Vitamins A, E and F. Vitamins A and E help maintain the skin and keep it clear and healthy. They are particularly helpful for sun damaged skin and help prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines. Vitamin F acts as a skin protector and rejuvenator by soothing rough, dry or chapped skin. Shea Butter is high in fat, around 7-12% are unsaponifiables. For comparison, avocado oil, a well known skin conditioner, has between 2-6%. This high level of unsaponifiables in shea butter is one of the properties that makes Shea Butter so invaluable in treating the conditions listed above. Also, Shea Butter easily penetrates the skin allowing the skin to breathe and not clogging pores. Shea Butter in handmade soap has a high level of cinnamic acid, a natural sun screen. So, it provides some degree of protection from the sun. Shea Butter in handmade soap is also anti-inflammatory making it useful in treating rheumatism.

While there are no medical claims about the benefits of Shea Butter, there is anecdotal evidence that it is very useful in treating minor skin conditions. Several users who have used Shea Butter for eczema and/or psoriasis have said it works as well as steroids at a fraction of the cost and without the side effects. One customer with an allergy to the sun proclaimed that after using shea butter lotion she discovered that it prevented the rash she normally would get from even a small amount of exposure to the sun.
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Most of the cleansing bars that you buy at the store are detergents, not soap at all. In the industry, they are called "syndet bars", or synthetic detergent bars. They are made from synthesized chemicals, fillers, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes and artificial fragrances.

On the other hand, handmade soap is made from plant oils (such as olive, coconut and palm) and is a gentle cleansing product more appropriate for use on skin than detergent. Animal fats, such as lard and tallow, can also be used to make soap.

Handmade soap is made by combining sodium hydroxide (lye), oils and water in a process known as "saponification". Some people may question the use of lye in handcrafted soap. The fact is, all soap is made with lye. Yes, ALL soap. Once the process of saponification is complete, the lye and oil molecules have combined and chemically changed into soap and glycerin. There is no lye present in the finished bars of handmade soap.

Saponification simply explained:
Water (or milks, herbal teas) + Fat (oils/butters) + Lye (sodium hydroxide) = Soap with glycerin retained.

Important! Always Read the Ingredient Label

Just because the ingredients do not include the word lye (or sodium hydroxide) - doesn't mean it wasn't used. Soap ingredients can legally be listed three ways. Each example is the same bar of soap:

* Ingredients: Water, Olive Oil, Tallow and Lye
* Ingredients: Saponified Oils of Olive and Tallow
* Ingredients: Sodium Olivate and Sodium Tallowate

Make certain you purchase soap from a soap maker or company that discloses the list of ingredients on the package. If the soap label states, "Vegetable Glycerin Soap", there are other ingredients in that product that are not being disclosed.

The clear type of soap that is commonly referred to as "glycerin soap" or "melt and pour" is often mislabeled or not labeled at all. Here is a common ingredient list for this product:

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate , Sorbitol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid and Sodium Chloride.

And another (these folks get points for listing sodium hydroxide!):

Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Castor Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerine, Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbitol, Sorbitan oleate, Titanium Dioxide.

This ingredient list is a collection of surfactants (synthetic foamers) and other chemicals I'd encourage you to look up. Often time's alcohol is added to make this product meltable when heat is applied. Real soap does not melt in hot weather or direct sunlight.

Here's another "soap" ingredient list, it's for Dove's sydnet bar:

Ingredients: Sodium tallowate, sodium cocoate or sodium palm kernelate, water, sodium chloride, sodium silicate, magnesium sulfate, and fragrance.

Here we have saponified beef fat, some vegetable oils, sodium silicate is a water glass or liquid glass (from Wikipedia), magnesium sulfate is more commonly known as epsom salt, and a synthetic fragrance. There is lye in this bar, they just choose to label their product to disguise this fact.

Compare these ingredient lists to real soap (in this example, Frontier Angel's Soap formula):

Ingredients: olive oil, water, palm oil, coconut oil, palm kernel oil, sodium hydroxide, rice bran oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, essential oils.

