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Suds N' Scents
Soap Making and Beauty Supplies Inc.

 News January 2003!
 North Vancouver, B.C.

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





Hello everyone and Happy New Year

I wish you all the very best of health, happiness, balance, and great success in this year's endeavors!

It was a bit of a blur for 2002  - where exactly did it go?

As most of you know, we moved into our new digs in April 2002.  We're still working on the organizational end of things.

We lost Alice in November to have the last bit of time with her partner before the arrival of the new baby.  Good planning on her part (see the news to follow). 

I am very pleased to offer a warm welcome to two new and very talented team members, Vicky Donaldson and Shawn Klein.

Good News!

All those who met Alice during her short stay - Alice and Derek had a baby boy (quite early in the scheme of things).  This little boy couldn't wait to get started and came earlier than planned.

Born:  Oscar Luitzen LeBlanc at Royal Columbian Hospital on Dec. 23, 2002 at 6:49 am, at 36 week (almost 37) but officially a preemie.  7lbs, 4oz (a big preemie).

Congratulations to Alice and Derek - Happy parenting!

January Soap Specials
Our Fabulous Base Sale!

New Stuff!

Continually packing more stuff into our new digs, we are pleased to introduce some excellent new products:

Hypericum Oil  - fresh blossom infusion of St. John's Wort

Sun-infused in sunflower seed oil.  Rich, RUBY RED color.  Contains Flavonoids,  Hypericin, Vit. E, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Anti-fungal and Anti-inflammatory properties.  Useful for sprains, bruises, sciatica, neuralgia & fibromyalgia.  Eases mild depression, nervousness and sleep disturbances.  Valuable ingredient in soaps, salves, massage & bath oils.

New Foaming Bath Fizzies!

Ingredients and Equipment Required

250 gm  . . . . . . Bicarbonate of Soda
100 gm  . . . . . .  Citric Acid
30 ml . . . . . . . .  Cream of Tartar
                     (bubble bath stabilizer)
40 - 50 ml . . . . .Turkey Red Oil
Witch Hazel in fine mist sprayer bottle
Mixing Bowl
Choice of molds (muffin tins, candy mold, jello molds, etc.)
Optional: choice of flowers and herbs (a handful).

Note:  Use less baking soda to create a harder bath bomb that dries faster and is less crumbly.  Find the ratio that best suits you.  Play a little with the ratio.  You can use as little as 2 cups or as much as 4 cups of baking soda to 1 cup citric.

  • mix together citric acid, baking soda & cream of tartar together in a bowl working out any lumps.
  • hint - try using a sifter.
  • Add choice of colour and fragrance.  You may wish to add dried flowers or herbs at this stage.
  • Once mixed together drizzle the Turkey Red Oil over mixture and mix thoroughly.  The mixture will already be damp at this point - take your witch hazel sprayer and use a minimal amount of sprays.  Use just a few sprays and work into mixture.  Once it starts to compress in your hand it is ready to put into molds.
  • Scoop or spoon into mold - pressing firmly.  Pack tightly into muffin tins or molds of choice.  Once filled, smooth out surface and gently release onto cookie sheet or wax paper.  Allow to air dry for up to 24 hours or more.

For the bath part:  Take a hardened fizzy and hold under running water for pure bubble pleasure!  Enjoy!

Creativity is like Cleanliness - Good for the Soul!

Super Suds Blender Soap Recipe

6 oz . . . . . . . . . . Coconut
3 oz . . . . . . . . . . Palm Kernel
3 oz . . . . . . . . . . Palm
2 oz . . . . . . . . . . Olive Oil
2 oz . . . . . . . . . . Sunflower
2.52 oz . . . . . . .  Lye
6 oz . . . . . . . . . . Distilled Water

This is an excellent bar of soap - hard, lathering and mild.  This works well for the blender as it is a slow trace soap recipe.  You can also speed the trace with a hand held ' Braun Mixer '.

Option:  Can replace olive oil with all sunflower oil for a whiter soap base.

Note:  If using a blender you don't need to take temperatures.

Blender Method:

  • Melt fats/oils and add to blender.

  • Dissolve lye/water and add to blender.

  • Secure lid on blender and slow speed for 10 - 15 seconds.  Pause, take off lid and:

  • Add any optional ingredients (colour, fragrance) and superfat if desired.  Stir with spatula or wooden spoon, place lid back on blender and put on slow speed for another 10 - 15 seconds.  Check to see if thickened.  If it looks like a thin milkshake or thin custard it is ready to pour into mold.

Manual - By Hand Method:

If tracing by hand - take temperatures between 140 - 145 degrees F and follow basic soap method.  Should trace in approx.  50 min. - 1 hour if doing manually by hand. 

Stir for the first 15 - 20 minutes consistently by hand and then take a break for 5 - 10 minutes.  Go back and stir for another 5 - 10 minutes and so on until trace is reached.  Add optional ingredients and pour into mold.  Cover, insulate and allow to mold for 24 hours.  Slice as desired within 48 hours and allow to cure.

Mold time: 24 hours Cure time:  4 weeks

Nice, hard bar of soap.  Superfat with Jojoba, Shea butter or cocoa butter (up to 1 Tablespoon).

