Stinging nettle is a plant close to my heart. It is is a superfood containing many vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and protein. All parts of the plant are edible and medicinal, and can also be used as a plant dye, for fibre crafts, and as a compost activator. Nettle is wonderful for skin and hair. It is anti-inflammatory, can help to reduce dandruff, and restore strength and vitality to your hair.
You can see why I love nettle so much. Continue reading
I have been making my own powdered laundry detergent for a long time and wrote a post about it last year. I love how quick and simple it is. I only need three ingredients. Bar soap, borax, and washing soda. Now it is even less expensive because I make my own laundry bar soap. You won’t believe how easy it is! Continue reading
Who doesn’t love the smell of coffee, chocolate and peppermint together? After deciding on trying a soap with coffee, I thought about what goes well with coffee and the rest is history. I used the SoapCalc Lye Calculator to figure out my oil percentages and amounts, and my amounts for lye and water. For more information about this process visit my first post on soap making Lavender Rosemary Soap. The only difference is I used brewed coffee instead of water for the liquid in this recipe. Continue reading
Sorry for the long delay in posting. Wouldn’t you know, we had some freezing rain on Monday last week. We lost power for 3 days (never have I been more thankful for a fireplace and blankets) and 8 days later the internet is still not back yet. I went with Chris to church rehearsal tonight so I could work on a blog post to send out to you guys :). I thought I would post another soap recipe that reminds me of the snowy and icy weather we have been having here lately.
This soap was inspired by the brilliant blog Humblebeeandme.com and her recipe for Blizzard Soap. She used titanium dioxide (what they use in sunscreens) and kaolin clay to make the soap a dreamy white color. I loved the idea and adapted it to make it my own. I didn’t have kaolin clay so I used bentonite, and I didn’t have all the essential oils she used so I used peppermint, cedar wood and eucalyptus. Continue reading
Rosemary and lemongrass are my two of my favorite scents. I wanted to create a soap that included both of them, and I loved the end result! This soap is uplifting, energizing, and makes me think of summer and happy things. The perfect soap for the middle of winter when we are longing for warmer days. Continue reading