Real soap labels are much more pure and contain more natural ingredients than sydnet bars or clear "glycerin" bars, not to mention, they are easier to understand.

Last word of advice about handmade soap ingredient labels...*always* ask the soap maker what's in their soap if it's not listed. You wouldn't eat something without knowing what's in it (how much sodium/fat/preservatives), right? The same concern over ingredients should apply to soap as well.

There is no such thing as 100% glycerin soap

Sorry, it's true - there is not one on the market today. Glycerin is a clear thick liquid, similar in texture to corn syrup. It doesn't produce any lather or cleansing properties whatsoever. It is simply chemically impossible to make soap using only glycerin.

Bio-diesel soap is not made from 100% glycerin, contrary to what the makers of this product usually claim. Bio-diesel soap should never be used as a cleanser for the body due to trace quantities of methane, food particles and other undesirable waste products. This type of soap should be reserved for industrial use only.

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The winter brings snow, sleet, wind, dry heat and cold, all are major contributors to ravaged winter skin. Raging fireplaces and central heating air systems decrease air humidity and increase moisture loss from our skin. If you are already prone to dry skin, winter can be even more devastating and cause major discomfort to your largest organ.

Dry skin is also known as xerosis. Itching, redness and flaking can result from the chilling, dry conditions, not to mention cracks and fissures.

So what remedies are available to ward off these winter woes? Here are some tips to help your skin stay plump, soft and hydrated during these chilly months.

  • Wash your face with handmade soap and warm water instead of hot water. Pat skin dry gently with a terry cloth towel, then apply a moisturizer while skin is still damp
  • Cracked hands love a moisturizer with petrolatum. Try M.D. Forte Hand and Body Cream. Hand cream may be applied three times during the day.
  • Beautiful hands are easy to obtain with handmade soap and a  heavy duty hand cream applied then covered with cotton gloves.
  • At high altitudes, you get lack of humidity and intense UV light which can increase the severity of xerosis. Powerful effective sunblocks are crucial. Transparent water resistant zinc-oxide sunscreen products like Skinceuticals Ultimate Daily Defense Sport SPF 30 are superb.
  • Hold in heat and moisture with sensible winter attire. Layer clothing starting with silk and polypropylene under garments, followed by outer layers of fleece, wool or cotton.
  • Use a lip protectant with an SPF throughout the day

With these simple tips, you should be able to reduce the damage winter can bring onto your delicate skin. Take care of your skin and it will take care of you. Don't forget to wash with handmade soap, which is full of skin-loving ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter. Your skin will thank you!
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Our skin, with visible and hidden components, is a barometer of both internal health and emotional equilibrium. It is a protective shield as well as a self-decorating canvas and is a critical gauge in our quest for daily health and well-being. It is also the most neglected organ we have.

Many myths surround the care of our largest organ, the skin. In its protective role, our skin shields us from environmental toxins and hazards. It forms a protective barrier that seeks to minimize intrusions of foreign invaders into that sensitive inner realm: our cells and bloodstream. With such a full-time Herculean labor force, our skin requires both nutrients and water to keep itself performing at maximum efficiency. Let's examine some of the factors in healthy skin care.

Our Skin as External Protection

In its task of shielding our bloodstream and inner workings from toxins, our skin collects pollutants, cosmetics, dirt, bacteria and other particles throughout the day. Therefore, a good cleansing regime is critical to maintaining clear and smooth functioning skin pores and dead skin cell sloughing. The first step in a cleansing regime is soap. I don't mean those mass market bars and liquids often unthinkingly, and mistakenly, accepted as "soap." These products are primarily cleansers and salts, and rarely real soap. Read the packaging and you will find the label lacks the word "soap." This is because "soap" is a specific product defined by the FDA and most, if not all, these products are detergents and cleansers. It is this little noticed fact that has led to the misconception: soap causes dry or sensitive skin. Even so called "glycerine" soap tends to contain cleansers and solidifying agents since its natural state is liquid and it possesses no cleansing qualities of its own.

