DIY Pressed Eyeshadow: Four Color Recipes for Back to School

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Back to school is right around the corner. Whether you have teenage girls headed back to school or you’re simply just ready for fall, you’ll have a blast creating your own DIY pressed eyeshadow colors to kick off the new season!

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow: Four Color Recipes for Back to School! Back to school is right around the corner. Whether you have teenage girls headed back to school or you're simply just ready for fall, you'll have a blast creating your own DIY pressed eyeshadow colors to kick off the new season!

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow

Following are four DIY pressed eyeshadow shades created by myself and my friend, Bambi, over cocktails recently. Whether you make one or all of these rich autumn aligned shades, you’ll definitely be hooked on the process. We had an absolute blast making these!

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow: Four Color Recipes for Back to School! Back to school is right around the corner. Whether you have teenage girls headed back to school or you're simply just ready for fall, you'll have a blast creating your own DIY pressed eyeshadow colors to kick off the new season!

Once you’ve tried our eyeshadow colors, be sure to whip up some of your own custom colors to match your existing wardrobe! And don’t forget to share your DIY pressed eyeshadow color creations by using the tag #soapdelishowoff on instagram! (You might even get featured on my blog!)

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow in Mermaid Sunset! Learn how to create your own DIY pressed eyeshadow in a beautiful amethyst color, plus find out where to buy mermaid makeup brushes!

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow #1 Mermaid Sunset

Ingredients:

2 scoops sericite
8 scoops amethyst mica
8 scoops mauvey gem mica
2 scoops super pearly white mica
7 drops isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
7 drops dimethicone

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow #2 Golden Apple

Ingredients:

2 scoops sericite
8 scoops gold sparkle mica
8 scoops copper lip safe mica
1 scoop amethyst mica
7 drops isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
7 drops dimethicone

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow: Four Color Recipes for Back to School! Back to school is right around the corner. Whether you have teenage girls headed back to school or you're simply just ready for fall, you'll have a blast creating your own DIY pressed eyeshadow colors to kick off the new season!

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow #3 Punk Princess

Ingredients:

4 scoops sericite
10 scoops coral mica
4 scoops super pearly white mica
4 scoops copper sparkle mica
8 scoops matte black oxide pigment powder
7 drops isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
7 drops dimethicone

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow: Four Color Recipes for Back to School! Back to school is right around the corner. Whether you have teenage girls headed back to school or you're simply just ready for fall, you'll have a blast creating your own DIY pressed eyeshadow colors to kick off the new season!

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow #4 Mossy Apple

Ingredients:

4 scoops sericite
2 scoops titanium dioxide
14 scoops apple moss green mica
4 scoops cellini blue mica
7 drops isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
7 drops dimethicone

Instructions:

To make your first DIY pressed eyeshadow color, first select the shade you’d like to create. In addition to the eyeshadow recipe ingredients – I purchased my micas from Brambleberry – you’ll also need some .15CC scoops for all of the dry measurements. You’ll be using graduated transfer pipette to measure out the dimethicone and rubbing alcohol in drops.

You’ll also need some eyeshadow pans. Bambi and I used 3 mL silver plastic jars with hinged lids and clear windows from SKS Bottle & Packaging for our DIY pressed eyeshadow singles. However, SKS also offers stylish 3 mL black polystyrene make-up compacts with crystal clear plastic hinged lids as well.

Once you have all of your ingredients, you’re ready to begin.

Begin with the sericite, add the number of scoops called for in a small dish or shallow bowl. (My scoops were not exact. I used slightly rounded scoops for each ingredient.)

Follow with the micas and/or other colorants, then mix well using a toothpick or other small utensil.

Once you’ve evenly mixed the dry ingredients, use a transfer pipette to add the rubbing alcohol and mix well. Follow with the dimethicone. Mix the eyeshadow with a toothpick until  it is evenly coated with the wet ingredients.

Now fill your eyeshadow pan with the shadow, piling it into a mound. Gently press the shadow down with your finger just until the eyeshadow is about even with the top of the eyeshadow pan.

Next, wrap a piece of thin linen or a paper towel over a quarter.

