Scrub and Soap!

My last learning project I decided to create a cinnamon soap with vanilla, and real cinnamon with my last set of goats milk. I melted down the product and added my essential oils and spice. I allowed it to cure overnight and it turned out quite well. I used this recipe here.

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This is how they turned out!

In my previous post I talked about want to make the Lush Ocean Salt scrub but I ended up failing really badly at creating it. I created a video of my attempt that I will link below. I didn’t follow a recipe so I was essentially winging the entire process and it showed. But I figured it was an attempt that you should see so that you know all recipes aren’t as simple as they look.

I ended up just mixing the scrub up one night with a friend so I didn’t have an opportunity to film it but I did snap a picture of the process during.

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I didn’t add as much liquid and added a little more sugar instead to create a finer consistency. It didn’t smell as bad and actually is a nice weekly treatment I try to do.

Overall Learning Project

Beginning my learning project started out very strong and with great intentions of latte art. Once I realized how hard latte art was without the proper equipment I decided to tackle the art of tying a tie. I did this a couple of times and Alec suggested I tried something with more depth to it. This lead me to the idea of body scrubs and soaps. I ended up having a lot of fun with this learning project and it worked out really well for christmas presents. In order to make the soap I was going to need a recipe and some supplies. So I marched on down to Michaels and spent about twenty dollars on a soap milk, I chose goats milk and a soap mould. If I would have known how expensive it would be, I would have ordered from Amazon as it is much cheaper. I will link some cheaper products of what I bought here and here.  It is also nice to add some essential oils to your soap like I did in a few of my posts so I will post some good basic ones here. These are nice to add some scent to your soaps and also have aromatherapies.

 

I started off with making a soap that needs to cure overnight. I found the recipe off of Pinterest and used it as my base point for the entire process.  My first post was a lemon soap and I laid out all of the ingredients.

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I was really surprised at how simple it was to make the soaps, they did take awhile to cure which was the only down fall to them but the outcome was great. They came out of the moulds quite easily and were good quality.

My first body scrub I decided to video tape and upload to Youtube so you could see how easy it was! I must say the cover photo on the video isn’t my most glamourous moment but it is the thought that counts!

I made a coffee body scrub that I ended up giving to my roommate and she really enjoyed it. This is the post here where I talk about my experience making this scrub and a link the the recipe that I followed.

My next journey was adding different teas to soaps and this ended up being my favourite soap by far. I made a lemon early grey soap.

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I ended up wrapping these one and using them as Christmas stocking stuffers for my family. If you don’t know what earl grey tea smells like, I highly suggest you add it to your life and tea collection. I think that I liked this soap so much because it seemed very natural and exfoliating with the tea in the soap.

In between my actually making of soaps and scrubs I thought it would be important to do some research of different kinds of soaps and why natural is better. I always wanted to look for some new type of wrapping that could draw people in.

In this post I talked about all the different kinds of soap you could find and some different ways to wrap your soap up for others.

My next video I wanted to show you guys how easy the soaps are and how simple it is to add whatever you’d like. I made an apple cinnamon one that my mom really loved. I made three of them and she plans to give them away as a secret santa gift for her work.

I added real cinnamon, vanilla and a apple tea bag to the goats milk base after heating it up in the microwave and it smelt like Christmas almost immediately. This is the recipe I followed as above.

My next post talked all about the different chemicals you can find in regular soaps you buy off the shelf. I was really shocked to find out how detrimental all these soaps can be to your body. I think many people are aware how bad parabens are for you and I’m sure many people aren’t aware they exist in your soap too.

ex) Propyl paraben, a preservative used in a wide range of products including shampoo, conditioner and lotion, mimics the hormone estrogen and can potentially disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive system disorders.

Just a reminder that this learning project goes further than a project. To me, it was about finding the time to do the small things I had been meaning to do and incorporate into my beauty routine. I am trying to slowly switch into using more natural products. My mom is really into using natural scents and products and I think it is something most people should be doing.

