Sunshine, joy, happiness, cheerful, those are all words we associated with yellow. This week, I’ll be looking at how yellow and orange mica behaves in cold process soap.
Making your own lipstick can seem daunting at first, but once you’ve made your first lipstick, you’ll want to keep making more! Not only can you make sure you only use natural ingredients, you also get to do the fun part of playing with colours. For extra fun, why not make it a girls night in and turn it into a crafty lipstick party?
Creating swirly mica tops on your soaps looks a lot harder than it is, and the result is simply stunning! The surface of the soap is usually a just as important as the soap itself, and learning a technique that will create beautiful tops is very handy, especially since it leaves a lot of room for creativity.
Inspired by the name of the soap fragrance, Love Spell, this soap features plenty of magic with a gorgeous magenta swirl in its centre and gold swirling on top. The techniques used here are drop swirling and mica swirl painting.
Reds and pinks are probably the most popular colours in soap making, yet for all their popularity it is often difficult to get the exact shade you desire. Many reds morph towards the purple part of the spectrum or even into browns.
Mica is a name given to a group of silicate minerals, which form distinct sheets and flakes. These are very thin and light, and are most commonly found in schist and granite, giving the rock its shiny, sparkly appearance. It’s this sparkle that makes the mineral so attractive to the cosmetic industry.
Lavender is not something you usually associate with New Zealand, so it comes to a surprise to many to hear that there are several dozen commercial lavender growing farms here in New Zealand
Castile soaps are named after the Castile region in Spain, where the olive oil based soap originated. Historically, the soaps were made from olive and laurel oils, but nowadays, castile stands for soaps made with 100% olive oil.
Shower smoothies are whipped up foamy bath butter bases with added nourishing and conditioning ingredients, such as butters and oils, which makes them particularly mild and moisturising to your skin. They are also extremely convenient
Rose geranium essential oil has a lovely fresh floral fragrance with a light citrus top note. Considered to be both calming and grounding, the uplifting scent helps reduce stress and worry, and this balancing effect extends to the skin, as it helps stabilise both oily and dry