Tutorial : Lip Balm

Ever wanted to know how simple it is to DIY lip balm?

You will be surprised at just how easy it is!!

Here are a few recipes to get you started.

Simple Lip Balm

The addition of grapeseed oil to this lip balm will lend a light, satin-like finish to your lip balm.

40g Grapeseed Oil

10g Beeswax

10 – 15 drops Flavour Oil

Combine beeswax and grapeseed oil in a saucepan. Melt over low heat until beeswax is fully melted. Remove from heat and add flavour oil. Stir well. Pour into lip balm pots or tubes and allow to solidify.

Peppermint Lip Balm

Adding peppermint essential oil to this lip balm will produce a fresh and hydrating lip balm with that distinctive peppermint tingle.

40g Sweet Almond Oil

10g Beeswax

8 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Combine beeswax and sweet almond oil in a saucepan. Melt over low heat until beeswax is fully melted. Remove from heat and add essential oil. Stir well. Pour into lip balm pots or tubes and allow to solidify.

Lip Balm with Cocoa Butter & Honey

This is a lovely sweet lip balm, thanks to the addition of honey.

15g Cocoa Butter

30g Apricot Kernel Oil

20g Beeswax

5g Honey

10-15 drops Vanilla Flavour Oil

Combine cocoa butter, apricot kernel oil and beeswax in a saucepan. Melt over low heat until cocoa butter and beeswax are fully melted. Remove from heat and add honey and flavour oil. Stir well. Pour into lip balm pots or tubes and allow to solidify.

All of the above recipes can be tinted if you would prefer a coloured lip balm. Why not have a browse through our colourants to see which ones are suitable for lip balms?

If after making any of the above recipes, you find that the final product is either too hard or too soft for your liking, its as easy as melting it again over very low heat, adding a tiny bit more oil or beeswax before allowing it to set again.

 If you would rather not make your own lip balm, but would still like to use a natural product, lip balms can be purchased from us here.

For the supplies needed to make the above projects, please check out the links below.

Apricot Kernel Oil

Beeswax

Cocoa Butter

Colourants

Flavour Oil

Grapeseed Oil

Lip Balm Pots & Tubes

Peppermint Essential Oil

Sweet Almond Oil

Herbal Tea; Your Way

Why should you consume herbal tea?

Herbal tea is an easy way to increase your fluid quota for the day. Unlike coffee, it does not contain caffeine and if you purchase the herbs you like, you can create your own custom combinations (and it can work out cheaper too!!)

If you have never tried herbal tea before, below are some that you can try making:

Chamomile – This creates a mildly sedative tea.

Peppermint – Thought to soothe the digestive tract.

Rose Petal – Traditionally used for painful symptoms of menstruation.

Vanilla Bean – Thought to calm anxiety and enhance relaxation.

When making your own herbal tea, remember that you do not need to use single herbs, you can try mixing a combination of two or three different herbs until you find a blend that you like.

Once your blend is made, you can purchase empty tea bags or tea infusers, so that you do not have floaty bits of “tea” in your cup.

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Empty Heat-Sealable Tea Bags

Our empty heat-sealable tea bags are also suitable to be used for milk baths, tub teas etc.

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Tea Ball Infuser

All of the herbs that we stock are also suitable for use in tub teas, milk baths, soapmaking etc

So to sum this up, herbal teas are a much better alternative to caffeine-laden beverages, especially when concerned about your health. There are literally thousands of combinations that you can come up with, so you do not need to be limited by what is commercially available.

To view all of the botanicals that we have on offer, please visit:

http://www.naturesmix.com.au/nowrastore/botanicals.html

Bath Bombs **Now Available**

Hello once again,

What are bath bombs??

Bath Bombs are sometimes called Bath Fizzies and are usually spherical in shape, however they can be moulded to make different shapes.

Bath Bombs are a mixture of dry ingredients, the main ones being Bicarbonate Soda and Citric Acid that effervesce (or explode) when wet. They are commonly used as a way to add fragrance, botanicals, salts or milk powders to bath water.

A Bath Bomb will enhance your bathing experience by turning your bathroom into a sensory experience.

Bath bombs can make for interesting gifts. They are often given to individuals who could use a relaxing and pampering bath experience. The bombs also can be useful to parents who wish to make bath time more appealing to children. The bombs might also be appreciated by those who like to include natural ingredients in their skin care regimen, since a bath bomb’s ingredients generally are much safer and more effective than the synthetic ingredients that are found in many other bath products.

I have just begun manufacturing bath bombs for sale, currently I have made Milk & Honey and Milky Rose, however I will be adding other types very soon.

http://www.naturesmix.com.au/nowrastore/bath-stuff.html

 

Benefits of Handmade Soap

Why would you choose to use handmade soap? Why not use commercially manufactured soap?

Today, I will answer these questions especially as commercial soap is so cheap and readily available.

Commercial soap manufacturers remove all of the glycerine that is produced during the soapmaking process. The glycerine is a highly profitable substance, often sold to other companies who use it to make lotions and moisturisers, which your skin, now dried out from the harsh detergent ‘soap,’ desperately needs, as glycerine is a common ingredient is moisturisers as it is a humectant, which means that is draws moisture to your skin.

Most commercially produced bars contain synthetic lathering agents, artificial colours, and a bunch of other chemicals we can’t even pronounce.

Always remember that your skin is porous and absorbent. It absorbs whatever it comes in contact with, much the same as sticking something in your mouth. Overuse of chemical-laden products will cause the body to retain extra chemicals within our body fat.

