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Cold Process Soap Making

Cold process is the foundation of all soap making. 

You can make healthy natural soap that can change your skin.
When I see people I know with rough dry skin,

I make a point of giving them a bar of handmade soap.
They usually tell me that their skin has never felt better after using it.

The reason is because all of the glycerin, which is a by-product of
soap making, is still intact.

Glycerin has a huge effect on your skins moisture. 
It pulls moisture from the air and protects your skin from
environmental impurities.

Along with the glycerin, is the high quality ingredients that you put into the soap, as
well as the absence of low quality skin damaging ingredients that you find in commercial soap.
I hope you enjoy soap making as much as I do. 

What other hobby can you think of that produces a necessary product that we use several times a day?

       
Soap Making Safety The first thing you need to do before you begin soap making is
to become familiar with the safety information for soap making.
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Equipment You will Need For Cold Process Soap Making Once  you have become familiar with the safety and precautions of soap making, here is a list of equipment you will need. PDF      
Create Your Own Soap Mould If you are interested in making a recycled soap mold, here is a detailed guideline that I have created for you.  It will fit a 2 pound batch of soap. PDF Video Download Portable Device
Cold Process Soap Guide Here is a handy ebook I have put together for you. 
It illustrates the process of cold process soap making step by step. 
You can keep this on your computer or print out a copy to have on hand.
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Indigo Soap Making Indigo herb comes from india and is fermented in water to release the indigo powder. 
This is a very old traditional process and is still happening the same.  True indigo powder can be hard to find because the market
has been flooded with cheap artificial indigo colorants.  The real stuff can be a bit expensive.  If you can't find real indigo, you can use cocoa powder,
paprika or even ground cinnamon in place of indigo powder.    The color will obviously be different, but you will still get a wonderful cold process soap.  I don't recommend you use chili pepper or cayenne for a color.  The spicy heat can cause irritation.  We will also be using gold mineral mica in this soap.  You can use ground ginger if you like.  To learn more about natural colors in soap making, check out my blog post here.
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Cutting Your Indigo Soap You will need to let the soap go through the saponification process overnight.  I know it's tempting to check in on it, but you need to leave it alone.  If it is going through a critical stage and you disturb it,
you might end up with a messed up batch of soap.  Put the soap away where it will not be touched.  A linen closet works well.  Be sure to keep the soap at room temperature.  Though you have insulated the soap well, you still need to help it along by keeping it out of the cold.  Here is the video showing what to expect after you have left your soap overnight:
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Packaging Your Soap Once you have cut your soap, you can package it.  Here are a few ideas to get your creativity flowing:   Video Download Portable Device
Quebracho Rosemary Mint Soap For this soap we use Quebracho which comes from a native tree in South America. 
You can substitute this for Cocoa or Paprika (or a blend of the two to make a dark orange).  We will also be adding Myrobalan which are ground nuts from
a native tree in Nepal.  You can also use turmeric for this color. For this recipe we will be adding essential oil for scent.  Rosemary and Peppermint are two essential oils
that survive the saponification process.  Another is Lavender.
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Cutting the Quebracho Rosemary Mint Soap Once you have allowed the Quebracho Soap to sit overnight undisturbed,
you are ready to cut it.
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Cold Process Wine or Beer Soap

This process can be used with both wine or beer.
It's challenging to make a soap with alcohol as the liquid since
the soap batch will want to seize when it is introduced to the alcohol.
Because of this, you are going to add the wine or beer at the
very end, right before the color is added.

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Cold Process Organic Goat's Milk Soap

This process allows you to create a rich sothing healing soap. You need
patience and time to make this one because if you try to speed up the process
you will get a burned, ammonia scented batch that you
will be very unhappy with.  You can choose Almond Milk, Soy Milk or Coconut Milk
if you prefer a vegan soap.

I have replace all of the water in this recipe with organic whole fat goat's milk.
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Hot Process Soap Making

Hot Process Soap Making is one of the
best ways to take advantage of the delicate essential oils that can't survive
Cold Process Soap Making
The reason for this is because in Hot Process Soap Making,

the chemical reaction (saponification) has already happened
before we add the essential oils.  During saponification, the soap temperature rises
during the chemical reaction and many
delicate essentail oils such as citrus cook out and you are left with no scent.
Another benefit to Hot Process Soap Making is that the

colors you use stay true.
All the natural herb are still the same color as when you started.
You also get to use your soap quicker than Cold Process.

