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.

front page fun

Today I was browsing my web stats (something I clearly need to no more often, but I just plain forget to), and saw a huge spike in my Etsy site views for January 11. ?Well that’s weird, I thought to myself. ?Then I remembered that I put a bunch of soaps on sale that very same day, and though that must be the reason. ?People just flocked to my site when they saw I was having an awesome sale. ?Hmm….maybe not.

Well THEN I noticed some new sites on my referring site list, so went to check them out. ?Craft Cult was one of my referring sites, and since I don’t advertise there, I did a quick search in their vault and discovered I was featured on the homepage of Etsy on January 11. ?Yeah me! ?Too bad I didn’t find out for 2 weeks – I would have really been excited to see it live. ?Since I’m sure you missed it too, here’s a screenshot for your viewing pleasure.

the end.

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.

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 couple of new treasuries

This week my products were included in 2 lovely new fall treasuries, so I thought I would share them here with you, my faithful blog readers.

This one titled ‘Southernmost Autumn’ is a warm weather fall treasury. ?It certainly doesn’t fee like fall yet at my house, so this one is right up my alley. ?This treasury includes my key lime lip balm.

‘Fall is in the Air‘ includes all Etsy Fort Worth members and lots of lovely fall colors that I wish I was experiencing. ?2 falls ago Joey and I took a trip to New England to see what fall is really supposed to be like. ?It was beautiful, hot cider drinking, sweater wearing weather that I wish we had here in Texas. ?This treasury includes my soap chunks grab bag.

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!

whoa – it's a double market day…so intense

Tomorrow is my first day to have 2 shows in one day, and I’m a little nervous. ?I knew it would be a lot of work to get everything ready for 2 shows at the same time, but I think I underestimated how much work. ?I’ve been wrapping soap, making lotion bars, lip balms and scrubs and packaging like crazy this week. ?I’m just about ready and am going to set-up for the Cowtown Indie Bazaar later today.

Here’s where we’ll be:

The New Public Market is happening from 8-2 tomorrow. ?Word on the street is the Cooking Channel is going to be there filming one of the local vendors (Machacek Bakery) for their show Food Crafters. ?Pretty exciting for our little farmers market, and so great for the bakery. ?I won’t be at this market, but Mr. Soap Addict (Joey) will be ‘manning’ (haha) the booth all by himself.

I’ll be at The Cowtown Indie Bazaar just a few miles away. ?This is my first major show of the fall season, and I think it’s going to be great. ?It’s being hosted by Etsy Fort Worth, a group of local Etsy artisans that I’m a part of. ?There are going to be more than 80 local, handmade artisans, live music, goodie bags for the first 50 in the door, raffle prizes and activities for the kiddos. ?It’s a free event and goes all day from 9-6.

I think it’s going to be a great way to kick off the holiday weekend!

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.

Cowtown Indie Bazaar goody bag sneak peek

It’s less than 2 weeks until the Cowtown Indie Bazaar in Fort Worth, and I’m pumped. ?This is going to be a great show, sponsored by Etsy Fort Worth, a group of local Etsy artisans of which I am a member. ?I really enjoy doing shows that only allow handmade artisans, and I always have a hard time not spending all of my earnings.

I decided to donate mini soaps to the goody bags for this event, and the Etsy Fort Worth blog has a great sneak peek into the bags I thought I would share. ?The bags are FREE to the first 50 people to show up, and from what I hear they are going to be stuffed to the brim. ?Free goodies and samples practically exploding out the top. ?If I qualified for a free bag (I don’t since I’m a vendor), I would most definitely be there at 9 when the doors open to snag one of these babies.

Check out the full article here.

The Cowtown Indie Bazaar will be held Saturday, September 4 from 9am – 6pm at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. ?Admission to the event is free.

First Saturday = New Public Market day!

Tomorrow is the first Saturday of the month, which means it’s New Public Market?Day in Fort Worth.? This is my favorite monthly market – I wish it were more often.? For all you Fort Worth locals that haven’t checked it out yet, it’s at the corner of Hulen and Camp Bowie in the parking lot of the ‘Into the Garden’ store.? Everything at this market is locally produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.? There are usually at least 10 different vendors, plus lots of other local stuff on hand.? A great selection of local produce, baked goods, tamales (my favorite!!), meat, cheese, homemade pasta, olive oil, honey and lots of other goodies.?

I’ll be there with the other local vendors braving the heat from 8-1, or until sell-out.? Would love to see you there!