Summer Sweets to Treat Your Skin + Weekly Wrap Up

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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.

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!

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Create Your Own Custom DIY Salves the Easy Way!

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Spark Naturals sells 100% pure essential oils, essential oil blends and related natural aromatherapy products. Their goal is to to help people bring balance into people’s lives through the use of essential oil extracts and other high quality health related products that combat the world’s cocoon of toxins, pollutants, and hazardous chemicals.

About Spark Naturals Essential Oils.

I recently discovered the company, Spark NaturalsSpark Naturals sells 100% pure essential oils, essential oil blends and related natural aromatherapy products. Their goal is to to help people bring balance into people’s lives through the use of essential oil extracts and other high quality health related products that combat the world’s cocoon of toxins, pollutants, and hazardous chemicals.

Unlike some essential oils companies, Spark Naturals is not an MLM company. However, they do offer the same products along with better pricing and availability as other similar essential oil companies.

Create your own custom DIY salves the easy way with Spark Naturals' base Foundation Salve. This salve is fantastic for those of us who want to create our own custom DIY salves, but prefer not to have to start out buying a ton of ingredients in bulk. This salve is a great way to make and mix your own products. All you need to do is heat the base and then add your own oils!

Easily create custom DIY salves with Spark Naturals!

I was especially excited by Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve. This salve is fantastic for those of us who want to create our own custom DIY salves, but prefer not to have to start out by buying a ton of ingredients in bulk. Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve is a great way to make and mix your own products. All you need to do is heat the base and then add your own essential oils!

To get you started, I recommend 12 drops of essential oil to 1 oz. of base. You can try ginger essential oil with this base for a warming sore muscle salve! Or mix 12 drops of ginger essential oil with 1 oz. of one of their carrier oils for a simple sore muscle massage oil.

And Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve is 100% natural. It’s made from 100% Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil and Vitamin E. That’s it! You can buy Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve online here. Or shop from their full line of pre-made salves here.

Sparks Naturals sells essential oil kits for making your own DIY cleaning products, cold & flu relief products and more!

In addition to the salves offered at Spark Naturals, they also sell essential oil kits for making your own DIY cleaning products, cold & flu relief products and more!

And, they also make it easy to get started with aromatherapy! Start shopping now and save up to 20% off their current sale products. You can also use coupon code: share15 for 15% off.

If you’re interested in homemade salve recipes that are a little more complex, you can find all of my salve recipes here. Make your own from scratch or use them as a springboard for inspiration for making your own custom DIY salves.

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My Memorial Day Weekend

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Scott Watering the GardenScott is watering the garden again today. He’s been faithfully watering the garden by buckets since there’s no hose or outside water faucet on the days the ground gets dry. Luckily we’ve had some good rain so far this spring and it’s supposed to be a rather wet summer since this can get a little tedious and I seem to keep having him add an extra row here and there. Right now we have tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers planted. I also have a row of organic Summer Bibb Lettuce seeds from Cubits planted in the ground and in a large pot along with some Basil and Calendula. Scott still has one more row to sow so I can plant my mix of organic Heirloom carrot seeds from Cubits.

I spent a lot of time outdoors yesterday cleaning up both the front and back yards. We rent and this is only the start of our second year here – and our first with any sort of extra income – so we’re just now getting the yard to our liking. I don’t have hedge trimmers yet – I spent money on a weed eater and an a/c unit – so I trimmed trees with my hands and a pair of craft scissors – which was surprisingly effective. I also spent a lot of time pulling up Virginia creeper out of the ground and off the fence. While it looks a lot better, it did send my allergies into overdrive so I’m nursing a sore throat today.

If you’re allergies are giving you fits as well – even with medication like mine – there are some natural home remedies that can help. One of my favorites since I have a variety of herbs planted out front is to drink peppermint tea. The peppermint oil acts as a natural decongestant. Simply add 1/2 ounce of dried organic peppermint leaves to a one quart jar then fill two-thirds of the jar with boiling water. Steep for five minutes, sweeten if desired and enjoy.

And since we’re on the topic of gardens, dirt and mud, I am offering 50% off my new Rose Body & Facial Mud for Memorial Day weekend! Just enter coupon code: FLASHMUD at checkout and receive half off every jar of Rose Body & Facial Mud you purchase from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen through Memorial Day. (Coupon code expires 5/27/13 at 11:59pm EST.)

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend. Scott and I will be going out to buy a small charcoal grill today so we can enjoy some grilled bratwurst and burgers purchased on the market this weekend from a local farmer.

On to the Black Friday Sale!

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I went over to my brother’s house for Thanksgiving and we all – meaning the girls because men apparently have trouble being silly – played a game called HedBanz. It was pretty neat and definitely a great family game. You basically wear a headband and you get a card for it that you can’t see. You then have to guess what you are by asking the other people playing what you are. Like “Am I an animal?” “Can you eat me?” “Do I have hair?” etc. I was a dragon first. Then I was a giraffe. My mom ended up being spaghetti, ketchup and a shirt!

