Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Laundry Soap Recipe

1. Obtain soap shavings
2. Put soap shavings in a 5 gallon bucket (about 4″ of scraps in the bucket)
3. Add equal parts washing soda and borax (about 1 cup each for a 5 gallon bucket)
4. Fill bucket with water

In about 2 days or so, it will turn to complete mush — that’s when it’s ready to use.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Solid Bar Shampoo

Ingredients: (Follow the instructions for basic cold process soap)
Weigh all ingredients. Makes approximately 2 lbs.

16 oz Coconut 76 Oil
16 oz Olive Oil
4 oz Wheat Germ Oil
4 oz Castor Oil
5.9 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
15 oz Distilled Water
2 oz Any Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil (we used Peppermint Essential Oil)
Allow this soap to cure 4-5 weeks, but can be used after 3 weeks.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Organic Lipstick


Ingredients
1 tablespoon dried alkanet root
1 tablespoon beeswax
3/8 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
9 Drops rose essential oil
You will also need a piece of muslin cloth

Directions
Grate the beeswax and melt it using a double boiler or microwave. Heat the jojoba oil and the extra virgin olive oil, for around ten minutes. Remove the oils from heat and add the alkanet root to it. Let the alkanet root infuse with the oils for a few minutes, so that the color starts mixing well with the oils. Place a piece of muslin cloth over a container and pour the mixture through it to squeeze out the entire mixture. Then, pour the strained mixture into the double boiler and add the melted beeswax to it, heating it slightly so that it mixes well. Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool, and then add the nine drops of rose essential oil to it and stir well. Pour the mixture into lip pots or lip tubes and let it cool further.

New Fragrance Oils in this week

Chocolate Mousse
Coconut Lime Verbena
Dulce De Leche
Gunpowder
Kahlua
Sangria
Vanilla Chai

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Calming Spritzer

100ml distilled water
5 drops of Lavender Essential oil
3 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
Spritzer Bottle

Add the essential oils to the distilled water then pour into a sterilized spritzer bottle.

Shake before use then Spritz yourself for a calming, emotional empowerment boost during the day.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Bath Bomb - Green Tea

1 1/4 cups of Baking soda or Bicarbonate of Soda
1/2 cup of Citric acid
2 tsp of Almond Oil or Apricot kernel oil
1/2 tbs of Water
5 drops of Green food coloring
2 tbs of Green tea leaves (add up to 1 tsp of green tea fragrance oil if desired)

Combine the dry ingredients (except the tea leaves)into a bowl and stir until well mixed.

Next drizzle in the almond oil and stir until mixture is moistened. Add more oil and fragrance and stir until well mixed.

Then add the 1/2 tbs of boiling water to the green tea leaves and add to the dry mixture.

If mixture is crumbly then add more oil or a dash of water.

Roll the mixture into a ball using your hands or press it into a lightly oiled mold, such as a Bath Bomb mold or a chocolate mold. Let it slip out from the mold.

Put the ball/shape on a sheet of wax paper and leave it to dry till it is hard (about 24 hours).

Use 1 Bomb per bath.

Makes 7 Medium sized Bath Bombs

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Herbal Stick Deodorant Recipe


The essential oils for this recipe are all strongly anti-bacterial.

1 1/2 tbspn beeswax (yellow is best)
1/2 tbspn cocoa butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
15 drops white thyme essential oil
15 drops rosemary essential oil
25 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops castor oil

Melt beeswax in a glass jar standing in hot water, add the cocoa butter, and when it has melted, add the oils. Stir to mix thoroughly, then pour into a clean, discarded deodorant stick case and leave to cool and set.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

BLACK SALVE RECIPE

BLACK SALVE RECIPE

2 Tablespoons Bee's Wax
3 Tablespoons Cocoa Butter
3 Tablespoons Shea Butter

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Vitamin E
1 Tablespoon Honey Powder
2 Tablespoons Activated Charcoal Powder
3 Tablespoons Rhassoul Clay

Optional: Herbal Extracts, Essential Oils (depending on what you're using the salve for), dried flowers...

8 1/2 ounce clear jars

Black Salve is touted to do everything these days.

What it does best is absorb toxins. The common use
for it is to put a glob of it on a bee sting, slivers
or a cut. It sucks out the poisons!
No home should be without it.

