Category Archives: Recipes & Tutorials

Caffeinated Body Cream

REPOSTED 11 July 2019 This recipe was originally posted on our website waaay back in June 2015. Following some recent media coverage on how caffeine powder can be highly toxic and even deadly when ingested in large doses (which it absolutely is!), we thought we’d re-share the recipe and show the reason why WE sell […]

Cocoa Butter Oatmeal Bath Bombs

Cocoa Butter Oatmeal Bath Bomb

Ingredients Powders420g (51.5%) baking soda210g (26%) citric acid130g (16%) epsom salts14g (1.7%) white kaolin clay8g (1%) colloidal oatmeal Oils12g (1.5%) cocoa butter12g (1.5%) polysorbate 80 8g | 1% essential oil blend (3g lavender, 3g ylang ylang, 2g patchouli) ExtrasDried cornflower petalsDried rose budsWitch hazel in a mister, if needed Tools & Equipment BowlSieveWhisk/Spatula/SpoonAluminium bath bomb […]

Almond Milk, Oat & Honey Bastille Soap

I was excited to receive my copy of Milk Soaps by Anne-Marie Faiola. I have all of her books, which I refer back to quite a lot, to come up with inspiration and soap ideas. I love using milk in soap, but in the past I’ve only tried goat’s milk, and more recently, coconut milk. […]

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 […]

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 […]