Summer Sweets to Treat Your Skin + Weekly Wrap Up

Disclosure: Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.

As much as I love making my own bath and body products, I simply adore buying them too! Sometimes perhaps a little too much. But there are just so many amazing and creative soapmakers and artisans out there, it’s sometimes hard to resist.

Summer Sweets to Treat Your Skin! Shop for sweet summer bath and body treats to indulge in this summer!

So, to kick off the end of spectacular week, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite handmade bath and body products I recently discovered. Even if you’re just window shopping, you can still sweeten up your summer with a little eye candy! Following are just a few fun handmade summer sweets to treat your skin!

Summer Sweets to Treat Your Skin

Unicorn Parfait from The Bath Candy Shop
Unicorn Parfait via The Bath Candy Shop

Beach House Whipped Sugar Scrub from Nectar Fresh Body
Beach House Whipped Sugar Scrub via Nectar Fresh Body

Mermaid Cove Bubble Bar from Shimmer & Luxe
Mermaid Cove Bubble Bar via Shimmer & Luxe

Summer Collection Bath Bombs from The Bath Candy Shop
Summer Collection Bath Bombs via The Bath Candy Shop

Beach House Cold Process Soap from Nectar Fresh Body
Beach House Cold Process Soap via Nectar Fresh Body

Unicorn Magic Bubble Bar from Shimmer & Luxe
Unicorn Magic Bubble Bar via Shimmer & Luxe

Hot diggity dog bath bombs from The Big Meltdown

Hot Diggity Dog Bath Bombs via The Big Meltdown

Pink Sprinkled Donut Lip Balm from Sweet Suds by April

Pink Sprinkled Donut Lip Balm via Sweet Suds by April

Donut Bubble Bar from Yours Truly

Donut Bubble Bar via Yours Truly

Don't Be Sour Shower Jelly from The Big Melt Down

Don’t Be Sour Shower Jelly via The Big Meltdown

Birthday Cake Soap Slice from B Sweet Soap

Birthday Cake Soap Slice via B Sweet Soap

L Frank Rainbow Bath Bomb from The Big Meltdown

L Frank Rainbow Bath Bomb via The Big Meltdown

Confetti Sprinkled Fudge Brownie Soap via Sweet Suds by April

Confetti Sprinkled Fudge Brownie Soap via Sweet Suds by April

David Bowie Bath Bomb created by Glittery Nightmares on Etsy! This Starman inspired bath bomb is crafted using a handmade mold. It's then hand painted. Drop this homage to David Bowie in water and it will release an array of colors in red, yellow, pink, orange and blue. Plus a dash of glitter!

Also sweet, just not in an edible sort of way, is this crazy cool David Bowie Bath Bomb. Created by Glittery Nightmares on Etsy, this Starman inspired bath bomb is crafted using a handmade mold.

It’s then hand painted. Drop this homage to David Bowie in water and it will release an array of colors in red, yellow, pink, orange and blue. Plus a dash of glitter! It’s made to order, so be sure to plan ahead if you need this sweet bath bomb by a certain date or for an event. You can get it here.

Julep Bright & Bold Summer Nail Polish Colors!

Also, now through July 24th, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT, or while supplies last, Julep is offering hot deals on their summer nail polish colors! Score a nail polish duo for just $10 or get your hands on a trio of polishes for only $12! What a deal, right?!

These bright and refreshing nail colors will look great when you’re lounging out by the pool or hitting your favorite summer festival! Shop here now before this offer expires.

Beauty at your doorstep! Enjoy a customizable Julep Beauty Box subscription that lets you choose full-size beauty and polish from brand-new collections every month.

In addition to their summer sale, Julep also has a sweet deal when you join their monthly beauty box subscription. Visit Julep here to take their 1-minute beauty quiz so they can customize your first box. Then use coupon code: SUMMERPOP to get your first box FREE! Even better, you can customize the products you want in each of your monthly beauty boxes AND you can also skip boxes at any time! Offer ends August 31st, 2017.

Alternately, you can get a FREE K-Beauty Fresh Start 5-piece skin & nail care gift ($114 value!) with your subscription to Julep’s Beauty Box. This introductory gift includes their pampering Korean skincare favorites and Julep’s award-winning nail treatment. To get this offer instead, use coupon code: FRESHGIFT at checkout and sign up here. But hurry, this offer ends July 31st, 2017.

Bath & Body Summer Sweets! Share your sweet summer treats you've made for your skin this summer!

Do you make your own handmade bath and body projects? Be sure to share your own homemade summer sweets by tagging them with #soapdelishowoff on instagram for a chance to have your products or shop featured on future weekly wrap ups!

For more great bath and body finds as well as homemade soap, bath and beauty recipes, 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.