First Step:

Put Bees wax, cocoa butter and Shea butter in a small
pot and heat. You want to keep it at 180 degree for at
least 15 minutes.
This is easier than it sounds. Just heat it on medium
high until it is melted. Turn off the burner and let
it sit. It should still be over 180 in 15 minutes. :)

Second Step:

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well
blended.

Third Step:

Feel free to add any relevant herbal extracts to the
formula just before you spoon it in. You want to make
sure it is very cooled off before adding any extracts,
essential oils, or fragrance.

Fourth Step:

Once it is smooth, spoon into 1/2 ounce jars.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Bath Muffins/Cupcakes - Basic


Materials:

1 1/2 cups of Baking soda or Bicarbonate of Soda
1/2 cup of Citric acid
2 tsp of Almond Oil or Apricot kernel oil
1/2 tbs of Water
5 drops of coloring (1 tsp mica powder)
10-15 drops of Fragrance oil or essential oil

This recipe is for Bath muffins or fairy cakes, You can embellish your simple muffins with sprinkles, 100 and 1000's of even chocolate drops.

Combine the dry ingredients in bowl and stir until well mixed.

Drizzle in the almond oil and stir until mixture is moistened. Add more oil and fragrance and stir until well mixed.

Then add the water.

If mixture is crumbly then add more oil or a dash of water.

Roll the Mixture into a ball using your hands then press that ball into the patty cake. Use your hands to round off the top of the muffin. Add any sprinkles to the muffin at this point, gently pressing it into the wet mix.

Leave the muffin to dry till it is hard. It may take several days.

Makes 5 medium sized Muffins

To Use: Add 1 muffin to the bath under running water for a lovely relaxing fun bath.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Which Herbs Will Help Me?

Below is a breakdown of some of the common herbs used in treatments. Choose herbs that are suitable for you skin condition or complaint.

Herbs

Aloe Vera - Soothes and Heals.

Neem Leaves-Anti bacterial, anti fungal.

Rose Petal Powder - Stimulates Circulation.

Alfalfa Leaf powder- Relives muscle and joint pain, fatigue.

Calendula powder- Heals broken skin.

Chamomile Powder -Anti inflammatory, Calming.

Stinging Nettles Powder- Deep cleanser, soothes irritated skin.

Parsley Powder- Detoxifying, soothing.

Peppermint Leaf- Stimulation, soothing, stomach upset.

Rosehip Powder -Vitamin c, nutrients.

St Johns Wart Powder- Healing nutrient.

Basil- colds, coughs, exhaustion, insect bites, muscle aches, rheumatism.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Natural Anti-itch Insect Bite Salve

1 oz pure, filtered beeswax
1 teaspoon Lavender essential oil
1 teaspoon Tea Tree essential oil
½ teaspoon Peppermint essential oil

Combine beeswax and sweet almond oil in a small, pourable container (a glass measuring cup works well). Place this container in a saucepan filled with approximately 2 inches of water. Heat the mixture over medium heat until the beeswax is complely melted. Remove from heat and add essential oils. Pour into a lidded jar (or several small jars) and let cool completely before use.

Natural Insect Repellent Spray

10 drops each:
Citronella, Lavender, Peppermint and Litsea Cubeba essential oil
4 oz. distilled water

Add essential oils to 4 oz. amber or cobalt glass spray bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with distilled water. Shake and spray!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Easy Lotion Bars

4 ounces mango or shea butter
4 ounces beesweax, yellow or white
5 ounces liquid oil (jojoba or grapeseed are both excellent)
2 teaspoons of essential oil or fragrance oil

This lotion bar does not use cocoa butter so you can use any fragrance or essential oil that your heart desires and not have a chocolate over-smell.

Melt the beeswax in a separate container and the butter/oil in another container. Add together, mix well, stir in FO/EO and pour into containers. Mixture will harden in approximately 1-2 hours. The cooler the mixture is upon pouring it, the less 'divets' you'll get in the bar (that sunken spot at the top of the bar).

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bodacious Bath Bombs



Ingredients:
2 tbsp citric acid
2 tbsp Cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 tsp fragrance or essential oil
3-6 drops liquid color
3 tbsp coconut oil(any emollient oil will work, coconut works best.)

Put all of your dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them together. Put your emollient oil in a microwave safe plastic mixing bowl and heat if it is not in a liquid state, then add your fragrance or essential oils and liquid color. Slowly incorporate your liquid ingredients with your dry ingredients and mix well. Take some of the mixture and form ping pong size balls. Balls should be placed on a sheet of waxed paper for about 24 hours. Place your bath bombs into a small candy cup. Store in a closed container until you are ready to use them. To use drop 1-2 balls under warm running bath water.

