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Suds N' Scents
News September 2002!
Phone: (604) 986-4044
I hope everyone had a wonderful summer! It was a pretty amazing summer for Vancouver (hot and dry) and we definitely deserved it!
Over the summer, we managed to settle quite nicely into our new digs and we are gearing up for the busy xmas season.
I'm always a little sad when 'back to school time' begins again. To brighten the spirit, we have some amazing Fall specials to give you early bird savings on upcoming Xmas gifts.
We have some new, fun gift ideas, recipes, essential oil of the month and more! Stay tuned.....
Essential Oil of the Month
Back to School with:
Basil - Ocimum Basilicum
Annual or short-lived flowering herb that when used in aromatherapy, refreshes & clears the mind, increases focusing and alleviates mental fatigue.
Useful in massage as a nerve tonic and may ease overworked muscles.
Basil should be avoided on sensitive skin and during pregnancy.
2 drops Basil Essential Oil
3 drops Lemon Essential Oil
2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
Place in vaporizer at work space or in diffuser at home.
New Products & Services
We are very pleased to offer our own natural lotion base. You've probably tried this wonderful recipe but perhaps don't have the time to make it from scratch every time. Due to popular demand - we decided to have our lotion manufactured. We're glad we did. It's the same basic recipe but we have some wonderful plant extracts to make it even better! Of course, it's unscented so you can scent it any way you like!
New Unscented Shaving Cream
Finally, for the men in our lives, we are pleased to offer an excellent, soft, unscented shaving cream. Tested by non-other than my own dear hubby! He gave it the thumbs up - and he's hard to please when it comes to his shaving!
Makes 1 oz bottle
30 ml Witch Hazel
5 ml Cedarwood EO
2 drops Cypress or Lemon EO
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Combine in spritz bottle and shake before each use. External use only. Keep spray away from eyes.
New Label machine
Are you looking for that added look of professionalism in labeling your finished products? We are pleased to introduce our new label machine. We can offer 4 different labels at this time:
If you have a logo, or picture on disc - we can import and print on your labels.
- 2-inch clear round
- 2-inch Round Gold foil
- 4 x 2" White
- 1 x 3" White
Label set up fee starts at $35.00
Printing labels - $.10 per label
As requests come in, our label line will increase. Please feel free to enquire.
Life Simplicities! Did you know... That Baking Soda when used as a paste (just add a bit of water) is great for cleaning (and scrubbing) and also good for taking the sting out of a bite. Also soothing and ph balancing! Basic Dusting Powder Recipe 1/2 cup Arrowroot 1/2 cup cornstarch 2 Tablespoons French Pink Clay 20 drops essential oil (Try 10 drops Lavender, 5 drops Rose Geranium, 5 drops Rosewood) for balance and relaxation. Place into container with lid, shake well and allow to sit for 48 hours. Transfer to shaker or tin with powder puff. * * * * * * * Check out our clear, small size shaker/spice jars or fabulous tins! Perfect for this application.
Rejuvenating Oil Blend
for Dry Skin
70 ml Almond Oil*
10 ml Olive Oil
10 ml Jojoba Oil
5 ml Wheatgerm Oil
15 ml Rosehip Oil
15 drops Palmarosa Essential Oil
5 drops Lavender Oil
5 drops Sandalwood Oil
5 drops Ylang Ylang Oil
*(may replace with apricot or other suitable oil).
Combine ingredients in a 100 ml size amber bottle with lid. Roll bottle gently between your hands to allow oils to blend. Let stand for a few days to blend. Gently massage into your skin (face & body) as required.
We are gearing up for our Fall classes. We have changed our class formats slightly to offer new recipes, ideas, etc.
Our Mobile Birthday parties are very popular and we are pleased to offer 2 different formats for these parties.
New Class Descriptions
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!
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, soap kit 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, scent, molds and more. You will go home with a fresh slice of soap.
Make Your Own:
Herbal Bath Vinegars
Herbal vinegars are very simple to make and are wonderful for all skin types. Vinegar restores the acid mantle of the skin, relieves dryness, itching, and the pain of sunburn. Apple cider vinegar seems to offer superior therapeutic properties. Can offer relief from dandruff. Herbal vinegars can be used for bathing, hair rinses, skin tonics (including aftershave) and deodorants. Ph balancing and relaxing or invigorating (depending on the type of herb you choose)
What you Need:
Dried lavender stalks or dried lavender
white wine or cider vinegar
suitable container and ribbon of choice
Place some lavender stalks in a long, glass bottle/container with their heads pointing down. Fill up the container with vinegar.
Seal the top and then decorate the bottle with a spray of lavender and some ribbon(s).
Floral waters are a complement to Aromatherapy. They can be used alone or in sprays and offer wonderful, refreshing hydration to the skin.
Lavender Water is a hydrating tonic to most skin types. Balances sebum production, purifies and refreshes.
30 ml Lavender Water
2 drops Rose Geranium
2 drops Sweet Orange
2 drops Palmarosa
Place ingredients in dark glass bottle with lid. Gently shake and allow to sit to blend.
Apply with a spritzer or cotton pad.
Quickie Soap Recipe
6 oz Coconut Oil
6 oz Palm
1 Tbsp Beeswax
1 Tbsp Stearic acid
4 oz Castor
2.38 oz Lye
6 oz Distilled Water
Temperatures 150 degrees F.
Follow basic soap method.
Traces fast - approx. 10 - 15 minutes.
Mold time: 24 hours. Cure time: 4 weeks. Very nice bar with lots of lather that feels nice on the skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
As we constantly test our new products and supplies, we strive to answer or find a solution to your question(s).
Category: Melt & Pour Soap Base
Q. How come I sometimes see clear, tiny beads on top of my soap the next day?
A. A few considerations. One is temperature. Avoid hot temperatures over 150-160 F (60-70 C.) Hot temperatures may cause the soap base to "sweat" the glycerine from the soap.
If you can wrap the soap fairly soon after slicing - it may reduce the soap from sweating.
Q. How do I remove the soap from the molds? I have been pressing and pressing without success.
A. Take a thin, sharp knife and gently (carefully) score the sides of the mold. This will allow the air inside to release your soap. Sometimes, if the mold is quite intricate, you may have to pop the mold into the freezer for about 20 minutes or so. Set the timer so you remember to take it out. If you leave the molds in the freezer too long - they may cause the mold to crack.
Category: Cold Process Soap Making
Q. Why did my soap crack and crumble after I removed it from the molds?
A. There can be many reasons for this. You may have over traced your soap. Temperatures may not have been accurate, or too much lye was added. Improper mixing can also affect the outcome of your soap.
Category: Scenting Soap
Q. Why doesn't my soap have much of a scent?
A. General rule of thumb - a good scent requires a minimum of 5 ml of fragrance per pound of soap (base). It depends on the strength of the fragrance and personal preference. 20-30 drops of fragrance isn't enough to give your soap a good scent.
We are looking forward to another creative, crafty season of good, clean fun!
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