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  1. Wow what a stunning weekend its been, and what with the Royal Wedding, you can definitely say England Showcased its finest look, I couldnt resist sitting down and watching most of it again this morning, with a cuppa in hand, as yesterday i had to go out, so missed the middle section. Anyway lets get back on topic....

    So whats been happening in the Soap kitchen this week..... 

    Well for a start the Jars and ingredients finally arrived for the new Body Scrub Bar, all i need to do now is make the oil and it will be ready to go, hopefully everything should be up and running in time for half term, so i will post pictures on my next update, as i dont want to ruin the surprise.

    This week was all about finishing off topping up the bath bombs and making sample batches of our New Shower Steamers, the first lot i made were Peppermint & Eucalyptus, Now i made shower bombs about 6 years ago, but they weren't that successful as people couldn't get their head around them, but now, thanks to a lot of big companies making them, they have become the new norm. I gave one to a friend to try and this is what she said about them. "love the smell so nice in the steam. Lasted my whole shower had to stay in extra to finish it up! It was quite a subtle fizz. loved it will defo need to invest in some made my shower feel a little more luxurious". They have been packed in 2's and will be on the website soon. I have still to decide what fragrance to do the second one.


    The next product i was playing with this week, was the Bubbling Doh! Bombs, now with the laws over here, we're not allowed to make skincare that looks like food, due to the Food Imitation Act, now the only way around this that i have found is to brightly colour them so at the moment i am doing 2 fragrances, Jelly Bean and Raspberry Ripple. The Jelly Bean, will be bright yellow, with a bright orange drizzle and the Raspberry Ripple is a Bright Pink with a softer pink frosting/ drizzle.... Now thanks to my hubby stating i need to learn a bit of finesse with my pouring, i have been watching you tube videos this morning, to teach me how to drizzle lol and i think i have the idea, but personally i don't think mine looked to bad, yes this picture shows the ones where i just poured the frosting over, but the next batch will look better (hopefully). 


     Again, these will be on the website soon, i just need to make the Jelly Bean ones, they are quite hefty in weight and size so they will be £2.99 each, you can probably get about 2/3 baths out of one bomb, that's if you don't mind taking a hammer and chisel to it, but at the moment they will make the bath slippy as these don't have an emulsifier in them, but that should be arriving on Monday, so all Bubbling Doh! Bombs will be dispersing after that, I can't wait to try one of these babies.

    So what else did I make this week.... apart from bath bombs, I topped up the skincare, Lip Balms and started making soaps, as most are getting quite low, its getting harder to make now as our season is starting to pick up, so soon i will need all hands on deck, getting Soapy Hubby to serve while i make, Thank you for reading and i will speak to you all next week.


  2. Being a manufacturer of Soap & Skincare, the one question i get asked alot is, "do you do anything for acne prone skin?", in answer to that question yes we do, but before i go into any more details, let me run through a few tips on what to do if your skin breaks out or you develop an acne problem.

    1. Fight acne from the inside out by eating a balanced diet full of fibre, fresh vegetables and fruits.
    2. Drink plenty of liquids to flush any impurities from your system, at least 12 glasses of water or water based drinks, such as herbal teas or diluted fruit juices, NOT Coffee or sweet fizzy drinks.
    3. Chocolate is fine, but avoid seafood and salty snacks, as they both contain iodine, which can aggravate acne in some people.
    4. Take a well balanced vitamin and mineral supplement. Vitamins A and B6, Zinc and Chromium help to clear acne.
    5. Keep your fingers out of cosmetic products, always use a small spatula or spoon, place the product into the palm of your hand and apply from there. This stops you adding bacteria and germs to the products.
    6. Keep your hands off your face, I always remember my mum yelling at me time and time again, "will you stop touching your face" when i was little, now im older i know why lol. Touching your face during the day will only irritate blemishes, plus it exposes your skin to harmful bacteria.
    7. Keep your skin clean, wash your face before going to bed at night and use a weekly scrub such as ground oatmeal or ground sunflower seeds, to keep pores clear.
    8. If your have a skin breakout, do NOT use a steam to open the pores. This can aggravate your condition by stimulating blood vessels and activating oil glands. Instead apply hot towels to your face for no more than 1 minute.
    9. Get plenty of rest> Lack of Sleep can cause stress and lead to unexpected breakouts.

    Whenever i have breakouts, yes i maybe 43 but i still get zits/spots, I like to use witch hazel as my astringent, i find its really gentle on my skin plus its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and being a rosacea sufferer you need something that isnt going to flair your skin up, so you look like a red tomato. I cant say witch hazel is suitable for all as some people can find it very drying on their skin, so as with anything its best to do a patch test first. Here are a couple of recipes that you can make from things in your kitchen cupboards.

    Strawberry Acne Mask

    Strawberries are rich in salicylic acid, the same key ingredient in many commercial acne products, Honey is also a known anti-bacterial ingredient. Together they make a powerful facial treatment for troubled skin.

