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Suds N' Scents
Soap Making and Beauty Supplies Inc.

 News June 2003!
 North Vancouver, B.C.

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






Gonna Have a Summer

Summer is close at hand and just to help prepare for those nasty bites and burns we've included some recipes you may find helpful. Get ready for summer, the beach, camping and more with our new June Demo Month, June Specials and new recipes!  We've been pretty busy at Suds N' Scents these past few months. We have even more new products, new micas, new molds and fragrances worth sniffing!

New Stuff!

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

 New Micas
 New Fragrances
 New Molds
 New Amazing Rhassoul Clay
 New Mold Making Compound

Bug Off Body Oil

30 ml Carrier oil
5 drops Cedarwood EO
4 drops Lemon EO
2 drops Geranium EO
1 drop Citronella EO
Apply to the skin as desired avoiding eye area

Bug Off - Did you know?

Essential oils to repel:

Mosquitos: Basil, cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemongrass & rosemary

Ants & Mice: all mints (peppermint, spearmint and Japanese Mint oil.

 After the bite: Try Lavender essential oil. Apply 1 drop neat on the skin (make sure you do the 'patch' test for allergy or irritation).


Amazing Rhassoul Clay (Moroccan Lava Clay)!

Clays are cosmetic grade and suitable for all types of soap making (cold process and melt & pour soap base, etc.) including bath preparations, facial care, etc.

Clays are excellent for use in skin care preparations such as facial masks, hair & skin cleansing, poultices, detoxification regimes, etc.

Soap makers love the clays because of the satin finish to the final bar of soap. Beneficial extra cleansing due to the detoxification power of the clays.

Recommended use for soap making: approximately 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon per pound of soap.

It is best to dilute the clay in a tiny bit of water (1-2 teaspoons) first so it mixes easier in your base. 

Rhassoul clay is rich in magnesium.

Uses: Hair & skin cleanser.

For rejuvenating facial mask:

Mix enough purified water to clay to make a thick paste. Allow mixture to sit for 1 hour. Apply to clean skin avoiding eye area. Let dry (about 10-12 minutes). Remove and rinse thoroughly. Follow with toner and moisturizer. Your skin will feel rejuvenated!


Check out our NEW
 Mold Making Compound!


A virtually fool proof way to make and design your own mold!

 Suitable for a variety of art-related and industrial applications including soap making, making molds for sculpture, prototype reproduction, casting plaster, resins and wax. Silicone base, simply combine equal parts, stir for 3 minutes and pour over desired object to mold. 




"For the month of June we're offering Demo Saturdays!"  Come join us every Saturday from Noon to 12:30 for the month of June!

 Here's what's happening:

 Saturday, June 7
 12 Noon - 12:30 pm
Lotion & Lip Balm Demo

 Saturday June 14
 12 Noon - 12:30 pm
 Spa Fizzies & Bath Detoxification Demo

 Saturday, June 21
 12 Noon - 12:45 pm
 Designer Soap Making Demo

 Saturday, June 28
 12 Noon - 12:30 pm 
Bug OFF Spray and
 Sunburn Recovery Oil Demo

 Good, Clean Fun in time for Summer!

Essential oils for healthy hair
Try adding the following essential oils to your natural or unscented shampoo:

Dry hair: Cedarwood, sandalwood, lavender
Normal hair: geranium, lavender, clary sage
Oily hair: Lemongrass, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang

Summer Beauty Treatments

Cellulite Scrub
125 ml medium ground cornmeal
125 ml coarse ground oatmeal
15 gm Fine Sea Salt
10 drops Grapefruit EO
4 drops Juniper EO
3 drops Lemon EO
3 drops Cypress EO

Add essential oils to sea salt in a bowl, and mix well. Add cornmeal & oatmeal to mixture. Combine well. Store in airtight wide mouth jar. Use before or after bathing. Apply to wet skin in a circular motion (not too vigorously as it is quite coarse). Rinse off and apply the "firming" lotion.

Anti-cellulite lotion
125 ml Unscented natural lotion base (no mineral or petroleum products)
20 ml Witch Hazel
20 drops Lemon EO
20 drops Cypress EO
8 drops Juniper EO
8 drops Lavender EO

Combine in measuring cup mixing well & pour into clean bottle.

Apply and massage in a firm, circular, upward motion until completely absorbed. It is best to apply after showering in the morning.



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

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 Class
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 Class
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.


June Specials
Floral Waters & Essential Oils on Sale


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



Soothing Sunburn Relief

30 ml Calendula Oil (anti-inflammatory, soothing & healing)
30 ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1st pressing - high in vitamins & minerals)
10 ml Wheat Germ Oil
20 drops Lavender EO
(calms skin & nervous system)
6 drops Peppermint EO (cooling)
2 drops chamomile
Blend together and apply as desired.

Try this:

After Sun Healing mist
125 ml distilled water
60 ml witch hazel
60 ml Aloe vera juice or gel
8 drops Lavender
2 drops Chamomile
1 drop Geranium
Pour liquids into sprayer bottle, add essential oils and aloe vera. Shake well before misting. Spray as necessary. External use only.