When the soap cools, it hardens and can be cut even on the same day as it was made.You can escalate the coolingprocess by putting your soap in the refrigerator or freezer. 

It is best to leave your soap to solidify for a few days after you unmold it though.

       
Equipment You Will Need For Hot Process Soap Making Here is a list of equipment you will need for Hot Process and Liquid Soap Making.
It is a little bit different than Cold Process.
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Hot Process Soap Making Guide I have put together an e-book that
 illustrates the technique of hot process soap making step by step.  You can keep this on your computer or print out a copy to have on hand.
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Hot Process Lime Soap Citrus Essential Oils tend to cook out of Cold Process Soap,
but they are a perfect choice for hot process soap making because
by the time you add the citrus oil (in our case Lime Essential Oil),
the soap will have already gone through the saponification process (when oil, water and alkali turn into soap).
For the color of this soap, I will be using powdered Lime Leaves. 
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Cutting the Hot Process Lime Soap One of the best things about Hot Process soap making is that as soon as the
soap batch cools, it also hardens.  You can speed up the process by putting your soap mold in the fridge.Here is the video showing what to expect after your soap has cooled,
hardened and is ready to unmold:
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Hot Process Chocolate Silk Soap The next hot process soap we will make is Chocolate and Silk Soap.We will be melting silk fibers in the Sodium Hydroxide
and water mixture.  This way we will be able
to add this luxurious ingredient to our soap.This step is completely optional though.
If you prefer not to add the silk, just skip that step.
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Cutting the Hot Process Chocolate Silk Soap Once you have allowed the Chocolate and Silk Soap to cool and harden, you are ready to cut it.   Video Download Portable Device
Make Your Own Soap Recipes It's now time to get into making your own recipes. 
Once you start, you will be coming up with a bunch
of new oil combinations.  You will soon discover your favorite combinations
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Fix Your Messed up Batch of Soap Once in awhile, you will be making a batch of soap and become
distracted, or maybe you will forget to reset your
scale when you add another oil to the pot.Whatever the situation, there may come a time when your
soap batch just didn't turn out.Thats okay.  This video will help you use up that
messed up batch of soap that
you thought was a gonner.
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Hot Process Chunk Soap Chunk Soap is a very handy way to use up your scraps of soap from another batch.The look can be very attractive.  The scent can be a really nice
combination too.
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Hot Process Organic Rooibos Tea Soap Rooibos tea is loaded with vitamin C and it makes
a wonderful colored soap too.
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Non-Milled Soap Method Part 1 The non-milled soap method is a very easy way to use up your soap scraps.
This method uses the hot process soap making method.
Once the soap is complete, you would have a very difficult time telling the
difference between a regular hot process soap and the non milled soap.
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Non-Milled Soap Method Part 2 The non-milled soap method is a very easy way to use up your soap scraps.
This method uses the hot process soap making method.
Once the soap is complete, you would have a very difficult time telling the
difference between a regular hot process soap and the non milled soap.
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Hot Process Wine or Beer Soap

This Wine or Beer Soap is  slightly easier to make than the Cold Process method
since you do not need to worry too much about the soap seizing once the alcohol is added. 

This makes a great base for Beer Shampoo Bars and Antioxidant Soap Bars.

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Conditioning Shampoo bars

These shampoo bars are uniquely different from your basic soap
since there is a built in conditioner and extra vitamins that are wonderful for your hair.

These bars are not only great for washing and conditioning your hair,
but many men and women love it for shaving,
since it leaves such a soothing feel to the skin after it is washed off.

 This is one of my best sellers.

 

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Making Herbal Oils

It is   always nice to add a wonderful healing oil to your soap.  Some of these oils such as calendula can be quite expensive.Here is a video showing you how you can easily produce these same oils at a fraction of the cost with all of the benefits. 
Don't forget you also have the option of using organic herbs.  The organic herbal oils are hard to find and very expensive to purchase.

