Weekly Wrap Up (Week of April 16th-April 22nd)

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These Hand Poured 100% Soy Lemongrass Citronella Outdoor Candles from Pure Palette naturally deter mosquitoes and other biting insects!

I missed writing a weekly wrap up the past two weeks in a row. Part of it was getting behind on blog projects. Part of it was getting the house cleaned for a game night James was hosting. Part of it was just life. And being overwhelmed. I had a freak out week where I was just overly consumed about failing with my new direction. Quitting my day job. Meeting the weekly blogging goals I set for myself. Terrified I won’t be able to hack it blogging full time and make enough to both pay my debts and live off of.

So between coming up with new bath and body recipes, trying to get them executed, and stressing myself to the point there was too much in my head to focus I forgot for a moment that this is what I love. And it’s okay to not always get it right.

Week before last I had not one, but two projects fail. But that’s the process. I had to remember that I am only one person. I’m not Martha Stewart. I don’t have an insane budget to play with. I don’t have employees. I don’t have a photographer or a designer. And I definitely don’t have a savvy marketing guru in my corner. There’s just me.

Realistically, one person can only do so much. And unfortunately not all of my days are sunny. So I have shelved some of the higher expectations I’ve set for myself and I got some of my mojo back this week. I was able to post three original projects for you all to give a try. And I’m pretty excited about that. (I found this article from Wit & Delight especially inspiring in getting my head back to where it needs to be.)

James shopping for an electric smoker for a cookout & cocktail party!

I also remembered I need support and friends and breaks in my life. So this week I’ve also been working on planning a cocktail & cookout party for James and my friends in May. James bought a smoker so he can smoke a ridiculous amount of meat and I’ve been hunting for awesome cocktail recipes that I can serve punch style in mason jar drink containers. I’ve also been making some fun party favors for swag bags like my soap donuts, solid salt scrub donuts and bug away butter. And, I’ve been shopping too.

"Planted" Flash Temporary Tattoos by Steffi Lynn of Have a Nice Day Out of Brooklyn, NY

I bought some amazing lemongrass + citronella bug free zone candles from Pure Palette, who also resides in my home state Virginia, so we’re not spilling cocktails or dropping meats because we’re busy swatting at annoying biting insects.

I also bought some handmade goodies for my party swag bags including some super fun temporary tattoos from both PiCO Tatouage Temporaire out of Canada and Have a Nice Day out of Brooklyn, NY. (Pictured above are Steffi Lynn’s “Planted” Flash Temporary Tattoos.)

And I bought an assortment of both fan favorites and Fiesta Lollipops from Luxe Lollies that includes flavors like Salted Watermelon Jalapeno Limeade, Muy Loco Salted Jalapeno Margarita, Delicioso Salted Margarita, Nutty Horchata, and Pineapple Jalapeño Lime.

Reusable Party Animal Favor Bags from Love & Confetti

And of course one must have swag bags to put said party favors in! So I bought these fun reusable (I mean, it IS earth day everyday!) party animal favor bags from With Love & Confetti. (Discover more party inspiration on my Party Ideas Pinterest board.)

I also want to make some Star Wars inspired and mustache soaps as well as some mini perfumes so each bag has some variety with no two being quite exactly the same. And of course I’ll be posting those projects here on the blog at some point so you won’t miss out either!

Cardamom Rose Facial Grain Scrub Recipe via Catching Seeds Blog

While you’re waiting on me to post more of my new DIY projects, be sure to check out these bath and body recipe favorites I discovered this week from other bloggers:

(Discover more of my favorite skincare and soap recipes on my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board.)

Confetti Bundt Cake Bath Bombs from The Bath Candy Shop! This handmade bath bomb is scented with a confetti cake fragrance and is topped with soap drizzle and sprinkles.

And here are some of my favorite products I’ve been crushing on this week:

(For even more of my favorites you can follow my collections on Etsy.)

