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121  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm interested in making soaps for the first time? on: September 12, 2007 01:18:53 PM
Books were my best friend when I started soap making. Check your local library and see what they have available. Some good starter books are:

For Cold Process:
The Soapmaker's Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch

For Melt & Pour:
300 Handcrafted Soaps by Marie Browning
122  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Make mango butter? on: September 12, 2007 01:13:41 PM
I think making your own vegetable butters would be very labor intensive. Just pressing oil from seeds is a pretty intense process. Another alternative to ordering expensive butters from other countries is making new recipes using the oils that are available to you locally.

From what I understand there are many wonderful ingredients produced in India. Virgin Coconut Oil, Sesame Oil, Amla, and Brahmi Oil are only a fraction of what you may be able to find in your own country.

I would check and see what solid vegetable oils and butters are available in your local shops and markets. Once you find that out you could ask your folks on Craftster for help making recipes from them. You may turn out with some wonderful formulas!
123  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: spa basket ideas?? on: September 12, 2007 01:06:44 PM
I love making salt or sugar scrubs for gift baskets.
124  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it possible to buy base butters (cocoa and shea) from highstreet shops? on: September 12, 2007 12:58:42 PM
Health food stores can often order items like these for customers as well.
125  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: pretty shiny hair <3 on: September 12, 2007 12:57:31 PM
I have been thinking of trying to create a natural version of hair gloss. Does anyone have any suggestions on that end of the spectrum? The base would need to be able to dry up or soak in without leaving the hair greasy or sticky. I considered trying to make it like a water based detangler, but I'm not sure if that would really leave a sheen once it dried.
126  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: face mask to get rid of acne? on: September 12, 2007 12:52:39 PM
Apples were a great idea. I would keep them in your recipe. Did you puree them as well? Also, fresh raspberries would be a nice addition. If you're willing to find it, Mare Mare made a good suggestion about using Bentonite Clay. Moor Mud or Dead Sea Mud are also great at drawing out impurities.

The best thing you can do if you get acne on a regular basis is to find a really great daily skincare routine and follow it religiously! It can be hard to find the right one, because everyone's skin is different. PM me if you want any advice on trying to start a routine. I'll be happy to help. Grin
127  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Home-made soap infused sponges? on: September 12, 2007 12:47:07 PM
Maybe you could dip a sponge into melt & pour soap? I know that people dip loofahs into mp soap, I can't see why you wouldn't be able to do the same with a sponge.

Also, I wonder what would happen if you tried this with one of those dehydrated/condensed sponges? Maybe it would soak up the melted soap and inflate?

Now you have me curious!
128  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to get a true Plumeria scent? on: September 12, 2007 12:30:49 PM
Hi Jocelyn,

Sometimes, if you are looking for a very specific scent you may have better luck using fragrance oils as opposed to essential oils. Since they are synthetic, the manufacturer has control of the final scent. Most commercial soaps and products use synthetic fragrances for this reason. I would ask around to the soap makers here to see if any of them have a favorite recommendation for a particular source or brand of Frangipani / Plumeria fragrance oil.

Unfortunately, there are so many varieties out there it will be tough to find the exact smell that was used in the soaps you've purchased. But you'll have a very good chance of finding something you like. Smiley

Good luck!
129  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: handmade hair products on: August 13, 2007 02:07:54 PM
I'm a little late on this one, but there are some great books on natural hair care out there. Try this one:

Naturally Healthy Hair
by Janssen, Mary Beth

It has a ton of recipes, shampoos, rinses, treatments etc. It's pretty popular too. You may even get lucky enough to find it at a library.
130  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: In dire need of a crafty way to get rid of oily hair... on: August 13, 2007 01:37:08 PM
Hair care can be tricky, just like skin. First of all, you might want to take a look at your shampoo. It could be over drying your hair and scalp, causing your roots to react by increasing oil production. If you are using a very harsh shampoo in hopes that it will stop the oil you might be working counter-productively in the long run.

Try using a gentle baby shampoo and conditioner for a week or so and see if your hair reacts at all.

If you have access to essential oils, the following oils can help discourage oil production in hair:
Basil
Cedarwood
Cypress
Lemongrass
Rosemary
Sage
Tea Tree
Patchouli

You can add a FEW drops of essential oils to an ounce or so of shampoo to add their properties. Just make sure if you're going to use an essential oil you check that it is safe for you first. Some oils can cause all kinds of health complications. In fact, if you are pregnant, have a seizure disorder, high blood pressure or any other health condition you may want to steer clear of essential oils all together (unless you have a good source of expert advice).

You can try an herbal rinse as well. Steep the following herbs (or as many as you can locate) in very hot (just boiled but not boiling) water. Strain all plant material out so you are left with a "tea".

Peppermint
Lemongrass
Sage
Rosemary

Mix the tea with an equal amount of apple cider vinegar and allow it to cool to a safe temperature. Pour over your hair after shampooing to rinse away excess residues.

It may take some time for your hair to even out after changing your habits, but hopefully it will work!
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