Layered Soap with French Red Clay

Tried out layering transparent and white Melt and Pour Base, and think it turned out beautifully. If you are new to M&P soap making, you can start by watching this video. Happy soaping!

Use the code CORNER25 for 25% discount on the ingredients linked under the video, as well as all other products from Moksha Lifestyle Products.

Ingredients used in the video:

  • Transparent Soap Base (Buy it Here – Available in India only)
  • Opaque White Soap Base (Buy it Here – Available in India only)
  • French Red Clay (Buy it Here)
  • Rose Essential Oil Buy it Here)

//Louise

 

How to Customize a Conditioner Base (Video Tutorial)

Customizing your own conditioner only takes a few minutes! In this DIY video, I show the basic steps of customizing a conditioner base and using it. I also include a before and after, to give you a feeling of how well it works!

Use the code CORNER25 for 25% discount on the ingredients linked under the video, as well as all other products from Moksha Lifestyle Products.

If you want to pair your conditioner with your own customized shampoo base, you can find the instructions here: How to customize a Shampoo Base (Video Tutorial).

Instructions:

  • Measure the desired amount of Conditioner Base (measured in ml.)
  • Mix in up to 2% of Essential Oils of choice (measured in ml.)
  • Stir the mixture until the ingredients are completely dispersed
  • Keep in a bottle or glass jar, like you would any conditioner

Note: ensure that your conditioner base contains a preservative. Otherwise, you will need to add that additionally. Stephenson Shampoo Base already contains a preservative, hence I don’t need to add one.

Shop the Ingredients:

Conditioner Base:

  • Stephenson Conditioner Base (Buy here)

Essential Oil:

  • Grapefruit Essential Oil (Buy it here)

Feel free to leave a comment if you have a question, or just want to give your input to this post!

//Louise

How to customize a Shampoo Base (Video Tutorial)

Customizing a Shampoo Base is just about the easiest DIY projects you’ll ever try! What I really love about it, is that you get to play around with different varieties, until you find your absolute favorite mix of Essential Oils. In this video tutorial, I go through the basics of mixing a Shampoo Cosmetic Base with Essential Oils for three different varieties – Detoxing Peppermint & Tea Tree Shampoo, Relaxing Rosemary & Ylang Ylang Shampoo and Luxurious Rose Shampoo.

Use the code CORNER25 for 25% discount on the ingredients linked under the video, as well as all other products from Moksha Lifestyle Products.

Instructions:

  • Measure the desired amount of Shampoo Base (measured in ml.)
  • Mix in up to 1-2% of Essential Oils of choice (measured in ml.)
  • Stir the mixture until the ingredients are completely dispersed
  • Keep in a bottle or glass jar, like you would any shampoo

Note: ensure that your shampoo base contains a preservative. Otherwise, you will need to add that additionally. Stephenson Shampoo Base already contains a preservative, hence I don’t need to add one.

Shop the Ingredients:

Shampoo Base

  • Stephenson Shampoo Base (Buy here) – made primarily from natural ingredients, certified organic, made using mild surfactants and is pre-thickened.

Detoxing Peppermint & Tea Tree Shampoo

Good for: Treating Dandruff, Fungus, and other Scalp Ailments as well as Preventing and Repelling Lice.

  • Peppermint Essential Oil (Buy here)
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil (Buy here)

Relaxing Rosemary & Ylang Ylang Shampoo

Good for: Conditioning, Promoting Hair Growth and Inducing a Relaxing Feeling because of the Aroma Therapeutic Properties of Rose Mary and Ylang Ylang.

  • Rosemary Essential Oil (Buy here)
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Buy here)

Luxurious Rose Shampoo

  • Rose Essential Oil (Buy here)

Good for: Shine and Hair Loss Prevention by Strengthening the Hair Follicles. Rose also has a Luxurious and Relaxing scent, that lingers in the hair after a wash.

Feel free to leave a comment below. Would love to hear from you if you try this out, or have a question. Until then, happy DIY!

//Louise

Melt & Pour Soap – Layering Matcha & Coffee Grounds

Layered Melt & Pour is super easy to make and it looks beautiful. In this DIY video, I take you through the basic technique of layering using Matcha Powder and Coffee Grounds. You can find the full recipe and instructions below the video.

Use the code CORNER25 for 25% discount on the ingredients linked under the video, as well as all other products from Moksha Lifestyle Products.