That’s all for today! I hope to “see” you again right here at Soap Deli News next week! In the meantime, you can find & follow me on Pinterest,  G+,  Tumblr,  Facebook,  Twitter,  Blog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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Weekend Wrap Up (Week of March 26th-April 1st)

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This week I thought I’d share a few of my favorites things and products. What I’m watching, products currently I’m using, and other delights I’m crushing on this week. Of course, this video from SNOBLOVE Beauty topped my list. In this video, she shares how she made her stunningly beautiful cold process unicorn queen soap. You can also shop for this fab soap for a limited time while supplies last in The SNOBLOVE bar shop.

In addition to the occasional YouTube video, I’m also watching the series Legion, which is based on the Marvel Comics, Amazon’s Fortitude and Hulu’s Harlots with great anticipation. I’m also very much looking forward to seeing The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.

essence How To Make Bright Eyes Make-up Box

Products I’m using right now include:

Lotion: Savannah Bee Honey Body Lotion in Unscented
Hand Soap: Raw Sugar Natural Hand Wash in Coconut Mango (bathroom) and Lemon Sugar (kitchen)
Primer: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Luminous Light (This was a freebie via my ipsy rewards!)
CC Cream: Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream in Fair/Light
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Long-Wearing Blush in Risqué
Lip Crayon: LOC Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil in Punch Line (via my Birchbox subscription.)
Eyeshadow primer: Clinique Touch Base for Eyes in Canvas Light
Powder: bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil Powder
Mascara: stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara
Eyeshadow: essence How To Make Bright Eyes Make-up Box (They sell this at Target. I also use it to highlight my cheekbones.) Also Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow in Marisa (via my ipsy subscription.)
Hair Care: Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer (via my ipsy subscription.)
Conditioners: Renpure Solutions Bamboo Green Tea Cleansing Conditioner and Renpure Advanced Extra Strength Biotin & Collagen Thickening Conditioner (They sell these at Target.)
Face Moisturizer: Body Merry’s Retinol Surge Moisturizer
Under Eye Cream: My own Anti-Aging Under Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid (Recipe here.)
Deodorant: My own Palmarosa + Lime Natural Deodorant Recipe with Aloe Vera Oil (Recipe here.)

Products I’ve purchased this week to try:

Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer in Pink Berry Chiffon
Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Eyeshadow Palette
OPI Nail Polish in Princesses Rule

Also this week…

Made James and I #dinner tonight with one of the meals from #HelloFresh!

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I cooked this New York Strip Steak with Truffled Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Amandine for James & I from my Hello Fresh subscription. (James usually cooks.) If you sign up for HelloFresh here as a new subscriber you’ll get $40 off your first delivery.

I also discovered a great new easy non-toxic no scrub shower cleaner. Simply combine ½ cup Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner with ½ cup vinegar in a spray bottle & gently mix. Spray on your surface, wait several minutes then rinse! Voila! You can also use a couple tablespoons of Sal Suds for an average load of laundry, dilute with water to sponge down countertops or to mop your floor, or even mix with baking soda to make a powerful scouring agent for bathtubs and sinks. (You can buy Sal Suds here.)

DIY Donut Bath Bombs via A Pumpkin & A Princess

I also fell in love with these DIY Donut Bath Bombs via A Pumpkin & A Princess blog. They’re made with soap icing and real sprinkles. You can find the recipe to make your own here or repin this DIY here for later. For more DIY’s like this one be sure to follow my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board. Or, for donut bath bombs you can buy, visit Velvet Moon Studio on Etsy.

Rebecca D. Dillon, Author of Soap Deli News blog!

Additionally I also learned about the AirBrush app (available for both the iPhone and Android phones.) This amazing and easy to use app lets you take years off your appearance or simply adds makeup! This photo was retouched using the AirBrush app. I was wearing ZERO makeup in this selfie photo. All of the makeup was added using the app. You can get the app here.

That’s all for this week! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend filled with many fun and creative discoveries!