 

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Natural Liquid Soap This method of liquid soap making is very traditional
and natural.  We are  bombarded with so many chemical in our liquid soap and detergents
that we don't even realize how harmful they are.  This is true liquid soap making and it will not
dry your skin like detergent chemicals.  Liquid soap making is similar to hot process soap making to a point.  There are a few differences such as the alkali we will be using.  For liquid soap, we use Potassium Hydroxide instead of
Sodium Hydroxide.  You will be learning to make 5 different Liquid soaps.  Coconut, Olive, Soy, Almond, and Hemp Seed.  They each have different characteristics
and they all are slightly different to make.  Once you start to use natural liquid soap,
you will notice how it fits right into your
routine.  Never having to purchase harsh
chemical cleaners, never having to worry about the environmental
damage you are causing.  Natural Liquid Soap

is both environmentally friendly
gentle on your skin.  
       
Natural Liquid Soap Making Guide Here is a handy ebook I have put together for you. 
It illustrates the technique of natural liquid soap making step by step.  You can keep this on your computer or print out a copy to have on hand.
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Coconut Oil Liquid Soap Coconut oil soap makes a very bubbly, cleansing soap. 
It lathers up big and it can be mixed with other liquid soaps
to boost the bubbles.
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Coconut Oil Liquid Soap Pt 2 Once the Coconut liquid soap has sat for a few days, the soap will start to become clear.  Here is the Coconut Liquid soap after a few days:   Video Download Portable Device
Olive Oil Liquid Soap This is also known as Castile liquid soapIt is the most popular type of liquid soap on the market,
and it's usually thickened with borax or chemicals. 
I have chosen not to thicken mine because I like it to be as natural
as possible.
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Olive Oil Liquid Soap Pt 2 Once you have allowed the Olive Oil Liquid Soap to sit for a day, it's time to take a look at it.   Video Download Portable Devices
Soy Oil Liquid Soap I like soy liquid soap because it has a lot of the same
characteristics of Olive Liquid soap, but it produces more bubbles.  It's also cheaper to make than olive, so it's a good choice for

all purpose cleaners.    It also works well in shampoos.
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Almond Oil Liquid Soap

Almond Oil Liquid Soap
is very soft and soothing.  It's
a great addition to hand soap and
face cleansers.

This is a more expensive soap to make, but it's
worth it.

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Hemp Seed Oil Liquid Soap

Hemp Seed Oil Liquid Soap is a
very special soap.  It keeps the hemp scent and creates a
nice soft lather.  I love this soap for shampoos and face washes.

 

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How to Fix Your Liquid Soap

Making Liquid soap can be really fussy.
Here is a trick to clear up your soap.  This Video shows you how to clear up liquid soap that

Has either separated or is unclear.

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Products Made From Your Natural Liquid Soap          
Mocha Bubble Body Sugar

This recipe uses liquid soap to create a nice lather.  The Mocha scent of this all natural formula is rich
and invigorating.  The cocoa and vanilla scent is so rich.  Coffee makes a wonderful exfolliant.

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Natural Laundry Soap This Laundry Liquid will save you money and save the environment at the same time. 
It does a great job of cleaning your clothes and is completely
biodegradable.
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Chamomile Hand soap

This is a nice thick hand soap filled with chamomile
benefits.  You can change this to Lavender or any
scent you like.

This soap needs to sit for about a week after it's made so it can settle
into a natural gel.

 

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Facial Cleanser Cleansers without Sodium Laureth Sulphate
and other detergents are hard to find.    This facial cleansers does the job without

harmful chemicals
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Scrubbing Bubbles Household Cleaner

Scrubbing bubbles can be used in so many
ways.  You can use this formula on
stubborn pots, bathroom grime,
kitchen surfaces and sinks.

I use this formula often
This is a cleaner you can feel good about because it's natural and
will not harm you or your pets.

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Natural Shampoo

This is a great shampoo
your family and your pets.

It does not contain detergents like other
shampoos and it cleans your hair
like no other.

It's mild and gentle enough to use daily.

