Thursday, July 30
So these are from a batch of our freshly made Apricot Freesia Hand Cream. I blogged about our ingredient choices for our creams and butters here and here earlier in the week.
This recipe includes jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and shea butter. We also add a "secret" ingredient- liquid silk! Liquid silk is simply silk proteins that make the finished product, well, silky! It goes on light and smooth, and is very moisturizing without any oily residue. And the Apricot Freesia scent is fresh and lightly lingers without being overbearing.
I keep a tube by the sink and use it every time I wash my hands... as you can imagine, in this line of work, that happens a lot!
Wednesday, July 29
Shea Butter- Shea butter comes from the pressed nuts of the karate tree. It naturally has an interesting odor, so we use shea butter that has been refined and is essentially odorless and white in color. It is very emollient and a great skin softener. We use shea butter quite often, especially in our body butters.
Pistachio Butter- Pistachio butter has a light green tint and a slightly nutty scent. It’s very moisturizing, and we use it in some of our balms.
Cocoa Butter- Cocoa butter comes from the cocoa bean, and unrefined has a sweet, chocolate scent. It’s a very hard solid at room temperature, but melts upon contact with skin. We use it in our lip balms, and hand balms.
Coffee Butter- Coffee butter comes from coffee beans, and retain that wonderful coffee aroma. It’s great for body butters.
Pretty yummy stuff, huh?
Tuesday, July 28
We have plans to go back someday and take the 2 day tour!
Monday, July 27
In making our creams, balms and body butters, we have so many wonderful ingredient choices! We begin to create our recipes by choosing oils and butters that provide the particular properties we want each product to have- a light and moisturizing hand cream, a thick and luxurious body butter, a protective and healing balm.
Here are some of our favorite oils to work with:
Sweet Almond Oil- Sweet almond oil is extracted from the almond seed. It’s a very versatile oil, good for all skin types. It gives complexions a healthy glow, and is moisturizing and lubricating (so it makes for a great massage oil!) We use sweet almond oil in products such as our sugar scrubs.
Jojoba Oil- Jojoba oil is very unique- it’s actually a liquid wax! It’s expeller pressed from the jojoba seed and is a deep, clear yellow color. It behaves much like the oil our skin naturally produces, so it absorbs readily into and moisturizes our skin. Jojoba oil can also be used in shampoos, improving your hair’s smoothness and shine. Jojoba is one of my favorite oils, and we use it in our hand creams and body oils.
Avocado Oil- Avocado oil is made from the fruit (the yummy part!) of the avocado. It’s a thicker, waxier oil, rich in Vitamins A, D & E. We use avocado oil in our balms and creams.
Apricot Kernel Oil- As the name implies, this oil is extracted from the kernal of the apricot. High in Vitamin A, this oil is lighter in weight and texture than some of the other oils such as sweet almond oil, and is excellent for oily to normal and mature skin.
Coconut Oil- Coconut oil is refined from the meat of the coconut palm, and retains some of that sweet, tropical flavor. It’s very useful in body butters and lip balms.
Later on this week, we’ll talk about some of our favorite butters, and I’ll show you some of the finished products!
Sunday, July 26
Lots of fun! And if you're in the area, the festival continues through Sunday, July 26!
Friday, July 24
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Saturday, July 18
This particular batch is in our soft and fruity Passionfruit Rose scent, which means it matches up perfectly with our Passionfruit Rose Soaps. Love it!
Wednesday, July 15
Tuesday, July 14
This is a great little sidewalk cafe, not too far from Trevi Fountain, if I recall.
The Eternal City has been on my mind- this week we have one friend returning from two years of study there, and another friend leaving for two years of study!
Sunday, July 12
The "cake" part is a water softening, moisturizing fizzy, carrot cake scented. The "icing" is a cream cheese frosting scented shea butter soap...
So you toss the whole thing in the bath, the fizzy dissolves and works its magic, and then you're left with a soap for a luxurious bath!
Two bathtime goodies for the price of one... great value from Bean Street Market! :)
Friday, July 10
It's about palm sized, so good for travel, and scented with Energy- a bright, citrusy, and well, energizing scent. Making the stripes was an experiment, but it worked out well, don't you think? Anyway, Kacey, hope you have a great trip!
Tuesday, July 7
A perfect summer day on a secluded Florida beach between Jacksonville and St. Augustine. Can you feel the sand between your toes?
Sunday, July 5
We colored these a mouth-watering melon color to match the rich, fruity scent. And during the photo shoot, we came up with a great packaging idea... a couple of these sweet little guest soaps in a Ball canning jar, tied with a pretty ribbon would make a great hostess gift!
Saturday, July 4
This pic was taken by my talented husband at Epcot last year... one of our favorite places to be!
We'll be watching some hometown fireworks tonight. Hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends, and Happy Independence Day!
Friday, July 3
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