posted by: Lindsey Bryce @ September 19th, 2014
Feel like you’ve just been pampered at the spa with our brand spankin’ new sea salt bars! These perfectly pink squares are made with real, natural, pink Himalayan Sea Salt and scented with the lovely, light scent of baby roses. These beautiful pink crystals are mined in the Himalayan mountains and believed to be the purest salt on Earth.
What is sea salt and why do I want it? Well, as the name states, it’s from the sea; it is created when sea water evaporates, leaving behind that salty goodness. The difference between this and your normal table salt is simple: it’s created naturally, not artificially, and is not processed. Because of this sea salt is packed with important nutrients that you won’t find in your average table salt.
These are fantastic for every day use or for the occasional dry, peeling, or oily skin. The natural exfoliating properties of the sea salt will help with itchiness associated with dry skin, help remove dead skin cells, and reduce oiliness.
Ingredients: coconut oil, palm oil, safflower oil, aloe vera gel (fresh from garden), glycerin (kosher, of vegetable origin), purified water, coarse himilayan pink sea salt, sodium hydroxide (saponifying agent), sorbitol (moisturizer), sorbitan oleate (emulsifier) and oat protein (conditioner).
posted by: Lindsey Bryce @ August 19th, 2014
New to homemade soap? Not sure which bar you want to try first? Well SuperSoapers is here to help! We have hand selected 5 of our favorite bars of soap for you to test out. If there is a particular bar that you really want to try, feel free to let me know. If I have it available, I will happily include it in your package 🙂
Ingredients vary from bar to bar. If you would like to see a full list of ingredients, you can find these on each of the bars’ listings. Each sample will weigh between 1-2oz and be individually wrapped in plastic and hand-labeled for your convenience.
posted by: Lindsey Bryce @ July 14th, 2014
SuperSoapers’ hydrating (and non-greasy!) hand and body lotion is going to leave your skin feeling kissably soft and smooth. Our lotions are fortified with amazing and natural ingredients like: conditioning Shea Butter, nourishing Sweet Almond Oil, and Avocado Oil.
We’ve bottled one of our best selling soap bars! Everyone loves our Oatmeal, Goat’s Milk, and Honey bars so much we’ve turned it into a lotion. Now you can take this delicious scent anywhere. This lotion smells like warm oatmeal, sweet honey and fresh milk. A very soothing blend, this fragrance is a must have if you’re a fan of sweet scents but want a slightly different spin on the traditional vanilla-based sweet fragrances on the market.
Ingredients: Distilled Water, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Emulsifying Wax NF, Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol*, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance.
*This is a liquid preservative to inhibit a full range of microbial growth in your lotion(s). Without the use of a preservative your lotions will only have shelf life of 1 week and must be kept in the refrigerator. Remember: you can’t always see or smell bacteria until it is too late, and by the time you can actually see or smell it, your product may have already been contaminated for a while. Bacteria are a serious issue. This is not only for your protection but also for the protection of those you share your lotion with.
posted by: Lindsey Bryce @ June 7th, 2014
Lavender is well known for it’s lovely color, soft appearance, and soothing aroma. We humans have been using lavender in various ways for centuries. The Romans are said to have been the first to add lavender oils to water for washing and bathing. As a matter of fact, did you know that the word lavender actually comes from the Latin word lavare, which means ‘to wash’ or ‘to bathe’.
Lavender is most often used to help treat anxiety and relieve stress via the practice of aromatherapy. This gorgeous plant seems to have a slight sedative effect on people, having to do with the soothing or relaxing scent it gives off. I personally like to mix lavender oil and water in a spray bottle and keep it next to my bed. On nights when I’m extra stressed, sore, or just can’t seem to fall asleep, I give my bed and pillow a light spritz. The beautiful scent leaves me feeling really relaxed without the drowsiness or side effects that sleep aids can have.
There are some people that believe lavender can be used to treat minor skin conditions and/or injuries, but there has been little to no scientific evidence to support these claims. There also haven’t been many studies on the subject either, so take that information how you will.
Some people may have an acute allergy to undiluted lavender oil, causing them to break out into a rash. These people should avoid using any products that contain a high concentration of this specific oil. Never apply undiluted oil directly to skin.
Much like all of the herbal remedies, it is extremely important to remember that just because lavender oil is derived from a natural source, that doesn’t mean that it is going to be an effective treatment for every ailment. It is a great way to help calm and soothe the senses, but it is in no way intended to treat serious skin conditions.
posted by: Lindsey Bryce @ May 20th, 2014
When most folks hear the Himalayans they probably think of Mount Everest, the highest peak on our beautiful planet, but it’s also home to a wonderful and well kept secret – pink sea salt. Pink Himalayan Sea Salt is hand mined from the Himalayan mountains and thought to be the purest salt found on Earth.
Why is it this particular salt pink? The color is due to iron oxide (chemical compound composed of iron & oxygen), a mineral colorant myself and my other soapers use to naturally color our items.
What are some health benefits?
– HP Sea Salt contains a whopping 84 minerals and elements. Yes, I said 84!!
– Natural salts are rich in iodine, so no need for artificially additives
– HP Sea Salt has been proven to both dramatically lower blood pressure but also improve circulation when used in moderation
– A loss of electrolytes and salt in your body can lead to fatigue, but due to it’s unique composition HP Sea Salt, it is more easily absorbed into the bloodstream
– When dissolved in hot water and it can help with sinus preesure and respiratory issues such as, but not limited to, asthma
– When mixed into a hot bath they can provide instant relaxation for you and your sore muscles
– And of course it can be used as a substitute for table salt when cooking
posted by: Lindsey Bryce @ March 9th, 2014
Sorbitol (also known as D-sorbitol, D-glucitol, Glucitol, Sorbol and Sorbit) is a humectant – which means it retains or preserves moisture.