    1/2 cup fresh Strawberries

    1 Egg White

    2 tsp Honey

    Mix together all ingredients until smooth, using a blender or a fork.

    To Use: Spread over your face and neck and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cool water and pat your skin dry. Store any left over ingredients in the fridge and throw away after a week.

    Fresh Carrot Mask

    1/4 cup fresh Carrot Juice, made from about 2 large Carrots.

    1/4 cup White Kaolin clay or any natural clay.

    The Orange coloured roots of the carrot plant are rich in vitamin A, often referred to as the beauty vitamin because of its importance in maintaining healthy skin and hair.  Fresh carrot juice has strong antiseptic qualities, making it an excellent ingredient for a facial treatment for blemished skin. You can make your own carrot juice using a high speed blender, food processor or juicer. For extremely dry skin add 1 tsp of light oil to this recipe.

    Mix together the carrot juice and clay until smooth. for a thicker mask you may add more clay.

    To Use: Spread the mixture on to clean skin using your fingertips or a small brush. Let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water followed by cool and pat your skin dry. Store the remaining ingredients in the fridge for upto 1 week.

    So as mentioned back at the beginning of this post I said that I make products for Acne prone skin, Now the main one i do and had the most amazing feedback from is our Deep Cleanse Soap (aka Teenage Angst). 


    This is made with Charcoal, Dead Sea Mud, Sea Salt, Frankincense, Rosewood & Sandalwood Essential Oil, and has helped so many people with their skin. The next product is a Liquid Soap, thats called Cleanse & Exfoliate and is made with Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon, Green Clay, Comfrey & Calendula Oils



    For the moisturising the skin I make an Elderflower Facial Serum, which has had Dried Elderflowers infused in Argan Oil for 6 weeks, and is fragranced with Frankincense and Rose essential oils which are also known to have healing properties for the skin.




    Natural beauty at home by Janice Cox

  3. I have only just realised its been a couple of months since i last did an update on whats been going one in the Soap Kitchen, I have been flat out making and restocking all of your favourite skin goodies, with the addition of some new products. So where do i begin…..

    Lets start with the shop, to say it was looking very tired  on the outside was an understatement, its been 4 years since she was painted, so Soapy hubby in his infinate wisdom though it would be a good idea to decorate, an idea which he soon came to regret, as with all old buildings underneath the paint work was a multitude of horrors, the first one we knew about, the base of the window frame was totally rotten, but then we discovered the lintel above the window frame was rotten….. That one we didnt know about and the base frame of the long window was rotten, this decorating project was turning more and more into a nightmare. But luckily we had a very good decorator come builder, not only did he replace the base of both frame but he patched up the lintel, until the winter and did a very good job. We have had a couple of comments on the colour, but i assure you it is grey, even though all the pictures seem to make it look purple lol. But from the feedback most people seem to like it.






    Now we Just Need New Signage  

    Now back to the soapy kitchen….. This past couple of months saw me treat myself to some new bath bomb moulds and this time of year being quiet i have had a chance to play, So i would like to introduce our Aroma-Heart Bath Bombs… These are made with pure essential oils, at the moment we have 3 fragrances


    Maychang & ElderFlower, This heart also has Jasmine & Neroli in it, it has a sharp citrusy top note which is from the Maychang & Neroli, with the gentle base note of warming Jasmine.


    Lavender & Patchouli, This one speaks for itself, both these essential oils are warming and relaxing, perfect for a long hot soak after a busy day to help you unwind.


    And Finally or Rose, Geranium & Frankincense, Again this is a warming and relaxing bath treat thanks to the frankincense, which is known to quieten the mind, Geranium which is a known hormone balancer, making it perfect after a stressful day and finally the added floral note of Rose, which is calming.


    The next new products will be the introduction of our Fizzing Doh Bombs, which are a mixture of Bath Bomb & Bubble bars, these are still a work in progress as the first batch, even though they set hard, crumbled after a couple of days, but in the bath worked brilliantly.


    And Finally… I would like to introduce our New Sensitive Skin Deodorant, our other deodorants are very popular, but we still have a couple of people who have allergies to certain ingredients, and so they cant use them, but know you can, this deodorant is unfragranced and made with Clay instead of Bicarb and so far the feedback has been really good, so we added it to our range, also we have dropped the plastic containers, so now we should be able to send them out during the heat of the summer, it wont stop them melting but at least they wont leak everywhere and can easily be put in the fridge to firm back up.



    Well i hope you enjoyed my update and hopefully it wont be as long before i do another.




  4. thyme



    Botanical Name of Thyme: Thymus vulgaris.

    Other Common Names: English fresh, summer, German winter, narrow-leafed French, Greek gray, broad leaf English and garden thyme, mother of thyme.
    Family Name: Lamiaceae
    Ayurvedic/ TCM Name: Bai Li Xiang

    Meridians: Lungs, Spleen and Stomach.

    Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Tonify Qi: shortness of breath, coughs, pale complexion, depression. Tonify and Warm Lungs: white phlegm cough, chills, fever, tuberculosis, asthma. Release to the Exterior: cause sweating to ease muscle pain, chills, fatigue, rheumatism. Tonify Spleen: for Spleen Yang Deficiency Syndromes: wet watery diarrhea, colic, nausea, menstrual cramping. Tonify Wei Qi and Support Immunity: colds, skin infections and irritations, pussy wounds, parasites.

    Habitat: Thyme originated in the Mediterranean area. Since then, it has been adapted to many different climates around the world.

    The first colonists brought it to North America where it was used as a food preservative and as a medicinal herb.

    Plant Description: The plant grows numerous stems which are hard, branched and procumbent. They grow from 4 inches to 1 foot high. The thyme stem is ordinarily a reddish-brown in colour. Its bright green oval leaves, typically 1/8 inch broad and tapering below into very short foot-stalks, are smooth and contain numerous small glands. The flowers are pink and bloom during the summer months. The thyme root is woody and fibrous.

    Plant Parts Used: Only the leaves and the flowering tops. While it can be harvested at any time, it is best to harvest the leaves just as the flowers begin to bloom.

    Constituents of Garden Thyme: thymol, flavonoids luteolin, apigenin, thymonin naringenin, Tannins, Bitters, Saponins, Resins.

    Constituents of Wild Thyme: volatile oil (thymol, carvacrol, linalool), flavonoids, caffeic acid, tannins, resin

    Organs & Systems Affected, Intestines, uterus, central nervous system, gastrointestinal system, respiratory system. Adrenals

    Works Well With: Thyme combines particularly well with Elder flower for clearing infections from the head and throat, with Chamomile to ease pain and inflammation, and with Mullein and White horehound for bad coughs or lung troubles. Wild Thyme Combines well with tincture of Myrrh for an infectious sore throat

    Taste: Pungent, Bitter, Sweet

    Energy Dry, Warm


    The history of thyme being in use as both a seasoning and a medicinal herb, goes back more than 3000 years. Archaeologists have found ancient writings in Egypt discussing the use of it and it has been identified as one of the ingredients used in mummification. Ancient Greeks considered it a symbol of style, elegance, and courage, and they used it as an incense to cleanse holy areas. In Ancient Rome it was prized for its medicinal qualities and was used in the treatment of many ailments. It was also used by the Romans to “purify” their rooms. In Europe, during the Middle Ages, thyme was grown in monasteries for use as a cough medicine, a remedy for intestinal parasites and as a digestive aid. Thyme was also burnt on hospital wards during the Victorian era, along with Rosemary, to help in the prevention of the spread of diseases.

    The origin of the word thyme probably goes back to either the Greek word, “thumus” which means “courage”, or from the Greek word “thymos” meaning “to perfume”. Thyme has been used as an herbal remedy against fungal infections like athlete’s foot and as a remedy for oral Candida (thrush) and other yeast infections. It is also used to kill skin parasites such as crabs or head lice and internal parasites such as worms in the intestines, As well as a natural mosquito repellent. Additionally it is thought to be beneficial for coughs and sore throat related to colds and flu as well as whooping cough. This is because the active constituents of thyme are known to loosen and expel mucous. Some clinical trials have been conducted and confirm the effectiveness of thyme in treating bronchitis. Traditionally the herb has been used to treat anemia, fever, intestinal problems and as an herbal remedy for halitosis. Thyme is thought to be good for colic, flatulence as well as an herbal hangover remedy.

    Recent studies have also suggested that it may be helpful in the prevention of blood clots. The essential oil of thyme is one of the most important oils in aromatherapy. It is used to boost the mind, spirit, and body. The vapor from the essential oil is used to treat exhaustion, headaches, and depression as well as upper respiratory complaints, skin and scalp irritations and to prevent warts. The essential oil is used in commercial toothpastes, mouthwashes and in a number of liniments and creams used in the topical treatment of arthritis, gout and rheumatism.


    Garden Thyme
    Anti-bacterial, Expectorant, Antioxidants. Antiseptic, Anti-fungal, Diaphoretic, Tonic, Carminative, Diuretic, Restorative, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-diarrhoeals, Antiviral, Anti-parasitic, Anti-cough,
    Wild Thyme
    Actions similar to those of Garden thyme, but less potent than the essential oil. Antitussive, Anthelmintic, Mild Sedative, Anti-candida

    Safety; Thyme may be too strong for many people externally, so caution is advised. Some people have demonstrated sensitivity to the essential oil, so patch tests are appropriate. The herb is often recommended by herbalists for the aid of children, however, it should not be given to children unless as prescribed by a professional. Although it is safe to use thyme as a seasoning during pregnancy, high dosages should be avoided since it is a uterine stimulant.


    Bartrams Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine