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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Natural Lemongrass & Neem Oil Soap Recipe

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This natural lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe contains both neem oil and evening primrose oil, both prized for their medicinal skin care properties that can help to tackle tough skin issues like eczema. In addition, this natural lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe is scented with an energizing blend of lemongrass essential oil and a touch of sage.

This natural lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe contains both neem oil and evening primrose oil, both prized for their medicinal skin care properties that can help to tackle tough skin issues like eczema. In addition, this natural lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe is scented with an energizing blend of lemongrass essential oil and a touch of sage and tea tree oil.

This natural lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe contains both neem oil and evening primrose oil, both prized for their medicinal skin care properties that can help to tackle tough skin issues like eczema. In addition, this natural lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe is scented with an energizing blend of lemongrass essential oil and a touch of sage.

Natural Lemongrass & Neem Oil Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3.6 oz. avocado oil
1.8 oz. cocoa butter
5.4 oz. 76° melt point refined coconut oil
1.8 oz. evening primrose oil
13.3 oz. virgin olive oil
4.7 oz. palm kernel flakes
1.8 oz. safflower oil
3.6 oz. 100% neem oil

11.8 oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

2 Tablespoons white kaolin (cosmetic) clay
.5 oz. lemongrass sage essential oil blend
.2 oz. tea tree oil
1 teaspoon sodium lactate (60% solution)

Soap Notes:

water as % of oils=33%
8% superfat

This coconut oil facial soap recipe is palm free and will yield 10 bars of soap approximately 5 oz. each depending on how they are cut. This palm free cold process soap recipe will fit inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

As this lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe has a high amount of olive oil and doesn’t make a super hard bar – it rates a 39 for hardness out of the recommended 29-54 range at SoapCalc (learn more about using lye calcs here) – I added a small amount of sodium lactate to the recipe. This is optional. If you don’t have palm kernel flakes on hand – which are included for both lather and hardness – you can substitute with palm kernel oil. Alternately, you can also make this homemade soap recipe palm free by substituting the palm kernel flakes with lard. If you make substitutions, however, you MUST run this lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe back through a lye calculator.

For visual interest I added two bars of soap to this recipe. I simply cut them into cubes and placed the soap cubes inside my prepared soap mold before pouring the soap. The two bars of soap I used are my Lemon & Poppyseed Soap (recipe here) and my Natural Black Clay & Sea Salt Soap (recipe here.) Adding the soap will increase the final weight of the soap bars to around 6 oz. each.

I did use a fragrance oil for this soap recipe. However the sage side of the lemongrass sage fragrance oil I used was a bit too potent for me, so I made it a little more lemon-y by adding the lemongrass essential oil and the tea tree oil which rounded it out quite nicely. You can always omit the fragrance oil from this homemade soap recipe if you’d like a completely natural soap bar and simply increase the amount of the essential oils used.

Instructions:

You’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions for this natural lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe.

(If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s another good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe. Or download my free beginner soapmaking ebook.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the eight soapmaking oils and butter using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until the oils and cocoa butter have melted completely, then remove from heat.

Now prepare your fragrance oil and essential oils by weighing them out into a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Set aside.

Measure out the kaolin clay into a small container and also set aside.

When the lye-water has cooled to around 90°-95°F – you want the soapmaking oils and lye-water to be about the same temperature – you’re ready to make soap.

Measure out the sodium lactate and stir into the cooled lye-water.

Add the clay to melted and cooled soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until thoroughly combined.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace, then add the fragrance and essential oils. Mix with the stick blender until you reach a medium trace.

Now pour the soap into your prepared mold.  (If you are using a wooden soap mold you will need to line it first.)

Level the top of the poured soap with needed. Then lightly cover the top of the mold with a section of cardboard and set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed.

After 24 hours your can unmold your lemongrass and neem oil soap. (If you omitted the sodium lactate and your homemade soap is still soft, simply wait an extra day before unmolding.) Once you’ve unmolded your soap, cut it into bars and set them aside to cure for approximately 4 weeks before use.

