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Suds N' Scents
Soap Making and Beauty Supplies Inc.

North Vancouver, B.C.

Phone: (604) 986-4044 . . . . Fax (604) 986-3848
email:  info@sudsandscents.com




Fall is here and that means…

Getting ready for Christmas craft fairs, gift making and all that good stuff! Winter is just around the corner and we have some good news for that cold/flu season and more!  We have some exciting new changes in our shop and the website that you might find interesting.

Check it out - 
Lye calculator! 

We have our new lye calculator on the website. All you have to do is enter your oils in grams or ounces and voila! It will calculate how much lye you need in your recipe! We also have some information for those of you thinking about craft fairs, starting up a business, etc.

Thinking about a craft Fair?

Craft fairs can be exciting, nerve wracking, lots of preparation and fun. 

Craft Fair Savvy

A few basic rules of the trade. My favorite one: Respect your fellow craft mate. This may mean the person next to you at the craft fair or someone else selling the same thing a few tables down. While it's always nice to check out what everyone else is doing or what the competition is up to - it is not considered good manners to bring your notebook and take notes in front of your competitor's table. While you might think you can probably do a better job - it is also polite to keep that information private. Remember your fellow crafter is trying to do the same thing you are; meet potential clients, earn some cash and have fun! Craft fairs are a great opportunity to:

  •  earn some extra cash, 

  •  launch a new line of goodies, 

  •  exposure to meet potential clients (quite often small retail or gift shop owners will go to craft fairs to look for that special item or craft for their shop)


Invigorating Salt Glo Scrub

Winter is a great time to slough off dead skin that tends to build up over time.  This blend will leave you revved up to go!

60 ml     Carrier Oil (Olive, apricot, jojoba, avocado, etc.)
90 ml     Fine Sea Salt
Essential oil Blend (12 drops Peppermint, 8 drops Rosemary, 3 drops Basil)

Mix ingredients together and place in jar. 

Hop into the shower or bath and apply salt glow scrub before the shower.  Gently apply to the skin as desired avoiding eye area.

 For that dry winter weather, try protecting skin with extra moisture

Massage Bars
Scentual Body Bar

This is a totally decadent body bar that absorbs quickly into the skin. They are perfect for the single designer molds or pour in to a slab tray and slice up. They slide out beautifully! These bars should be kept cool or refrigerated as they tend to be on the soft side. If you would like a harder bar replace 1 oz of the cocoabutter with 1/2 oz beeswax. Enjoy!

4 oz (125 gm) Cocoa butter
(or 3 oz cocoa butter and 1/2 oz beeswax) 

1 oz (30 gm) Shea butter
(from the Shea nut tree in South Africa). High in Vitamin E. Has softening and slight sunscreen effect. Useful in healing and protecting skin.

1/2 oz (15 gm) Olive oil (or jojoba, sunflower, apricot, etc.) (Olive oil is full of vitamins and minerals, especially the extra virgin. It is an excellent choice as it can be heated without harming or changing molecular structure of the oil)

1 t. (5 ml) Vitamin E (or infused oil of choice) - used as preservative/antioxidant. Aids in scar tissue healing, prevents aging by rejuvenating skin at cellular level.

1 t. (5 ml) Grapefruit Seed Extract (option Benzoin eo) GSE is a natural preservative, antioxidant, anti-infectious, anti-bacterial. A natural extraction from grapefruit seeds.

Place first 3 ingredients in a clean, stainless steel or glass pot over saucepan with hot water (double boiler set up) and heat gently until liquid. High temperatures destroy therapeutic value of oils (or anything for that matter).

Once the ingredients have melted, remove from heat, stir and allow to cool for about 5-10 minutes. Add vitamin E and optional preservative. 

If you would like to add essential oils, take note of the scent of cocoabutter and use a scent that will compliment the cocoabutter. Try using vanilla, sandalwood, oakmoss or one of the woody scents. If you have deodorized cocoabutter then scenting won't be an issue.

Stir in the desired scent and pour into designer molds. Allow bars to cool and place bars in freezer for 15 minutes. Release your designer bars and let set for a few hours before packaging. You can also pour bars into cream jars as an alternative to freezing them. Cello bags with a pretty ribbon work well. Enjoy! Keep handy in the bathroom for beautiful skin!