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DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera® + An Almond & Oats Exfoliant Recipe

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DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

On November 1st, Oleum Vera® launched their new line of DIY beauty kits, with each kit focusing on the natural, the fresh and the edible. I was the lucky recipient of their “Off to a Good Start” beauty kit which arrived beautifully packaged last week.

Not only was this DIY beauty kit filled with wonderful organic ingredients, but the ingredients also came in very sturdy, quality containers that allow them to be re-used again and again. I was honestly floored by the quality and truly impressed with this new beauty brand.

DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

Who is Oleum Vera®?

Based in Montreal, Canada, Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from nature in order to create natural beauty products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge along with natural clays, organic butters and oils.

This new beauty brand is anti-GMO, pro-customization, pro-organic and pro-sustainability. Their philosophy is to provide women and men with the ingredients and the knowledge needed to re-appropriate their body care routine and tailor it to meet their own unique skin and hair needs.

In opposition of the mainstream beauty industry which has long relied using on harmful chemicals, one-size-fits all mass production, and unsustainable sourcing, Oleum Vera® hopes to be a breath of fresh air for increasingly knowledgeable consumers.

DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

Each of Oleum Vera®’s DIY beauty kits includes an assortment of plant-based oils and essential oils, and in some cases, powdered clays, algae, and dried flower petals. All of the ingredients are handpicked for their numerous benefits to the skin, hair and senses, always with sustainability in mind.

These DIY beauty kits are certified 100% organic, and each one comes with a booklet filled with customizable recipes and illustrated how-to’s. Each kit retails at $74.95. You can find their full line of DIY beauty kits now available here.

The "Off to a Good Start" kit, available here, is a Do-it-Yourself Organic Face Cleansing Kit. It comes with three organic plant based carrier oils (moringa, avocado, castor, and sweet almond), four essential oils (lemongrass, tea tree, peppermint and oregano), white kaolin and bentonite clay, rose petals, and lavender buds. It also includes a glass bottle for mixing your custom face cleansing oil, a jar with a lid and spoon for creating exfoliating grains, and a tiny funnel and dropper.

The “Off to a Good Start” kit, available here, is a Do-it-Yourself Organic Face Cleansing Kit. It comes with three organic plant based carrier oils (moringa, avocado, castor, and sweet almond), four essential oils (lemongrass, tea tree, peppermint and oregano), white kaolin and bentonite clay, rose petals, and lavender buds. It also includes a glass bottle for mixing your custom face cleansing oil, a jar with a lid and spoon for creating exfoliating grains, and a tiny funnel and dropper.

DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

These ingredients, combined with a few fresh ingredients from your pantry, allow you to create three cleansing oils, three facial scrubs and three deep-cleansing masks. Each natural skin care recipe is designed to adapt to your skin’s changing needs. Also included, is a booklet filled with not only skin care recipes, but also information on each of the ingredients included in the DIY beauty kit.

DIY Exfoliating Facial Grains with almonds and oats for normal or combination skin!

Using a recipe from the informational booklet inside my kit, I created their almond and oats exfoliant for normal or combination skin.

DIY Exfoliating Facial Grains with almonds and oats for normal or combination skin!

DIY Exfoliating Grains Face Scrub

To make your own DIY Exfoliating Facial Grains with almonds and oats for normal or combination skin, you’ll need:

4 Tablespoons (60 mL) organic oats, finely ground
2 Tablespoons (30 mL) organic almond meal
1 sachet (.7 oz.) kaolin clay
half a sachet (.17 oz.) bentonite clay
half a sachet (.05 oz.) organic rose petals or lavender buds

Crumble the petals or buds between your fingers, then combine all the ingredients.

To use your exfoliating grains:

To use your exfoliating facial grains, place a small amount of the scrub into a small dish or the palm of your hand. Add a bit of your favorite cleansing oil – also from a recipe in the kit! – and mix with your fingers.

Allow the oil to soak into the scrub for 30 seconds or so, then massage the scrub onto your face using a circular upward motion.