Not responsible for outcome of product/recipe

Have more Parties and see more Friends in 2003.

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. 

Calendula Oil - infused in Sunflower Oil

Petals sun-infused in sunflower seed oil.  Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory.  Contains flavonoids, carotene, Vit. A & E.  Powerful skin-healing properties for cuts, burns, bruises, rashes & scars.  Useful for dry, inflamed skin (including psoriasis & eczema).  Calming & soothing - gentle enough for sensitive skin & babies.  Valuable ingredient in soaps, salves, lotions & ointments.  Base carrier for aromatherapy massage & bath oils.

Turkey Red Oil - Sulphated Castor Oil

This came to us by accident.  This is a water dispersible oil that when you pour in under running water - makes bubbles!  But it also disappears very quickly.

I wanted to stabilize this into a bubble bath!

See our new bath foaming recipe!

Pure & Natural Liquid Castile Soap

Finally!  You've been asking for it - we are happy to give this the double thumbs up!

This is concentrated - a little goes a long way.  It is made with pure olive oil and that's it!  It can be used as shampoo, bubble bath, body wash, etc.  It's unscented so you can add your own - or not!

Stress Reduction Bath

4 drops Basil EO

4 drops Rosemary EO

3 drops Chamomile EO

1 Tablespoon Calendula Oil

Fill the tub with water.  Add essential oils to the carrier oil.  Gently step into the water and pour oils into the water.  Relax and . . .

Affirmation:  "I am filled with love, joy, good health and prosperity.  I have the highest and best in life now.

I draw the highest and best people into my life now".

Live, Love, Laugh & Learn in 2003!


Valentine's Massage
Excellent for stress related conditions

3 drops Frankincense EO

2 drops Sweet Orange EO

4 drops Neroli EO

30 ml Hypericum Oil 

This is the time of year where we can suffer the attack of viruses.  Essential Oils can be helpful for anti-viral protection.

Some essential oils good for this are:

Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Niaouli, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Petitgrain, and Rosewood.

Try this:

Anti Viral Room Mist

10 drops Lemongrass

10 drops Lemon

10 drops Palmarosa

100 ml Lavender Floral Water

20 ml Vodka  - optional ( assists in dispersing oils)

Pour floral water into sprayer bottle, add essential oils and alcohol.  Use as necessary.  Avoid spraying into mucous membranes. 
 External use only.

Suffering from irritating eczema?  You may find this useful:

Oil Blend for Eczema

15 ml Calendula Infused Oil

15 ml Hypericum Infused Oil

5 ml Evening Primrose Oil 
(use capsules if necessary)

5 ml Wheatgerm Oil

10 drops Lavender EO

2 drops Chamomile EO

Pour oils into clean bottle  Apply to clean skin as necessary.  External use only.

Oil of the Month

Geranium Essential Oil

Latin name:  Pelargonium graveolens

Odor Description:  Fresh, stong, green, feminine

Notes:  Strong Top and Mid notes, mild base note.

Safety Info:  Do not use all the time - Sensitizer 

Main Therapeutic Properties:  Helpful in cleansing the blood of impurities, improves lymphatic drainage. 

Hormonal balancer, can reduce symptoms of PMS, menopausal fevers, hot flashes, depression, etc. 

Useful for all skin types due to its balancing action.  Good for eczema, dermatitis, acne, restores circulation to sluggish smokers skin, aids detoxing.

Useful in treating anxiety, calming, balancing, soothing, may reduce physical reactions to stress.


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Relaxation Blend

6 drops Lavender

3 drops Geranium

Add to 1 teaspoon carrier oil for bath or body oil

Or place drops in diffuser.


Fun with Kids!

I was fooling around with my son one afternoon and he came up with a brilliant idea of making soap jewelry for the tub or?  have you tried our Bath Baubles?

It's easy with the melt and pour soap base.  Just cut up different colour shapes with the soap (or use a rubber ice cube mold) and poke a hole through the middle with a chop stick.  Use that stretch elastic from a craft or fabric store and string your soap beads.  Voila!  Make your own soap beads!

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
Wed Jan 15 7 - 9:30 pm Soap From Scratch In-House
Wed Jan 22 7 - 9:30 pm Designer Soaps In-House
Wed Jan 29 7 - 9:30 pm Soap from Scratch In-House
Mon  Feb 3 7 - 9:30 pm Fabulous Bath Class In-House
Wed Feb 12 7 - 9:30 pm Designer Soaps In-House
Wed Mar 12 7 - 9:30 pm Designer Soaps In-House
Mon Mar 31 7 - 9:30 pm Natural Bodycare
Wed April 9 7 - 9:30 pm Soap from Scratch In-House
Mon April 16 7 - 9:30 pm Fabulous Bath Class In-House
Mon April 21 7 - 9:30 pm Designer Soaps In-House
Wed April 30 7 - 9:30 pm Natural Bodycare Class In-House
Mon May 5 7 - 9:30 pm Soap from Scratch In-House
Wed May 14 7 - 9:30 pm Designer Soaps In-House
Mon May 19 7 - 9:30 pm Designer Soaps In-House

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


Check out the Birthday Party Rates - perfect for the crafty kids!



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