Disclosure: Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.

Weekly Wrap Up (Week of June 4th-June 10th)

Disclosure: Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.

DIY Party Hat Hack! These mini pineapple party hats were transformed to dreamy unicorn colors with spray paint and glitter!

It’s my birthday! And as a fellow soaper and facebook friend so eloquently put it, it’s my double 21st birthday! Can’t complain about that. I have super awesome friends, I’m doing what I love for a living, I have a shiny new husband and all my needs are met. So this is indeed a wonderful birthday. (It also doesn’t hurt that I can get away looking quite a few years younger.)

So, I don’t normally have a birthday party for myself, but this year I am throwing a birthday party not only for myself, but also for my dear friend, Cathy, who’s birthday is just three short days after mine. We are both turning 42 and know each other from all the way back in junior high school. We’re having a few good friends over for pitcher margaritas and to paint paper mache unicorns. Because, why not?

DIY Party Hat Hack! These mini pineapple party hats were transformed to dreamy unicorn colors with spray paint and glitter!

Last night I took time out to hack these mini pineapple party hats into some super amazing unicorn inspired glitter glam party hats using some Krylon Short Cuts Spray Paint, this glitter set, and a clear acrylic sealer. Aren’t they fun?

I’ve also been playing around with some free printable unicorn stickers I found via Pinterest, painting the borders with ella + milla Elite Drippin’ Gold glitter nail polish. I’m debating grabbing some plastic Solo cups last minute and adding the stickers to those, but they could end up as cupcake toppers as well.

Dr. Harvey's Herbal Multi-Vitamin + Mineral Supplement for Dogs! This powdered whole food multi-vitamin is made in the USA with no synthetic ingredients of any kind. Simply add powder to your dog's food daily to encourage optimal health! My dog LOVES this stuff!

All of that awesome aside, I am also in the midst of a free trial to Thrive Market. Not only did I discover and fall in love with Vigilant Eats Goji Cacao Superfood Cereal, but I also gave Dr. Harvey’s Canine Multi-Vitamins a try for my dog, Jasper. I didn’t realize when I bought it that it’s actually a powder and not a soft chew like I was expecting. But surprisingly Jasper absolutely LOVES this stuff. And as he’s aging – he’ll be 9 in August – I’m more careful about his dietary and health needs.

And, both because Jasper simply loves this stuff and he’s starting to get arthritis in his front knees, I’m going to purchase Dr. Harvey’s Canine Ortho-Flex Vitamins the next time around.

If you’d like to try Thrive Market, you can sign up here.

Terra's Kitchen Meal Delivery Service ships your organic meals plus extra proteins, fruits, salads and smoothies as desired in a reusable vessel that cuts down on waste! I love that they offer more options and choices for customization - choose family or two serving meals without changing your plan! - for comparable prices to other services.

I am also trying a new meal delivery service called Terra’s KitchenTerra’s Kitchen ships out organic meals of your choice along with extra proteins, fruits, salads and smoothies as desired in a reusable vessel that cuts down on waste!

I love that they offer more options and choices for customization – choose family or two serving meals without changing your plan! – for comparable prices to other services. They use clean ingredients that plant-strong, heart-healthy, and offer a healthy balance of essential nutrients.

Terra's Kitchen ships out organic meals of your choice along with extra proteins, fruits, salads and smoothies as desired in a reusable vessel that cuts down on waste! I love that they offer more options and choices for customization - choose family or two serving meals without changing your plan! - for comparable prices to other services. They use clean ingredients that plant-strong, heart-healthy, and offer a healthy balance of essential nutrients.

There are also paleo, vegan, gluten-free and other dietary restriction options on their menu of 50+ recipes. Plus, every meal comes with a cardstock recipe card with holes already punched in them so they fit neatly into a 3-ring binder upon arrival.

Terra's Kitchen ships out organic meals of your choice along with extra proteins, fruits, salads and smoothies as desired in a reusable vessel that cuts down on waste! I love that they offer more options and choices for customization - choose family or two serving meals without changing your plan! - for comparable prices to other services. They use clean ingredients that plant-strong, heart-healthy, and offer a healthy balance of essential nutrients.

Even better, all of the ingredients are pre-prepped so every meal can be made in 30 minutes or less. This not only saves time if you have a super busy lifestyle, but you don’t dirty as many dishes in the process of cooking as you ordinarily would cooking all of your meals from scratch.

Terra's Kitchen ships out organic meals of your choice along with extra proteins, fruits, salads and smoothies as desired in a reusable vessel that cuts down on waste! I love that they offer more options and choices for customization - choose family or two serving meals without changing your plan! - for comparable prices to other services. They use clean ingredients that plant-strong, heart-healthy, and offer a healthy balance of essential nutrients.