Recipe:

  • 200 grams of Stephenson ‘Crystal Goats Milk Soap Base’ (Buy it here)
  • Jasmine Essential Oil (Buy it here)
  • 1 tsp. of Avocado Oil (Buy it here)
  • 1 tsp. of Matcha Powder
  • 1 tsp. of Coffee Ground (Can be used ones as well)

Equipment:

  • Cavity Mould
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Double boiler or Microwave
  • 3 bowls
  • 3-5 small spoons to mix the Soap Base and other ingredients
  • A spatula – to scrape out the last of the soap

Instructions:

  1. Measure out 200 grams of Soap Base
  2. Divide the soap base into two separate bowls – depending on how big you want each layer to be

Layer 1:

  1. Add 1 tsp. of Matcha to 1 tsp. Avocado Oil and mix it until it’s a smooth paste
  2. Melt the 1st part of the Soap Base
  3. Mix the melted Soap Base with the Matcha Paste and mix it
  4. Add 10-20 drops of Jasmine Essential Oil
  5. Pour the Matcha Soap into two spaces in a cavity mold
  6. Spray the surface with Rubbing Alcohol

Layer 2:

  1. Melt the rest of the Soap Base
  2. Mix in 1 tsp. of Coffee Grounds to the melted Soap
  3. Add 10-20 drops of Jasmine Essential Oil
  4. Spray the Matcha soap with rubbing alcohol
  5. Pour it on top of the Matcha Soap in the cavity mold
  6. Spray with rubbing alcohol

Set it aside until it’s completely hardened. Unmould and enjoy!

Feel free to leave a comment below. Would love to hear from you if you try this out, or have a question. Until then, happy soaping!

//Louise

 

3 easy DIY projects for fewer toxins in 2019!

Making your own natural beauty products is a lot easier than one might think! I have gathered a small video with the basic instructions for 3 easy DIY projects, that take less than 30 min to make. Here’s to fewer toxins in 2019!

Use the code CORNER25 for 25% discount on the ingredients linked under the video.

Disclaimer: use Brambleberry’s fragrance calculator to determine the dosage of your chosen Essential Oil in each product. Follow the link: https://goo.gl/jqHdVS.

Products used in the video:

Lip Balm: 

  • Beeswax (Available online)
  • Mango Butter (Buy it here)
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Buy it here)

Get the full instructions on how to make it in the post 3 easy DIY projects (for natural beauty products).

Note: not all essential oils are suitable for products used on the face since they can be photo-toxic.

Clay Face Mask:

  • French Pink Clay (Buy it here)
  • Lavender Essential Oil (Buy it here)

Handmade Soap:

  • Stephenson Crystal WST Opaque White Soap Base (buy it here – Available in India only – this can be substituted for any other Melt & Pour Soap Base)
  • Grapefruit Essential Oil (Buy it here)

Watch the video Melt & Pour – The Basics for the full instructions.

Feel free to leave a comment. I’d be happy to hear if you try this out, or what other DIY projects you have planned. Until then, happy New Year!

//Louise

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Melt & Pour Soap – Christmas Gifts for Him & Her (Video Tutorial)

Want to try out making your own handmade soaps for this years Christmas gifting? Click here to watch the full video. Use the code CORNER25 and get 25% discount at Moksha Lifestyle Products, to shop the ingredients. Moksha is a leading wholesale supplier of 100% Pure, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and other materials around the world. You can find the recipe below the video. Happy Soaping!

Recipe:

  • 200 grams of Stephenson Crystal WST Opaque White Soap Base (buy it here – Available in India only – this can be substituted for another Melt & Pour Base)
  • 2 teaspoons of French Pink Clay (Buy it here)
  • 2 teaspoons of French Green Clay (Buy it here)
  • 2 teaspoons of Castor Oil (Buy it here)
  • 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil (Buy it here)
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (Buy it here)
  • 10 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil (Buy it here)

How to go about it:

  1. Add the French Pink Clay to one bowl, and the French Green Clay to another
  2. Add 1-2 teaspoons of Castor Oil to each bowl
  3. Mix thoroughly – this will make it easier to mix it with the soap base later
  4. Add 20 drops of French Lavender Essential oil to the French Pink Clay
  5. Add 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and Grapefruit Essential Oil to the French Green Clay
  6. Melt your Soap Base in a microwave or double boiler
  7. Add the melted soap base evenly to your two bowls
  8. Mix well with two separate teaspoons
  9. Pour each bowl into a cavity soap mold, that fits 100 grams in each cavity
  10. Spray with rubbing alcohol to burst any surface bubbles
  11. Set aside until completely hardened
  12. Un-mould and enjoy your beautiful soaps!

Feel free to leave a comment below if you try this out or have any questions!