Oil of the Month
Marjoram - Origanum marjorana
Flowers & Leaves

Warm, slightly spicy, herb-like, middle note

 Excellent sedative, calming and grounding. Also useful for asthma, colds, bronchitis, arthritis, mental exhaustion, stress, anxiety, hyperactivity. Good for treating muscular strains, arthritis. 

Safety precautions: Avoid if history of low blood pressure. Avoid during pregnancy. Do not use on young children or elderly without advice from health professional.

Snore Reduction Oil

Have you tried placing a few drop of Marjoram essential oil onto a cotton ball and inhaling a few times then placing inside your pillow case? It has been used to decrease the effects of snoring. 

Worse case scenario - at least your partner will sleep through the night!

Soap Cakes

Fun with Kids!

For a special birthday surprise, you can make birthday soap cakes!  Just melt down 12 oz of soap base, add 3-6 drops of colour (optional), 1 teaspoon of fragrance.

Pour into clean muffin pan tin (optional cupcake insert liners).  Sprinkle shredded or peeled, coloured soap over top and allow to set.

Insert a birthday candle and voila birthday cupcakes!  Good clean fun! Warning- External use only!  Makes 4-5 regular size cupcakes.


Deodorizing Body Sprays

That time of year again where we tend to "glow" more often in the heat. Try these cooling, refreshing natural body sprays. These are a pleasant, natural deodorant for the body. 

Summer Floral Mist
125 mls Rose Floral Water
27 drops Lavender EO
9 drops Orange Sweet EO
1 drop Clary Sage EO
1 drop Patchouli EO

 Herbal Mist
125 ml Lavender Floral Water
10 drops Rosemary EO
10 drops Sandalwood EO
2 drops Eucalyptus
7 drops Juniper EO 

The scoop on rebatching!

We play soap detective a fair bit at Suds N' Scents. As soap making becomes more popular we try our best to keep up. There are so many ways to make soap and not all are successful or even worthwhile doing. We call the unsuccessful batches the road to becoming a soap expert!

Rebatching is often confused with re-milling. Re-milling takes machinery (fresh soap is flattened paper-thin between sets of roller), a milling soap formula and synthetic substances to make the soap less sticky with a smooth, plastic feel.

Rebatching is using a cold process soap recipe and attempting to create a milled bar of soap. Cold process soap contains too much natural glycerin for it to work successfully in milling machinery.

To rebatch, make cold process soap. Let it cure for a few days or longer. Melt down slowly over a double boiler over very low heat with little or no water. Add scent to the melted (mushy soap) and pour into molds. The benefit of re-batching is supposedly to use less fragrance (as lye tends to eat most scent up in a flash) and create a harder bar.

Personally, I have not been successful with this rebatching process, but please feel free to share personal experience(s), or successful rebatch soap recipes.

I did make a nice cleanser from rebatching cold process. It looked so unattractive as it was melting. I didn't think it would amount to much. I took my electric beater and beat the crap out of the mushy mess. I added some water, jojoba, shea butter and Vitamin E and essential oils. I then scooped it into cream jars and used as a very nice skin cleanser. My friends & I loved it!

Super Suds Shampoo Bar

Q: What makes a shampoo bar different from ordinary soap?

A: If there is a higher proportion of castor oil in the recipe - it will offer a more conditioning and moisturizing element to your hair and scalp.

Makes 1-lb of shampoo (or 10-12 bars)




5oz Coconut 180 gms
1oz Cocoabutter 30 gms
4oz Castor Oil 120 gms
3oz Palm 90 gms
1oz Jojoba Oil 30 gms
2oz Sunflower 60gms
2.21oz Lye
(includes 5% discount)
6oz Distilled Water  

Optional: Add 1-2 teaspoons of desired essential oils.

  •  A nice, mild, lathering bar.

  •  Combine oils and heat gently. Use temperatures between 100 - 125 deg. F (38 deg. C) 

  • Combine lye following good safety procedures. Once lye and oil are at desired temperatures, combine by adding lye/water solution to oils. Not the other way around.

  • Stir for the first 15 minutes, then stir for 5 minutes at 10-15 minute intervals.

  • Check to see if thickened. If it looks like a thin milkshake or thin custard it is ready to pour into mold(s).

  • Add optional ingredients (herbs, essential oils, etc.) and pour into mold.

  • Cover, insulate and allow molding time between 24 - 48 hours. If the soap is still soft - allow to cure for a few more days to firm.

  • Slice as desired and allow to cure 3 weeks.

Mold time: 24 - 48 hours
Cure time: 3 -4 weeks

Not responsible for outcome of product/recipe. 

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
Sat June 7, 14, 21, 28 Noon - 12:30 pm Free Demos - See what's new for descriptions Shop Location
Wed Sept 24 7:00
Designer Soaps!
W.Van Rec. Centre
Mon Sept 29 7 - 9:30 pm Suds from Scratch
Code: 99406
Delbrook Rec. Centre
Oct 8
7 - 9:30 pm Beautiful Body Care!
Delbrook Rec. Centre
Wed Oct 15 7 - 9:30 pm Fabulous Bath!
Code TBA
W.Van. Rec. Centre
Oct 20
7 - 9:30 pm Fabulous Bath!
Code: 99400
Cost: $40.66
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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