Once you’ve emptied your vessel, you simply peel off the shipping label to reveal the return shipping label and place the vessel back where it was dropped off. They then come back and pick up the vessel. Cool, right? And there’s literally no more waste than if you were to go shopping at the grocery store.  (While I also love HelloFresh, recycling and/or throwing out the waste from packaging took up a lot of space in my bins. Plus there is the additional prep.)

If you’d like to give Terra’s Kitchen a try, you’ll receive a $40 credit on your first order when you sign up here. You may also want to check out my Recipes Pinterest board if you love to cook!

A post shared by lotusbtr. (@lotusbtr) on

I’m also quite in love with some of the awesome bath and body photos you all have been sharing on instagram this week via the #soapdelishowoff! I simply love the colors in this handmade soap from lotusbtr. Body Care!

Well, I’m off to finish getting the house in order for tonight’s event and also decorate some chocolate cupcakes with a ridiculous amount of pink icing, pink sugar and sprinkles! I hope everyone has a lovely weekend! And don’t forget, you can find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog 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.


Disclosure: Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.

Soap Wedding Favors – Buy Them or DIY Them!

Disclosure: Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.

Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them!

Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them! So if you're planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors!

So if you’re planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors.

Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them! So if you're planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors!

If you’re brave enough to embark on making your own custom soap wedding favors for your wedding (or for someone else’s) then my soap wedding favor tutorial will guide you through the process! Within this blog post you’ll learn how to make natural mango & coconut milk soap soap wedding favors with labels!

Included within my soap wedding wedding favors tutorial are two recipes for making natural mango & coconut milk soap. There’s a luxury soap recipe as well as a budget soap recipe. Simply choose the version that works best for your budget.

These heart shaped homemade soaps are perfect as DIY wedding favors or homemade Valentine's day gifts!

However, if you find these recipes a bit intimidating, or if you’ve never made soap before, then you can also give my beginner’s soap recipe a try.

In addition to the soap recipes in my tutorial, I’ve also included step-by-step written instructions on how to create custom labels for your soap wedding favors. My custom label tutorial also includes screenshots of each step along with information for obtaining free software you can use. There are also links to beautiful wedding themed  clipart that’s available to customize your soap wedding favors even further.

If it all still seems a bit challenging, you can also find a label template to work with on Canva. Or you can design and have your labels printed through a 3rd party like StickerYou.  StickerYou offers not only wedding & event templates to create your own labels, but they will also professionally print and mail your pre-cut labels to you.

Ready to get started? Learn how to make your own soap wedding favors here.

Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them! So if you're planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors!

Not quite sure about taking on yet another task with everything else going on? Following are some of my favorite handcrafted bath, body and soap wedding favors that you can buy!

Olive oil soap wedding favors from Olive Street Mercantile. Luxurious artisan soaps created in small batches with ethically sourced ingredients including essential oils, botanicals and clays. Eco friendly, gentle and palm oil free.

I love the labels on these olive oil soap wedding favors from Olive Street Mercantile. These luxurious artisan soaps created in small batches with ethically sourced ingredients including essential oils, botanicals and clays. They’re also eco-friendly, gentle and palm oil free. More here.

Rose cookie soap wedding favors from LolliLuscious. These handcrafted soaps are layered with delicate peony pink & shimmering pearl topped with a beautiful, blooming rose & delicate leaves.

These rose cookie soap wedding favors from LolliLuscious are perfect for warm weather months. These handcrafted soaps are layered with delicate peony pink & shimmering pearl topped with a beautiful, blooming rose & delicate leaves. More here.

Garden Butterfly Soap Wedding Favors from LolliLuscious. These artisan soaps are delicately created with perfectly pink rose buds nestled in green grass with a soft pink butterfly. They are available packaged in either a party-ready cello bag or pretty gift box.

LolliLuscious also sells these Garden Butterfly Soap Wedding Favors. These artisan soaps are delicately created with perfectly pink rose buds nestled in green grass with a soft pink butterfly.

Boxed Soap Wedding Favors from LolliLuscious

They are available packaged in either a party-ready cello bag or pretty gift box. More here.

Medium 2.3 oz. soap wedding favors from Rustic Joy Soap. These handmade artisan soaps are available in your choice of colors and scents.

I really like the simplicity of the labels on these medium 2.3 oz. soap wedding favors from Rustic Joy Soap. These handmade artisan soaps are available in your choice of colors and scents. More here.

These beautiful assorted soaps from Kopa Kauai are perfect for soap wedding favors. Choose from a mix of scents or get them all in your favorite fragrance choice.

