Sometimes we need to have a little fun with projects at home, and what more fun than an exfoliating soap!
Way back in 2013, after I got engaged, I dabbled in the idea of making little soaps for all of my wedding guests. (Full disclosure I never ended up doing it because it would have been so much work making 100 soaps!)
I came across this super easy recipe for making an almond scented oatmeal exfoliator goats milk soap.
Using a goats milk soap base, sweet almond fragrance, oats, honey, and vitamin e (capsules), you can quickly whip up a delightfully smelling soap. You can find all of these ingredients at your local grocery store and Michaels!
I love this recipe because it uses an easy to use pre made soap base, and adds in several natural ingredients, which we of course love! If you're not quite ready to take on making soap from scratch (aka using lye), then this is a great stepping stone to get your soap making juices flowing. And you end up with a gentle exfoliating soap bar that smells super yummy.
The original recipe suggests using soap molds, and there are plenty of options out there to choose from. I was impatient so I got a bit creative. Using a baking sheet and some wax paper, I poured the soap onto the covered tray, let it set slightly (firm enough to handle but warm enough still it would stick together) and then I rolled it (think cinnamon roll rolling). After it firmed up a bit more, I sliced the log up into 1 inch thick slices, and then left them to set! You can also try using silicone molds, or just stick to traditional soap molds found in craft stores.
Find the original recipe and directions here; http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2013/05/sweet-almond-honey-oatmeal-goats-milk.html
At Artisanal Booty, we started making our products for ourselves, but since we don't currently make any hair products we have to find other companies that have the same commitment to using natural products that we do. That's why for natural hair products that keep our hair feeling soft and looking glossy, we like davines products.
Davines' products have a mild scent and natural ingredients. We discovered their products a couple of years ago at a local Victoria salon and we just can't get enough. A personal favourite is MELU Hair Shield. This is a great product to use before blasting your hair with heat from blow dryers or flat irons since it offers heat protection as well as moisturizing.
When you're using natural products on your skin, you don't want to get chemicals on it from other products, so complement your Artisanal Booty natural skincare regime with natural hair products.
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It’s summer time and with the hot, sweaty days comes a companion we wish we’d left behind in high school – acne. The summer heat encourages your pores to get clogged and if you don’t stay on top of things, before too long you find yourself dealing with blemishes. What is a girl to do?
The first step is understanding what is causing your acne, then you can start to find a treatment. Depending on how bad your acne is, you might have to go see a dermatologist. If you just have an annoying summer breakout, though, you might find the answer to your problems here.
It’s not your fault
The first thing to remember is that your break-out isn’t your fault. Sure, there are ways to resolve acne with dietary and hygiene changes, but how susceptible you are to acne is genetic. A lot of your acne problems might also be caused by hormones. The bottom line is that you shouldn’t beat yourself up about your break-outs.
Despite the causes of acne being largely genetic and hormonal, there are certain factors that can aggravate acne if you’re genetically predisposed to developing it. Things like stress, taking hormones or birth control pills, the cosmetics you choose to use or how much you apply, and heat and humidity are all common contributing factors. Some people may also find that sunlight causes them to break out, while others might find that exposure to sunlight helps.
What You Can Do
There are a number of medical treatments available for acne from a doctor, but if your break-out isn’t too bad you can try to manage it yourself. Controlling your stress level and remembering to take off your makeup before bed, or even going makeup free some days, can go a long way to keeping your complexion clear.
You can also use gentle cleansers and moisturizers to avoid irritating your skin. Cleansing and moisturizing with natural oils avoids irritating your skin with harsh chemicals or stripping its moisture with alcohols and other preservatives. If those products also contain essential oils with anti-bacterial or calming properties – essential oils like tea tree, rosemary, lemongrass, rose or chamomile – even better!
Take care of yourself and your skin this summer.