Botanicals & Essential oils

Essential Oils – Essential oils are highly concentrated aromatic essences obtained from plant leaves, flowers, bark and roots. Harvesting essential oils can be labour-intensive; for example with thousands of flowers to obtain one ounce of essential oil adding to the cost. Essential oil properties are based scientifically as well as within our own sense experiences. Aroma is a very powerful memory and awakening within our senses.

Botanicals – Botanicals consist of plants or parts of plants such as roots, bark, flowers and seeds, which add colour, aroma, exfoliation and texture to soaps. Soaps By Selina uses only colourants nature provides so the colour can vary from batch to batch.

Other Ingredients

I use a variety of botanicals such as herbs, spices, flowers and grains in my soaps. Adding these natural ingredients can create interesting texture and colour. Some add to the effectiveness of the soap, like oatmeal, which is soothing to dry, irritated skin and gently exfoliates. Some herbs I use have added healing properties. Because I use only ingredients that nature provides, the colour can vary from batch to batch.

Mud & Milk

Dead Sea Mud – The Dead Sea is known as one of the world’s natural health spas, due to the high mineral content of its rich black mud, sea salts and the reputed healing properties of its highly saline seas. Black mud from the Dead Sea is rich in skin nourishing minerals and electrolytes; unlike any other place on earth, due to its unique geographic location, which allows these valued nutrients to concentrate in the Dead Sea. Dead Sea Mud has been found helpful in drawing toxins and impurities from the skin and will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. This rich, black mud has also been found beneficial for skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.

Natural Goats Milk – Whole, fresh, pure and natural, goat’s milk is abundant in skin-nourishing vitamins, minerals and proteins and is a healthy addition to our skin care regimen. Goat’s milk has a reputation throughout the centuries as a natural skin softener and moisturizer and has been found beneficial for people with skin sensitivities. Fresh, whole goat’s milk which is naturally homogenized meaning the fat globules remain even suspended. The fat globules or lipids lay down a barrier to seal in moisture in our skin. Goat’s milk has a unique chemical structure in that it is a lipoprotein. The lipids are the fats and the proteins are amino acids, suitable for even sensitive skin.

Additional oils, butters & waxes

Cocoa butter – This natural, unrefined butter is obtained from the cocoa bean and has a rich chocolate scent. Cocoa butter is considered beneficial as a soothing emollient and moisturizer for rough, dry skin.

Jasmine Sambac Wax – This luxurious creamy wax is obtained from the jasmine petals after the process of extracting the jasmine absolute. Jasmine is valued in skin care with its reputed skin softening properties especially in dry skin conditions. Jasmine is known as the “king of flowers” with its warm, sweet, intoxicating aroma.

Mango butter – Mango butter is pressed from the kernel of the mango fruit. Mango butter has an excellent reputation as a skin softener, moisturizer and is soothing to rough dry skin. Mango butter is reputed to have wound healing properties as well as a natural SPF of around 2-4.

Meadowfoam seed oil – A herbaceous plant from the northwest replacing sperm whale oil in the 1970’s. Meadowfoam seed oil has an excellent reputation in skin care as a moisturizer, as well as being beneficial in skin regeneration and repair due to its natural vitamin E and antioxidants.

Organic Hemp Seed Oil – This luxury oil is harvested right here in Canada! Organic hemp seed oil which closely resembles our skins own oil penetrates and moisturizes skin and does not clog pores, making it an excellent emollient and humectant, locking in moisture. Organic hemp seed oil contains natural vitamin E, amino acids and antioxidants which are all beneficial to maintaining healthy skin.

Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil – Cold pressed from pumpkin seeds thereby, retaining all of the benefits of its minerals, essential fatty acids, vitamins and proteins. Pumpkin seed oil is reputed to be extremely skin nourishing and moisturizing in all skin types and especially for aged dry skin.

Pumpkin Butter – Cold pressed from the pumpkin seeds, pumpkin butter adds a luxurious feel to soap. Pumpkin butter, like pumpkin seed oil, is suitable for all skin types especially dry, devitalized skin.