Bath Bomb Molds

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Kaolin Clay


Fluffy white kaolin clay, also known as white clay which is one of the purest forms of clay. This is used in many procedures:

Soap making - it will add a soft slippery feel to your soap bar soaps, excellent in products used for shaving (men and women)

Face masks are easy to produce at home by adding a few drops of essential oil for your skin type and mixing with distilled water until it is creamy yet holds together.

Mineral Makeup may contain kaolin clay for it's adhesion and sensitive skin properties.



Makeup - for you handmade makeup lovers this is a must have in those powder foundations. Oily skin loves this, it will absorb 1 1/2 times its weight.

Eyeshadows - this is great to add to your mattes to give it a better slip, tone down your oxides and you can really spread your mica to go a very long way.

Face Mask - I highly recommend using only purified water to moisten your clay, you only need a small amount, try 2 teaspoons of clay, add a bit of purified water just until it is a nice paste consistency, add skin safe aromatherapy essential oil of your choice ( please study before using an essential oil, lavender is good for all skin types), add a bit of infused rose water in place of purified water. This should only be used once a week, up to 2x a week on oily skin complexions.

Other uses: Wash your car using Kaolin Clay
Kaolin Clay pulls out gently grit, grime, road tar, bugs and more. It is non abrasive and helps you to get rid of bumbs and rough spots before you do the waxing. Have you ever looked at a wax applicator or a buffing pad after applying wax? If it is dirt you see, you are actually waxing over dirt. This is why high end body shops do use Kaolin Clay. You will see and feel the difference. It is also used in tooth paste as well as an ingredient pest patrol of fruits.

Great New Tip


Unrefined African Shea Butter:



When used nightly (sparingly) on lash line, helps promote longer lusher lashes. Wash before applying mascara.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Weird Fragrance Oils


We now carry the following "weird" fragrance oils:

play dough
baby diaper
dried bud
dirt
skunk
fishing pier
motor oil

canned corn
french fries
pizza
soft pretzel
ham and cheese sandwich
beef jerky
baked ham
roast beef

and more... just take a look through our fragrance oil section (over 150 different fragrances!)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mango Body Butter

Makes approx. 8 ozs.

Ingredients:
2 ozs cocoa butter (weighed)
2 ozs natural shea butter
(weighed)
2 ozs mango butter (weighed)
1 teaspoon wheat germ oil
3 teaspoons apricot kernel oil
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
Mango fragrance oil (or any fragrance oil)
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E. (optional, as a preservative)

Directions:

Add all the butter ingredients to a pan or double boiler on low until all the ingredients have liquefied. Continue to heat on low for another 20 minutes (do not boil). The continued heating will help prevent the butters from becoming grainy once solid. Add additional oils and let set to cool for a few hours. Before the mixture sets, stir or even whip, to incorporate. Spoon into jars or tins and label.

Note: This is a firmer body butter.
If you prefer a softer butter, the
consistency can be adjusted
by decreasing the amount of
cocoa butter. Or just adding a little more aloe gel.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sheer Lipstick

Ingredients
1 teaspoon beeswax or canuba wax.
½ tablespoon wheatgerm oil or grapeseed oil.
½ tablespoon castor oil or vitamin E oil.
Color Ingredients
1 teaspoon titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
4 teaspoon mica.

Directions
Grate the beeswax or canuba wax and melt it using a double boiler, or by placing the grated wax in a microwave for around three minutes. When the wax has melted fully, add the wheatgerm oil or grapeseed oil to it, along with the castor oil. Mix well and add the color ingredients to this mixture. Heat the mixture until it begins to thicken, then pour it into the lipstick tube or container, and allow it to cool.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Apricot Kernel Body Scrub

Ingredients:

2 oz citrus blend or orange blossom floral water
1.5 oz ground apricot kernel
1 oz melt and pour glycerine soap
1 oz aloe vera gel
1 oz rice bran oil (or other light weight oil suitable for use on the face)
Orange and Sandalwood Essential oils

Instructions:

