Category Archives: Recipes & Tutorials

Wild Musk Bath Salts

I’m not sure what the weather is like around the rest of the country, but here in Tauranga it’s horrible! It is definitely the kind of weather that is perfect for soaking in the tub. I’m usually a bubble bath kinda girl, but lately I’ve been using bath salts instead. The benefits of epsom salts […]

Avocado Lip Shine

This lip shine not only gives your lips a nice shimmer, it also provides some beneficial moisturising which can be sorely needed during these winter months. Avocado oil contains a lot of Vitamin B which can help with skin damage,  skin protection, and cell generation. It also contains Vitamin A and Vitamin E which are […]

Rebatching Soap Scraps

I’m sure this is a familiar sight for any cold process soap maker – the container (or boxes in my case) of soap shavings and off cuts which are left over when you cut and tidy your soaps. All of our bathrooms at work have my soap off cuts for hand washing, and you’ll more […]

Swirly Melt & Pour Clamshell Soap

Melt and pour soap is a fun and easy way to make your own soap. You don’t have to worry about wearing safety gear or using caustic soda like you do with cold process soap. It can be a fun project to do with kids or adults alike. These little soaps are poured straight into our […]

How to Make Hydrosol

When essential oils are made through steam distillation it involves a process of steaming the plant material, cooling the steam, then eventually extracting the oil from the condensed steam. Hydrosol is the left over steam (distilled water). Hydrosols are like essential oils but in far less of a concentration. Hydrosols can be used externally in skin […]

Foaming Bath Truffles

Well it seems winter has well and truly arrived this week! Luckily here in Tauranga we usually don’t get hit with the worst of the weather, but I really feel for those of you in more southerly areas. My Mum lives in Christchurch and she sent a picture of the first snow fall this morning, brrr! It’s the […]

Caffeinated Body Cream

Following on from my post about why Caffeine is so wonderful I thought I’d share the recipe for my very first attempt at incorporating powdered caffeine into a cream. I have to say it’s turned out A-MA-ZING! I’m not sure if it’s because of the caffeine powder, or because of the oils and butters, but either way […]

Mother’s Day Candied Nuts

(Nuts in a Mason Jar!) My Mum doesn’t like us spending money on her. Especially for Mother’s Day. But it’s always nice to do something, even if it’s something small. It’s the thought that counts after all. Mum loves nuts; who doesn’t right!? So I figured it would be nice to give her something that doesn’t […]