This is a natural ingredient that can be found in many fruits, corn and seaweed. The sorbitol we use here at Super Soapers is derived from corn.
Sorbitol has an abundance of uses and is often found in many consumer products. We use sorbitol in our glycerin products because of it’s excellent ability to retain moisture. It prevents the loss of moisture by pulling water from the air, which is why all of our products will leave your skin incredibly smooth and soft without that greasy feeling that some skin lotions tend to leave behind.
Sorbitol has been safely used in skin and oral care products for nearly 100 years. It’s a very popular ingredient in toothpastes, aftershave lotions, mouthwashes, baby shampoos, and hair care products. It is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and has received the Generally Recognized as Safe rating (GRAS). For those of you who are not US residents, it is also approved for use in many other countries; including Canada, Australia, and Japan.
posted by: Lindsey Bryce @ January 13th, 2014
Spearmint Essential Oil is extracted via a neat steam distillation process. Apparently the tops of the plants are the cream of the crop, they are picked and used to create this amazing oil.
Although Peppermint and Spearmint smell very similar (due to the presence of menthol in both plants) the menthol content in Spearmint is much lower, this is why Peppermint has a much stronger scent. Spearmint and Peppermint have pretty similar medicinal properties though, this is due to the Essential Oils being made up of similar compounds. The medicinal use of Spearmint dates as far back as 500 BC according to historical records, and was used in Ancient Greece to treat infectious diseases like athlete’s foot, scabies and dermatitis.
Known Health Benefits:
Antiseptic – Prevents the growth of disease causing microorganisms (disinfectant/antibacterial). It protects wounds from becoming infected while helping to heal sooner. This is due to the menthol, myrcene and caryophyllene.
Antispasmodic – Relieves muscle spasms. Menthol has a cooling and relaxing effect on muscles and nerves. This helps in calming spasms and soothing any muscle strains/cramps.
Carminative – Relieves flatulence. It relaxes the abdominal muscles and the intestines, causing the body to naturally pass gas, reducing the pain and cramping from built up gasses in our bodies.
Emmenagogue – Stimulates or increases menstrual flow. There are claims (I could not find anything 100% definitive, but I thought it was worth the mention because so many people seem to mention it) that spearmint essential oil also helps with menstruation problems such as irregular periods, early menopause, or even obstructed menses. It is supposed to promote the creation of estrogen and thus delay menopause. I did find several doctors, aromatherapists, and gynecologists that said the oil often helps with nausea and abdominal pain during menstruation. I’m definitely going to have to try this!
posted by: Lindsey Bryce @ November 15th, 2013
A lot of people ask how I make my loaf soap, so I’m here to give you a little sneak peak of what goes into making these sweet smelling little guys. Today I’m going to be making … Basil-Lime bars! I am so excited, I’ve been looking forward to this all week – I swear. We planted these basil plants when they were just babies and now they’ve grown so big and beautiful, I can’t wait to see how they turn out.
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posted by: Lindsey Bryce @ September 28th, 2013
Once all of the craziness and festivities were over I was back into soap mode. I got some paper, pens, markers, crayons and began to sketch out some possible ideas for some my next batches of soap. I’m still madly in love with the whole idea of faux food soaps, maybe it’s because of my extreme love for both soap and food, so I’ve decided my first loaf soap bars are going to be food themed. Sounds pretty cool, right?
For my first batch I really wanted to do an Oatmeal, Goat’s Milk and Honey bar, it was one of the very first homemade bars I had come across in my quest for soap knowledge, and everyone seemed to really love it. I myself was a little skeptical, I had never tried goat’s milk before and wasn’t sure if it was going to smell funny (I’m silly, I know), but my wonderful boyfriend assured me it would be a heavenly scent. Once I got my first whiff of that oatmeal, milk and honey fragrance I was convinced this was going to be a really great bar.
The whole process was a lot less intimidating once I got into a good rhythm, the only problem I came across was with the amount of oats I put in. It seems like common sense now, but apparently if you have too many oats in a condensed area of soap will cause it to break when you start to cut bars, WHOOPS! Lesson learned. I tweaked the batch a little bit, let it set, and this time it came out PERFECT, I couldn’t be more pleased. It even withstood me cutting them all into bars, hooray!
posted by: Lindsey Bryce @ July 9th, 2013
We all know that fruit is good for us, but do we actually know HOW good it is? I was recently doing some research into grapefruit because I wanted to start making some Grapefruit Bars and I found a lot of really great information.
Not only is grapefruit great for your health, but it’s great for your skin as well. Consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice has been linked to weight loss, protection against heart disease and certain types of cancer, and it can also help to lower your cholesterol. But did you know that grapefruit juices applied directly to the skin have beauty benefits as well? It’s a great alternative to those acid/chemical peels, laser treatments, and other painful beauty tricks; plus it’s a lot less expensive! Grapefruit are naturally high in anti-oxidants, these help fight lines, wrinkles, blemishes or discolorations, and they’re a heaven sent for those of you with oily skin (like myself).
Some cute tips I found during my reading:
– Add Ruby Red Grapefruit juice to any homemade cleansers to give them a nice pink hue and sweet fruity scent
– Make your own Grapefruit Sugar Scrub: Sugar (Coarse natural brown or white granulated), Essential Oil (I used grapefruit) & Grapefruit Juice