 

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Transparent Glycerin Soap Base

Glycerin soap is a unique type of soap making.

Usually the soap base is purchased, and the creator just melts it down and
pours it into a mold.

We can do that too by making our own Melt and Pour Soap Base.

Once it is made, it should sit for a few weeks and dry.

Here is the video for making your own melt and pour soap base:

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Make Soap from Your Own Melt and Pour Base

Once you have allowed the melt and pour base to sit
and dry for awhile,  You can create

very creative soaps with the base.

 

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Cream Soap Part 1 Cream soap can be really fussy to make. You need to balance the Sodium
Hydroxide and Potassium Hydroxide with the oil and the water to give you the
right consitency.
This is a quicker and easier way to make cream soap. Plus you get to use those
soap scraps that keep piling up.
I hope you experiment with this soap and try different herbal infusions instead
of water.
If you want a stiffer soap than the one in the video, reduce the amount of water
in the recipe. A pretty stiff soap would need about ½ the amount of water that
is in the recipe.
Do not increase or decrease the Stearic Acid amount. Only change the water
amount.
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Cream Soap Part 2 Shaving Cream The next few parts of Cream soap making will be all about
the products you can make with this soap base.

Shaving cream is one of those products that can sure use a natural alternative. 
If you have ever read the ingredients on a tube of the
commercial shaving cream, most of it is made of chemicals. 

This is a really great product. 
The razor doesn't get all gummed up like with some Shaving creams
and you can add so many interesting extracts and oils.
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Cream Soap Part 4 Cream Soap Facial Cleanser

This is a quick and easy recipe to make with your cream soap.
I am using Bamboo Charcoal for this recipe and you can find this on
the internet or through my
Karma Suds site.

Bamboo Charcoal is very detoxifying.

You do not need to use Bamboo Charcoal though, you can use other exfolliants
such as powdered walnut shells,
sugar (brown is more gentle than white), coffee grounds, cornmeal,
poppy seeds, cranberry seeds, or other seeds.

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Bath and Skin Care          
Bath Bombs - what can go wrong

Let's begin by learning how to make a successful
bath bomb.

One of the simplest looking spa products
to make is the bath bomb.

Unfortunately, many crafters can't get it right.

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Bath Bombs - the right way There is a really simple way to make sure that
your bath bomb turns out.  It's all in the texture.

Here is the video that shows you
just what your bath bomb should
look like:
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Bolivian Mountain Bath Buzz You can always save the bath bomb that didn't turn out.
There is always something else you can turn that
bombed bomb into.  Here is one option.  You can get as creative as you like with this
product.   Because you add exotic sea salts to your Bath Bomb,

you create a brand new product.
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Bath Tea Bags Bath Tea is a wonderful addition to
your spa package goodies.  It's relaxing and great for your skin.  We will be making 3 different blends.Let's start by making organza tea bags for these

special bath teas.
This is completely optional, you can also use the press close bath tea bags
that are available from tea shops.
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Lavender Mint Bath Tea Lavender Mint Bath Tea is a classic blend.  The twist is the added essential oil scents that bring out
the best in this tea.
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Green Tea and Roses Bath Tea Green Tea and Roses Bath Tea  This is a wonderful scented Bath Tea  That has many healing properties. PDF Video Download Portable Devices
Chamomile and Ylang Ylang Bath Tea Chamomile and Ylang Ylang Bath Tea  This is a very romantic, soothing
bath tea that leaves you scented with
Ylang Ylang.
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Dark Chocolate Hugs and Kisses Massage bars.

Massage bars are a nice change from massage oils.
They melt on your skin, so you can use as little or as much as you like.  We will start by making the 

Dark Chocolate Hugs and Kisses Massage bars.
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White Chocolate Hugs and Kisses Massage bars.