Once your natural lemongrass and neem oil soaps have cured, simply wrap your soap bars and label as desired. (Go here to learn how to make your own custom soap labels.)

Like this neem oil soap recipe? Then be sure to check out my other bath, body and skin care recipes that contain neem oil as a key ingredient. Then follow me on Pinterest for even more of my homemade soap recipes as well as some of my favorite bath and body DIY’s from around the web.

To keep track of all my new homemade soap recipes and other DIY creations you can follow Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.

Natural Blueberry & Carrot Cold Process Soap Recipe

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This natural blueberry and carrot cold process soap recipe is made from real carrot puree and blueberries. Both of these foods are rich in antioxidants that are believed to help repair damage to skin tissue and are also highly prized for their anti-aging properties in skin care.

Blueberry Carrot Soap Recipe! This natural blueberry and carrot cold process soap recipe is made from real carrot puree and blueberries. Both of these foods are rich in antioxidants that are believed to help repair damage to skin tissue and are also highly prized for their anti-aging properties in skin care. #soap #soapmaking #cpsoap #soaprecipe #diy #skincare #carrots #blueberries #antiaging #beauty #naturalskincare #artisansoap

For this blueberry and carrot cold process soap recipe I cooked the carrots in water halfway through, then added very ripe blueberries and cooked them until both until soft and the water had evaporated. I then made a vegetable and fruit puree with these homemade soap ingredients using my stick blender. As with my other homemade soap recipes that incorporate food products, like my most recent soap recipe for my natural avocado and yogurt homemade soap, I discounted the water by the amount of vegetable and fruit that was incorporated into the soap recipe.

Blueberry Carrot Soap Recipe! This natural blueberry and carrot cold process soap recipe is made from real carrot puree and blueberries. Both of these foods are rich in antioxidants that are believed to help repair damage to skin tissue and are also highly prized for their anti-aging properties in skin care. #soap #soapmaking #cpsoap #soaprecipe #diy #skincare #carrots #blueberries #antiaging #beauty #naturalskincare #artisansoap

Blueberry & Carrot Cold Process Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

5 oz. 76° melt point refined coconut oil
4 oz. avocado oil
5 oz. rice bran oil
19 oz. sustainable palm oil
.8 oz. castor oil
2.2 oz. palm kernel flakes

7.8 oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

4 oz. pureed blueberries and carrots

Soap Notes:

Water as % of oils=33% then discounted by amount of blueberry and carrot puree (which constitute 11.11% the weight of the oils) called for in the recipe.

Superfat=7%

I chose to keep my blueberry and carrot cold process soap recipe fragrance free. However, if you prefer to scent your homemade soap you can add up to 1.1 oz. of essential oil for a natural scent or up to 2.25 oz. of your favorite fragrance oil.

If you don’t wish to use palm oil and/or palm kernel flakes you can substitute the palm oil for lard (pig tallow) and the palm kernel flakes for coconut oil. However, you’ll  need to run the resulting soap recipe back through a lye calculator. In addition you can also substitute the rice bran oil with olive oil.

This natural blueberry and carrot cold process soap recipe will fit inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

To Make the Puree:

To make the blueberry and carrot puree combine 2-3 oz. of distilled water with 3.5 oz. (by weight) of peeled and washed carrots in a pot on the stove. Cover and simmer until the carrot start to soften, stirring occasionally. Next add 1.5 oz. (by weight) of ripe blueberries and continue to simmer, uncovered, stirring often until all of the water has evaporated. Puree with a food processor or your stick blender, then weigh out the amount of puree needed. (These amounts gave me exactly 4 oz. of blueberry and carrot puree needed for this homemade soap recipe.)

Instructions:

To make this natural blueberry and carrot cold process soap recipe, you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking method instructions. (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s a good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until melted, then remove from heat and set aside. Then weigh out your blueberry and carrot puree and set aside.

When the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F you’re ready to make this natural blueberry and carrot cold process soap recipe.

