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Suds N' Scents
 News September 2002!

North Vancouver

Phone: (604) 986-4044




Hello Everyone!

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.

Mind Ease Essential Oil Blend

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!

Men's After-Shave
Bacteria Buster!

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:

  • 2-inch clear round 
  • 2-inch Round Gold foil 
  • 4 x 2" White 
  • 1 x 3" White 
If you have a logo, or picture on disc - we can import and print on your labels.

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.

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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!

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, 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)

Lavender Vinegar

What you Need:

  • Dried lavender stalks or dried lavender
    a funnel

  • 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

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.

Skin Freshener

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.

Category: Molds

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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