//Louise

 

 

New DIY video series on handmade products! (with discount code)

I am happy to announce my new project with Moksha Lifestyle Products, showcasing in a video series, how to make your own personal care products with bases from Stephenson Personal Care. We are shooting this project off with three videos, that will be followed by one new per week. 
Melt and Pour soap is a great way to get started making your own personal care products. Stephenson Personal Care provides high-quality bases, made from almost entirely natural products. Combined with Moksha’s variety of natural and organic ingredients, you are all set to make your own safe and luxurious products!
 
Use the code CORNER25 to get 25% discount at Moksha, to get started making your own beauty products.

To shop visit:

Video 1: Melt and Pour Soaps – The Basics

Watch how to make it here!

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This video runs through the basics of making Melt and Pour Soap, through the making these lovely French Lavender Soaps.

The recipe used in the video: 

  • 1 kg Stephenson ‘Crystal WST Opaque White Soap Base’
  • 20 ml. French Lavender Essential Oil from Moksha
  • (Optional) Lavender flowers

Video 2 – Melt and Pour Soap – The Microwave Method

Watch how to make it here!

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The video takes you through using the Microwave Method in Melt and Pour Soaps, through the making of these beautiful Peppermint Soaps.

The recipe used in the video: 

  • 300 g. Stephenson ‘Crystal ST Transparent Soap Base’
  • 7,5 ml. Peppermint Essential Oil from Moksha

Video 3: Melt and Pour Soap – Acne Soap with Green Clay

Watch how to make it here!

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The video shows the making of these easy soaps, that helps prevent and fight acne and troubled skin.

The recipe used in the video: 

  • 100 grams ‘Crystal WST Opaque White Soap Base’
  • 10-20 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil from Moksha
  • 1 teaspoon of French Green Clay

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The Ayurvedic Collection (Alternative Soap Ingredients)

The Ayurvedic soap collection is a beautiful creation by my friend and founder of Bare Elements Skincare, Anuradha Pant. I wanted to share this collection and it’s ingredients, for some soap inspiration, that celebrates important ingredients in the ancient Indian system of Ayurveda.

Use the code CORNER25 and get 25% discount at Moksha Lifestyle Products, to shop the ingredients. Moksha is a leading wholesale supplier of 100% Pure, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and other materials around the world.

MRIDUL – meaning gentle

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Key ingredient: Basil and Bael

Ingredients: lye, water, goat milk, basil, bael, charcoal powder, coconut oil, palm (RSPO), rice bran, olive oil pomace, shea butter, kokum butter, chlorophyll oleoresin, silk fibers tussah, kaolin clay, Himalayan rock salt, brown unrefined sugar, cedarwood, lime essential oil

SHANTI – meaning peace

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Key ingredient: 100 x washed cow ghee and Wild Turmeric

Ingredients: lye, water, goat milk, 100 x washed cow ghee ( clarified butter), coconut oil, palm (RSPO), rice bran, safflower, olive oil pomace, kokum butter, castor oil, silk fibres tussah, kaolin clay, Himalayan rock salt, brown unrefined sugar, annatto infusion, wild turmeric ( Kasturi Manjal ), cedarwood, ashwagandha, ylang-ylang, pine

CHANDAN – meaning sandalwood

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Key ingredient: Red Sandalwood

Ingredients: lye, water, goat milk, 100 x washed cow ghee (clarified butter), coconut oil, palm (RSPO), rice bran, olive oil pomace, cocoa butter, castor oil, kaolin clay, red sandalwood powder, Himalayan rock salt, brown unrefined sugar, tussah silk fibres, french lavender, peppermint essential oil

KESH – meaning hair

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The key ingredient(s): Brahmi, Amla, Arapu, and Curry leaves

Ingredients: lye, water, coconut oil, safflower, olive oil pomace, shea butter, castor oil, silk fibres tussah, kaolin clay, Himalayan rock salt, brown unrefined sugar, Brahmi powder, amla powder, arupu ( cake oil tree), curry leaves powder, basil, lime, lemon, cedarwood, rosemary essential oils

Hope this will give you some inspiration to explore Indian ingredients for your next soap making session. Feel free to leave a comment below with any thoughts or questions!

//Louise

DIY Coconut & Coffee Scrub Cubes

Coconut & Coffee body scrub cubes are one of the easiest DIY projects you’ll ever make, and it will make your skin feel as soft, smooth and healthy!

Use the code CORNER25 and get 25% discount at Moksha Lifestyle Products, to shop the ingredients. Moksha is a leading wholesale supplier of 100% Pure, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and other materials around the world.

Why Coconut & Coffee?

Coconut oil is a widely used oil for health and beauty worldwide, and there are many good reasons for that. In India, it has been used for thousands of years as a part of the ancient science of Ayurveda, for both internal and external healing. It promotes wound healing and is cooling on conditions such as eczema. Since it is highly antibacterial and antimicrobial, it can also help ease different mild skin irritations. Overall though, it just keeps the skin healthy and moisturized.