Begin by adding the blueberry and carrot puree to the melted oils. Mix with a stick blender until the fruit and vegetable puree is evenly distributed.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Add the essential oil oil or fragrance oil if you are scenting your soap and mix again to fully incorporate the fragrance. Bring the soap to a medium to full trace.

Pour the soap into your prepared soap mold then immediately place the mold in the refrigerator. The sugar from the carrots and blueberries along with the palm oil means this homemade soap really heats up so you’ll need to keep it cool so it doesn’t volcano over or crack on top as it goes through the saponification process. (My soap did still gel even inside the fridge.)

The next day unmold your homemade soap loaf and cut into bars. Allow bars to cure 4-6 weeks before use, then wrap and label as desired.

For more of my homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to follow me on Pinterest. There I share not only collections of not only my homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web.

Keep track of all my new homemade soap recipes and other DIY creations by following Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.

Avocado Homemade Soap Recipe with Ripe Avocado & Fresh Greek Yogurt

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This natural yogurt & avocado homemade soap recipe may seem both challenging and perhaps a bit expensive to craft at first glance. However, because of the food ingredients added to this natural soap recipe, you’re actually able to create a luxe bar of homemade soap with fewer, less expensive ingredients!

This natural yogurt and avocado homemade soap recipe is made using a ripe avocado and real Greek yogurt to help give soap an extra luxurious feeling!

Don’t have a lot of money to invest in soapmaking ingredients but still want your homemade soaps to feel expensive? Adding ripe fruit and/or yogurt to your homemade soap recipes will give your homemade soaps a luxurious, silky feel as well as extra skin conditioning properties! This natural yogurt and avocado homemade soap recipe does just that and is made using a small, ripe avocado and real Greek yogurt!

Don't have a lot of money to invest in soapmaking ingredients but still want your homemade soaps to feel expensive? Adding ripe fruit and/or yogurt to your homemade soap recipes will give your homemade soaps a luxurious, silky feel as well as extra skin conditioning properties! This natural yogurt and avocado homemade soap recipe does just that and is made using a small, ripe avocado and real Greek yogurt!

Yogurt & Avocado Homemade Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

19.8 oz. sustainable palm oil
9 oz. rice bran oil
7.2 oz. 76°F melt point refined coconut oil

7.3 oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

3. oz. avocado puree from a small ripe avocado
2 oz. plain organic Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon spirulina powder, optional for natural green color

Soap Notes:

Water as % of oils=33% then discounted by amount of avocado (8.3% of oil weight) and yogurt (5.5% of oil weight) added.

Superfat=8%

If a fragrance is desired you can add up to 1.1 oz. of essential oil for a natural scent or up to 2.25 oz. of your favorite fragrance oil.

If you don’t wish to use palm oil, you can substitute the palm oil for lard, but you’ll want to run the recipe back through a lye calculator.

This natural yogurt & avocado homemade soap recipe will fit inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

Instructions:

To make this yogurt & avocado homemade soap recipe, you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking method instructions. Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until melted, then remove from heat and set aside. Then weigh out Greek yogurt and the avocado. Puree the avocado. Set both of these ingredients aside.

When the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F you’re ready to make this avocado homemade soap recipe.

Begin by adding the Greek yogurt and pureed avocado to the melted oils along with a Tablespoon of spirulina powder. Mix with a stick blender until the additional ingredients are evenly distributed.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Add the essential oil oil or fragrance oil if you are scenting your soap and mix again to fully incorporate the fragrance. Bring the soap to a medium to full trace.

Pour the soap into your prepared soap mold and lightly cover. Check part of the way through to make sure the soap isn’t getting too hot and cracking on top. If this happens, simply uncover for the rest of the saponification process. Set aside for 24 hours.

After 24 hours your can unmold your homemade soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow bars to cure 4-6 weeks before use, then wrap and label as desired.

For more of my homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web.

Keep track of all my new homemade soap recipes and other DIY creations by following Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.