Press the wrapped quarter on top of the shadow into your cavity with as much force as possible, then gently remove the quarter. Allow the eyeshadow to dry and then it’s done!

DIY Pressed Eyeshadow: Four Color Recipes for Back to School! Back to school is right around the corner. Whether you have teenage girls headed back to school or you're simply just ready for fall, you'll have a blast creating your own DIY pressed eyeshadow colors to kick off the new season!

Notes & Tips:

For cream eyeshadows simply add more dimethicone to suit. You’ll want to start small and test the shadow as you add more dimethicone. For loose eyeshadows, simply omit the alcohol and dimethicone all together and combine the ingredients in a small eyeshadow sifter jar.

You can also scent your DIY pressed eyeshadow pans. Simply add 1-2 drops of skin safe fragrance oil to the recipe and add in after the alcohol!

Don’t want to use dimethicone? Try vegetable glycerin instead! Alternately, if you don’t want to make your own eyeshadow but would like to support someone who does, you can purchase artisan made eyeshadows on Etsy here.

Mermaid Makeup Brushes! High quality and deep cleaning fibers are used on these mermaid makeup brushes for lasting performance, fitting and protecting your sensitive skin!

Want your own beautiful mermaid makeup brushes? You can buy this mermaid makeup brush set here. Or choose from a huge collection of mermaid makeup brushes and sets in other colors here. Also be sure to check out my mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe!

DIY Unicorn Eyeshadow in a Tri-Color Pressed Palette! Learn how to make your own DIY unicorn eyeshadow. This fun trio of pressed eyeshadows offers lasting pastel color and shimmer that's perfect for eyes. Once you've mastered these colors, be sure to try out your own custom DIY unicorn eyeshadow colors!

If you like my DIY pressed eyeshadow recipes, then you may also like my scented DIY unicorn eyeshadow in a tri-color pressed palette! This fun trio of scented pressed eyeshadows offers lasting pastel color and shimmer that’s perfect for eyes.

DIY scented eyeshadows! Learn how to create your own stunning scented mineral eyeshadows for a custom look day or night!

You can find my unicorn mineral makeup eyeshadow tutorial here along with recipes for a trio of alternate colors.

Plant based makeup is the new trend. However, you don't have to spend a fortune investing in premiere brand natural cosmetics to get it. Instead, try making your own! Simply start with a few natural ingredients and add micas to create your own custom colored makeup sticks! 

If you’d like to make more of my DIY cosmetics, also be sure to check out my makeup recipes for creating your own rose scented DIY all-in-one beauty stick for lips, eyes and cheeks as well as my plant based makeup recipe for creating a rose scented 4-in-1 all over cream beauty stick that works as a bronzer, eyeshadow, blush and lipstick!

For more great DIY’s like these, be sure to follow my Pinterest boards here. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts directly to your email via FeedBurner.


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Homemade Moisturizing Facial Toner Recipe

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Don’t let your skin dictate your look. Instead, conquer your skin’s unpredictability with this homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe! This homemade facial toner recipe is made with natural ingredients that help to remove excess oil and dead skin cells, while also balancing your skin’s PH levels to help prevent dryness and breakouts.

Homemade Moisturizing Facial Toner Recipe with Rooibos Tea & Manuka Essential Oil! Don't let your skin dictate your look. Instead, conquer your skin's unpredictability with this homemade facial toner recipe! This homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe is made with natural ingredients that help to remove excess oil and dead skin cells, while also balancing your skin's PH levels to help prevent dryness and breakouts.

Homemade Moisturizing Facial Toner

Skin care can be complicated especially when you have no idea what your skin is doing. Combination skin, especially, can be confusing. And, as you age, maturing skin does all kinds of craziness too.

Because I have maturing, combination skin prone to hormonal breakouts, I needed a good toner that would tackle dryness, balance my oily t-zone and help prevent acne. All without drying out my skin in the process. So I came up with this homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe to do just that!

My homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe contains several key ingredients to get the job done and get it done right! It’s made with rooibos tea, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, calendula hydrosol, jojoba oil, a blend of natural essential oils and witch hazel extract. (I specifically used the witch hazel extract from Mountain Rose Herbs as it’s double distilled and only contains 14% alcohol for a more soothing product without the sting of store bought witch hazel.)

Why Rooibos Tea?

It’s been shown in studies that rooibos tea is able to sooth and help diminish a variety of skin conditions including eczema and acne when applied topically. In addition, as it is rich in superoxide dismutase – an enzyme necessary for the production of healthy skin cells – rooibos tea has also been found effective in fighting the appearance of aging.

Rooibos tea is also hypoallergenic, meaning it won’t irritate sensitive skin. And because it has natural antibacterial properties, applying rooibos tea to skin can both help to fight acne as well as aid in alleviating bacterial skin infections.

Ready to try this amazing homemade moisturizing facial toner? You can find my natural manuka & rooibos tea facial toner recipe below!

Homemade Moisturizing Facial Toner Recipe with Rooibos Tea & Manuka Essential Oil! Don't let your skin dictate your look. Instead, conquer your skin's unpredictability with this homemade facial toner recipe! This homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe is made with natural ingredients that help to remove excess oil and dead skin cells, while also balancing your skin's PH levels to help prevent dryness and breakouts.

Homemade Moisturizing Facial Toner Recipe

(with Rooibos Tea & Manuka Essential Oil)

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

2 oz. brewed rooibos tea
1 oz. witch hazel extract
1 oz. Bragg’s unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 oz. calendula hydrosol
12 mL polysorbate 80
2 mL jojoba oil
1 mL manuka essential oil
1 mL lavender essential oil
1 mL lemongrass essential oil
8 drops tea tree essential oil

Instructions:

You’ll begin by brewing the rooibos tea for this recipe. To do so, place one teaspoon of rooibos tea into a disposable tea filter then pour 4 oz. of boiling filtered (or distilled) water over the tea bag. Allow to steep for five minutes, remove the tea bag, then cool the tea to room temperature.

Homemade Moisturizing Facial Toner Recipe with Rooibos Tea & Manuka Essential Oil! Don't let your skin dictate your look. Instead, conquer your skin's unpredictability with this homemade facial toner recipe! This homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe is made with natural ingredients that help to remove excess oil and dead skin cells, while also balancing your skin's PH levels to help prevent dryness and breakouts.

Once the rooibos tea has cooled, measure out the rooibos tea, witch hazel extract, apple cider vinegar and calendula hydrosol and pour into a medium glass bowl.

Then, using a fresh graduated transfer pipette for each remaining ingredient, measure out and add the jojoba oil, polysorbate 80, and the essential oils. The polysorbate will cause a gel like mass in the bowl.

Simply mix well with a whisk to dissolve the gel. Keep whisking until your homemade moisturizing facial toner is once again liquid.

Homemade Moisturizing Facial Toner Recipe with Rooibos Tea & Manuka Essential Oil! Don't let your skin dictate your look. Instead, conquer your skin's unpredictability with this homemade facial toner recipe! This homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe is made with natural ingredients that help to remove excess oil and dead skin cells, while also balancing your skin's PH levels to help prevent dryness and breakouts.

Now divide your homemade moisturizing facial toner between two 2 oz. amber PET Boston round bottles with a smooth black fine mist sprayer. Then label as desired for personal use. (You can find the same bottles with sprayers that I used at SKS Bottle & Packaging.)

If desired or for long term storage, I recommend also adding a preservative such as Phenoxyethanol to your homemade moisturizing facial toner once you’ve mixed all of the ingredients together and prior to pouring into your containers.

To use, spritz onto face after cleansing and gently massage into skin. Follow with a facial serum or your favorite moisturizer or day cream. (You can learn how to make your own hyaluronic acid serum here. Or you may also be interested in my anti-wrinkle green tea eye cream recipe, my coffee & black tea under eye cream recipe and my anti-aging night cream recipe.)

This foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe is wonderful for maturing skin and is crafted with a blend of natural carrier & essential oils prized for their antioxidant and anti-aging properties.

