Monthly Archives: July 2010

Wine Soap


Since I made beer soap, I couldn’t leave wine soap out.

These bars were made with Tableaux Red Table Wine and my usual soap recipe. Since this is a complete experiment, I wasn’t sure how the bars were going to turn out and I’m not sure just how soapy they will be. But that’s the fun part when you make soap. You never quite know what you are going to get…

Anyone want to try out the bars with me? I have 5 to give away when the bars are fully cured. (Around August 10th)

Have a great weekend everyone!



The $5.99 Microderm


Today’s post is one of my favorite (and easiest) skin care recipes. I used to spend $90+ each time I would get a microdermabrasion treatment. As I studied more about natural and holistic skin care, I came across this recipe that claimed to be almost as good as a professional treatment and a lot friendlier to your pocket book. Who doesn’t want to look good using natural ingredients and for less money?

What it is?

Baking soda and water!

Baking soda is a natural cleanser and gently exfoliates dead skin cells. It is also very calming to the skin and can be used for relieving sun burns and insect bites. When you have the time, look up all of baking soda’s uses. (In case you didn’t know, of course)

Generally, the formula is a 1 to 2 ratio with baking soda and water. For those of you (like me) who prefer to have an actual recipe, try ½ tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of water. Mix both until a paste is formed and then gently rub the paste over your skin. I usually do this for about a minute as you can over exfoliate your skin. Follow with a cool water rinse and a good moisturizer. I do this treatment twice a month, but to start, you may want to do this once a month and see how your skin reacts. Plus, the formula can be adjusted to your own personal preferences.

Paste with a 1 to 2 ratio of baking soda to water

The big 13.5 lb bag of baking soda in the above picture came from Costco and was $5.99. Using only ½ tablespoon per treatment, I can get 864 treatments from this bag alone. That’s $0.007 per treatment. Sure beats the $90 I was spending on ONE treatment in the past.

Let me know what you think of this recipe after you try it.


P.S. I’m not a doctor nor do I play one television, so use common sense when trying anything new on your skin. Always err on the side of caution.

Rose Petal Infused Oil


Aren’t these petals beautiful? They were super easy to use in making an infused oil too!

I filled two eight ounce mason jars ¾ full with rose petals and then filled them both with organic olive oil. I set both jars in my sunny window sill to steep/infuse for 14 days.

After checking them several times during the process (to make sure there were no air bubbles or mold), I decanted them and was left with this beautiful and fragrant rose petal infused oil.

Freshly decanted oil

Close up view of the oil

The oil feels so luxurious and leaves a light fruity rose scent on the skin. It’s filled with all the beneficial oils and properties from the rose petals. Rose petals are anti bacterial/microbial and also have a calming effect.  

What do you think I should make with this oil? Salve? Lotion? Soap? Moisturizer? Something else? Tell me what you’d make in the comment section and if I chose your product, you get it free!


P.S. The rose petals came from my garden, which is pesticide free and fed only organic rose food.

Beer Soap Winners


Happy Hump Day everyone! Hope all of you are having a good week so far. Our beer soap winners were chosen from this blog and Facebook using a random number generator. They are:

Comment #4: Ngoc Ho – “Awesome! First time I have heard of this.”

Comment #9: Victor Pedrol – “I’m down cuzo!”

Thanks to everyone for participating. Another post is coming shortly with another fun giveaway! Stay tuned.


Beer Soap


Not only is it for drinking, but it’s great for your skin too!

Freshly cut beer soap

Yup, beer makes a great soap. Why you ask? Beer consists of hops, an herb known for its anti-stress and relaxation properties. It makes an awesome cleansing agent when mixed with other ingredients into soap.

Kinda looks like hard parmesan cheese huh?

These bars will be ready to go soon, and a few lucky readers will get to try them for free! Leave a comment below on what you think about “beer soap” and two responses will be chosen.

Happy Monday!


Double, Double, Toil and Trouble


Hey everyone!

The last few days have been huge in the lab, and we’ve got some really fun soaps coming out. As soon as the soaps are ready to cut, their pictures will be posted.

Also, stay tuned for some awesome skin care recipes that you will have you looking like a million bucks for only a few bucks!