Bathing with Herbs

Bathing in hot water cleanses, refreshes, rejuvenates, repairs and relaxes. Adding your own herbal blends enhances the natural healing and soothing qualities of a nice hot bath.

The easiest and simplest way is to stuff a muslin bag or piece of cloth, or metal tea ball and throw a handful of herbs onto the cloth and tie it up with a ribbon or string. Toss the herb bag under running hot water and allow the herbs to soothe, relax and rejuvenate.

Mix and match any of the following herbs as dry ingredients. Mix, stir and store in a glass apothecary jar or whatever you have on hand. Store in cool place away from heat and light. Fill your herb bags as required. Enjoy!

Rejuvenating Blend
˝ cup Lavender
˝ cup Rose Petals
˝ cup Sage
˝ Rosemary


Fresh Herbs - Hot Infused Oil

 Suitable herbs for hot infused oils include leafy herbs such as:

  Bladderwrack, Chickweed, Cleavers, Comfrey, Stinging Nettle, Rosemary.

  • Chop up several handfuls of fresh herbs and place in heavy stainless steel pot.

  • Cover with inexpensive Olive oil

  • Gently heat oil until herbs are wilted and remove from heat. Avoid over heating as it will destroy therapeutic qualities. Allow to cool, uncovered

  • Allow the plant to sit in the oil for a few hours or overnight.

  • Strain well, removing all plant bits. Using a muslin or jelly bag cloth may be useful.

  • Most of the moisture from the plant will have separated from the oil. 

  • Gently pour off this oil into another pan and gently heat the oil again. This allows any remaining moisture to evaporate. Each moisture droplet will rise to the surface of the oil and burst into a tiny spray. When the droplets have stopped bursting, the oil is free of moisture. This process can take up to an hour or two

  • Allow the oil to cool completely. Decant into a sterilized bottle and leave any sediment in the pot. Label (plant name and date) and enjoy.

Dried Plant Hot Oil Infusions
  • Coarsely chop clean, dry plant material and cover with olive oil.

  • Gently heat for a few minutes, allow to cool completely. Strain all the bits of plant material. Decant into a bottle. Label and enjoy

Cold Infused Oils

This technique is suitable for flowering herbs such as Calendula, Hops, Lavender, Marshmallow, St.-John's Wort, Melilot.

  • Coarsely chop herbs and tightly pack a large jar.

  • Fill and cover with inexpensive olive oil. Place lid on jar and leave in sunny place (windowsill, greenhouse, etc.) for 2-3 weeks.

  • Strain mixture through a jelly or muslin bag (use an elastic band or string to tie to the rim or a jar or jug).

  • Squeeze oil through bag and repeat with new herbs and once-infused oil. Wait a few more weeks, strain and pour into sterilized bottles. Label and date. Enjoy.

Classes and Home Parties

We also offer fun, personal and easy-to-do classes in our newly renovated shop as well as the North Shore Recreation Centres. Classes include "Create Your Own" Designer Home Parties. Our popular home parties, birthday parties and classes include "Make Your Own Suds From Scratch", "Create Your Own Fabulous Bath Products", "Designer Soaps" and plus "Create your Own Beautiful Body Craft Products". A fun get-together for birthday parties and friends!  Call for more details. 

Natural Bodycare Products Class
Learn how to make beautiful lip balm, luxurious body lotion, hands-on facial spritzer and facial masks. You will go home with samples of all the above products. Fun, easy and full of treats! Perfect for gift giving or even better - your own personal use! 

Fabulous Bath Products
Learn to make luxurious bath products for yourself and/or gift giving! In this total hands-on class, you will learn how to make those wonderful sizzling bath blasters, therapeutic bath salts, moisturizing bath oils and soothing milk baths. Bring your own bowl and shoe box for transporting bombs home. We provide everything else!

Designer Soaps
Learn how to make those wonderful designer soaps just like in the expensive bath & body shops. Make clear soaps with see-thru treasures and more! Kids of all ages love these soaps. Caution - Addictive! Chunks, swirls, embedded objects, colour and more! You will go home with lots of soap, ideas and more!

Suds From Scratch - 18 years+

Learn how to make your own natural, handmade soaps. Understand how to put those oils and fats together in a recipe. You will be measuring fats and oils and making soap by the traditional method. Explore herbs, colours, scents, molds and more. You will go home with a sample of fresh, coloured and scented soap.


Suds N' Scents Soap Making Supplies
1622 Pemberton Ave., North Van., B.C.

October Specials
15% off Selected Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils


For past issues of our newsletter and for more great soap making and body care crafts we have a complete index of our newsletters.



Craft Fair Setup

Invest in a nice tablecloth or table covering that goes with your theme/main idea.

Displaying your items in an organized manner with prices, themes, etc. Having risers (using boxes, etc. under the table cloth) to raise products up or feature an item. Small shelving units, baskets, etc to display items can be helpful.

Investing in a cart with wheels for easy transportation may be helpful. Sturdy plastic boxes with lids (in case of rainy weather) can also be useful.

How Do I Price My Stuff?

This is the most important and can be the most difficult part for any crafts person.

Check out a few craft fairs as well as other retail outlets and find out what the market price is on your products.

Do your math! That means the tedious task of calculating your costs of materials, labour and markup. This can be done manually with a calculator or perhaps you have access to spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel.

  • Write out your recipe/list of ingredients
  • Calculate your unit cost of that ingredient.
  • Include any equipment depreciation, electricity, warehouse space (kitchen space, etc.)
  • You may want to decide on labor costs (either charge an hourly rate, or add your markup or have a set fee for each item).

Please note the following is an example. It may not be true of your recipe/ratios, and actual price of/or ingredients used.

Eg. Bath Fizzies


Approx. Amount

Unit Cost

Citric Acid

250 gm

$2.19 cup/ eg.8.75/4

Baking Soda

625 gm

$1.88 or 6/3.20


2 ml

$.50 or ($2.50/10)
based on trial size prices


1 ml

$.70 (based on 5 ml price @$3.50



$.16 based on one mold at $4.75 used at least 30 times

Weight/Cost of Ingred

875 gm

$5.43 cost of ingredients 
Approx Cost of 10 fizzies - 90 gms ea.


.54 ea

$.54 Approx cost per 90 gm fizzy

Thinking about starting a New Business?

We appreciate all the new businesses coming on board. A person can tend to get bogged down in the details. It can be overwhelming to think about it all at once. We suggest breaking it down and starting small.

We will focus on this issue in our next newsletter. If you can't wait, we suggest you head to your nearest Chamber of Commerce.

Your local Chamber can assist you with new business guidelines. It is an excellent resource/guide and will provide you with all the necessary information to start up.

Check out the links on our website for business information, cosmetic labeling, etc.

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Stinky Sneaker Odour Buster

With the upon us combined with footwear and smelly feet. This sachet really works.
You can use any scent you like - I made this for my son who loves the smell of licorice. He actually uses it and puts it in his shoes every night. You can continue to use the sachet until it doesn't work anymore. (We've had ours over 4 weeks so far).

500 ml natural clay kitty litter (or the natural wheat litter for cats)
250 ml baking soda
5 ml Tea Tree EO (Antibacterial/antifungal qualities)
2.5 ml Cinnamon EO (antimicrobial, antiseptic)
5 ml Aniseed EO (antiseptic)
2.5 ml Lime EO (antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal)
4 clean (recycled old socks that don't fit anymore) or muslin sacks
4 elastic bands or string to tie socks/sachet.

Mix the dry ingredients plus the essential oils together and place into glass jar with tight fitting lid until ready to use. Simply scoop into clean socks and tie with rubber band or string. Place in shoes every night. Stinky sneaker begone!

Oil of the Month
Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus smithii

Spain - Distilled from leaves and mature branches

 Strong, camphor like, balsamic, fresh

Stimulating, good support oil for Black Pepper or Juniper essential oils. Good for muscular aches & pains. Useful in massage or bathing.

 Soothes inflammation in respiratory passageways, bronchitis, also helps to remove excess mucous from lungs, sinusitis, asthma, antiseptic qualities, good for throat infections.

 Clears the head especially when used with Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils. 

Safety precautions:
Do not use on young children or elderly without advice from health professional

Uplifting, refreshing, can have a 'cooling' emotional effect, clears the mind..

Rosewater & Glycerine Hand Lotion

A simple but classic recipe. This one comes from a friend in England. A good remedy for anyone who likes a less oily mixture. The cornstarch works as an exfoliant the first few times you use it.

2 Tablespoons Vegetable Glycerine
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
˝ Cup Distilled Water
2 Tablespoons Rose water 
(or desired floral water)

Mix ingredients together in heat proof glass bowl - place in a water bath or use double boiler.

Stir mixture thoroughly (it will be clear and jelly like) and allow to completely cool. Once cool place mixture into clean jars.

Note: If the lotion is too thick - thin with water or rose water using one tablespoon at a time, stirring thoroughly.

Soft N' Clean Cleanser

This is a great recipe for all those "flopped" batches of cold process soap. I just melt it down and 'beat the crap" out of the soap. Great stress relief! Wonderful cleanser and can be personalized to suit your skin type. Makes 9 - 10 (2-oz size) jars.

250 gms Saponified palm, coconut, olive and sunflower oils (soap scraps)
7 - 8 oz Distilled water
1 tsp. Vitamin E
1 tsp. Jojoba oil
1 tsp. Grapefruit seed extract

1 Tbs
. Ground oatmeal
1 Tbs. Aloe Vera gel
20 drops Essential oil of your choice

  • Melt soap in double boiler. Add distilled water as required for desired thickness of cleanser (fairly thick).

  • When soap has reached soft & mushy stage - use electric beaters and beat in remaining oils and any options you may choose.

  • Spoon into desired container(s). Enjoy!

Services Available:

Stress Reduction, Lymphatic Drainage, Immune Boosting…

These are just a few benefits you can enjoy when you experience an aromatherapy massage with - Perfect Scents Aromatherapy. Incorporating organic massage oils and 100% genuine & authentic essential oils with Swedish massage techniques, Perfect Scents Aromatherapy provides relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit. 

Call Susan Pardy at (604) 986-9655 for more information and to book your massage today.

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2003 Class Schedule


Registration for Classes held In-House at Suds N' Scents requires payment in advance to reserve a spot.  Refunds will only be given if the minimum required registration is not met.


Date  Time Class Type Location
Mon. Oct. 20 7:00- 9:30 pm Fabulous Bath
Code 99400
Cost $40.66
Delbrook Rec. Centre
Wed Oct 22 7:00
Designer Soaps!
Cost $40.66
Delbrook Rec. Centre
Mon Oct 27 7 - 9:30 pm Beautiful Body-care
Code: 99405
Delbrook Rec. Centre
Mon Nov 3  7 - 9:30 pm Designer Soaps!
Delbrook Rec. Centre
Wed Nov 5 7 - 9:30 pm Fabulous Bath!
Code 99401
Delbrook Rec. Centre
Wed Nov 19 7 - 9:30 pm Designer Soaps!
Code: TBA
Delbrook Rec Centre
Oct 22
7 - 9:30 pm Designer Soaps
Code: 99402
Cost: $40.66
Delbrook Rec Centre
Oct 27
7 - 9:30 pm Beautiful Bodycare!
Code: 99405
Cost $40.66
Delbrook Rec
Nov 3
7 - 9:30 pm Designer Soaps!
Code: 99403
Cost: $40.66
Delbrook Rec Centre
Wed Nov 5 7 - 9:30 pm Fabulous Bath!
Code: 99401
Delbrook Rec. Centre
Wed Nov 19 7 - 9:30 pm Designer Soap!
Code: TBA
W. Van. Rec. Centre
Wed Dec 3 7 - 9:30 pm Fabulous Bath!
Code: TBA
W. Van. Rec Centre


If you can't wait - book a home party! Design your own class!

We also do demonstrations for clubs & groups of all kinds: Wedding/Bridal Showers, Garden Clubs, New Comers club & more! 

Check out the Mobile Birthday Parties - perfect for the crafty kids!




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