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

Striving for a peaceful, healthy and happy New Year

Today I was thinking about 2015, the year that is about to leave us and I can easily say that it was a good one. I can't say that it was the most successful one but it was a decent one. Success it is not always measured with money, it is often measured with the goals that one wants to achieve. One of our goals was to go back to Spain to meet my brother and my friends and Greg also wanted to see Barcelona. It is a very unique city for its architecture thanks to one of the greatest architecture, Gaudi, and it may one day be the city where Greg and I will live. We had a great time with everyone in Barcelona.

During Christmas, I really miss my mom and I wish I had her here. I am looking forward to the day where I will show her the city, the places I visit here and enjoy the most, walking the High Line or finding ourselves sitting somewhere in Central park. Although I did not have my mom this year, my very close friends, one that lives in Canada and the other one that lives in Albania came to NYC. We reunited after almost 15 years and it was interesting to see that in some ways we haven't changed at all and yet we are so different in others ways. Seeing them was refreshing and re-energizing.

Although not all of our goals this year have been fulfilled yet, we are still grateful that we have a wonderful family and friends supporting us on whatever we decide to do. We are very thankful that we enjoy what we do and hopefully you will also appreciate our creative and unique candles.

Recently I was working on this candle which is one of my favorite pieces because the colors of the flowers are so vivid and it reminds me each time I see it that life should be vivid, full of colors and turn that negativity into something positive. 

On that note, stay tuned for our announcements in social media or in our blog for our upcoming events. The next one will be on the weekend of February 6-7th, 2016 @Artist and Fleas in Williamsburg.  More details to follow soon.

Here are some photos from yesterday, I hope you enjoy them. With that, I would like to wish you a healthy, peaceful and Happy New Year.

Lots of Love,

Eni and Greg