I just re-vamped my best selling Lavender Goats Milk soap. The recipe still has the same skin loving ingredients, I just changed the way it is created. Instead of adding the milk at trace, I dissolved it at the beginning with the Sodium Hydroxide. It stayed a nice white color, and when I mixed it in, it stayed nice and white. I swirled it with purples and I think it turned out very nice. It smells divine! this will be ready in 6-8 weeks for selling. This is the most awesome bar!
This is the last challenge for this group that I have been a member of. It is called a straight lines challenge. While it is my first attempt, it didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, and it didn't help that I was sick when I did it. But I had some soap leftover for samples and other fun things. It is scented with spiced Plum & Fig. I can't complain about it. For a first attempt, I think it did ok. I did the bottom with an impression mat dusted with plum mica. It turned out nice.
I have entered a few Soap Challenges the latter part of this year. There is only one left, but this is my entry for the Dirty Pour technique. It is taken from the dirty pour acrylic paint fluid method which turns out spectacular images, but when working with soap, it is entirely different. This is scented with Alpine Frost Fragrance Oil, Red, Green, Gold and white colorants. It smells a bit minty and the bars look quite festive.
These make great holiday gifts for anyone. On my list of those who I gift a handcrafted bar of soap to are: my delivery people (UPS, USPS, FedEx), co-workers, neighbors, and anyone who looks like they could use a little something to perk up their spirits.
I love the holidays. I feel that overall, this time of year, I concentrate on being more thankful and less selfish and I try to look for the best in those that I associate with.
It always makes me a little sad to say good-by to the warmth of summer, the enjoying of the mountains and being able to drive to beautiful places. But the fall is one of my favorite times of year. The foliage is beginning to turn and the colors are stunning, plus the crisp mornings where the fog hangs over the valley just makes me enjoy this time of year. And then the fact that mowing the grass is over adds to that even more. The fall means that winter is just around the corner and nature is putting plants to sleep for a season. Life is beautiful, no matter what time of year it is. Sometimes it can be difficult to find it, but beauty is all around us!
We recently went on a vacation for a few days - something that we have not had for nearly 3 years. It was such a wonderful experience to get away and to enjoy the majesty of Yellowstone Park - my favorite place on earth.
Though we deliberately did not have an agenda, we found much to do and went several places just to enjoy nature and wildlife.
There is something therapeutic about spending time away from work and the normal day in out life that we become accustomed to.
Now, I believe I can get back to the tasks at hand now that my soul has been filled.
My we all enjoy the little things in life and realize that there is beauty all around. You just have to realize it.
This is our signature soap. It is called Phoenix Fire. It is hand-crafted with the colors in our logo and the scent is just a hint of so many things - not too powerful, but just enough scent to make you feel happy in the shower. This technique is called Cosmic Wave Swirl. Let us know what you think of it.
This is a new technique that I am learning called Intaglio Soap. It is my first, so even though it looks like a child did it, it is much more difficult to carve on a soft bar and keep the lines crisp and clean. This was a challenge that I enjoyed. I look forward to the next challenge. What are your challenges that you are struggling with?
Sometimes as you go through life, it takes a major change or a move to help you to realize that you just need to declutter, not only your life, but your physical world as well.
Such an event happened to me recently. After transferring to a new position in my company, this required my husband and I to move to a new state. I had no idea just how stressful this would be until we began to start packing up our former home and its contents.
We were told that it would take 2 semi trucks to load all of our stuff. I knew we were in trouble. Needless to say after much pain and emotional suffering, we downsized to 3 - 26 foot U-hauls (which was still a huge amount of stuff! But we got rid of so much stuff.
When we moved into our new home, I began to get rid of even more stuff. We took load after load to our local donation center. I sold or gave away tons of stuff on our local facegroups, and after living in our new home slightly over a year, I have begun to de-clutter even more.
One of the areas that I am working on is my recipes. When I began my journey of learning to make personal care products, I searched for and kept every recipe that I could get my hands on. Now, after nearly 20 years later, I am getting rid of literally thousands of recipes. I am keeping ones that hold value or ones that I have made that I know to have beneficial properties to them or ones that we enjoy.
I started this journey a week ago, and I have already trashed 4- 3" binders full of recipes. I am getting rid of paper, and saving valuable recipes to my computer with backups of them on a regular basis. I can't begin to explain what a good feeling this is to get rid of the "crap" and have room for a more open and clean life. Decluttering - it's not just for everyone, just for those who want to be happier in life!
Freeze drying is quite an adventure! I have completed a multitude of batches and each one is like opening a present. It's exciting to see how the freeze dried food turns out and how it will taste. Then there are things to think about; will I reconstitute it or eat it as a snack? Should I package it in Mylar for long term storage or put it in glass jars for shorter term storage.? So many decisions to make!
Some of the fun things I have freeze dried are Fat Boy Ice Cream Sandwiches. Yes, Ice cream! They turn out to be a delightful snack. I cut them into 9 bite sized pieces and then freeze dry them. My family and friends really like them this way.
Another fun item is Watermelon. It was more of a novelty thing. The sweetness is intensified and the texture is sort of like Styrofoam, but it is definitely something unique.
Grapes are another nice snack. Any kind fruit is really good and veggies are so easy to rehydrate in meals. I am still working with meats, and I really like the way that they turn out. Hamburger, chicken, and beef are all that I have tried thus far, and I am pleased with how they are turning out.
As I progress, I will post pictures of some of the things that I am freeze drying. Until next time, I can't wait to see what I will freeze dry next!
June is one of my favorite months of the year. Everything is green and beautiful and there is still rain to keep things green. Herbs are flowering, and the plants are growing like crazy. Formulating recipes is in full swing with all sorts of new concoctions being created.
One of the things I made was a body spray to help with hot flashes. The air conditioning went out in one of the offices and work, so I created a spray with cooling essential oils in it to use until the A/C gets fixed. I even put a little bit of very fine skin safe mica to make the skin shimmer. It's pretty cool.
I made some natural deodorant and gave out sample to some of my clients to try. The results are spectacular! It not only works, but it has natural ingredients that you can pronounce and it smells good and it works as a deodorant and antiperspirant as well.
I made some topical skin antiseptic to rub on boo-boo's. I really like it as well.
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I went to a green smoothie girl class recently in Idaho. Robyn Openshaw, the orginal Green Smoothie Girl discussed her life story about changing her dietary habits and chaning her health from poor to superior.
If anyone wants any further information, be sure to check our her website (chek our favorite links page).
If you are considering dietary changes at all, we suggest that you begin with supplementing your diet with nutritious green smoothies. . You will be amazed at how much better you will feel by beginning
It never ceases to amaze me at just how little physicians in general know or believe about nutrition. I overheard one oncology doctor say to his patient that nutrition had nothing to do with cancer. How ridiculous! How arrogant! And sadly, how typical. Nutrition certainly does have an effect on cancer and many other bodily functions and diseases as well.
A healthy diet cannot hurt you. An unhealthy diet can. There are many good things out there. There are just as many bad things out there and it is up to you, the consumer to educate yourself so that you will know the difference between the two and to try to chose what is best for you.
Marketing is a tool that can make even the worst of nutrition to appear to look good. Don't be fooled by the hype and promises of fast and easy when in the grand scheme of things, time and effort always pay off.
Some things are just not good for you. Soda pop is a prime example. Yes, soft drinks taste good. Yes, they feel good going down. Yes, they give us energy, especially if they contain caffeine and sugar. No, they do not provide any nutritional value and in fact are quite addictive and not a good part of any healthy nutritional plan. For now, just do the best that you can do to improve your health one step at a time.
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