the benefits of palmarosa oil

I love?experimenting?with different herbs, plants and essential oils that you don’t see everyday, and I always do lots of research before adding anything new to a product. ?I am asked a lot about palmarosa since it’s not as common as some of the more well known essential oils, like lavender or orange. ?I thought I would share what I know about palmarosa and it’s wonderful, nourishing qualities.

Palmarosa is a grassy herb with a fresh and floral scent, and smells similar to geranium and rose. ?It originates from India, where it has been used in traditional Indian medicine to reduce fevers and fight infectious disease. ?Palmarosa essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the grass plant, and has many beneficial properties that make it a wonderful addition to natural skincare products:

  • It is considered a?rejuvenating?oil and is often used in anti-aging products to help smooth out wrinkles
  • Palmarosa helps balance sebum production of the skin, and is good for all skin types
  • It has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties, making it great for acne prone skin as well
  • It has a lovely, floral smell (very rosy with a hint of geranium) that blends well with other floral scents (like lavender), as well as citrus and woodsy scents

I love palmarosa for the face, and I use lavender palmarosa soap on my own face every day. ?I have also combined it with lavender, bergamot, evening primrose and sweet almond oil for a nourishing facial serum to use at night.

Please note: just like any essential oil, a little palmarosa oil goes a long way, so make sure to use sparingly and always dilute it in a carrier oil if you’re applying it directly to the skin.

lots of fun stuff going on here

I am once again a blogging delinquent and have seemingly abandoned my blog. ?To my 3 or 4 lonely readers – I’m sorry. ?I have failed you once again. ?But I’m not going to promise it won’t happen again, ’cause the fact of the matter is that it might. ?Turns out I’m just not all that good at blogging on a regular basis. ?Enough of that, and on to the good stuff.

They say it’s my birthday….

First off, today is my birthday. ?I’m 29 today, on the 29th (fancy, I know). ?I usually look forward to my birthday quite a bit, but this year seems bittersweet since next time it will be the big 3-0. ?I also broke my ‘no decorating for Christmas until after my birthday’ rule for the very first time this year. ?Oh well, it was kind of a dumb rule anyway.

buzz buzz, I’ve been a busy bee

I’ve been super busy lately getting ready for my first holiday season, doing tons of shows and beefing up my Etsy shop. ?The time is here, and I’m ready (I hope)! ?I’ll be posting daily and weekly online deals on my blog (and Facebook and Twitter, so feel free to follow me around in which ever way pleases you most) starting NOW.

Deals, Deals Deals

So now you’re wondering what kind of fabulous deals you can get on soap addict products right now, huh? ?Well I’ll tell ya:

  • Today’s daily special is all of my favorite products are on sale (I am the birthday girl, after all). ?that includes lemongrass green tea soap, key lime lip balm and cuticle oil. Each is $1 off for today only.
  • From now through 12/4 you can get 15% off everything in my shop with the coupon code HOLIDAY15
  • AND from now through 12/16 all online orders ship for $5 or less

Free stuff – hooray!

If you’ve read to the end of this blog, you will now be rewarded with an opportunity to win free stuff – yippee! ?Visit the Etsy Fort Worth blog and leave a comment to enter the contest for 2 bars of soap and lotion bar – your choice of scents. ?The giveaway goes until 12/4, so I suggest you head over there now before you forget.

Funky Finds in Fort Worth this weekend!

This weekend is the Funky Finds Experience 2-day, all handmade craft show. ?I’ve been looking forward to this show for a while, and I think it’s going to be a great one. ?I’m hoping to do most of my Christmas shopping at it as well, and have already given hubby some tips on participating vendors I like for birthday and Christmas gifts. ?;)

Funky Finds is a FREE event happening both Saturday and Sunday, featuring more than 130 local, handmade vendors. ?It is a juried show, so you can expect the best of the local handmade artisans to be there. ?There will also be swag bags for the first 50 attendees each day (plan to line up early for these), raffle prizes throughout the weekend, a toy drive for toys for tots, live music and a free photo booth. ?Sounds like a good weekend to me!

