Wednesday, November 21, 2007

NOTHING LIKE SOME HEAVENLY SCENTS


For those who don't know, I don't only LOVE making soap I also LOVE making cards. 3 months ago I joined the Divine Secret Sister Group over at SPLITCOAST STAMPERS. It was my first round. I play big sis to someone and someone else plays big sis to me. We don't know who our big sis is until the end of the round (3 months). Today I came home to find a reveal gift from my big sis. Her reveal gift was actually a big box of many gifts and most of them were handmade, which I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! But one thing that really surprised me were the 3 bottles of fragrance oils from FROM NATURE WITH LOVE. Now, I'm going to venture to guess that my secret sister was hanging around the THE PIXIE LEE SOAP FORUM because I distinctly remember posting that my favorite scents are PLUMERIA and PEPPERMINT and that I have never tried GREEN TEA but would like to. And guess what 3 scents appeared in my little gift box today? Yup, it was plumeria, peppermint and green tea. So I want to give a big SHOUT OUT to Kristen and say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU 100 times over for sending me such a wonderful reveal gift and for really really putting thought into everything! ((HUGS)) to Kristen.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

YUMMY COFFEE SOAP

Denise over at The Indecisive Artist sent me a sample of her coffee soap and the FO she used and oh how yummy it smells. I had my hubby smell it as soon as I opened the bag and of course the first thing out of his mouth is "ooooooh, how come you don't make soap like that." I guess that means its time to try my hand at some coffee soap. LOL Thank you so much Denise for sharing your soap with me and for sending the FO sample. I think it will work great!! :)

Here is a picture of her coffee soap:



And on top of that she made me the cutest card. I love it. I must know who makes the cute stamp. Such a perfect addition to her coffee soap :)

Friday, November 2, 2007

THE CANCER LINK

Many chemicals used in cosmetics and cleaning products are "oestrogen mimics" and can increase suceptibility to cancer. Women and young girls use an average of 12 personal care products a day. What does this mean? It means that young woman around the globe are putting themselves at risk everytime they use a product that isn't natural.

Many of the so-called "soaps" you see at the supermarket are in fact detergents and not soap. One reason to buy handmade natural soaps is to avoid being exposed to harmful chemicals that exists in store bought detergents. Detergents are made from petroleum products and many contain parabens as a preservative; both are linked to cancer.

Nearly 90% of ingredients used in cosmetics/personal care products have not been safety tested and those ingredients that have shown to be estrogenic, like parabens, are not being pulled off the shelves. One way to protect yourself is to limit the chemicals you expose your body to.

Here are list of those most commonly used and some of the most dangerous chemicals lurking in our daily products:

Parabens: founds mainly in deoderants and moisturizers. Studies show parabens to be estrogen mimics and are absorbed through the skin.

Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA): Often used as an emulsifier or foaming agent. Toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time.

Phthalates: Used in hairspray, perfume, nail polish. Causes endocrine damage, particularly bad for children. They've been banned from children's toys but not from cosmetics and skin care products.

Triclosan: Found in deoderants, toothpaste, liquid soaps and mouthwashes. Sometimes isn't listed on ingredient list due to the "trade secret" protection. Dioxins linked to cancer are formed when it is manufactured or incinerated. Has been found in breastmilk.

Alkyl phenol ethoxylates: Used in shampoos, hair colours, shaving gels. This chemical is a hormone dysruptor, extremely toxic to fish and builds up in the body over time and doesn't break down quickly.

Toluene and Xylene: Woman exposed to this chemical may suffer miscarriage. Found in nail polish. Attacks the central nervous system, eyes, blood, liver, kidneys.

Formaldehyde: Commonly used in deoderants and nail polish. A human carcinogen. Can trigger asthma. Can damage DNA.

Petroleum Distillates: Possible human carcinogen. Found in mineral oil and petroleum jelly products. Prohibited for use in cosmetics in the Europen Union but not in the US. Can be found in mascara, perfume, foundation, lipstick and lipbalm.

Source: Kindred Magazine

To check on the safety report of thousands of cosmetics and other body products check out: COSMETIC SAFETY DATABASE

Thursday, November 1, 2007

I'M A MUD PUDDLE GIRL


I'm proud to announce that I'm officially a mud puddle girl. My friend Carrie~GiGi over at MUD PUDDLE GIRL BLOG presented me with this cute award!! Thank you Carrie!

Carrie is the owner of UNDER THE WILLOW GIFTS. She creates the most adorable billows (a pillow, with a little booklet plus handmade soap). Her soaps are absolutely wonderful. I know this for a fact because I was lucky to receive one. She also has her MUD PUDDLE GIRL line where she sells MUD PUDDLE GIRL shirts and lipbalm. I love the shirts so much I'm ordering some for my girls (photo to be shared after Christmas). She has several other gifts offered on her site as well so make sure you pop on over there to take a look!!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

SOAP CUTTER IN ACTION

Today I cut the peppermint soap in the new soap cutter. My opinion: I LOVE IT!! Its really easy to use and fast. I'm really impressed. Originally, when I started making soap, I used whatever mold I could find. Drawer organizers, lined shoeboxes, whatever I could think of. I graduated to a beautiful brambleberry mold (one I still love and still use). I just thought I'd try this one out to see what it was like and my verdict is IT IS A KEEPER. I'm happy with the two molds I have now, I don't need any different ones at this stage but I may need larger. LOL BRAMBLEBERRY carries a larger version of the one I own and so does CREEKSIDE SOAPS.

One thing I really like about this mold is it allows for different size cuts. I didn't know that when I purchased it (didn't read all that the cutter was capable of doing).

Here are some photos of me using the creekside soap cutter. My darling daughter also gave it a try.



Friday, October 26, 2007

TRIED THE NEW MOLD


Well, I tried the new mold yesterday. Had a friend over who wanted to learn about soapmaking, so I let her do most the work. She did a great job!! We tried out the new mold. I wasn't as prepared as I should have been. I didn't think out how I was going to cover it until it was time to pour the soap into the mold. A little too late. I just grabbed plastic wrap and lopped it on top of the soap, hence, the little lines in the soap. I'm a perfectionist and those lines are driving me insane. Can't wait to get this out of the mold and wack off those lines. LOL Thank goodness for soap cutters. LOL

I'll be trying out the soap cutter tomorrow. I'll take some photos of that to share.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

SOAP MOLD HAS ARRIVED

I decided to order a different type of soap mold. I've been using the same one for quite a while now and just wanted a change. I decided to get the 4lb. soap mold from Creekside Soaps. I really like the looks of it. I can't wait to try it out! I also purchased the soap cutter.

Here it is:



I also received my order from Snowdrift Farm. It is time to get busy on my holiday soaps now that everything is here. The new FO's I ordered for the holidays smell delightful. I can't say what they are yet because I'm involved in a swap with some other soapers and the scents are a big secret... for now ;)