If you like my manuka & rooibos tea homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe, then you may also like my foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe. My foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe is wonderful for maturing skin and is crafted with a blend of natural carrier & essential oils prized for their antioxidant and anti-aging properties. You can find the recipe here.

Oat Body Scrub Recipe! This foaming oat body scrub recipe is handmade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil. Both frankincense and tamanu oil are purported to have anti-aging skin care properties and are therefore used in a variety of products that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Alternately, you may also like my foaming oat body scrub recipe. My foaming oat body scrub recipe is suitable for all skin types, including normal and oily skin. It’s homemade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil and makes a great substitute for your body wash. You can find that recipe here.

For more of homemade skin care recipes, be sure to follow my Pinterest boards here. You can also follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts directly to your email via FeedBurner.

And, if you make your own bath & body products, be sure to add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram posts for a chance to have your homemade products featured! I will be featuring your creations on Soap Deli News blog on my (semi-regular) weekend wrap up posts!


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How to Throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party

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I’ve hosted several craft & cocktail nights already this summer. One project in particular however that a lot of friends and acquaintances wanted to try was bath bombs. But the logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people was a bit daunting.

How to throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party! The logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people can be a bit daunting especially with everyone wanting to create their own custom bath bombs. It takes a bit of planning to pull the whole thing off. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Click through to learn how!

As I only own one scale and everyone wanted to create their own custom bath bombs it took a bit of planning to pull the whole thing off. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Keep reading to learn how!

How to throw a DIY bath bomb party!

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe! Learn how to DIY a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual. This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

Step One

Your first step in planning a DIY bath bomb party is to choose a bath bomb recipe. (I used a spin off of my fizzing bath truffles recipe here for my DIY bath bomb party. Pictured above is my mermaid lagoon bath bomb for which you can find the recipe here.)

My recommendation is to look not only for a simple beginner bath bomb recipe, but perhaps use a no fail bath bomb recipe. You’ll also want to consider how your bath bombs are going to hold up in your current climate. Heat and humidity have a bad habit of turning a bath bomb success into a bath bomb fail and you don’t want your party guests to be disappointed.

Once you’ve found a recipe you think will work for your DIY bath bomb party, try it out! You’ll not only need to be sure that the recipe is easy to create, but that it’s going to be the success you’re hoping for. In addition, you’ll need to be confident in making the bath bomb recipe that you’ve chosen so you’re able to instruct your guests on not only the ins and outs of this project, but also to offer helpful tips if someone seems to be struggling to get it right.

How to throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party! The logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people with only one scale and everyone wanting to create their own custom bath bombs is a bit daunting. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Click through to Soap Deli News blog now to learn how to throw a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of friends!

Step Two

The next step will be designing a bath bomb instruction sheet! This sheet should offer customization choices for your party guests.

I created my recipe and instruction sheet with the title of the bath bombs at the top of the page followed by a space that my guests could write in their name and the creation date of their custom bath bombs. I then typed out a list of the basic ingredients that would be needed to make the backbone of the bath bombs. This was followed by customization choices where party guests were able to write in the types and amounts of the additional ingredients they chose to use.

How to throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party! The logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people with only one scale and everyone wanting to create their own custom bath bombs is a bit daunting. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Click through to Soap Deli News blog now to learn how to throw a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of friends!

You can offer just one or two options for customization such as color and scent for a quick and easy project. Alternately, if you have a lot of various materials on hand, you can also offer different options for butters, carrier oils, clay, micas, lake dyes, and/or botanicals. For each of the additional ingredient options, you can either pre-fill in the amounts needed or let your guests choose which ingredient to use. You can also create the recipe so that all of the additional ingredients are entirely optional.

I used a high amount of cocoa butter in the DIY bath bomb party recipe I chose to help the bath bombs stay together and unmold easily even in the summer heat. However, if you also want to give your guests the choice of using hard or even soft butters in their bath bomb recipe, then keep in mind you will need a way to melt the butters.

I have only two microwaves and very little kitchen space. Therefore my guest created bath bombs in stages in sets of two with one group picking up where the next group left off. This also allowed for those a little shy about plunging right into the process time to get a feel for how it all worked.