This was one of my last sets of soaps. On the left is what the soap base looks like along with the mould I was using to create the soaps. On the left is the melted down base and in this package I added cinnamon essential oil and real cinnamon much like my body scrub since it was such a hit.

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Lemon Tea Body Scrub was a requested one from my twitter follow Aleena. She actually suggest citrus orange but I thought lemon was kind of the same. You can find her blog here!

I also added earl grey to this scrub for added exfoliation again. I made another youtube video for this one for you guys to see how I did it!

In my most recent post I talked about some Lush projects that I love that are related to beauty products. You can find the post here where I talked about Lush. I planned on making a vodka, lime, salt face scrub which is supposed to stop break outs from the vodka and actually really exfoliate your face. I actually ended up adding way too much vodka and it smelled horrible. I didn’t create an actual post about this because it really didn’t work out but that is what happens when you wing things and don’t follow a recipe. You can watch the FAIL video below:

I added way too much liquid but ended up giving it another shot another day and didn’t add near as much liquid. It turned out okay but I would add some more fine salt to make a finer consistency. You can see how much less liquid I added below and it turned out pretty good!

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Overall, the learning project was fun for me and I was proud of how many things I made throughout the semester. I learned about soaps, chemicals involving soap, and ways to make some fun body scrubs. It really is as easy as it looks like you just need to add what ever scent you would like to choose. Doing this learning project was even put into my crazy time schedule was because of ECMP 355! I am really thankful for the opportunity to try some different things and I really enjoy the experience and getting creative. If anyone is interested in buying some scrubs or soaps for a special someone feel free to contact me because I now have a serious stock pile. Thank you for watching my videos each week and listening to me rant about chemicals. If there is anything I can take from this experience it is that it really is quite easy to make your own products and something people should do more of. You make make deodorant, lip chap and even your own shampoo/conditioner. Pinterest is a deep and dark place full of links to distract you from the real world. It was a cool assignment I have never been apart of and I really enjoy this rather than having to write a huge paper and I’m sure everyone else agrees.

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Lush Cosmetics

lush_logo_enLush is a company that stands for a lot of great things. They are one of the companies that inspired me to start making my own scrubs and soaps. This company was one of the first to stop testing on animals and preaches natural products made by real people in local places. Lush is open about their history and how they got to the empire they are today. They have always been small business owners until their company took off. They make a variety of products from face masks, shampoo, perfume, lotions, and my personal favourite bath bombs. My favourite bath bomb that they make is the Intergalactic. It is a glittery dark blue and it smells great! I love their Honey I Washed the Kids soap because it is gentle and soft smelling. It isn’t over powering and is a great basic soap to have around. I have tried many of their faces masks and scrubs which I will start pulling inspiration from for the rest of the learning project. The coffee one which I have done, I want to try the salt lime one and I will try a minty one! I highly recommend Lush products because for all the natural ingredients you are getting the price isn’t anything too crazy.

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Lush Mint Mask

Lush Salt Scrub

The last scrub is made with vodka which is supposed to benefit problems like acne and redness. That is something I never knew but I guess they use alcohol to sterilize equipment in many facilities so it could only help your face and body acne if that is something you are suffering with! My next learning project post will be the salt scrub and some new fun soap wrapping!

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Lemon Tea Body Scrub

I really liked my earl grey soaps so I decided to try a body scrub! Watch me work away:

The winter months are here which means our summer tans have faded. I usually fake tan during the winter months to keep some colour but avoid the harmful rays of tanning beds. In order to fake tan you need to exfoliate to get all the dead skin off so the tanning colour applies evenly. My roommates also fake tan so everyone has been obsessing over the body scrubs! I have quite a stock pile now so it is a little hard to keep them all for myself. I might have to start selling some now! I am actually really surprised with how far the scrubs go. I just bought a small bag of sugar and have made about 10 scrubs and still have lots of sugar left. I really love the smell of Earl Grey but it also has many benefits. This website lists a few of them! Scrubbing your body promotes new cell growth, diminishes appearance of cellulite and makes you feel good about yourself. For me, it is like an at home spa treatment but one I can afford on a student budget! This website lists a few reasons a body scrub might not be right for you, so just make sure you are aware of your skin type! Fellow blogger and classmate Alenna Jamieson suggested I try citrus orange next! I loved this idea but I already did a lemon scrub so I think I’m going to transfer to trying a salt scrub! You can find her blog here as she tries to learn Hebrew!

