Making Colored Soap With Kids

Posted by jeff on 6/29/2010 to Soaps

Making soap with kids can be a fun summer project. The best part is that when you're done, they can enjoy their creation in the bathtub. Here are some ideas on how to make colored soap with your kids.

Advantages of Buying Wholesale Cosmetics

Posted by jeff on 6/28/2010 to Cosmetics

There are many different advantages for buying wholesale cosmetics. First, the cost is a lot less. Wholesale usually means buying a product in quantity, which makes the costs come down.

Normally the price is less because you are buying a certain amount of products. Buying wholesale cosmetics means buying a minimum order of a certain value so that you can have the wholesale price. This doesn't mean you have to break your bank to get a good price.

Allergies and Cosmetics

Posted by jeff on 6/24/2010 to Cosmetics
Have you had an allergic reaction to cosmetics before? The reason that you have a bad reaction is due to the ingredients in the cosmetic. Even with the high volume of women who test out the cosmetics before it is put before the public, there are still a lot of women who can still suffer allergic reactions to the ingredients in the cosmetics.

An allergic reaction may take you off guard. This is especially true for women who have worn makeup for many years and out of the blue have a bad reaction to one. It only takes one ingredient to cause an allergic reaction.

I know What Soap Is, But How Does It Actually Work?

Posted by jeff on 6/23/2010 to Soaps

A popular activity for many people is soap making. Soap making is a fun way to make your own, unique soap. But how does soap actually work, and will you be doing it the right way if you make it on your own?

The most simple way I can think of to explain how soap works is that soaps have sodium and potassium fatty acids salt in them. The fatty acid salts produce a chemical reaction known as saponification. They have strands of molecules that like water, and some strands that don't like water. Because they are able to work with and against water, soap is able to work well with both water and oil.

Are Natural Wholesale Cosmetics Really Better?

Posted by jeff on 6/22/2010 to Cosmetics
There are so many people today pushing natural, wholesale cosmetics. It can lead us to question whether natural wholesale cosmetics is really better than the average cosmetics. How good are these products really? Are they that much different then the other wholesale cosmetics?

The answer to these questions is - yes! Organic and natural wholesale cosmetics is a lot better for your skin than the average products. Ordinary skin products are filled with chemicals. Putting these chemicals on your face can cause serious reactions to our skin.

The Ever Popular Soap on a Rope

Posted by jeff on 6/21/2010 to Soaps
There are many good reasons for soap making using a rope. I think it's great for camping since it helps keep your soap out of the dirt. At home it's nice because with your soap hanging to dry, you don't end up with all that slimy soap mess in your soap holder. When soap is securely attached to a rope, you have an easier time finding it and catching it when it lands in the tub!

So, how do you make soap on a rope?  It's really easy, and lots of fun! If you already have a favorite soap recipe, start your soap making like you would normally do. You will also need about 18 inches of some kind of rope.

Soap Carving Fun

Posted by jeff on 6/18/2010 to Soaps
Carving bars of soap can only be considered good clean fun! One of the projects my cub scouts looked forward to was the day they got to carve a bar of soap into whatever they wanted. They soon learned that carving soap took more talent than you might think.

So where did carving soap get started? What prompted people to spend their time carving soap? Is soap carving really an art?

Making Glycerin Soap with Kids

Posted by jeff on 6/17/2010 to Soaps
Glycerin soap is a great craft to do with kids. The extra glycerin in the soap produces a very moisturizing bar of soap. The clear soap also gives you the opportunity to add extra fun by putting things into the soap.

Clear soap base can be purchased in large blocks to be melted down. This melted soap can be colored, and fragrance added as desired. This melted soap is then poured into soap molds and is known as "melt and pour" soap making.

The History of Soap Making

Posted by jeff on 6/16/2010 to Soaps
Long ago people figured out that water is good for cleaning things. It also didn't take long to learn that water alone can't clean everything. At some point, someone figured out how to make soap, probably from animal fat that mixed with the ashes of the fires the meat was cooked on.

No one knows where soap making began. Clay tablets dating back to 2500 BC suggest that soap was first used for styling hair, as well as to aid in healing wounds. Ancient Greeks were said to use a combination of lye and ashes to clean their pots and the statues of their gods.

How Old is Soap?

Posted by jeff on 6/15/2010 to Soaps

Soap is a beautiful substance.  It is what helps us keep our friends, family, and jobs.  With it we feel clean, happy, and healthy.  So when exactly was soap created?

The art of soap making dates all the way back to the Babylonians.  When ancient Babylon was being excavated, a clay cylinder that was dated 2800 BC had a soap like substance within it.  There is also a clay tablet that had a formula for making soap that was dated 2200 BC.

Sensitive Skin and Soap

Posted by jeff on 6/14/2010 to Soaps
Soap and sensitive skin do not always work well together. There are going to be certain ingredients that make soap harsher on the skin. Soap making is a refined process, so be sure to know what is in your soap before you buy it.

Natural soaps are usually soaps that people have homemade that may contain synthetic ingredients. Soap making can be made with organic essential oils, but it can also include synthetic fragrances that can be harmful to your skin. When you are at the store buying your natural soap because you have sensitive skin there are a few things to look out for.

Essential Oils For Kids

Posted by jeff on 6/11/2010 to Oils

Summer is finally here! Children are leaving their scheduled routines of school and activities and are moving towards a more relaxed, summer attitude. There are plenty of summer activities, however, to keep kids busy and on their toes.

Essential oils are helpful for children during the summer. Children can benefit from the oils as much as adults can. Here are a few of our favorite oils that children really enjoy.

Clearing Acne with Sandalwood

Posted by jeff on 6/2/2010 to Oils

Sandalwood natural essential oil comes from a tree in Australia.  The natives to Australia, Aborigines, ate the nuts and fruit from the sandalwood tree to help with minor health problems.  The natural essential oil from the sandalwood tree can also help with the symptoms of acne.

Sandalwood natural essential oil can help treat acne because it is has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties.  Sandalwood essential oil can kill the bacteria and germs on the skin and reduce the swelling of acne.  It can even help heal scars from past acne.

The Making of Essential Oils

Posted by jeff on 6/1/2010 to Oils

Essential oils are very useful.  They give off pleasant fragrances that can uplift any room.  They can also be used for medical purposes.

Making essential oils can be complex.  The oil is gathered from various parts of plants.  Only a small part of the plant has oil on it so it may take up to a hundred pounds of the plant to make one ounce of the oil.  At least the oil is heavily concentrated.