Lavender and Lemongrass Soap

I am lucky, and in some ways I feel like it is a gift, to have some time for myself after work to use it in a creative way. I have never thought that I would be getting so involved with making body products, soaps and lotions. My creativity has been going wild, working with so many butters and smelling so many essential oils; I find it hard to decide on what to work next.  Then Greg brings me down earth and tells me to stick to the plan. It is hard though, I am always tempted to change recipes, substituting this butter with this one and always wondering if I combine certain essential oils, what will the fragrance be like. My mind always wants to create something new. However, I promised that I would stick to the original recipes for this soap.

We worked originally on making our first soap using some very helpful instructions from various places. But since we didn’t have essential oils to use for this soap we waited to put it out there until we became more familiarized with the cold process technique and for me to get my first supplies of essential oils and butters. The wait was worth it because the next soap we made is really great. The design was not the best, we were still struggling, but the smell of it was so relaxing and calming.

So for the second batch we used the Lavender and Lemongrass soap, which was a more elaborate recipe requiring clays and spirulina powder. So for this soap we used hot process technique, which I thought it was quite long as a process or maybe I was just so impatient as always. The soap is finished adding lavender buds on the top of the soap,which I thought it will add more to the design. The smell is fantastic; the clean scent of the lemongrass mixed with the subtle scent of lavender is just perfect.

I love taking pictures of my soap using this vintage wash bin that I bought when Greg and I were in Rhode Island.

Handmade Mask

Last week I made my first mask which, uses as the main ingredients French Clay Green and organic Spirulina. Before going ahead and explaining how easy is to make this mask, I would like to talk also about the properties of each ingredients used for this mask.

1 tsp French Green Clay

1 tsp Organic Spirulina

1 tsp Oatmeal powder

1 tsp Honey

10-15 drops Sweet Almond Oil

20 drops Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil  

Distilled Water

I initially mixed the French Clay Green, Spirulina and Oatmeal Powder separately with Sweet Almond Oil and then mixed them together.

French Green Clay is beneficial for oily skin because of its natural purifying, deep cleansing, and drying action. While Spirulina has a high content of vitamin A, vitamin B-12, vitamin E, calcium, iron, and phosphorus. This will make your skin amazingly soft and smooth.

Sweet Almond Oil is known for its ability to soften and re-condition the skin. It is rich in proteins, Olein Glyceride Linoleic Acid and Vitamin D, and is considered extremely nourishing. It can be expected to sooth dry skin and irritated areas.

Oatmeal powder, I used some of the ones I buy for making granola for Greg. I poured a handful of oats in Vitamix and blended to a full speed. It came out pure powder. Oatmeal contains over a dozen amino acids, which are vital for building healthy skin tissue and for healing the skin. The skin will absorb these acids, which will help to heal minor imperfections, blemishes, and to help repair uneven skin tone. 

Then I mixed the Organic Raw Honey with distilled water so I can easy mix the honey later with the other ingredients.

We all know about Organic Raw Honey, which is well known about its antibacterial properties for acne treatment and prevention and also known as an antioxidant and as extremely moisturizing and soothing.

I proceeded to mix all the ingredients together for while. You will see that French Clay Green dries very quickly. Since I didn’t want to use the mask immediately, I put it in the refrigerator for later use.  When I went to check it later, the mask was already hardening because of the consistency of the clay in this mask changes rapidly. Don’t panic that you may loose all this work and all these expensive ingredients. I pored some Olive Oil (or if you want you can pour more water of Sweet Almond oil) and viola; the mask was ready to be used. Don’t forget to put the mask back in the refrigerator when you are finished, as this mask doesn’t have any preservatives. Next time I will use Vitamin E, which is a natural preservative.

I will start and make this mask upon requests as it is very delicate and should be used within certain time. 

The prices for French Clay Green and Spirulina Mask are:

$15 for 4 oz jar

$25 for 9 oz jar

Introducing a new product to Ooh La La

Soaps

For quite sometime I have been thinking of making soaps or other body or facial products. As the concern about what we buy and use is increasing each day whether it is organic, or it is good for my skin or even not being able to understand the labels sometimes, I am thinking to start and make my own soaps which will be 100% essential oils and organic butters. I am SO excited with this idea that I already bought my first batch of lye, coconut oil, grapefruit seed extract powder, mold and new scale. Of course after reading so many books and websites from what to start and how carefully I should be especially with lye, I am almost set to start and do my first batch. Before starting I carefully chose the essential oils I wanted to use. For this first batch I chose Orange and Goji Berry. I also wanted something else in my soap, I dehydrated orange peal, I then blended them and I used the powder from the orange peal to my recipe. The grapefruit seed extract that I added to this recipe is an excellent all-vegetable antioxidant. It contains vitamin C  and has proven to be antibacterial, deodorizing, and antiseptic.

Here are some pictures taken of the first batch of orange and goji berry soap after curing for about 5 weeks. 

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Happy Easter

Easter Candles

Spring is coming fast and the weather has been beautiful these past couple days, which reminded me to plant the bulbs I bought recently. I can’t wait for the iris, lilies, and freesias to start and come up and give some life to my dead garden. I hear the birds chirping and just being in the garden listening to the birds, and smelling the flowers is the only time when I feel fully get relaxed. 

These days many of us are getting ready to celebrate Easter. The festive atmosphere will reunite us in different ways, either making the eggs or going to church or eating that special meal that only your mom knows how to cook on this day. Greg and I are celebrating by making candles. The 100% essential oils that I am using for all of them are floral such as Lilac, Violet Lime so your place will smell wonderfully the same as outside. 

Here are some of the candles that will have the chance to buy on my website Oohlalapetite.com