All the the scrub to rest on your face like a mask, or simply rinse off right away and pat dry.

DIY Milk and Honey Exfoliant for Dry or Sensitive Skin

A milk & honey exfoliant for dry or sensitive skin (pictured above) was yet another beauty recipe included with the “Off to a Good Start” DIY beauty kit.

If you’d like to discover all of the beauty recipes that Oleum Vera® has to offer in their new DIY beauty kits, you can visit their website here.

Mocha Scrub Bar Recipe to Reduce Visible Cellulite

There you’ll find an array of DIY beauty recipes for body, face and hair care like this beauty recipe (pictured above) for making your own mocha scrub bar to reduce visible cellulite. There are also beauty recipes for body butters, solid lotion bars, face masks, massage oils, toners, facial serums, hair masks and more.

For even more information on this amazing new company, you can read their blog as well as follow Oleum Vera® on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

For more of my favorite bath and beauty products be sure to visit my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here. Or check out my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board here for more natural skin care and beauty recipes you can make at home.

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Sunday Spotlight: Unique Bath and Body Products & Shops

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Sixteen unique bath and body products from four fantastic bath and body shops that offer a fun twist on skin care. Browse for inspiration or shop for unique homemade gifts!

Sunday Spotlight:  Unique Bath and Body Products & Shops

Sixteen unique bath and body products from four fantastic bath and body shops that offer a fun twist on skin care. Browse for inspiration or shop for unique homemade gifts!

Skin Food by AB

Skin Food by AB is a cruelty free skin care company sells artisan organic skincare products that are handmade in small batches from raw ingredients. Superfoods, butters, herbs and oils are used to create products with a purpose that soothe, cleanse and restore skin and their ailments.

Skin Food by AB is a cruelty free skin care company sells artisan organic skincare products that are handmade in small batches from raw ingredients. Superfoods, butters, herbs and oils are used to create products with a purpose that soothe, cleanse and restore skin and their ailments.

From Skin Food by AB: Detox Organic Charcoal Soap // Tomato Lip Balm with Turmeric + Honey // Organic Coffee Scrub // Orange Ginger Soap

Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare

Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare offers delectable soap cupcakes, artistic soap bars, shaving sets, all-natural lip and body balms, and luxurious bath products.

Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare offers delectable soap cupcakes, artistic soap bars, shaving sets, all-natural lip and body balms, and luxurious bath products.

The owner of Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare, Stephanie, is a former NYC pastry chef who started making all-natural body balms after becoming pregnant and learning how much of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. After looking around at all the wonderful oils and butters at her fingertips, she decided to try her hand at making cold process soap and fell in love! As a result, Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare was founded out of Stephanie’s desire to help others treat their skin better, while indulging their senses.

Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare offers delectable soap cupcakes, artistic soap bars, shaving sets, all-natural lip and body balms, and luxurious bath products.

From Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare: Rose Vanilla Soap Cupcake // Morocco Hand & Body Soap // Tea Tree Soap Face & Body Soap // Pineapple Cupcake Soap

Sweet Suds by April

Sweet Suds by April offers a delectable, realistic collection of handmade food and dessert inspired soap treats and more! A writer and journalist by trade, April has recently started a family and now has the opportunity to stay at home with her son, Luke, while at the same time pursue her passion for soapmaking.

Sweet Suds by April offers a delectable, realistic collection of handmade food and dessert inspired soap treats and more! A writer and journalist by trade, April has recently started a family and now has the opportunity to stay at home with her son, Luke, while at the same time pursue her passion for soapmaking.

From Sweet Suds by April: Chocolate Half-Dipped Swirl Butter Cookie Soap // Lemon Cream Tart Soap // Salted & Sprinkled Caramel Apple Soap // Set of Three Handmade Donut Soaps

Lotus Flower Soap

Lotus Flower Soap sells exclusive gift gem soaps handcrafted using natural butters and aromatherapeutic essential oils.