For my liquid additives, I designed my DIY bath bomb party recipe sheet so that carrier oils, fragrances, etc. were measured out in mL using graduated plastic transfer pipettes which can be purchased inexpensively in bulk. The dry ingredient additions were also measured in teaspoons rather than a weight measurement as I currently only own one scale. This way no one was on the sidelines of the process for too long.

Once you have the logistics for your bath bomb recipe worked out, type up an instruction sheet for your DIY bath bomb party guests in a word program. Then simply print off enough sheets for everyone who will be in attendance. (You’ll want your guests to RSVP early so you have time to purchase enough supplies for everyone as well as to print off the correct amount of instruction sheets you’ll need. It’s up to you whether or not you’ll charge a materials fee.)

How to throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party! The logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people with only one scale and everyone wanting to create their own custom bath bombs is a bit daunting. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Click through to Soap Deli News blog now to learn how to throw a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of friends!

Step Three

Once you’ve decided on your recipe and options, you’ll need to decide what type of bath bomb mold to use. I opted for halving the bath bomb recipe I chose in order to use smaller 1.75″ diameter round bath bomb molds. This allowed everyone to make a handful of bath bombs rather than just one or two large ones.

In addition, it also enabled everyone to take their bath bombs home while they were still in the molds. This way no one felt pushed to unmold their bath bombs too early. And no one had to worry about picking them up later if they chose to wait. It also kept their bath bombs from being damaged in transport home and they got to keep their molds. The smaller molds also allowed more guests to attend without driving up the cost of purchasing enough large 2.75″ bath bomb molds for everyone to create several bath bombs each.

Otherwise, you’ll need to allow enough time during your DIY bath bomb party for the bath bombs to harden enough to be unmolded prior to your guests leaving.

Step Four

Either the night before or the morning of, create a basic DIY bath bomb party kit for each of the guests who will be in attendance. By doing this, your guests don’t need to fight for access to a scale in order to weigh each of the ingredients. It also makes the process less daunting for first timers and leaves more time for social interaction.

For my DIY bath bomb party kits I weighed out 1 oz. of cocoa butter (per my recipe sheet) for each guest and put it into a snack sized zipper bag. I then weighed out and combined baking soda and SLSA into a sandwich zipper bag for each guest along with a third bag with the citric acid. Each kit was then placed into a brown paper bag with the three ingredient bags and bath bomb molds.

How to throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party! The logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people with only one scale and everyone wanting to create their own custom bath bombs is a bit daunting. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Click through to Soap Deli News blog now to learn how to throw a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of friends!

Step Five

With your DIY bath bomb kits ready to go and guests arriving later in the day, it’s time to lay out your additional ingredients that your party guests can choose to use in addition to the kits.

For my carrier oils and Polysorbate 80 I filled 2-3 small 2 oz. bottles for each liquid ingredient. This allowed more hands to access the same ingredients at the same time. This also helped to prevent cross contamination on larger bottles of ingredients that you’ll be using in future products. You can do the same thing with your fragrance or essential oils if desired. Or simply be sure everyone is using a fresh pipette when they are adding more valuable resources that you aren’t able to divide into smaller containers for this purpose.

Make sure to label your smaller containers with sticker paper so everyone knows what’s inside of each one.

I then filled low profile jars with various clays and botanicals and labeled them as well. I left my mica colors and glitter in the original containers.

Be sure to set up a container of fresh pipettes and measuring spoons on your ingredient table along with large glass mixing bowls – one for each guest – utensils and/or large glass Pyrex measuring cups. If you only have one set of measuring spoons and are short on glass mixing bowls, ask if some of your DIY bath bomb party attendees can bring a set of their own.

You’ll also need to set out the bath bomb recipe instruction sheets and some pens. In addition, I also included a roll of masking tape for everyone to tape their bath bomb molds closed together once they were made for easier transport home.

Step Six

It’s finally time to get your party on! Once everyone arrives for the party I recommend kicking things off with light appetizers or a cheese tray and some wine or sangria. Unless of course you’re hosting a teenage DIY bath bomb party. In which case you could whip up one or two pitcher mocktails just for fun!