Rose hip seed oil – This oil is extracted from rosehip seeds and contains natural vitamin A. Rosehip seed oil has been found beneficial for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea

How to care for natural soap

To care for your natural soap, place it in a dish or caddy that drains water and stand the soap upright, as shown below. The soap can even be flipped upside down for drying. The more surface area exposed to dry in between uses, the longer the soap will last.

Natural soap retains glycerin, a by-product of the soap-making process. Glycerin is the clear gel seen when the soap is exposed to water. If the soap is left lying in water or not allowed to dry in between uses, it will dissolve.

Glycerin is considered a healthy, natural moisturizer that can be beneficial to our skin. Most commercial companies remove the glycerin to speed up the drying process. I’ve added beeswax to help maintain hardness in the soap.

Handcrafted Soap

I’ve chosen the “hot process” method of soap-making: indirect heat. You can make and use your soap the same day. However, for a quality bar of soap, a drying period is necessary.

I’ve also chosen to use only natural and organic products, like herbs, grains, spices and florals.

I do not use any artificial colourants, preservatives or dyes. Because I use only dyes that nature provides, the colour can vary from batch to batch. Each batch is small, hand-made and hand-cut.

The soaps are super-fatted, which means a percentage of the oils are left suspended in the soaps, not saponified by the lye. This provides added moisturizing to the soap, along with the natural glycerin, which is released during the soap-making process.

To understand saponification, or the making of soap, is to understand some basic chemistry. The process of making soap brings three ingredients together: the base is the lye, the acid the oil or fat, and the distilled water the neutral solvent.

Saponification takes place through this chemical reaction and the result is soap. Soap is also a salt, which is the result of the lye neutralizing the acid or oils.

When saponification is complete there is no active lye left in the product! Soap cannot be made without lye. If you don’t have lye, you don’t have soap!

I make and sell a truly natural soap: no artificial colorants, preservatives, dyes or fragrance oils. I use only essential oils, never synthetic fragrance oils.

I am committed to keeping my products natural.

Mother Earth provides an abundance of natural gifts. As consumers we have opportunities to choose natural or less harmful products, choose to bless “Mother Earth” by helping her to heal and extend the blessing to all life on earth.

I thank each of you who’ve chosen to purchase a natural soap product!

All About Soap Making – Basic Soap Making

Soap making is a simple process that can be performed by any individual. The soap making process has various requirements such as the ingredients to use and a list of kitchen supplies to be used as tools. Soap making recipes will vary according to the ingredients used to make soap. Ingredients used may include coconut oil, lye, olive oil, and palm oil among many others. The ingredients should be mixed according to instructions in a given recipe.

Tools needed in making soap:

1. Stick blender

The stick blender is also known as an immersion blender. The mixer produces better results by stirring within five minutes.

2. Digital scale

The scale is utilized for a precise measuring of ingredients used in the soap making process.

3. A steel pot that is stainless

The soap making pot should comprise of stainless steel. A container that is covered with enamel can also serve the purpose well.

4. Bowls

Bowls are required for measuring and mixing of the ingredients. A stainless bowl is recommended to stand the heat involved. Bowls made of aluminum or wood should not be used.

5. Spoons

Spoons are required for measuring and mixing through stirring. Wooden spoons are not recommended.

6. A soap mold

A wooden or plastic box can serve this purpose adequately. The soap mold can be from any container. Other people may prefer using milk cartons to mold the soap.

7. Knife

Kitchen knife having a large blade can be used.

8. Glasses and gloves

These are important to ensure safety when handling lye. The rubber gloves protect your hand from being irritated by lye.

The soap making process

1. The first step involves gathering together the ingredients to be used in conjunction with the tools. The soap mold should be lined with freezer paper, and the shiny surface should be the one facing the soap.

2. The stainless steel pot should be then placed on the digital scale. The solid oils should be then added to the steel pot as their weights get recorded.

3. After measuring the weight of the ingredients, the pot should be warmed over low heat to melt the solid oils.

4. The next step involves measuring the lye (sodium hydroxide) into a bowl. One should be careful since sodium hydroxide is poisonous

5. Measure water to be used.

6. The water should then be poured into a heat-resistant bowl followed by the lye.

7. Measure the liquid oils into a separate bowl. Add the liquid oils into the bowl containing the solid oils after they have melted.