Instead of using sugar in my next scrub I thought this one looked pretty interesting! I am a big supporter of Lush, I just never find the time to make their products. Enjoy!

Thin Skin?

Making my own soaps made me curious about chemicals that soaps can have. I found this website that had some information on how the FDA wants to make sure at home soap makers are to follow proper procedures. Home soap makers seem to be really distraught with this jab at them because they believe they are making healthier soaps than those you can buy in stores. This blog mentions some of the chemicals that regular soaps can have:

Methylene glycol, (an ingredient in the popular hair smoothing treatment known as the “Brazilian Blowout”) turns into formaldehyde when heated, and exposure has been reported to result in hair loss, rashes, blistered scalps, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, shortness of breath, vomiting and increased risk of cancer.

Propyl paraben, a preservative used in a wide range of products including shampoo, conditioner and lotion, mimics the hormone estrogen and can potentially disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive system disorders.

Diazolidinyl Urea, which is used as a preservative in a wide range of products including deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath and lotion.

Lead acetate, used as a color additive in hair dyes.

Quaternium-15, a preservative used in a wide range of products including shampoo, shaving cream, skin creams and cleansers.

These all sound pretty scary and some things that I wouldn’t want to be putting on my body. I think it is really smart to be conscious about the products you are putting in and on your body. I read a quote once that said, “it only takes four seconds for products to enter your bloodstream.” I think we forget that our skin is an organ and it tells us a lot about what is happening to our body. If you’re cold you get goosebumps, if you’re stressed you get a pimple, and if you’re sick it changes colour. It is important to remember that even the things we are putting on our skin can be absorbed into our system. I think making your own products and being conscious about what preservatives and chemicals you are using can create an overall healthier life.

I really encourage you to check out these benefits of homemade products!

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Apple Cinnamon Soap

What can I say, I am on a Christmas soap frenzy! I took my same idea of the Earl Grey tea soaps and switched it up with some apple cider tea! I made a video of this soap session so you can get an idea of what I do. Once the video is over I just poured the mixture into the moulds and popped it into the fridge overnight. I used an apple tea bag, some cinnamon and a goats milk soap base. Using a base is nice because you can cut off how much soap you want to use for each scent. I used about a cup of product and followed this recipe. The recipe says it should chill for a few hours but I usually leave it overnight to make sure it is cured. These smell like apple cider and I will wrap them up in a new way! I will keep you posted!

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Mr. Clean

Before creating my own soaps I didn’t realize all the different ways soap is made! I found this really helpful website that explained some things for me. There is the way I’ve been making soap, buying the base, melting it down and pouring into moulds. There is a cold process which involves using the chemical lye and creating the soap from scratch. This has a few safety precautions and must be followed very carefully. There is a hot method which is similar to cold but involves heating the ingredients. The last method kind of made me think of alcohol. It is triple processed soap, the soap is formed, shredded down and then reheated in a pot. This makes the soap more smooth and I guess I thought of alcohol because some are triple distilled which improves their quality.

I found a link that describes what I have been doing to make soaps! I have been following these same steps. In some of my upcoming posts I think I want to add some raw ingredients into the mixture to make it have a more organic look. I’ll post a picture below to give you an idea of what I mean. I was also thinking of finding a few new ways to package the soap so people can smell them before they commit to one if I were to start selling them. I will also post a picture below of what I was thinking of trying next for packaging!

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