Tag Archives: Skincare

Face Mask Experiments – Part I: Baking Powder

One of the many things that one can read about online in numerous blogs are the benefits  of face masks.  Deep pore cleansing, skin balancing, blemish reducing – there are a lot of different types with different uses and, of course, different ingredients.  But as we all know, not every thing online is totally reliable.  Some things work better than others and some things are out-and-out bad for you, so I thought I’d try out some of the options and see if there are some good, easy, and effective DIY face mask options out there.

Besides, we all need a little pampering now and then………………….. Continue reading

Mulled Wine Soap # 1 – Christmas Soap

As it is that time of year again, I thought that I would combine a couple of my favourite things.  I have wanted to try my hand at using alcohol in soap and what better than a bottle of Mulled Wine (or Glühwein as we call it here in Austria) and a nice Christmas Spice fragrance oil?  Combined with a little bit of a nice deep red colour, we should have a very interesting and seasoal soap.

011 - Christmas Soap #1 LR
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Exfoliation explanation

Just a quick post about exfoliation in soaps, I’ll be posting another soon about how important exfoliation is.

As with so much in life, a little can go a long way!  Not only that, but the type of material that you use can have a big impact on how the soap feels when being used.

My favourite so far has to be ground Poppy Seeds. Continue reading

It Happens Eventually – First Major Issue

When it comes to soaping the odds are stacked so that mean, eventually, every soaper will have a fairly major issue to contend with. It might be a batch overheating or separating in the mould, or some issue with fragrance oils reacting badly and causing the soap to seize solid in the pot before it is even poured. This happens most often when trying out a new recipe or technique and not so often with something tried and tested. As it happens, I had a pretty major issue with a batch of soap that I was making. While it was a slightly different recipe, the problem came from something that can strike at any time – soaper error. Continue reading

Ninth Soap – Pine Tar # 2

For my ninth soap I decided to revist one of my first soaps again.  It is something I think is worthwhile as I would rather have made a few recipes that I am happy with rather than a lot of recipes that I don’t feel are really quite there yet. Continue reading

Eighth Soap – Goats Milk, Oats and Honey

This batch of soap was planned from the beginning with The Admirable Lady in mind.  That might seem a little sexist, of course, but there is something about it that I feel is just very lady-like – I think it could be the associations of bathing in milk and Cleopatra, or the inclusion of honey which lends it a more softer, feminine appeal. Continue reading

Sixth Soap – Pumpkin Seed Oil # 1

In Austria, a lot of people use Pumpkin Seed oil on their salads or in other ways when cooking. It has a rich, nutty flavour and the colour is a deep green. As is the case since I started soap making, I now look at all oils and wonder if it can be used in a soap! I was pleased to see that it is one of the options in the online soap calculator that I used (soapcalc.com) and so I set about coming up with a recipe using Pumpkin See oil, but still have a useable soap.
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Fifth Soap – Salt Bar # 1

This was a type of soap that I was particularly looking forward to making.  I had read a lot of good things about Salt Bars before, looked in to what made them so special and was eager to try it out for myself.

An average soap will not lather in salt water – the salt saturates the water and inhibits the way that the bubbles are formed.   With that in mind, it seems strange to add salt to a soap.

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Moisturising Bars – And Introducing The Admirable Lady

When on holiday in England, visiting the family, my sister gave me a recipe for something that is proving quite popular here in Austria.  It’s a moisturising bar made from Shea and Cocoa butters.  My lady wife was so impressed with it that we decided to also make products aimed not only at gentlemen, but also ladies.  From this moment, The Admirable Lady range was born!  This range will be used for all things made specifically for the fairer sex, who often require different formulations or scent combinations. Continue reading