8. Add the lye solution into the pot once it has cooled down while blending using a stick blender.

9. Continue the blending process until the mixture looks dull on the surface and coats the blender with a thin film. You can add fragrances and colorants at these step.

10. Pour the blend into a mold container. The mold container can be deep or shallow depending on your preference.

11. Place the mold inside a cardboard shoe box and put the lid on it. The mold should be covered with a thick piece of cloth to provide warmth. Give the soap 24 hours to harden. When the soap is cold and hard, cut it into bars. It should be allowed to cool for four weeks before it can be used.

12. Rinse off the lye from the tools and wash them using soapy water.

How To Improve Your Skin With Beauty Products

Beauty products are also known as the cosmetic products are the products which are used to enhance the contrast of appearance of the face or fragrance of the body. A lot of products are designed to use of applying to the face and the hairs of the individual. Women generally used more cosmetic products than men.

Cosmetics products generally are the mixture of the chemical compounds. Some of these compound are obtained from the natural resources and some compounds are synthetics. Beauty products are intended to apply to the human body to provide the attractiveness without effect the body’s functions. Beauty products are used to applied externally. Most cosmetics are distinguished by the area of the body where this cosmetics is applied.

There are wide variety of beauty products are available in the fast growing beauty industry. You can look beautiful with the help of these wide variety of the beauty products. They can transform you in no time and also improve your confidence that you never had. The various kind of beauty products available in the market include the makeup sets, eye shadows, face creams, hair gels, lipsticks etc. are easily available in the market. There are many colors eye shadows palettes available in the market. Colors play an important role in the enhancement of your looks. There are many different brands of cosmetics that offer many different products. These beauty products are available at different prices in the market. It is easy to find which product can suit your pockets.

Of all the beauty products available in the market you should use always the best products. A good make up set has all the necessary beauty products items that your face make up. The beauty products use ingredients that are good but also the ones which are safe for your skin. Good brands of beauty products always undergoes series of multiple test to suit all the skin types. You cannot compromise the quality of these products as it may have the adverse effect on your skin.

Therefore, always use the branded make up items, as the cheap and discounted beauty products are may cause allergies to your skin. If you can use the right and branded beauty products you can change your entire look and also save your skin from the damage. You can easily find out more beauty products in market that enhance your looks. At last i want to say that always use the right and branded beauty products so that you look good and there is no allergies in your skin.

How to Make Money With Soap Making

Soap making is becoming one of the most popular crafts to do. It’s very easy to make, and there are many great tutorials and recipes around. However, it pays to get a little practice in and good advice to start making perfect bars of soap every time. Lye, however, needs to be used in the making of soap and is a corrosive chemical but disappears when the soap cures, the Lye is used to form a process where fat is turned into soap. Safety when handling Lye it is very important. At my website under “Making Money With Soap” there’s a link to some great safety tips while using Lye.

Soap making can also be a very profitable craft business. Soap is easy to make, small and light to carry to markets and shops or post if selling online and the ingredients can be quite cheap if you hunt around. Especially if you buy them in bulk and it’s good to have a business tax file number to get great discounts on products.

As always it pays to check what insurance you need to cover yourself such as public liability. You also need to display what ingredients you’re using just in case someone has an allergic reaction to something it’s clearly listed. A local business office or local government office or website should be able to help you with information on this.

Selling soap online can also be a profitable craft business. However, you can’t smell nor feel soap via a computer screen! So it would be a good idea to have your soaps for sale in shops or markets etc. as well with your website information on it welcoming orders. Another idea would be to offer small free samples for people to try making sure you don’t blow your budget too much to entice people to buy or even have competitions on your website where people can win free soap again getting your soap out there and known.

There are thousands of different types of soaps you can make and different processes to make it. Often essential oils are used, fruit and plant oils, natural colorings, natural defoliants such as oatmeal and many more ingredients. Then there’s the part of making the soap and letting it cure and the different methods of displaying it from cutting your soap into shapes to using molds for unique shapes to stamping the soap for a unique touch, even having your business name as an emblem on it. This way after someone is repeatedly seeing your business name it may jog their memory to buying from you again. Also attaching a business card with your soap wrapped in pretty cellophane etc. is a great idea for repeat business.

