What’s The Big Deal About Essential Oils?

Essential Oil bottles

In the past few years, at-home use of essential oils in the United States has taken off. It seems like every store now carries oils and oil diffusers. Medical use has also increased. The use of essential oils for everyday ailments and more serious medical issues might seem new. But the practice actually dates back to a time long before Instagram made it popular. Still, however, producers and governing bodies debate how essential oils should be regulated and labeled for public …

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Scenting Your Castile Soap

Green floral buds and flowers in brown bottles

There’s lots of science and math involved in soapmaking, and because they’re crucial to the basics of soap, science and math get most of the attention. After all, if you don’t have the right percentages of lye and fat, you won’t have soap at all, or if you do, it could be soap that’s painful to use or simply dissolves into goo when it gets wet. Like cooking, though, in soapmaking there is science and there is art. The best soap, like the best food, is combination of both.   How …

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Scent and Color – The Natural Way

“I would like my soap to smell like pears, can you make that?” “How about strawberries?” “Can I get soap with big colored chunks in them?” These are just a few of the questions we get regarding soap scent and soap color. Like all other ingredients in natural skin care products, it is crucial to understand the ingredients that provide these two key soap characteristics. Scenting First, let us deal with scent. Generally, in soap and skin care products, there are two primary …

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