Natural soap is the best cleaning agent for the skin you will ever find. And I mean REAL handmade soap.  Real soap can only be made one way: with sodium hydroxide, or lye. Even the big commercial manufacturers make soap the same way we handmade soap makers do, with lye. When lye joins together with the fatty acids contained in vegetable oils, the chemical reaction process known as "saponification" produces soap. Soap is naturally one-third glycerine molecules and two-thirds soap molecules. The oil blend that makes up the soap formula determines a soap's characteristics, like large or small bubbles. As a handmade soap maker, I have the luxury of using nutrient-rich vegetable oils that contribute additional benefits to my soaps and hence, to the skin. When properly formulated, real soap will not dry the skin. On the contrary, handmade soap will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized from the natural glycerine content. When used consistently, you may find that reliance on lotions noticeably diminishes, saving money and time, a savings that will allow you to indulge in your new-found bathing treat -- handmade soap!

Handcrafted soap tends to cost more than mass-market cleansers not only because it is made by hand but also because of the nutrient content of the oils. This is an important consideration when determining benefits versus cost. It is also important to consider whether essential oils or fragrance oils scent one's soap of choice. In addition to an emotionally soothing component, most essential oils like lavender and tea tree add additional skin care benefits to soap whereas fragrance oils merely contribute scent. The point of bathing and washing is to cleanse the skin. Where department store cleansing products are heavily perfumed and leave fragrance behind, real soap will leave your skin feeling clean, soft and smelling fresh!

Our Skin as Internal Protection

Vegetable oil-based soaps bring another important dimension to skin cleansing: essential fatty acids. High handmade soap often use oils rich in essential fatty acids, especially an Omega-6 fatty acid called Gamma Linolenic Acid, also known as GLA. GLA is vital to the health of many body systems including the skin. Frequently, acne and other skin eruptions can be traced to a lack of essential fatty acids (EFAs) rather than bacteria. Adding EFAs in the form of supplements to one's diet can do much to bring renegade skin conditions into balance. Hormone fluctuations also influence how the skin appears and EFAs, along with stronger nails and healthy hair, contribute to hormone health and balance as well. In aromatherapy, tea tree oil is said to release emotional trauma and hence, its association with external skin health under its anti-bacterial umbrella. From a holistic standpoint, when it is said something "got under one's skin," tea tree oil soap would be the blend of choice. Nonetheless, when someone comes to me with acne or other skin issue, my first suggestion is usually soap enriched with a GLA-heavy oil like evening primrose, borage or black currant. I usually reserve tea tree oil soap suggestions for those prone to emotional distress, especially those who are reserved about discussing such intimate feelings.

Water is another important ingredient in healthy skin. When the body's detoxification systems like the kidneys and liver are overloaded for one reason or another, the skin becomes the primary detox mechanism. Drink plenty of spring water everyday so that organs like the kidneys can effectively perform their detoxification functions and allow the skin to focus on its protective role.

General Skin Cleansing

Herbs are nutrient-rich botanicals with a wide range of health supporting capabilities and many supplements support healthy skin as well. For example, the herb gotu kola is said to encourage collagen production while supplements like CoQ10 act as antioxidants with the potential to encourage new cell formation. Green tea can be a tea as well as a supplement and plays an important role in both internal and external skin health. Studies show certain of green tea's anti-oxidant constituents may aid in skin cancer prevention and treatment and thus may be beneficial when made into soap. In addition, these anti-oxidants provide a plethora of benefits for the body's inner processes, too. Anti-oxidant rich chocolate also makes a wonderful soap ingredient and contributes not only to skin health but provides a novel bath time treat.

