Variety is the spice of life as they say, and spices can certainly bring variety to your soap and a whole lot more too.
When I started making soap, I wanted it to be completely natural so when it came to fragrance, essential oils were the natural choice. However, even though they are natural they are very powerful oils and should be treated with respect.
One of the pleasures of making your own soap is the freedom to choose the ingredients that you want to use, and many students attending my courses are very excited at the prospect of using flowers and herbs from their own gardens.
One of the benefits of making your own soap is having the option of adding the herbs that you grow in your garden or window box to your recipe to add that extra special touch.
My interest in parabens came about after I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was only 32. I didn’t consider myself to be in a high-risk category given my age and I had no genetic history of breast cancer.
One of the many joys of making your own soap is being able to choose which essential oils that you want to include.
Have you ever tried reading the labels on the cosmetics in your make-up bag or on the pampering products in your bathroom cabinet?
I love all things natural and when it comes to fragrance for soap making essential oils are the obvious choice. Essential oils are very concentrated oils extracted from fragrant plants.
Turmeric is a very powerful spice that has been used in Asia for centuries and it is a major part of Sidhha medicine (a system of traditional medicine) which originated in South India.
We live in a fragrance obsessed world. Perfumes, air fresheners, candles, car fresheners, fabric fresheners, plug-ins, gels, sprays and diffusers. You name it and there is a product that you can buy for every possible scent requirement.