Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sea Salt & Amber Soap!

     One of my favorite things to do in soap making is to design new soaps. I use all methods of soap making, cold process (CP), melt & pour (MP), hot process (HP), cold process oven method (CPOP) and hand milled soap. I usually do CPOP and MP, then sometimes handmill soap from fresh soap I made earlier.
      Handmill soaps are nice since I can add herbal tinctures or less fragrance/essential oils without worrying I will burn off those special added ingredients.
     The newest soap I have designed is the Sea Salt & Amber Soap which I've made from CPOP and MP soap methods.This a spa bar of soap, large size of five ounces containing pink kaolin clay, Himalayan sea salt, honey and shea butter. It has a lovely fragrance of amber resin, rosehips and jasmine.
     Pink clay and gold flecked soap reminds me of the sun as it sets behind a mountain range here in Utah. What's more, with the addition of clay, it gives a silky smooth feeling to skin and it's non-drying due to the honey and shea butter. You may purchase this soap for $6 in my shop right here while supplies last.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cannabis Sativa: What The Heck Is That?

     What is Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil? To some, this oil may sound familiar, it is hemp oil. This oil does not have narcotic components as the leaf, otherwise known as marijuana does. Hemp seed oil has therapeutic properties, many benefiting skin and hair because is rich in essential fatty acids. These essential fatty acids are said to prevent moisture loss in the skin and help prevent premature aging, and is effective in maintaining moisture balance. It can also be useful in alleviating certain skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis.
     Hemp seed oil is also rich in gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA, another type of omega-6 fatty acid. Other oils such evening primrose and borage also contain GLA. These oils have anti-inflammatory properties, which leads me to believe it is good for itchy dry skin, particularly for eczema. I have not used hemp seed oil in bath and body products, but have used evening primrose for personal use pertaining to eczema on my fingers ( a most annoying miserable place to have such a skin condition due to constant use, thus irritation).
     Also, this oil is good for oily skin care as it doesn't clog pores. In fact, it helps to reduce the size of pores, blackheads, acne, protects the skin from free radicals and provides the body with essential nutrients required in order to maintain epidermal lipids, skin’s water barrier, elasticity and softness.
     This hemp oil is considered a dry oil and needs to be used with a thicker oil to benefit dryer skins. I feel with the addition of olive oil it would be an exemplary oil for skin care, including the scalp. easily penetrating the epidermis layer to where it can be most useful, working from the inside out.
   Hemp seed oil is more cost effective compared to evening primrose and borage, making it easier on the wallet to include it in a more significant amount in base oils for handmade soap and lotion recipes. I say this, and do not have a single product with hemp seed oil! I need to get some, I really would like to offer it my customers and use it since researching it to do this  mini review of the oil to do this blog entry! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Over Ripe Bananas? Make a Face Mask Instead of Bread!

     One of the simplest (and cheapest) at home beauty treatments we can do at home is to make facial masks from ingredients in our food pantry and refrigerator. Also, it's the healthiest since there are no harsh chemicals like paraben (preservatives) and formaldehyde, which are known to be potential carcinogens/are carcinogens.  None of these harmful ingredients need to be added if freshly made bath and beauty products are used right away. Additionally, anything that water is introduced to and not used right away needs a preservative because nasties like mold will grow and multiple like dust bunnies on a hardwood floor.

     So, Let's GO Bananas! Use those bananas that sit over ripe and you don't have time to eat them or make them into banana nut bread. Mash them up in a bowl for a quick facial mask! You don't have to limit yourself just using the banana mask on your face, you can do a full body mask, including hair as well if you have enough bananas.
     Go a little bit health-nut crazy and drizzle some honey in the mashed bananas for added benefits, boosting skin soothing, hydrating banana mask. Leave the banana mask on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off, from head to toe. After this, you likely won't need a moisturizer, but you can, and are encouraged to do so if it include sun screen. However, remember to look for paraben-free moisturizer since it's readily available since minimizing your exposure to such ingredients wherever and whenever you can does your body good.

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Remiss and a Revamping

     Hello! It's been quite awhile since my last post but Nebo Soap Company LLC is still alive and kicking up red dirt clouds, or so to speak. Red dirt clouds? The dirt around Utah is red from the iron oxide, which by they way, is a natural clay colorant. I've made a lot of soap, bath and body products due to this inspiration, for which I plan to continue because the beauty here in Utah is an everlasting visage. Quite literally, some rock formations go back as far as the Jurassic period 170 million years ago!
     I have changed the layout of this website and will be adding pages as you all may notice the links running across the top of the page. Some of these links are not currently working because I am constructing the pages. Once this is complete (hopefully this week) every link will be working on new pages then I can get back to posting to this blog on a regular basis. meaning new posts are coming soon and new posts each and every week!

Until then, take care all!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

More Valentine's!

     It's nine days until the day of love. However, if you've procrastinated, no worries, here's another Nebo Soap Company offering for Valentine's Day. This one is perfect for gift giving and can be enjoyed by anyone. I'll be mailing all Valentine's Day sets via Priority mail so it will get to you on time!
     This next set is Apple Love Valentine for $20. Just in time for Valentine's Day, a gift that comes with an apple love theme. Included in a pretty red and heart designed take-out box with a special edition apple and rose mud face mask and a hand poured scented soy candle with Utah's own famous raspberry truffle to nibble.
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Monday, February 4, 2013

It's just around the corner!

     That's right,Valentine's Day is just around the corner. In ten more days the day of love will be here. Nebo Soap Company has a couple of gift ideas too on sale. One is this set: Honeydust Valentine. It comes in two versions, Cocoa Honeydust Valentine or Vanilla Honeydust Valentine for $25.
     This a gift set for lovers on Valentine's Day! It comes with a natural sexy vanilla flavored honey dust, tickle feather to apply it, a sexy unisex oil fragrance and a rose mud bath biscuit. Also included in this pretty red and heart designed take-out box is Utah's own famous raspberry and mint truffles to nibble.
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