Once everyone has had a chance to get settled in, do a meet and greet to get comfortable. Then pass out the instruction sheets, kits and pens to each party guest. Go over the basics of making their bath bombs then instruct the group as begin the fun filled journey of making their very own DIY bath bombs!

How to throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party! The logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people with only one scale and everyone wanting to create their own custom bath bombs is a bit daunting. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Click through to Soap Deli News blog now to learn how to throw a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of friends!

Once everyone had completed their individual bath bombs at my party, my guests also combined the leftover bath bomb mix they’d made into layers into a popsicle mold to make unicorn horn bath bombs. These made for some really creative unicorn horn bath bombs especially since everyone chose different additives and fragrances.

I unmolded the unicorn bath bombs the next morning – you do need to give these a solid tap to get them out – and distributed them among my friends in attendance the next time I saw them.

If there’s time after everyone has made their bath bombs and not everyone is ready to rush off, then I recommend relaxing with a fun party game afterwards! My friends and I recently had a ton of fun playing Exploding Kittens with the first expansion pack, Imploding Kittens, after a DIY Nail Polish Craft & Cocktail Night.

How to throw a unicorn party! Pair a paint your own unicorn paint project with fun DIY unicorn party hats and unicorn party favors for a magical event!

If you like my ideas for throwing a DIY bath bomb party, then you may also like my ideas for having a unicorn party! You can find my guide on how to throw a unicorn paint party here!

For more entertaining and party ideas, be sure to visit my Party Ideas board on Pinterest. You can also find some great cocktail recipes on my Cocktail Hour Pinterest board.

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New Soapmaking Book + A Triple Butter Silk & Agave Soap Recipe

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I’m super excited to be able to share not only a new soapmaking book with you but a new soap recipe as well! This triple butter silk & agave soap recipe is from Jan Berry’s new soapmaking book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking! As the author behind both The Nerdy Farm Wife blog and her previous book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home, Jan Berry brings her expertise as an herbalist to you in a new soapmaking book that offers a modern twist on creating truly natural, eco-friendly soaps.

Herbalist Jan Berry's new soapmaking book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, is a comprehensive guide to creating truly natural, eco-friendly homemade soaps with foraged botanicals, essential oils and other common ingredients. Beginning soapmakers will discover detailed soapmaking tutorials, soapmaking recipes and step-by-step photos to help guide them through the process of modern soapmaking.

A Must Have New Soapmaking Book

Simple & Natural Soapmaking is a comprehensive guide to creating your own natural homemade soaps using foraged botanicals, essential oils and other common ingredients. Beginning soapmakers will discover detailed soapmaking tutorials, soapmaking recipes and step-by-step photos to help guide them through the process of modern soapmaking. There are fifty unique soap recipes in total, all of which are inspired by her very own herb and vegetable gardens as well as the farm, forest and sea.

This beautiful soapmaking book covers both traditional cold process soapmaking as well the more modern hot process soapmaking method. In addition to these recipes, Jan’s new soapmaking book also features guides on the properties of various essential oils, oil and milk infusions with healing herbs and easy decoration techniques.

Herbalist Jan Berry's new soapmaking book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, is a comprehensive guide to creating truly natural, eco-friendly homemade soaps with foraged botanicals, essential oils and other common ingredients. Beginning soapmakers will discover detailed soapmaking tutorials, soapmaking recipes and step-by-step photos to help guide them through the process of modern soapmaking.

While suitable for beginners, Jan’s new soapmaking book is also a great resource for seasoned soapmakers as well. The beautiful photos, appealing soap recipes and in-depth tutorials make this new soapmaking book a treasure for any soaping library.

Right now, if you pre-order Simple & Natural Soapmaking, you’ll receive complimentary access to Jan’s 6 Weeks of Soapmaking Success eCourse! (Normally $47, yours free!) This soapmaking course dives deeper into six areas of soapmaking that are often challenging or intimidating to soapmakers. Each lesson will equip you with the information you need to experience further success in your soapmaking endeavors as well as provide inspiring soapmaking videos to demonstrate that lesson’s theme.