1) In a double boiler melt the soap. 2) Once thoroughly melted, add the aloe vera gel and safflower oil. 3) Remove from heat and stir in the floral water, a dropper of sandalwood oil and two droppers of orange essential oil. 4) Mix thoroughly and then stir in the ground apricot kernel. 5) Stiring frequently, allow the mixture to cool. Add more essential oil and floral water until the desired scent and consistency is achieved. Typically the scrub is slightly more thin than creamy peanut butter. 6) Scrape the scrub into glass containers and seal for a day or two. The ingredients will blend more thoroughly and fragrance will stablilize into a nutty, woody and vanilla scent. 7) Instructions for use: place a small dab in the palm of your hand, add water and rub into a lathery paste. Massage the lather onto face or other areas and rinse with warm water. The gentle glycerine soap cleanses, the aloe heals, safflower oil moisturizes and apricot kernel exfoliates, leaving the skin restored after each use.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Flavor/Fragrance Oil Sampler




Pick any 10 of our flavor oils (1 ounce per flavor oil) or fragrance oil (2 ounces per fragrance) or a combination of the two. Just mention which ones you'd like in the notes to seller.

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Flavor Oils are formulated specifically for edible massage oils, lip balms and glosses. They are manufactured with a combination of both high quality natural and artificial ingredients. The natural ingredient base allows our flavors to enhance products with wonderful taste as it would be found naturally without the synthetic or chemical aftertaste.

All our flavor oils are vegan friendly :)

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All of our fragrance oils listed are manufactures grade. These oils are designed for scenting products and are excellent for soap and candle makers. They can also be used to scent incense and toiletry products or may be used for direct application.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Licorice Fragrance Oil


This very strong scent smells great.

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All of our fragrance oils listed are manufactures grade.

These oils are designed for scenting products and are excellent for soap and candle makers. They can also be used to scent incense and toiletry products or may be used for direct application.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Basic Lip Balm Recipe


Ingredients:

1 teaspoon beeswax
2 teaspoons coconut oil
1 vitamin E capsule
2-3 drops flavor oil

Instructions:

Melt beeswax coconut, and vitamin E together. Then add your flavor oil. Place in a tube or pot.

Lip Balm Tubes

Friday, March 26, 2010

Daisy Flexible Soap Mold



"Daisy" is a detailed floral shape that brings nature to your bathroom. Create themed soaps with floral elements, match your decore, or simply enjoy the shape for itself. Our Daisy shape helps your soap stand out.

Approximate Size of Bar: Weight: 1.7 ounces Diameter: 2.2 inches Height: .9 inches

*******Why Flexible?*************************************
A Flexible Soap Mold is Easier to Use

* after the soap has cooled Flexibility greatly improves the release of your cured soap from the mold cavity.

* Since soaps are easier to get out of the molds, more detail and smaller detail, which may have crumbled before, is now not only possible, but easy.

* With gentle flexible soap molds, your fingers are spared the rawness and pain cause by pushing repeatedly against hard inflexible plastic.

A Flexible Soap Mold Lasts Much Longer

* flex gently By using flexible vinyl instead of hard plastic, Flexus Molds are more durable and not prone to the cracking and warping that other molds have.

* Because Flexus Molds last so much longer than other molds but are similarly priced, your per use cost is significantly lower allowing you to enjoy soapmaking that much more.

* Without constantly having to replace cracked molds, you can focus on collecting all the shapes you want instead of just the ones you need.

A Flexible Soap Mold is Easier to Clean

* push from the back of the mold Top rack dishwasher-safe and with a high-gloss polished finish, Flexus Molds are a snap to clean.

* Clear walls and accessible corners also facilitate an easy thorough clean with no scouring or scrubbing to remove the colorant or other secret ingredient.

* The days spent using toothbrushes and toothpicks to clean stubborn ingredients off your molds are no longer. Now you can easily clean your soap molds with a warm wet soap washcloth.

On Clear Material

* and the soap easily pops out By using clear material, Flexus Molds take the guesswork out of soapmaking.

* Bubbles and half filled cavities are easily detected and fixed with transparent material.

* By not wasting resources on incomplete or bubbly soap, Flexus Molds allow you to have a consistant and efficient output.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Love Potion Bubble Bath

This bubble bath will put you in a romantic mood. All of the ingredients are considered known aphrodisiac – so look out!

6 drops jasmine oil
3 drops rose oil
3 drops vanilla oil
6 drops ylang ylang oil
1 quart of distilled water
1 bar of castille soap. (4 oz. Bar)
4 ounces liquid glycerin

Directions: mix the water, soap and glycerin together and stir. Now add your essential oils to the mixture.