Check out this video preview featuring a couple of my favorite artists in attendance, Cindy of Revel Designs and Sarah of Original Youth: ?CW33 Funky Finds Preview video

Oh, and did I mention Soap Addict will be there?? ?Hope to see you this weekend!

Funky Finds The Experience
Saturday, November 6: 9am – 5pm
Sunday, November 7: 10am – 4pm
Amon G. Carter Exhibit building at Will Rogers Memorial Center
3400 Burnett Tandy Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

experimenting with natural colors, part 1

Last week I got a big box o’ goodies in the mail from Mountain Rose Herbs, so I decided to do some experimenting with some of them this week. ?I ordered some brightly colored herb powders to try in my cold process soap, and also had a few other things already on hand that I had just not gotten around to trying out yet. ?Well today was the day, so thought I would share my initial results. ?This picture was taken right after mixing in the colors, so the soap is still raw. ?I also decided to test 2 essential oils I haven’t used yet – anise and a root beer type blend. I’ll update in a few days once it’s hardened – can’t wait to see how these progress!

top row (from left): ?beet root powder, ground tumeric, sandalwood red powder, bayberry root powder
middle row: spinach powder, alkanet root powder, calendula pedals, ground anatto seed
bottom row: yucca root powder, anise essential oil, root beer essential oil blend

I made a 1 pound batch of basic soap and split it into 11 different cups that were pre-measured with my herbs. ?I mixed each one in and made sure to label the cups. ?Just after mixing the colors in I was already surprised by a couple of them. ?I ordered the beet root powder because of its super bright pink color (and didn’t bother to do any research to see what others have said about using it in soap), thinking it would make the perfect pink soap. ?We’ll see what it does after it cures, but as of now it’s brown. ?The red sandalwood, on the other hand, is a beautiful shade of burgundy, but the powder is orange. ?I’m expecting them all to change once they’ve set for a while, so we’ll see how they turn out. ?Stay tuned for part 2!

a giveaway and great review

I’m hosting a giveaway on this great green blog, Going Green with Noah. ?Melanie, who runs the blog, came by my booth at the Cowtown Indie Bazaar last month and later contacted me about reviewing my products. ?I sent her a few things to try, and offered up some freebies for a giveaway. ?It’s always nice to hear such wonderful feedback from someone new to my products – read her review here.

Now for the good stuff – freebies! ?You can win 2 bars of soap and a lotion bar, and the giveaway runs until October 25. ?Lots of ways to enter, so head on over to the blog and check it out 🙂

more swirly soap – chocolate and cherry and almond, oh my!

So I think I’m finally getting the hang of this ‘swirl in the pot’ soap swirling thing. ?I even managed to swirl 2 colors this time (this is where you ‘ohhh’ and ‘ahhh’). ?This soap was actually inspired by a crafty friend, Stephanie of Robot Pop. ?She has become one of my ‘testers’ and has given me several great ideas for new?scents. ?This is one that she suggested to me, down to the swirl. ?I’m saving a bar for Stephanie for the great idea on this one – it smells fantastic!

chocolate cherry almond cold process soap, swirled with cocoa powder and rose clay

I’m going to make a bigger batch this week so it will be ready in October…I hope the swirls come out this nice on my big batch!

my (very tiny) TV premier

This morning my products were on TV for the very first time! ?I’m so ridiculously excited about it…even though the mention was all of 10 seconds. ?I’m participating in a craft show this weekend called the Dallas Flea, and they are doing a bunch of press to promote it, including TV appearances. ?I sent some of my products to the event coordinator (Brittany, featured in the video), and she picked my stuff to include on this morning’s appearance! ?My products are featured about half way through the video, which I encourage you to watch here.