Natural Homemade Raspberry Cold Process Soap Recipe

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This natural homemade raspberry cold process soap recipe is made with real ripe raspberries which are naturally rich in antioxidants which help to prevent and repair skin damage.

This natural homemade raspberry cold process soap recipe is made with ripe raspberries which are naturally rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants have been shown to help to prevent and repair skin damage caused by free radicals. In addition because antioxidants protect cells and encourage cell growth they are also believed to be helpful in an in fighting fine lines and wrinkles.

This natural homemade raspberry cold process soap recipe is made with ripe raspberries which are naturally rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants have been shown to help to prevent and repair skin damage caused by free radicals. In addition because antioxidants protect cells and encourage cell growth they are also believed to be helpful in an in fighting fine lines and wrinkles.

Natural Raspberry Cold Process Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3.6 oz. refined (76° melt point) coconut oil
1.1 oz. castor oil
22.3 oz. pomace olive oil
5.4 oz. lard (pig tallow)
3.6 oz. palm kernel flakes

8 fluid oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

3 oz. ripe raspberries
.5 oz. sodium lactate (60% solution)

Soap Notes:

The water discount was figured at around 30.6% as this raspberry cold process soap recipe has a high amount of olive oil which typically makes for a softer soap. (The steeper water discount and sodium lactate will help your soap harden faster so you can unmold the loaf and cut it into bars the next day.) The water then was again discounted by 3 oz. to account for the 3 oz. of raspberries used.

The raspberries account for approximately 8.3% of the total oil weight.

You can use virgin olive oil in lieu of pomace olive oil in this soap recipe, however you’ll find that pomace is not only less expensive, it also traces faster.

This raspberry cold process soap recipe was calculated using 6% super fat.

You can substitute palm kernel oil for the palm kernel flakes in this soap recipe without having to change the amount of lye needed. However, if you are resizing the recipe you should run the numbers back through a lye calculator.

You can use a fragrance for this cold process soap recipe. If desired use up to 2.25 oz. of your favorite body safe fragrance oil; half for essential oils.

This raspberry cold process soap recipe was formulated to be extra conditioning. Adding 1/2 Cup of powdered goat milk or coconut milk powder to the soapmaking oils just before adding the lye-water will add further skin conditioning benefits. Another fun alternative would be to add a small amount of coconut flakes to the batch when you add the raspberries.

This raspberry cold process soap recipe will yield 10-12 bars of soap approximately 4 oz. each depending on how they are cut and fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

Instructions:

To make this raspberry cold process soap recipe, you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking method instructions. (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s a good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the coconut, castor, and olive oils along with the palm kernel flakes and lard using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until melted, then remove from heat and set aside.

Next, weigh out the sodium lactate and raspberries separately and set aside.

When the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F you’re ready to make soap.

You can puree your raspberries prior to making soap if desired using a food processor. However, I simply added my raspberries directly to the melted soapmaking oils and pureed them in the pot using my stick blender. Once the raspberries were fully incorporated in the oils with no chunks, I then added the sodium lactate to the cooled lye-water and stirred.

Now slowly pour the lye-water mixture with the sodium lactate into the soapmaking oils with the pureed raspberries. Mix with a stick blender until you reach trace. If you are using a fragrance add the fragrance at a light trace then mix fully until the fragrance is fully incorporated and you get a medium trace on the soap.

Pour the soap into your prepared soap mold and leave uncovered. (This soap gets very hot during saponification and the top will crack if you over insulate it.) Set aside for 24 hours.

This natural homemade raspberry cold process soap recipe is made with ripe raspberries which are naturally rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants have been shown to help to prevent and repair skin damage caused by free radicals. In addition because antioxidants protect cells and encourage cell growth they are also believed to be helpful in an in fighting fine lines and wrinkles.

After 24 hours your can unmold your homemade soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow bars to cure 4-6 weeks before use, then wrap and label as desired.

For more of my homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web.

Keep track of all my new homemade soap recipes and other DIY creations by following Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.