It's nice to mix and match
nothing goes better with dark chocolate than white chocolate.
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Vanilla Bath Melties Vanilla Bath Melties are full of butters and salts.
This unique bath goodie has lots of fizz too.
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Chakra Salt There are 7 Major Chakras in your body
These are energy points that are the focus for
natural healing practices such as Accupressure, Reiki and  Accupuncture.  Being a Reiki Master, I spend a lot of time balancing
Chakras in the body.  Chakra Salt is a great way to put those Major Chakras
back into balance. 
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Buttermilk Bath Buttermilk and Milk in general has been used for centuries as a skin softening ingredient.
This recipe has a nice balance of Salts and Milk to make your bath relaxing and detoxifying.You can also substitute the Buttermilk for Soy Milk
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Herbal Spa Salts These salts are special because of the powdered herbs that are added. Each herb you choose to add will
enhance the salts.
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Grapefruit Vanilla Bath Oil Grapefruit Vanilla Bath Oil is unique because it does not sit on the top of your bath in a
greasy mess.
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Goji Berry Body Scrub Goji Berries are very high in antioxidants, B vitamins and Vitamin E. This makes
it a perfect addition for a body scrub. The small seeds of the Goji berries are
great for exfolliation.
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Coconut Lime Body Sugar This is my favorite Body Sugar. It smells delicious and it's good enough to eat.
This recipe contains Virgin Coconut Oil. The difference between Virgin Coconut
and regular coconut is that the oil comes from the milk of the coconut and not
the meat part. The scent of the coconut is intact and this oil has incredible
moisturizing benefits.
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Natural Eye Shadow These recipes are just the very beginning of Mineral makeup.
There are no preservatives and no chemicals added to these recipes.
Most of the mineral makeup on the market today starts off as a natural product,
then to enhance the product, sometimes chemicals are added. We will be
duplicating what these added chemicals are contributing to the product, but we will
be using the natural alternative.
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Natural Eye Liner and Lip Liner We will start by making a base for both the eyeliner and lipliner. There is quite
a bit of base in this recipe. So once it is made, you can store it and keep it
handy for when you want to make another color.
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Aura Mist and Room Mist Aura mist is so simple to make and you don't have to worry about spraying
chemical filled fragrance oil on your skin.
By using skin safe essential oils, you reap the benefits that these oils offer in
both aromatherapy and skin care. It is not easy to find real aromatherapy
essential oil sprays, especially when the term aromatherapy is allowed to be
used so loosely.
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4 element Tea Lites Each element has a purpose and inspiration.  You can create the scent for each of the 4 elements and release
the scent through pure soy wax candles.
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Lemon Verbena Candles Lemon Verbena Candles are true Aromatherapy candles.  We will be using pure essential oil.
It is pretty rare to find essntial oil candles. 
Most of the candles on the market are
filled with harmful fragrance oils.  This is Pure Soy Aromatherapy
Candles.
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Vegan Lip Balm Time to make lip balm.  There are 3 different recipes that I like to useand we will start by making a vegan lip balm.This lip balm is made with Carnauba wax which is vegetable based.  Though bees wax is a very popular wax to use in lip balm, it is not a vegan product since it comes from bees.  This is a wonderful alternative. PDF Video Download Portable Devices
Lime Lip Balm The next lip balm is one of my favorites.  It smells great and is all natural.
You can replace the lime with orange or any other
citrus essential oil.  Please note.  You can only use pure essential oil for this recipe.  Please be sure the citrus oil you use is 5 fold.  This oil does not cause skin sensitivity or phototoxicity.
Using fragrance oil is not the same.  I discourage
the use of imitation fragrance oils in everything you make.
Fragrance oils cause harm to your body and the environment.  There are no real regulations that control what the manufacturer
puts into the fragrance oil, therefore you can't be sure what you are putting on your skin.
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Chocolate Lip Balm Chocolate lip balm is a perfect
indulgence.  It smells yummy and gives you
a warm feeling.  This is a wonderful Chocolate Lip Balm.
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Mineral Hair Masque Hair Peace Mineral Hair Mask is a really great way to give your
hair the attention it deserves.
It's cleansing, moisturizing and full of minerals.  Leave this mask on for 15 minutes then shampoo and condition as usual.
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Packaging your Mineral Hair Mask Here is a video for packaging your Mineral Hair Mask   Video Download Portable Devices
Weekly Intensive Hair Conditioner This intensive Hair conditioner is
perfect for a weekly moisture treatment for your hair.  The butters and oils will bring back the healthy shine in your hair.
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Daily Hair Conditioner This Daily Conditioner is rich and moisturizing.  It's perfect for every day use.  If you are looking for a great daily conditioner without the
harsh chemicals, this is it.
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Dry Shampoo This dry shampoo is a very versatile product that can add
an extra day or 2 of wearability onto your hair style
without needing to wash it.
The powders absorb the oil and adds a little texture
and body to your hair.
This product can also be used as a face powder and a body powder.
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Chocolate Face Mask Rich and moisturizing, Full of antioxidants.  Smells wonderful and leaves your skin feeling soft.  Featuring dark chocolate, Shea Butter,
Soy Protein and Clay.
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Oily and Acne Prone Face Mask This masque works very well at cleansing the skin
but does not strip the skin of moisture
like so many oil control masques do.  This Masque features Bentonite Clay, Rosewater,
Soy Milk, Sandalwood Powder and Myrrh Powder.
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Sensitive Skin Face Mask This is a very gentle face masque that features
White Kaolin Clay, Chamomile Hydrosol, Rice Powder,
Marshmallow Root Powder, and Sea Kelp.  All very healing ingredients. 
They work together to wake your tired skin up.
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Microdermabrassion Microdermabrassion is a very expensive treatment
that removes layers of dead skin from your face. Similar to a face scrub, but with more dramatic results.