Coffee grounds scrubs off dead skin cells, leaving the skin smoother and softer. It is also known to be absorbed into the skin where it dehydrates the fluid in cellulite affected areas, tightening the skin temporarily. An extra benefit is that it’s a great way to reuse your coffee grounds, from your morning coffee!

What you need

  • Coffee grounds (new or used)
  • Coconut oil – not fractioned since it won’t harden – either 72 degrees or 92 degrees)
  • Essential oil(s) of choice (optional)
  • An ice cube tray

How to go about it

  1. Spread the Coffee Ground in the cube ice tray
  2. Heat the semi-solid Coconut Oil in a double boiler or in a warm water bath
  3. Pour the Coconut Oil over the Coffee Grounds
  4. Add two-three drops of essential oil to each Ice Cube Compartment
  5. Put the tray in the freezer until the Cubes are solid
  6. Keep the Scrub Cubes in a jar and keep it in the fridge (unless you keep your house under room temperature – around 22 Degrees Celsius)

How to use them

  1. Take out a Scrub Cube 10 min. before your bath or shower. You will use the scrub as the last thing, so don’t put it too close to a steaming hot shower since it might melt
  2. Use the Cube AFTER SOAP. Put it in your hand and it will soon start melting
  3. Scrub it against the areas of your body you want to treat
  4. Wash the Coffee Grounds off with water
  5. Dry yourself lightly with a towel, to allow the Coconut Oil to be absorbed into your skin

Disclaimer: since cold pressed coconut oil hardens under room temperature, it can create plumping use if poured excessively down the drain in colder climates.

That was all for now. Would love to hear from you if you try this out – or if you have other tips on easy DIY projects from Natural Beauty.

//Louise

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How to Make Liquid Soap, the Easy Way!

If you have never made liquid soap from scratch, and are looking for a natural alternative for commercial options – this might be helpful! To making liquid Soap the easy way you just need a piece of natural soap, water and a pot to boil it in. If you would like to try your hand at making liquid soap from scratch you can start by reading  How to make natural liquid soap. Otherwise, keep reading!

The Method, Issues and Solutions

This method is very simple, and I didn’t invent it. Though there are two differences between how I use this method and the way I’ve mostly found other people do it. Here are the two main issues and the solutions I’ve found to solve them.

Issue 1: some soap turns out sticky, lumpy or uneven when its melted into water.

This can partially be avoided by adding more water, but that takes away from the lather (and obviously makes it very thin)

Solution: I use pure Coconut Soap. 

Every soap, according to its formulation, has a different diluting point (how much water is needed to dilute it). Coconut Soap has one of the lowest diluting points, as well as an abundant lather, meaning that even when it’s diluted with water it still stays relatively thick and with a great lather.

Issue 2: most recipes call for grating the soap.

Have you every grated soap? It takes forever!

Solution: the same solution – I use coconut soap.

Coconut Soap dissolves fast and evenly, without needing any grating. I simply leave the full pieces of soap in the water and let the heat do its job.

What you need

  1. A pot – it doesn’t have to be a double boiler, just any regular cooking pot
  2. A spatula or big spoon 
  3. Pure Coconut Soap – I make it by the cold process method and store it for when I need more liquid soap. You can find a guide here: Two Coconut Soaps – for Beauty and Cleaning. Alternatively, you can buy it!
  4. Water – plain old normal tap water
  5. (Optional) Essential oils – any of your own choice

How to go about it

  1. Measure and weigh your soap and water – approximately 1 CUP of water per 100 grams of soap
  2. Simmer it on low heat – don’t boil it, since it might burn (and burned soap smells horrible!)
  3. Stir occasionally – until the pieces of soap have dissolved completely
  4. Put aside – until it has cooled down
  5. Add Essential Oils – until it has the scent you want

How to store it

Keep in an airtight bottle. I don’t make more than I need for a month, so I don’t need to add any preservatives. In case you keep it for more than a month, I would recommend that you only use it for dish wash, laundry and cleaning around the house.

Note: I use this method for personal use only. If you intend to sell or in any other way distribute, I would recommend you use appropriate preservatives.

What to use it for

Coconut soap is very cleansing and is, therefore, makes great for washing dishes, clothes and cleaning the house. As for beauty, make sure the Coconut Soap is properly superfatted (read the article given above) since it will otherwise be too drying on the skin. I’ve heard very mixed reviews on coconut soap as a face and body bar, but I personally love it!

This was all for now. Let me know if you try it out, or have any other tips to making liquid soap the easy way!

//Louise

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