Other ingredients can also add fun and nutrients to handmade soap and hence, to skin cleansing. The most familiar of these is beer with herbal hops and other whole grain components. Wine and champagne made with anti-oxidant rich grapes also add nutrients and lather-enriching sugars while lending a distinct, elegant air to any cleansing ritual. Then there's mead, or honey wine, nectar of the gods. Much has been written about the benefits of honey on skin wounds as well as its anti-bacterial and moisturizing capabilities. Soap made with mead combines these benefits with a cleansing regime bringing a distinctly different element to an otherwise ordinary routine.

Overall, the skin plays an important role in our daily lives while showcasing our personality. Skin health can effect how we see ourselves and hence, influence the impression we make with others. As the biggest organ of the body and the shield between your inner processes and the environment, your skin's nutritional needs deserve equal importance to those of the heart. Everything that goes on your skin can eventually make its way into your bloodstream. Choose skin cleansing products with an eye to health and witness the visibly radiant bloom of ravishing skin reflected in the eyes of everyone you meet.
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How many people know what soap really is? Several of the cleansing bars that you buy at the store, for example, are detergents, and not soaps at all. They are called syndet bars, or synthetic detergent bars. They are made from synthesized chemicals and are usually much harsher than soap. Detergents contain petroleum distillates rather than oil. On the other hand, true soap is made from natural oils (such as olive, coconut and palm) and is a gentle cleansing product more appropriate for use on skin than is detergent.

Soaps, unlike detergents, are made by combining sodium hydroxide (lye), oils and water in a process known as "Saponification". Some people may question the use of lye in handmade soap  The fact is that all soap is made with lye. What needs to be made clear is that once the process of saponification is complete, the lye and oil molecules have combined and chemically changed into soap and glycerin. There is no lye present in the finished bars of soap.

The oils in our handmade soap serve a specific purpose. The coconut oil creates a wonderful lather. The olive oil is used for a high quality, long lasting bar. Canola and Palm oil carry nutrients to the skin, and the safflower oil make a creamy bar.

Glycerin is a skin soothing emollient that adds to the goodness of handmade soap. In commercial soaps the glycerin is removed for sale to the cosmetic industry to sell separately, sometimes at a higher price than the soap itself! Glycerin is important to skin care because it is a humectant. Humectants draw moisture from the air, which in turn moisturize your skin. A whole 1/5 of a bar of our soap is glycerin.

Most soaps have artificial ingredients to scent or color. Some handmade soap is scented with fragrance oils. These are synthetic chemicals that are mixed together to imitate a particular scent. They have contributed in many cases to chemical sensitivity in some people. They also have no aromatherapy benefits. The scents in our soaps should come only from essential oils, which are steamed or pressed from plants. Essential oils are the fragrance emitting components of plants and are at the heart of aromatherapy. Not only do they smell good; they have many beneficial effects on the body, mind and spirit.

The coloring in our soap should come from nature as well. The petals of Lavender and Rose can be used. Earth Pigments can also be used, which are simply finely ground rocks. This makes the colors rich and earthy, rather than artificial looking.

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Lavender is an important ingredient for soap used for aromatherapy. The natural characteristics of lavender are known for their ability to sooth physical and emotional stress and also reduce pain from burns, headaches, itchy insect bits, and other irritating or tension related problems. If you're looking to enrich your everyday health, lavender handmade soaps should be part of everyone’s daily beauty regime. Benefit from the natural health remedy of lavender handmade soap.
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Our new Mochaccino Coffee soap is ready! A great wake-me-up in the morning shower. And coffee soap is wonderful for removing kitchen odors from your hands, such as fish, garlic and onions. I've heard it also works well for gasoline and motor oil. Mochaccino Coffee soap is topped with real coffee beans! As always, our soaps are all natural and contain no harsh chemicals or synthetics.

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Soap is one of the oldest cleansers used in the contemporary world. Soap is made by a chemical reaction caused by a mixture of oil, water, and lye (the catalyst in the soap making process). When making soap, all the lye is completely depleted during the saponification process. You cannot make soap without lye. The oils and ingredients used in making soap change for each recipe and each oil has different properties that change the overall type of soap cleansing. Animal and plant oils are used for making soap and each gives a different soap texture and result.