These beautiful assorted soaps from Kopa Kauai are perfect for soap wedding favors. Choose from a mix of scents or get them all in your favorite fragrance choice. More here.

These cute bath salt and lip balm wedding favors from Little Flower Soap Co. come tucked into a natural muslin drawstring pouch.

Or set your sights on these super cute bath salt and lip balm wedding favors from Little Flower Soap Co. They come tucked into a natural muslin drawstring pouch. More here.

These homemade lemon honey lip scrubs from Solis & Mare make both great wedding favors AND bridesmaid favors.

Another non soap wedding favor idea are these homemade lemon honey lip scrubs from Solis & Mare. They make both great wedding favors AND bridesmaid favors. Plus the packaging is to die for! Learn more here.

These test tube bath salts from Shore Soaps are perfectly packaged for gifting as wedding or bridesmaid favors!

These test tube bath salts from Shore Soaps are also perfectly packaged for gifting as wedding or bridesmaid favors! Learn more here.

For more wedding favors you can buy or simply additional wedding inspiration, be sure to browse my Wedding Wishes board on Etsy here. Also be sure to visit my DIY Wedding Pinterest board here for wedding favor ideas you can buy or DIY as well as inspiration for planning your wedding.

Also, don’t forget you can find and follow me on across all my social media profiles. I’m on PinterestG+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. You can also sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner.


Disclosure: Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.

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

Disclosure: Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.

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!

A post shared by Soap Deli News Blog (@soapdeli) on

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!

Also, don’t forget you can find and follow me on across all my social media profiles. I’m on PinterestG+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. You can also sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner.


Disclosure: Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.

The Spa Deck – Rediscovering a Treasure of Spa Recipes

Disclosure: Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.

The Spa Deck by by Barbara Close (Author) and Susie Cushner (Photographer) is a treasure filled collection of both simple and all natural spa recipes that you can make at home.

The Spa Deck

I moved at the beginning of the year. However, I still had a lease on my old apartment until the end of February so not everything made it’s way over until recently. (We saved the furniture for last.) Anyhow, I rediscovered this deck of spa recipe cards with 50 spa recipes during the move.

The Spa Deck by by Barbara Close (Author) and Susie Cushner (Photographer) is a treasure filled collection of both simple and all natural spa recipes that you can make at home.

The Spa Deck by by Barbara Close (Author) and Susie Cushner (Photographer) is a treasure filled collection of both simple and all natural spa recipes that you can make at home.  It’s no longer in print, however, it is still possible to find used decks online and in bookstores.

Homemade Spa Recipes

Lavender + Tea Tree Blemish Remover Recipe via The Spa Deck

Some of my favorite spa recipes that stood out while shuffling back through the cards included this super useful recipe for making a lavender & tea tree blemish remover. This simple oil acne treatment uses a blend of antibacterial essential oils proven to help fight acne including tea tree, lemon, lavender and rosemary essential oils.

Natural Neroli Complexion Serum Recipe via The Spa Deck

Another favorite, especially for those with dry and/or aging skin, is this recipe for a neroli complexion serum. Neroli essential oil is commonly used to increase circulation and stimulates new cell growth and is suitable for all skin types.

Especially beneficial for dry, irritated or sensitive skin, neroli essential oil regulates oiliness and minimizes enlarged pores. It can also help to clear up acne especially in dry skin. While pricy, a little bit of this amazing essential oil goes a long way!

Homemade Calendula Cuticle Oil Recipe via The Spa Deck

And let’s not forget those cuticles! My cuticles are the worst! And because I have a bad habit of biting my nails when I’m especially stressed, my cuticles tend to rip and tear. This calendula cuticle oil recipe is made with calendula essential oil, but you can also purchase certified organic calendula oil that’s made from infusing organically grown calendula flowers in organic cold pressed olive oil.

The Spa Deck contains 50 spa recipes in all with everything from face masks to papaya body butter. So if you can get your hands on a used deck, I highly recommend it!

Hello Glow, by Stephanie Gerber (author of Hello Glow blog.) This book contains over 150 recipes for creating your own fresh, organic, and effective spa, skin care, hair-maintenance, and cosmetics recipes at home!

Alternatively, you may also love the book, Hello Glow, by Stephanie Gerber (author of Hello Glow blog.) This recently released book contains over 150 recipes for creating your own fresh, organic, and effective spa, skin care, hair-maintenance, and cosmetics recipes at home.

This book includes recipes for fun skincare products like warming chai body oil, solid shimmering perfume, creamy marsala lip gloss and an anti-aging mocha mud mask. You can buy Hello Glow online here.

For more great homemade spa recipes and recommended beauty recipe books, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram for behind the scene sneak peeks. Or sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


Disclosure: Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.