 

So now that Thanksgiving has come and gone for the year, I suppose it’s time for the shopping to commence. I won’t be braving the malls – I never do having worked in retail at the mall for many years – but I will be shopping online and of course supporting other artisans like myself. For Black Friday this year I’m offering 45% off everything – including sale items – from my shop, Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen, through November 23rd, 2012 11:59pm ET. Just enter coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY at checkout for the discount on great bath and body products including my Handmade Pumpkin Pie Milk Soap (pictured) that comes wrapped and ready for gift giving or stocking stuffers. Happy shopping!

The Bath, Beauty and Home Fragrance Giveaway

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Some of my favorite handmade products are those geared toward bath, beauty and home. Therefore I thought it’d be fun to offer a giveaway to my readers for a chance to win a selection of handmade products within those categories! To put this contest together, I joined up with three other great artisans – Blackberry Thyme, Still Water Candles, and Face. Body. Feet. One lucky winner will receive handmade products from all three of these shops along with a selection of handmade soaps from my own shop, Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.
Handmade White Tea and Ginger Goat Milk Soap from Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen

Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen was founded in 2001 after my handmade soap addiction got the best of me. I specialize in creating handmade shea butter soaps and lotions. When I’m not whipping up soaps, I love to listen to local live music, visit my city’s farmer’s market, read when time allows, and come up with fun and crafty new DIY projects for my blog, Soap Deli News. I am a proud single mother of a teenage son who is both a talented soccer player and a new driver in training. (He got his learner’s permit this summer!)

For this contest, I’ll be giving away three of my newest handmade soap bars – Handmade Lemon and Basil Shea Butter Soap, Handmade White Tea and Ginger Goat Milk Soap, and Handmade Coconut and Lime Goat Milk Soap. ($18 value.) In addition, you can also save an extra 25% off all sale products from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen when you use coupon code: BACKTOSCHOOL through September 30th, 2012. Buy as much as you want and never pay more than $6 in shipping!

Handmade Pumpkin Spice Soy Candle from Blackberry Thyme

Teresa, of Blackberry Thyme, is offering one of her luscious, Handmade Pumpkin Spice Soy Candles as a prize! ($8 value.) Heavily scented and dye free, this hand poured clean burning candle is a rich fragrance blend of cinnamon and clove with vanilla and coconut. (Be sure to read my review of Teresa’s candles that I posted a while back after making a purchase from her!)

Teresa opened her shop, Blackberry Thyme, in November 2007 as a way to create extra income for her family. She has always loved sewing and crafting and Blackberry Thyme allowed her the chance to be creative and remain a single, stay at home mom to her two children. Teresa specializes in hand crafting eco-friendly 100% soy wax candles, wax melts and handmade soaps. You can find her products both on Artfire and Bonanza.

Handmade Pamper Herbal Facial Steam from Face. Body. Feet.

Jacqueline, of Face. Body. Feet., is giving away one of her natural, herbal facial steams! The Pamper Herbal Steam consists of natural botanicals including chamomile, rose buds, lemongrass, passionflower, orange peel, and jasmine flowers blended together for a deep aromatic facial cleanse when added to boiling water. ($8 value.)

Jacqueline got her start into natural beauty after discovering Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Craftsin the library one summer.  Within it’s pages was a simple, natural bath tea recipe that Jacqueline thought would be fun to make. She purchased the herbal ingredients she needed for the recipe, and then made several lavender bath tea bags for her and her husband to try. All she remembers about that night was that she slept like a baby.

During Jacqueline’s research for natural ingredients and recipes, she discovered Etsy, an entire online marketplace for handcrafted items. After visiting Etsy’s bath and body section and seeing all of the great products people were offering, the seed was planted and Jacqueline started her own natural bath and body business, Face. Body. Feet.

Handmade Lilac Air Freshener in Jelly Jar from Still Water Candles

Janelle, of Still Water Candles, is sponsoring two of her delightfully scented Jelly Jar Air Fresheners for this giveaway – one in Lilac and one in Vanilla Sugar. These 4oz. air fresheners come in a cute jelly jar with a daisy cut lid to let the fragrance out. These air fresheners make the perfect substitute for areas where you can’t burn candles such as the dormitories, cars, or the office. They last much longer than candles and make adorable gifts. ($16 value.) Make any purchase from Still Water Candles through October 31, 2012 and use coupon code: 20FallSale to receive 20% off your purchase.

Janelle is 22 years old and recently graduated with a math degree. When she’s not making candles she enjoys reading, cooking, and walking her dog. Her shop, Still Water Candles, started out solely as a candle shop. However, since it’s conception, it has slowly evolved to also include sachets, air fresheners, and reed diffusers. She named her shop after one of her favorite verses, Psalm 23:2-3: “He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul.”

The total prize value of this contest is $50. If you’d like a chance to win, simply enter via Rafflecopter below through September 28, 2012. This contest is open to USA residents only, ages 18 and up.

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