Reveal Your Natural Beauty With Top Beauty Products

Reveal Your Natural Beauty With Top Beauty Products

Ladies, there is no better way to start the new year but by being confidently beautiful. Beauty definitely comes out naturally but do you also agree that enhancement is also a key? There is now a wide variety of products to cater to the difference in skin tones and beauty targets.

Reveal Your Natural Beauty with Top Beauty Products

2016 has surely paved way for a lot of beauty products which became essential to every woman all over. Let us go through the most used, appreciated, and nonetheless, ranked as the most effective beauty products which could still be handy for the New Year. Pick that is your favorite:

– Maybelline New York Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara – We all aim for that well-shaped, thick brow hairs. Well, this is not like the usual mascara as it is made up of a gel – tinted mousse hybrid tinted formula. Through its ball-shaped tip, one can easily reshape your brow to your preferred thickness and style.

– Korress Lip Butter – This is the best lip balm for hydrating purposes. Ranked 4.2 out of 5 on MakeupAlley, you will surely not regret buying it. You will definitely achieve a natural look, and at the same time, hydrate that chapped lips.

– Urban Decay Naked Smoked Palette – This is probably already on your bucket list. It offers a wide variety of shades namely neutral, darks, mattes, and metallic enabling you to achieve any kind of look may it be subtle, dramatic, natural, colorful.

– Nars Blush in Orgasm – Introduced in the year 1999, this product remains in demand until now. With over 16,000 good reviews about it, you are assured that it is worth the price. Achieve that natural, rosy cheeks now!

– Anastacia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick – A lot is simply crazy about this matte liquid lipstick. Available in chic reds, wearable nudes, trendy browns, and a lot more, you will surely find one that would best fit your skin tone and that long-awaited big event.

– Neutrogena Cleansing Wipes – This has always been a useful product for all make-up users. Who wouldn’t want disposable, effective make-up remover? This is even capable of removing water-proof products which will definitely be difficult when using other types of cleansing wipes.

– Real Techniques Brushes – Calling all professional make-up artists – this should definitely be part of your kit. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and handles, you will surely enjoy using these 100% synthetic brushes.

Cleaning After Raccoons in Our Attic – How To Get Them Out

As we know raccoons are very lousy animals and cause a lot of troubles and damage your property and belongings. I always see news about these night bandits in my local newspaper, but couldn’t image that something similar can happen to me. So, my home got invaded my a raccoon family, we don’t know how long they resided in my attic and a technician from wildlife control service we hired said that they might have been living there for a few months. Getting rid of raccoons is half the battle when it comes to eliminating nuisance odour after them. After we had raccoons in our attic look at this is the mess they left behind…

raccoon feces removal

raccoon droppings in attic

…and thankfully we contacted raccoon control and they got rid of the problem etc. The guys used special soaps and deodorizers to clean up the attic after raccoons have been in there.

So, Why Use Deodorizers?

Many people always focus of eliminating raccoon and give little attention to using deodorizers thereafter. You however are advised to not skip this step as it comes with the following benefits:

– Locks in Odor: Getting rid of the unpleasant smell left by urine, feces, dander or sweat from the creature isn’t easy. Some smells will become stronger as the temperature changes and this means that at one point you will smell the odor and in the next moment there is nothing. Good deodorizers help lock in the odor stopping it from rising or diffusing into the atmosphere.

– Kill Stains: Many users relate deodorizers with smell/scent. But, did you know that quality types also help in eradicating stains left behind by raccoon feces, sweat, body oils, saliva and urine? In so doing, you are assured of the stain not spreading or damaging the surfaces and will become less-noticeable over time.

– Create Unpleasant Environment: While the deodorant may smell nice to human beings, it is usually very unpleasant to the raccoon. They will always try and avoid the repulsive smell and this means no creature(s) in the surrounding. Top service providers use user-friendly and eco-friendly scents that are safe for humans, pets and the environment as well.

– Stop other nuisances: Other pests and animals are attracted to raccoon droppings, urine, oils, or the scent left behind. Bacteria like Leptospirosis or Salmonella also thrive in areas previously or currently occupied by raccoon. A good deodorizer will create an environment that is unfriendly to the vices.

The whole process was handled professionally and the guys from raccoon control did a great job removing the raccoons. At the same time the removal cost was not as high we expected. You can visit their site for more information. We highly recommend them.