Herbalist Jan Berry's new soapmaking book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, is a comprehensive guide to creating truly natural, eco-friendly homemade soaps with foraged botanicals, essential oils and other common ingredients. Beginning soapmakers will discover detailed soapmaking tutorials, soapmaking recipes and step-by-step photos to help guide them through the process of modern soapmaking.

You can pre-order Simple & Natural Soapmaking here. Once you’ve ordered your new soapmaking book, you can obtain access to the soapmaking success ecourse here. Lesson 1, Success with Fruits & Veggies, and Lesson 2, Success with Flowers & Herbs, are available now with a new course releasing each subsequent week on the following schedule:

• July 20: Success with Alternative Liquids
• July 27: Success with Natural Colorants
• Aug 3: Success with Simple Soap Designs
• Aug 10: Success with Soap Label Design

Ready to give Jan’s triple butter silk & agave soap recipe a try? You’ll find her creamy conditioning homemade soap recipe below.

Triple Butter Silk & Agave Soap Recipe! This sumptuous soap recipe is brimming with ingredients that your skin will adore. A trio of creamy conditioning butters ensures that your skin is well nourished, while silk adds an unparalleled touch of luxury.

Triple Butter Silk & Agave Soap Recipe

By Jan Berry

Yield: 7 to 8 Bars of Soap (2.5 LBS/1.13 KG)

This sumptuous soap recipe is brimming with ingredients that your skin will adore. A trio of creamy conditioning butters ensures that your skin is well nourished, while silk adds an unparalleled touch of luxury. The natural sugars from agave syrup provides a small boost to lather, but if it̕s not available, honey can be used in its place.

Triple Butter Silk & Agave Soap Recipe! This sumptuous soap recipe is brimming with ingredients that your skin will adore. A trio of creamy conditioning butters ensures that your skin is well nourished, while silk adds an unparalleled touch of luxury.

Ingredients:

8.75 oz (248 g) distilled water
3.85 oz (109 g) sodium hydroxide (lye)
Small pinch of Tussah silk

7 oz (198 g) coconut oil (25%)
3 oz (85 g) cocoa butter (10.7%)
3 oz (85 g) mango butter (10.7%)
3 oz (85 g) shea butter (10.7%)
12 oz (340 g) olive oil (42.9%)

1 tsp (5 ml) agave syrup mixed with 1 tsp (5 ml) water
1.23 oz (35 g) lavender essential oil (optional)

Instructions:

Wearing protective gloves and eyewear, carefully stir the lye into the distilled water. Add a small pinch of silk, then stir thoroughly. Set the lye solution aside in a safe place to cool.

Triple Butter Silk & Agave Soap Recipe! This sumptuous soap recipe is brimming with ingredients that your skin will adore. A trio of creamy conditioning butters ensures that your skin is well nourished, while silk adds an unparalleled touch of luxury.

Melt the coconut oil and solid butters, then add to the olive oil. Add the lye solution to the warm oils. Using a combination of hand stirring and an immersion blender, stir the soap until it reaches a light trace.

Stir in the essential oil, if using, and diluted agave syrup. Pour the soap batter into a prepared mold or individual molds. Cover lightly with a sheet of wax or freezer paper, then a towel or light blanket. Peek at the soap every so often; if it starts developing a crack, uncover and move it to a cooler location.

Triple Butter Silk & Agave Soap Recipe! This sumptuous soap recipe is brimming with ingredients that your skin will adore. A trio of creamy conditioning butters ensures that your skin is well nourished, while silk adds an unparalleled touch of luxury.

Keep the soap in the mold for 1 to 2 days, or until it̕s easy to remove, then slice it into bars when it̕s firm enough not to stick to your cutting tool. Cure on coated cooling racks or sheets of wax paper about 4 weeks before using.

If you’d like more detailed information on making cold process soap from scratch, you can find my tutorial for cold process soapmaking here. You may also be interested in my own cold process green tea & agave soap recipe available here.

To discover more soapmaking resources as well as additional homemade soap recipes, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board. You can also find more great bath, body and beauty recipes as well as a collection of food recipes and DIY projects on my Pinterest boards here.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe + My Weekly Wrap Up!