This recipe gives you the same results as the commercial products,
but you will make yours with natural, skin craving ingredients. 

You will feel the effects of the treatment because it works,
but it will not be as severe as a commercial microdermabrassion treatment.
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Night Time Facial Serum

You can use this Serum Either alone or under a night cream.

The Serum should be rubbed gently
into your face.
If you are going to also use night cream,
you should allow the serum to soak into your

skin for a few minutes.

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Lotion Making Making lotion opens up so many doors for
using amazing ingredients.  Making the lotion to suit anyones skin care needs is the goal.  This is a fantastic recipe that can be altered to fit your
preferences.
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Foot Lotion This foot lotion is made with rich oils
and has the added benefit of menthyl crystals and
tea tree oil.  It's tingly and antibacterial.  Perfect for your tired feet.
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Hibiscus Day Cream Hibiscus Day Cream is a great
lotion to wear under makeup. It is light but protective. 
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Old Fashioned Cold Cream This Cold Cream can be used as a cleanser or a moisturizer.  It does a very thorough job
of taking all of the makeup and grime off of your face
and leaving your skin feeling supple.  This cream can be used as a night moisturizer too.
You can leave out the Borax like I do in the video, or keep it in.
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Detox Foot Balm Detox foot balm is a handy foot bar.  It has all kinds of
antibacterial ingredients and leaves your
dry chapped feel feeling renewed.
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Making Herb Oils This recipe is a great alternative to expensive herb oils that you would buy from
a supplier. They are made the same way.
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Making Herbal Extracts You can make any type of herbal extract you want. 
You don't have to purchase them from a supplier.  This way you know exactly what is in them.
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Make your own lotion test kits The only real way to make sure you have adequate preservative in you product is
to test it for bacteria, mold and fungus. 

This can be a pretty expensive process if you hire a lab to do your testing,
and it's also expensive to buy a test kit for every batch of lotion and cosmetics you make. 

The solution is to make your own custom test kits. 
This is a very cost effective and accurate way to keep your
customers safe and to give your company credibility for making sure
you are using the right preservative as well as the right amount.
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Make your own lotion test kits part 2

Testing your products for Mold, Fungus and Bacteria
is important for your reputation and the safety of those using your products.

If you take the time to test your products and you are strict with your procedure,
there is no reason you should not state on your label that there has been vigorous
testing of your products.

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Looking at the test kit results

This video was recorded 1 full month after the creams were
put into the petri dishes with the agars. 
There are all kinds of mold and fungus growths happening. 

This is the ultimate challenge for the cream. 
If there are no growths on the cream itself,
then the preservative is working. 
If there are growths, this particular preservative has failed
and it's back to the drawing board.

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120 Essential Oil Blends Information and recipes for 120 essential oil blends PDF