The commercial soap bought in stores today isn't what our ancestors would define as soap. Soap has natural moisturizing qualities which have been stripped from modern factory soaps. While soap is a "cleanser" factory soap is more like a "detergent" and will dry and irritate your skin. The reason why factory soaps do this to your skin is because all the natural glycerin that is produced during saponification is stripped away and sold to manufacturers to be used in higher end products such as lotions and body butters. When companies make soap in bulk, they add other ingredients to replace the lost glycerin so that they can get more soap made for less money. This can prove to be very harmful to the consumer.

While handmade soap has been used for thousands of years by our ancestors, it was only recently that we switched to mass-produced soap. Over time, people have been slowly switching back to handmade soaps due to their health benefits. The use of synthetic, harmful chemicals in factory soap has been scientifically proven to cause harm to the skin over extended periods of time.

handmade soap have always been known for the effective cleaning power but recently scientific studies have shown the benefits of handmade soap to be incredible. It's always been speculated that handmade soap has built-in healing properties. People suffering from skin disorders like eczema, or have excessively sensitive skin, have found relief through the use of handmade soap. Compared to the commercial soaps in the store, handmade soaps are much more mild and skin friendly. The major difference between factory soap and handmade soap is the amount of glycerin found natural handmade soap. Glycerin has natural moisturizing abilities and is typically stripped from commercial soap and put into lotions. That stripped glycerin is then replaced by synthetic, irritating chemicals.

Natural handmade soap is much better for you than commercial store-bought soap. If you've been having skin problems or have easily irritated skin, you should seriously consider switching to handmade soap  You'll notice the difference almost immediately and will grateful that you did switch.

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Next time a holiday, anniversary or birthday shows up on the calender, consider giving the wonderful gift of handmade soap  It's simple and really affordable to give extra special birthday gifts, or Christmas gifts. You'll find handmade soap is a wonderful gift for any occasion, and the ingredients are all natural, so there is no skin irritation to worry about. Soap gifts are always appreciated when the soap is handmade, especially for the recipient.

Giving handmade soap for Christmas is fun, but why limit yourself? Try it for birthdays, housewarmings and other events.

Handmade soap is an inexpensive gift everyone loves. Buy a few bars of handmade soap and make them look expensive with a pretty presentation for your gift. Wrap your soap in clear cellophane or pretty tulle, tied with a coordinating ribbon for an elegant touch. You may even want to put together a personalized spa gift basket which includes handmade soap for an extra special gift. Before you know it, your friends and family will be begging you for more soap!
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Just added new coconut handmade soap. Coconut is my favorite fragrance, it's a perfect blend of tropical and nutty. I will be re-working the coconut soap into something slightly different, so this one is limited edition! Get it while you can!

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Lime Margarita, Pink Angel and Apricot Freesia are now available for purchase! They need a good home, why don't you check them out, and take 1 or 2 home with you today.

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I am working on a good coffee soap, scented with Mocha Cappuccino. My first attempt left the white frothy topping less than desired. I tried again today but added too much coffee and the mixture was setting up too fast and I didn't have time to add the white frothy top. Grrr... I will make a coffee soap!!

Do you know of the benefits of coffee soap? It is a miracle worker on removing kitchen odors from your hands. Garlic, onions and fish smellies are a thing of the past when you scrub with coffee soap. One thing I hate about working with fish or onions is my hands stink for the rest of the day. Coffee soap to the rescue! I really think you guys will like it if you spend a lot of time working with smelly things. I heard it even removes motor oil and gasoline odors. That would be awesome for the times when the gas pump overflows and spills on my car and I have to get a paper towel and mop it up right away. And of course the gas odor lingers on my hands.

Okay, I will try another attempt at the natural handmade soap tomorrow.
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Just cut today... Apricot handmade soap with apricot kernal oil and ground apricot meal for exfoliation. Will be ready in 1-2 weeks!
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