I’ll be available for autographs all week 🙂

cuticle oil

A few months ago my mom called me and said she was having a difficult time finding a good cuticle treatment that wasn’t filled with chemicals. ?She was at the beauty store and started reading me the ingredients on some of the ‘natural’ brands, and they were filled with all kinds of unnecessary stuff. ?I offered to make her a cuticle oil, and then began researching what to put in it.

She’s been using it for a while and said it works like a charm. ?It also lasts forever. ?Since it’s a mixture of concentrated vegetable and essential oils, a little goes a long way. ?I gave her a 1 ounce bottle size, and I bet it will last her at least a year. ?I decided it was time to share the cuticle oil love, so I made a small batch last week. ?I bought the roller ball bottles from a fellow soaper who didn’t need them anymore, so I only have about 2 dozen of them. ?They hold .35 ounces of oil.

Recipe ?(this makes 1.4 ounces, filled 4 of my little bottles perfectly)

  • .75 oz olive oil
  • .2 oz almond oil
  • .2 oz jojoba oil
  • .1 oz vitamin E
  • .05 oz lavender EO
  • .05 oz rosemary EO
  • .05 oz lemon EO

Blend ingredients together and pour into containers. ?Couldn’t be any easier!

I used my trusty aromatherapy book for guidance on the essential oils to use. ?I chose these 3 because they are known to strengthen nails and are all antibacterial.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to sell these or not. ?I have a show coming up this weekend (The Cowtown Indie Bazaar), so I may just make a bigger batch and see how they go over.

swirly soap!

I’ve been trying (unsuccessfully) to get a swirled soap that I think looks good for a while. ?Every time I do a test batch, something seems to go wrong and it doesn’t swirl. ?It either traces too quickly and is too thick to swirl, or doesn’t get quite thick enough and just blends together. ?I even made the mistake of trying to swirl a light color into a dark and the light just disappeared into the soap. ?Oops.

Well here it is folks – my first successful swirl. ?I like it – what do you think?

pine orange scented soap colored with Spirulina

This is a new soap I’m testing out that I may do for the holidays. ?It’s scented with pine and orange, and colored with Spirulina powder. ?When I first cut it, it was this beautiful bright green color. ?After curing for about 3 weeks, it’s faded quite a bit to a brownish green. ?I think the color works for a pine soap, but I’ll have to try something else for a true green.

I don't smell like patchouli anymore

I’ve been using ‘natural’ deodorant?for several years now, and have tried lots of different brands.? For a year or so I have been using Lush’s aromaco?deodorant – it smells like patchouli.? I’m getting a little tired of people telling me I smell like patchouli because of my deodorant (true story – LOTS of people have commented on how I smell like patchouli since I started using this).? It’s time for a change, and since I like to think I can make my own personal care products just a well as any of the major brands, I thought I’d try my hand at making my own deodorant.?

After reading several blogs, and watching lots of YouTube videos,?by other peeps who make their own deo (it’s aluminum and preservative free, thank-you-very-much), I came up with my own recipe.? And here it is:

equal parts of the following:

  • beeswax
  • cocoa butter
  • baking soda
  • corn starch

2 parts coconut oil

Melt the oils together, blend in the baking soda and cornstarch, then add:

an antibacterial essential oil blend equal to about .15 oz.? I used the following, but there are LOTS of other EO’s that are antibacterial and could be used.? Next time I’m going to try a tea tree blend…this one I used smells like my lemongrass soap:

  • lemongrass
  • eucalyptus
  • lemon
  • bergamot
  • lavender

I tried to make this not too girly so that Joey could use it too.? I made 3 mini tubes (they each hold about 1 ounce) and we’ve each been using it for about a week now.? So far, so good, and it has been HOT here.? I mean, heat advisory, triple digit, don’t-go-outside-from-9am-9pm?hot.? And my new deo?is standing up pretty well to the heat.? And I like the way it feels on my skin better than the Lush deo I used to use…the cocoa butter makes it nice and soft.

You should give it a try 🙂