Orange Blossom Bath Salts

8 oz baking soda
1 lb coarse sea salt
1/2 fl oz neroli (orange blossom) essential oil

Stir together the baking soda and sea salt, then add the essential oil and store in a sealed jar. Food coloring may be added if you wish. Use three tablespoons per bath.

Unrefined African Shea Butter



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Soft and Creamy Unrefined Shea Butter. Excellent for healing and moisturizing. This is Unrefined and therefore still has all its medicinal properties. It has a long shelf life of 12 to 24 months if stored properly in a container in a cool place.

What can Shea Butter do for you?

Shea butter has been used for centuries in Africa. It is used to moisturize and protect the skin from sun, wind, heat and salt water. It is known as the most effective skin moisturizer and conditioner because of its high content of non-saponifiable fats including vitamin F. It is an excellent skin moistener and is used for aging skin, eczema and all forms of massage. It is also used to relax the muscles and to treat sprains wounds and colds. The unique formula of Shea butter also helps prevent and protect dry skin providing temporal relief from irritation, dryness and wind burned skin.

Shea butter can be used as a hair dressing cream to moisturize a dry scalp and stimulate hair growth. As a hair cream, it helps to hold the hairstyle and lightly relax curls.

Fair Trade Shea butter


The manufacturer of our shea butter pays much higher prices for our Shea butter by organizing the women in the Northern Region of Ghative societies with interest free loans, credit facilities, training in packaging, labeling and quality control services therefore a higher price for their quality processed Shea butter.

When you buy our Fair Trade Shea butter, you are enabling the Tamale and Wa women that process our Shea butter to live with dignity and invest in their families, communities and the environment.

Higher Living Standards: Higher living standards, thriving communities in the Northern Region of Ghana and a more sustainable farming practices.

A fair price: The farmers and Shea butter producers received a fair price for their product. The Fair Trade price means that farmers and producers can feed their families and that their children can go to school instead of working in the fields.

Quality products: By receiving quality control training and a fair price, Fair Trade Shea butter producers can avoid cost-cutting practices that sacrifice the quality of the Shea butter we import. The Fair Trade producers' traditional artisan processing methods result in exceptional Shea butter products we import.

Bath Bags

Cut out some 9-inch diameter circles of muslin and place 2 tablespoons of roughly torn fresh herbs in the middle of each one. Dried herbs are just as successful. Gather the edges of the circle together and make into a small bundle, holding it in place with an elastic band. Then attach ribbons around the bundle to cover the elastic band, making a long enough loop to hang it from the taps so it will dangle in the water. A set of bath bags, with different colored ribbons to denote different herbs or mixtures of herbs, could be put together with a collection of other bath-time treats. Do write clear instructions on a label so they don't get mistaken for bouquet garni and put in a stew!

Oatmeal can be added to the contents of the bath bags. Use equal quantities of herbs and oatmeal, as it helps to soften the skin.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Free Fragrance Oil Offer

Purchase $25 or more at www.saharassupplies.etsy.com before March 15th and mention what you plan to use your new fragrance oil for here in the blog. Just put your pick in the "notes to seller" with your etsy purchase and I'll send you 2 ounces of your choice fragrance oil with your order.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mica Powder and its many uses


Mica powder can be used for Lipsticks, Foundations, Rouges, Fiber Paint, Faux Paint, Coloring Candles, Coloring Soaps, Coloring Paint & Resin. Stampers use this in embossing cardstock and other heat set designs, add some mica powder to your clear, black or white embossing powders to create your own unique heat set colors. Glass Artists use this in fusing techniques and much more.

Paradise Blushing Rose

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Healing Mask

1 Tablespoon Kaolin Clay
1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E
2 teaspoons Aloe Vera liquid OR 1/8th teaspoon aloe powder
2 teaspoons water.

Optional:
A few drops of Liquid Colorant
A couple drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Mix all ingredients and apply to the skin. Allow to dry. Rinse off.

Mini Soap-on-a-Rope Tutorial


SudsNSuch Mini Soap-on-a-Rope Tutorial using some of our great supplies :)




Click here for tutorial

Gentle Mask

Great for cleaning Normal Skin Types

2 Tablespoons Rhassoul Clay
2 Tablespoons Kaolin Clay
6 Tablespoons Water
3 drops Essential Oil or Fragrance