essential-oils

The Joy of Growing Horseradish (It’s Great With Almost Anything!)

Add to Favorites By Sue Robishaw – Cold-climate gardeners can boast few crops that prefer their freezing winter abode, but the sturdy horseradish not only prefers it that way, it requires …

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How to Make Lip Balm at Home

One of the neatest things about having a desire to be as independent as possible is the many things you learn to do on your own. And come those cold winter days, you’ll be happy to know how to make lip balm at home.

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Fragrance Sensitivity and Allergies
May 22, 2021 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Fragrance sensitivity and allergies are becoming increasingly common in our society. Unfortunately, artificial fragrances are added to almost every skincare, bath, beauty, and even cleaning product on …

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Using Fresh Produce as Soap Ingredients
May 22, 2021 · · Soapmaking

There are many botanical ingredients you can use as cold process soap ingredients. Lavender and rose petals are classics, and Himalayan Pink Salt soaps are trendy and inviting.

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How to Make Bath Salts, Soaps, Scrubs, and Balms
May 7, 2021 · · Soapmaking

Making my own spa products, starting with making bath salts, began as a lark. A fun experiment. Then came the Eureka moment.

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Why Rotating Vegetables in the Garden is Crucial
May 6, 2021 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Could over a million lives have been saved between 1844 and 1846 by rotating vegetables in the garden? Several factors contributed to the Great Famine. Irish families lived …

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How to Make Body Butter, an Easy Recipe
March 20, 2021 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Learn how to make body butter by following an easy whipped shea body butter recipe. Extra dry skin is not exclusive to the winter months. In the …

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Hydrosol vs. Essential Oil: Practical Aromatherapy in the Home

Hydrosol vs. essential oil: what is the difference and how can you use them for soapmaking and aromatherapy?

In previous articles, we have discussed what are essential oils, how to make a hydrosol, and hydrosol vs. essential oil as an overview.

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A Recipe for the Best Coffee Scrub (or Two or Three)
January 31, 2021 · · Soapmaking

What makes the best coffee scrub? That depends on what you are specifically using it for. Some people claim the caffeine in a coffee scrub can help reduce cellulite.

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Top 10 Witch Hazel Uses
January 29, 2021 · · Growing

Available in lotions, pads, distilled extracts and even suppositories, witch hazel uses are widespread. Earlier this summer I was weeding in shorts, and I was stung or bitten on my inner thigh by an unknown insect. It was incredibly painful.

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How to Make Bath Bombs: An Easy DIY Gift
December 20, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Often ball-shaped, bath bombs are dry, chalky, conglomerations that fizz and release fragrance when dropped in water. They’re sold as novelties, though additions like witch hazel and skin-friendly oils can add benefits.

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Kids and Soap: Homemade Arts and Crafts for The Holidays
December 11, 2020 · · Holiday, Soapmaking

Winter holidays often involve cold weather, hot drinks, and homemade arts and crafts. It also means the kids are out of school for one to three weeks. What homemade arts and crafts can kids do, without risk of injury, that can also serve as holiday gifts?

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Soap Scents in Home Soap Making
December 10, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Cosmetic-grade soap scents can transform the experience of using handmade soap. There’s nothing like the simple luxuriousness of a good, gentle bar of natural handmade soap.

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How to Make Castile Soap
October 26, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Vegan, sustainable, and often organic, castile soap is highly sought after. Properties are comparable to soaps made with tallow, lard, or coconut oil but the bar made from olive oil ranks higher.

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Making Shampoo Bars
August 22, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Making shampoo bars is a very different process from making body soap in a lot of ways. Unlike body soap, it is important to limit the number of unsaponifiable substances in a bar made for hair.

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