Lotus Flower Soap sells exclusive gift gem soaps handcrafted using natural butters and aromatherapeutic essential oils.

From Lotus Flower Soap: Malachite Soap Rock // Amethyst Soap Rock // Turquoise Soap Rock // Citrine Geode Soap Rock

For even more unique bath and body products you’re sure to love, visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen here. Or visit my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here. Also be sure to check out last week’s Sunday Spotlight that features Artisan Bath and Body Favorites. You can also browse all of my handmade favorites by following me on Etsy here.

Do you have any tried and true unique bath and body products that you can’t get enough of? Be sure to share them in the comments below.

Want to learn how to make your own unique bath and body products? You can browse my own collection of homemade soap recipes here. Or find my homemade bath and body recipes here. I also have a huge collection of bath and body ideas and recipes that I’ve saved on Pinterest from across the web.

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Sunday Spotlight: Artisan Bath and Body Shop Favorites

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Artisan Bath and Body Shop Favorites: Three artisan bath and body Etsy shops I’m crushing on right now!

Artisan Bath and Body Shop Favorites

Three artisan bath and body Etsy shops I’m crushing on right now! (Because, yes. I am both an Etsy addict and an artisan bath and body addict regardless of whether or not I make my own bath and body products. It’s an addiction. But quite a fantastic addiction in my humble opinion.)

Four Foxes Candles

Four Foxes Candles sells luxury hand poured soy candles in fragrances that delight including scents like bamboo ginger and buttermilk pancakes. There’s even a Game of Thrones inspired candle line for favorites characters like Sansa Stark and the various houses including House Baratheon. You’ll also find handmade bath salts, sugar scrubs and even yoga mat sprays to fill your needs.

Four Foxes Candles sells luxury hand poured soy candles in fragrances that delight including scents like bamboo ginger and buttermilk pancakes.

From Four Foxes CandlesEgyptian Amber Bath Salts // Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub // Bamboo Mint Soy Candle // Red Ginger Saffron Soy Candle

Simple Traditions

Simple Traditions offers an array of bath and beauty products hand crafted by a stay at home mom. You’re sure to find many favorites here among the wide selection of whipped soaps, body scrubs, solid lotion bars, lip tints and solid perfumes. How can you possibly resist whipped soaps scented like an island margarita or an almond biscotti scented sugar scrub?

Simple Traditions offers an array of bath and beauty products hand crafted by a stay at home mom. You’re sure to find many favorites here among the wide selection of whipped soaps, body scrubs, solid lotion bars, lip tints and solid perfumes.

From Simple Traditions: Pistachio Macaroon Whipped Soap // Cake Batter Solid Lotion Bar Moisturizer // Vegan Chai Tea Soap Bar // Moisturizing Coffee Break Lip Tint

Kopa Kauai

Kopa Kauai sells tropically inspired organic soaps handmade in Kauai, Hawaii that contain natural clay, seeds and other botanicals and are made with ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil.

Kopa Kauai sells tropically inspired organic soaps handmade in Kauai, Hawaii that contain natural clay, seeds and other botanicals and are made with ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil.

From Kopa Kauai: Orange Blossom (Neroli) Handmade Soap // Coconut Sandalwood Handmade Soap // Lavender Mint Sea Salt Soap // Papaya Passion Handmade Soap

For even more of my artisan bath and body Etsy favorites visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen here. Or visit my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here.

Which artisan bath and body products are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

Looking for great handmade gift ideas? Check out my gift idea collections on Etsy created for pretty much everyone on your list: Gift Ideas for GuysGift Ideas for DIY-ersGift Ideas for Pet OwnersUnique Handmade GiftsGift Ideas for HerHousewarming GiftsGift Ideas for KidsGift Ideas for Little GirlsGift Ideas for SweetheartsGift Ideas for Coffee + Chocolate LoversGift Ideas for Unicorn LoversPumpkin Spice Gift IdeasGift Ideas for Pin Lovers and Gift Ideas for Co-Workers.


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