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Postby RosieMoonflower » Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:46 pm

Hey all, Rosie here. Haven't been posting much lately but I'm still here. I'm a hobbyist and I love to try new things. I think the next hobby I'm going to try is homemade soap. I'm actually more interested in creating scents and colors for the soap rather than the soap itself, so I'll be purchasing all natural homemade soap base, melting it down and adding essential oils, herbs, etc. I'm also going to try to make some natural lip balm for the winter. Does anyone else make their own soap or skin products? Anyone here into aromatherapy? I figure learning up on aroma therapy wouldn't hurt me in this venture. Would love to get a conversation going about this and to share tips!

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Re: Soaps, lip balm and more

Postby firebirdflys » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:34 pm

Ready to wash up!
Ya know...the only soaps I have ever made were from shaved mini bars, like the kind you get at a motel/hotel. Then I may add a scant amount of some crushed lavender or other herbs. Add a few sprinkles of water to get the shaving to stick together. Also with these shavings it's easy to put a crystal to recharge ones self in the center then mold the soap ball in your hands. I have also used small apache tears and crushed patchouli, for a grounding wash experience.
These look real cool when you get a mix of clear or amber soaps mixed with white. I suppose color could be added, but what kind I'm not sure.
Oils I think would clash with the already scented bars, haven't tried that.
I love essential olis though. I'll be back with more on that.
You have pictures? Would love to see the finished product :fairy:
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Soaps, lip balm and more

Postby RosieMoonflower » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:47 pm

Hey FF! Thanks for the reply! I don't have pictures because I haven't actually made anything yet. Ha! I've been doing TONS of research though!

I've located a supplier of aloe infused melt and pour soap just 2 hours away from where I live. I'll be able to melt it down and add my own herbs, oils, etc. I ordered a silicone loaf mold online for about $15 which I'm kinda disappointed in. It's seems small for the price. But I wasn't sure if I could just line my bread pan with clear rap and be okay..? I know it's not good to make soap in the same stuff you cook in so I just went ahead and ordered it.

I grow my mind own herbs so I've got that part covered but I am having a hard time finding the best place to buy the essential oils. I want organic, but that can be pricey.. I read a book on essential oils to learn about working with them, safety precautions, etc.

I never thought about putting crystals or gemstones in the soaps, what a nifty idea!!

I bought a book on soap making with a few recipes in it. One recipe was for peppermint & tea tree with poppy seeds for an exfoliant. They sell the same soap at Whole Foods so I bought it and I loved it! So I can't wait to make that one.

Rosemary is one of my favorite smells ever and I know it smells "piney" but it smells so clean and so fresh to me. I'd like to make a rosemary scented soap.

As for lip balms I got sort of tripped up on what to put them in. I think the small tins are probably the best. I originally wanted the tubes but looked into other idea when it hit me the tubes were made of plastic..

When I do finally make something, I will definitely share pictures.

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Re: Soaps, lip balm and more

Postby firebirdflys » Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:30 pm

Ya know,
One thing that I have found really useful is scrubs.
I made a real cool one with sugar, olive oil, vitamine c crystals, and a drop or two of orange es oil. It's practicality edible!
Another one has coconut oil sugar and tea tree oil. The only drawback is it seems to make the shower floor all slippery.
Lip balms are harder. ..I've had some sucess with skin healing salves healing salves.
I usually use coconut oils and beeswax as a base.
I think your idea of avoiding plastics is a good one.
I cant wait to see a pic!
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Re: Soaps, lip balm and more

Postby RosieMoonflower » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:10 am

So one of my gal pals who I go camping with sells EO's through doTerra. I'm meeting with her on Monday to talk. She really wants me to become a "wellness advocate" and sell EO's too.

Normally I wouldn't even consider getting into direct selling/pyramid earning (scheme) type investments, but I'm actually considering this one. I'm in a rut right now I feel. My job is a serious source of stress and depression for me. But, I feel trapped in it because I can't do anything else. That's why I need my hobbies and creative outlets but currently I feel like I don't have any.

I would at the very least be getting a discount on the EO's I was wanting to buy to put in the soaps anyways, and at most I could maybe make a little extra income because I do not work in the summers. Anyways, do you have any opinions on this company or business model?

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Re: Soaps, lip balm and more

Postby firebirdflys » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:24 am

Oi...I'm not sure youre going to like my opinion of that company.
I ran into them at a vinyard affair and a park festival in my moms town. Maybe it was just these vendors but I didn't like their attitude which was one of...if you don't do our products you are a looser in life. Ok so no one said that in so many words. But that was the basic message, and this one vendor scoffed at my knowledge of oils. (The one at the vinyard) I looked over their prices and was horrified. Their resale prices are at least double of most retail stores and triple in some cases. Their wholesale is no better. (I buy my oils wholesale with Aura Cacia), and I see that doTerra's wholsale prices are double triple and quadruple on a few of the more exotic oils.
I do not want to discourage a business venture for you but please take what ever they say with a grain of salt. I feel they cater to the rich. Because who the heck has 40 dollars to shell out for patchouli when when one can get it for 20 at thier local health food store?
Pyramid schemes got me once when I was about 27, we were going to sell water filters. ..and they are great, I still use the one we bought then.... just changing out the core ever year or so. (Used to be 30 for the core filter now its 90) I never did get rich though, and it turned into a huge pain...I'm also not much of a sales person so that may have had quite a bit to do with the lack of success.
Sorry to be a downer, just remember if it sounds too good to be true...consider that it might.
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Postby RosieMoonflower » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:32 pm

No worries! I'm glad you would be honest! I went to check out a couple of health food stores in town that sell EOs and thu had the brand you mentioned, Aura Cacia. I guess the only thing to do is purchase a few different brands and see which I prefer.

The doTerra is super expensive compared to one of the least expensive ones offered in the store. And, that least expensive brand had some large quantities that may be useful when making lots of soap, but what about quality?

I assume since you use aura acacia you would vouch for it's quality? I still plan to meet my friend and at least hear what she has to say, but I may not go for the business venture. I don't really need the money (I mean sure it never hurts), but I do need the outlet. I've always wanted to find the perfect creative outlet that also helps people, so maybe this is it. And, maybe it's not. Maybe it's soap, or lip balm, or some hobby I've yet to try..

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Re: Soaps, lip balm and more

Postby firebirdflys » Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:39 pm

Yea! You go girl!
Let me know what you find out :)
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