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The Natural Beauty Workshop
Oxford, CT
Natural and handmade skin care expert
Interests: health, beauty, herbalism, aromatherapy, soapmaking, environmentalism, natural skin care, crafts, life, green living
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Nothing beats a really great massage. The right touch can help your muscles to relax, your circulation to flow more freely, and your emotional state to calm and settle. While the skill of the massouse is probably the most important... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Have fun experimenting, Becky. Thanks for stopping by!
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Thanks, Sandra! Let us know how it works out for you.
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Shealoe Butter has a very unique consistency, so changing out that ingredient would alter the texture of this scrub pretty dramatically. The Beeswax is present to make the scrub a little more firm. You could leave it out, but you'll have a softer texture in the finished product. You certainly could make a scrub with Organic Virgin Coconut Cream Oil with or without wax. Just keep in mind that it will look and feel very different from the original recipe.
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Melt & Pour soap can be a lot of fun. As far as soap making methods go, this one probably offers the widest range of complexity. You can keep things easy by making a solid colored soap, or spice things... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Would it be possible for you to share the recipe you are using with me? It's hard for me to guess what might be going wrong without seeing the whole picture. I'm not actually familiar with any liquid soap recipes that use Emulsifying Wax in this way. I look forward to learning more about your recipe and hopefully being of some help!
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You can try substituting the Jojoba Esters in this recipe with 1 - 2 teaspoons of White Beeswax, but you'll find the texture to be a little heavier and stickier than it would be with Jojoba. It's definitely worth experimenting with though, so I would suggest giving it a shot. Let us know how it turns out, or if you have any other questions.
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We do have a few other lotion recipes on our blog that you can check out. Here are some links: Fresh Margarita Body Cream: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2007/12/fresh-margarita.html Blossom Body Cream: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2008/02/blossom-body-cr.html Rainforest Flower Body Cream: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2008/12/rainforest-flow.html You might also want to check out the recipes available in our user-submitted Recipe Database: https://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/recipe/default.asp
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Hi. The processes to make Cold Process and Melt & Pour Soaps are too different to be melded or used interchangeably, but you can dress up Melt & Pour Soap by including additives. Ingredients like Carrier Oils, Butters, Herbs, or Exfoliants can help make MP soaps a lot more interesting. Check out this article to learn more about adding additives to MP Soaps: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2009/06/using-additives-in-melt-pour-soap.html
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Back in June a couple blogger friends of mine went to a Lavender Festival out in Blanco, Texas. They flooded Instagram with photos of enticing goodies like lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream. There were even photos of actual lavender... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
You can certainly use Powdered Extracts in your facial recipes. For sensitive skin I would suggest checking out the Oatstraw and Burdock Root Extracts.
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We're glad you enjoyed the post, Jessica!
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Your hands are two of your body's most important assets. They work hard for us everyday, but how often do we return the favor? It's all too easy to take our hands for granted - subjecting them to everyday abuse... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
I wouldn't recommend adding fresh fruit pulp to melt & pour soap. The base probably can't handle the high amount of moisture and sugar involved. Instead, try adding dried powdered fruit. If you'd like to add fresh fruit to soap, it would work better in Cold Processed Soap. You can learn more about Cold Processed Soap Making here: http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/library/coldprocess.asp
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As Summer gets closer to coming to a close, I find it important to make the most of what's left. Celebrate the days with outdoor picnics, trips to the beach, and long walks in the woods. By night, treat yourself... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Michelle, You could certainly scent this recipe with Essential Oil. Just make sure that the oil you choose is safe for lips and properly diluted. Peppermint and Spearmint are my personal favorites for lip balm.
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Hi Michelle, Thanks for visiting The Natural Beauty Workshop. Glycerin is a humectant and helps to draw moisture to the skin. It's also super sticky, which can help make molding your bombs a little easier. It's a totally optional additive though, so feel free to skip it.
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Hi Ms E, Thanks for visiting The Natural Beauty Workshop. I'm so glad to hear that you are enjoying our blog. We're glad to be of help. Thanks again for your comment. I hope we'll hear from you again soon.
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Thanks, Virginia!
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Nothing brings out the natural wave and curl of your hair like a day at the beach. The combination of salt, heat, and humidity naturally teases and tousles your locks. If you're lucky, chance arranges these curls into something out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
A bath tub smoothie sounds like a great idea. I would start off with Yogurt Powder and Honey Powder. You could also add a little Dendritic or Epsom Salt scented with a fruit Fragrance or Essential Oil. You could even incorporate fruit by including a little Raspberry Fruit Seed Powder. Just keep in mind that the Fruit Seed Powder won't dissolve in water, and will probably leave a little bit of mess in the tub.
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Both Borax and Salt can help soften water and reduce surface tension. This is part of what helps Borax stabilize emulsions, so there is a definitely a chance that your theory could work. However, I don't know of anyone ever trying this, so it will have to be an experiment. I would suggest giving it a shot. It never hurts to try, after all. Please let us know how it turns out!
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Lavender buds tend to turn black and bleed a yellow color into MP soaps. When they are embedded inside the soap, they will turn black very quickly. The bleeding usually takes at least a week to develop. When you add the buds as a topping on the soaps, leaving most of the buds exposed to air, they stay pretty a little bit longer, but they too will eventually bleed a yellow tint into the soaps. If you'd like to add them to your soaps, the best way to do so is to add them last, leaving them mostly exposed to the air. Just keep in mind that they won't stay pretty for very long.
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If you ask me, one of the best things about Summer is the bounty of fresh, in-season fruit. Nothing tastes quite like a local peach or a home grown watermelon. If you have a farmer's market nearby, make sure to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi G. If you are making a balm (oils, butters, and wax) the best way to incorporate Aloe would be to do so with an oil-based ingredient, like Aloe Butter or Aloe Vera Oil. Aloe Powder is a whole powdered herb and won't dissolve in a balm or a lotion recipe. Having said that, adding Aloe ingredients to your recipe can help them be extra soothing, calming, and cooling on the skin.
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