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1  UNITED STATES / Washington / Olympia, WA Comic Artist's Group on: February 26, 2010 12:05:06 PM
My boyfriend is in process of getting a comic published, and we'd be interested in starting a group for comic book artists to work together and discuss our creative process/ideas!  or even just to meet each other.  We don't own a car, so it would have to meet locally, but once we know if anyone's interested, we can discuss times.  Let me know if anyone's interested!
(We also know about the comic clubhouse meeting, and OSAS).
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / I made my own version of a Lush sugar scrub :) on: February 26, 2010 11:42:24 AM
So, I got this idea somewhat out of nowhere after reading a book, and I had been out of the last scrub I made for a little while.  I had some "extra" soaps from the holiday sale (but it's so expensive I'd hardly consider it extra... :/), so I blended all of these together (in about this order) in a plastic container from my last scrub.  It works really well, and smells mostly like bananas and honey, so far Smiley

container for the finished scrub
spoon or knife to stir

approx. 1 cup of sugar (I used unbleached)
approx. 1 cup of epsom/dead sea salts (I used a blend)
approx. 5 tablespoons of organic olive oil
about 1/6 of five dollar bars of "godmother" and "angel's delight" soaps
about 3 tablespoons of snow fairy shower gel
zest of 1 orange (I used an organic minneola)
about one tablespoon of lemon juice
about one tablespoon of honey
about fifteen drops vanilla absolute (I used Aveda brand)

I added the sugar, salt, and olive oil in layers so it would be easier to stir.  Then I added the olive oil, and began to blend things somewhat together.  You can pretty much decide how much olive oil and sugar/salt to add as you go along, based on what consistency you like.  Originally I was just going to add the soaps and salt/sugar/oil, but the other ingredients (especially the orange) smelled really good and really seemed to bring out the fruit fragrances in the soaps.  I was careful not to add any of the white part of the citrus peel.  I grated the soaps with a mini-grater right into the container I was using- careful with this, because they grated really quickly and I would almost overfill the container before I had noticed.  little timy soap curlies...everywhere!  I ended up adding more of different ingredients as I went along, because some of the began to dissolve as the scrub was forming.  I wouldn't add the honey and lemon until towards the end because the other ingredients will help to break them down.  

I was really happy with how it turned out, especially since it'll give me a chance to enjoy the fragrances of the products but still also use my other, different things.  (the three Lush products I used in this smell similar, so they paired qute well.)  I've made other scrubds for myself, and it's definitely cheaper than buying them, but I liked the idea of grating the soap I liked into this.  This scrub can also be used as a neat hair mask if you've got the patience to rinse it out Smiley
(sorry for the picture quality...I used a cameraphone).

happy friday!
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