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This weekend I wanted to share my new apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe! It’s a refreshing and light cocktail that can be made with either vodka or gin. Plus it’s a great way to sneak in those extra probiotics.

Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe! This apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe can be made with either vodka or gin. And it's a great way to sneak in those extra probiotics!

I know not everyone particularly enjoys the taste of apple cider vinegar, but it’s surprisingly easy to hide. Just to be sure, however, I had my friend Cathy also give my apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe a whirl and she enjoyed it as much as I do!

Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. vodka or gin
.5 oz. Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
.5 oz. simple syrup
3 oz. club soda
several dashes Wigle Organic Rosemary Lavender Cocktail Bitters

Notes:

I use Bragg’s raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar specifically for this recipe as it contains the “mother.” The “mother” is what offers all that probiotic goodness. Not only is Bragg’s apple cider vinegar rich in potassium, but it also helps to support a healthy immune system.

I’ve been buying my Bragg’s apple cider vinegar from Thrive Market as they have such great prices on natural and organic foods – plus freebies a few times a month with a $49 purchase! But you can also find Bragg’s apple cider vinegar in the organic section of your local grocery store.

Vinegar has historically been used in cocktails and in recent years has been making quite the comeback in handcrafted artisan cocktails. Typically called drinking vinegar or shrubs, these vinegars come in a variety of amazing flavors with the simple syrup already added. They are incredibly delicious both in cocktail recipes as well as when mixed with regular filtered water or club soda.

You can learn more about shrubs from the book, Shrubs: An Old Fashioned Drink for Modern Times, by Michael Dietsch. This book is available in both hardcover and for kindle. (If you don’t own a kindle you can still purchase and read the kindle version with Amazon’s free kindle reading app.)

Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe! This apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe can be made with either vodka or gin. And it's a great way to sneak in those extra probiotics!

Instructions:

To make my apple cider vinegar cocktail simple measure out and combine all ingredients in a tall glass with ice and stir to combine. If desired, you can garnish your drink with a twist of lime or rosemary or even muddle a bit of lavender to add to the mix. Then simply sip and enjoy!

(If you like my apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe, then you may also like my cocktail recipe for Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch!)

As usual I’ve also been working on quite a few new projects this week. While some of them make the cut, not all of them always do. While it can be frustrating, I always learn something new from my DIY fails and sometimes I simply discover something unexpected.

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One interesting discovery I made this week is that bath bombs made using a mini bundt cake silicone mold will travel in your bath water (as illustrated by my instagram video above.)

The Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button is a Wi-Fi connected device that orders Prime members a surprise box of delicious treats from small-batch artisans anytime you want, at just the press of a button.

Also this week I finally made it off the waitlist for Amazon’s Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button! Being a fan of ipsy as well as a few other monthly beauty programs, I REALLY wanted to try this. The Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button is a Wi-Fi connected device that orders Prime members a surprise box of delicious treats from small-batch artisans anytime you want, at just the press of a button. It’s my first ever dash button and I’m actually excited about this one. (I mean it’s perfect for those once a month cravings for sweets during a hormone surge, right?!)

You can purchase the Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button here. (Or alternately, if it’s not available, you can get on the waitlist. I was approved after about a week.) Like other dash buttons, you’ll pay $4.99 up front which is then credited back to your first order. (Not an Amazon Prime member? You can sign up for a 30-day free trial here.)

Pineapple Rose Shea + Clay Artisan Soap Loaf by Skin Kitchn

I also fell in love with a new Etsy shop I discovered this week called Skin Kitchn. This Sacramento, California small business is run by Dori Nicole who creates lovingly crafted artisan soaps for sensitive skin. You can buy artisan soaps by the loaf or by the bar.

Pictured is Dori’s wildly popular Pineapple Rose Shea + Clay Artisan Soap Loaf made with shea butter and sweet almond oil. It’s lightly scented with a tropical mix of pineapple and papaya with Rose Clay added for color. You can check out the full line of Skin Kitchn products on Etsy here. You can discover more artisan products to fall in love with by visiting my Etsy favorites here.

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