So, What are the alternatives to all these chemicals and dry skin?

The answer is handmade soap.

Just because it’s handmade doesn’t mean it’s good for you, however. You need to understand a few things about the soapmaking process to know what to look for.

There are three common ways to make soap. The first I will discuss is “melt and pour” soap. These are generally glycerine based soaps and can be either transparent or opaque. They’re not as harmful as the commercial bars, and are a safe alternative for those with children as they are often in fun shapes and colours.

The other two methods are “hot process” and “cold process.” The hot process method uses heat (usually an oven or crock pot) after the soapmaking process has taken place, while the cold process method does not. The cold process method is more time consuming, but is without a doubt the best method for producing soaps of a very high standard.

Now, how do the ingredients compare to those of commercial bars?

Remember the labels with the unpronounceable names on the ingredient list?

Cold process soap bars are made using a combination of oils or fats and lye. A lot of people do not like to use Lye, but without it you cannot have soap, all the caustic qualities of the lye are removed during the soapmaking process, and if made correctly you will be left with a very mild bar of soap after curing.

When the lye interacts with the oils or fats, it creates glycerine. The type of oils and fats used make a difference in how hard or soft the soap bar ends up being, and how well it lathers.

With handmade soaps, just like with commercially manufactured bars, you need to read the labels. Some people do not mind if their soap contains animal fat, which produces a very hard bar that will last for ages, while others will prefer a vegetable only bar.

Just because a soap is handmade from natural ingredients does not mean it is safe for everyone to use. Handmade soap may still contain nut oils and dairy products as well as other allergens.

To sum it up, the best soap for your skin is a handmade, natural cold process soap bar. Commercial soap is chemical laden and can be very drying to the skin, as the naturally forming glycerine has been removed.

Once you have tried handmade soaps, you will never return to commercial ones, as you realise just how drying they can be.

http://www.naturesmix.com.au/nowrastore/wash-bars.html

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Fragrance Oils vs Essential Oils

What is the difference between a fragrance and an essential oil?

This is a question I often get asked by my customers, so I thought it was a good topic for my blog today.

Both fragrance and essential oils should be diluted before using. Once diluted, both oils are suitable for bath and body products, so it is a personal preference which one you use.

A fragrance oil can also be called a potpourri oil, aroma oil or perfume oil and they are an artificially created oil, that are made in labs and are designed to imitate other scents.

An essential oil is a pure and natural substance that contains volatile aroma compounds from plants, which is commonly referred to as the essence of the plant, are highly concentrated and are thought to have therapeutic qualities.

Essential oils are generally extracted by using steam distillation. Sometimes they will be extracted by using solvents or the cold process method.

Here is an example of just how much plant matter is required to produce essential oils:

Eucalyptus – 11kg plant matter to make 450g essential oil

Rosemary – 22kg plant matter to make 450g essential oil

Lavender -90kg plant matter to make 450g essential oil

Rose – over 7,200kg of petals to make 450g essential oil

This explains why rose essential oil is SO expensive.

We have a large range of both fragrance and essential oils that can be viewed on our website.

http://www.naturesmix.com.au/nowrastore/fragrance-oils.html

http://www.naturesmix.com.au/nowrastore/essential-oils-pure.html

 

 

Highly fragranced soy wax melts

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Hello once again, this week I am discussing the soy wax melts that I make.

This past week, I have spent a lot of my time making these highly fragranced melts, and must admit that my shop now smells lovely.

My soy wax melts are manufactured on the South Coast of NSW, Australia in my small gift shop that I run, selling my handmade creations and also selling raw materials for those that would rather make their own skincare/soaps etc.

Soy Wax Melts are simply a wickless candle, designed to be used with either electric or tealight oil burners and they tend to be more fragrant than fragranced candles. This is due to the fragrance oil. It is recommended that a candle has less fragrance oil added, to prevent the wick from clogging up and to create a better burning candle.

It has recently come to my attention that a lot of people are claiming that their soy wax melts/tarts are double and triple scented. This is nothing but a sales gimmick, as it simply is not possible. They are trying to convince you that their soy melts should be purchased as they are more fragrant than a competitor’s that does not make this claim.

Think of soy wax as a sponge. A sponge will only hold so much water and then the excess starts seeping out. The same can be said for soy wax. It can only hold so much fragrance oil, usually about 10%, and then the excess will start seeping out.

If too much fragrance oil is used you will end up with a soy melt that has liquid fragrant oil floating on top of the wax. This is the excess oil that could not be incorporated as the wax had already reached its maximum holding capacity.

Our soy wax melts come in a large variety of fragrances and will give you approx 10 hours of fragrance per cube, so about 60 hours from one pack, as there are 6 cubes per pack.

http://www.naturesmix.com.au/nowrastore/soy-melts.html

 

Hello everyone!!!

Welcome to my first blog (ever). I hope to post regularly about what I have been up to at Nature’s Mix headquarters, including my fails, my successes, new products, new ideas and anything else I think may be of interest to anyone willing to read about what I have to say.

I thought it was about time I joined in with all this social media hype and make my presence in the online world be known, as it seems that this is the way of the future.

To begin, a little about myself. Nature’s Mix was founded in 2002, before which I did not even know that soap could be made at home. A lot of research later, I realised it was possible. I have not purchased a bar of soap since.

I now love trying new additives, new fragrances etc. It then seemed like a natural progression to start trialling creams, lotions, balms and powders.

My first ever batch of soap was a basic Castile, and it was a scary event. I had never used Caustic Soda before and did not know what to expect, especially after reading all of those horror stories that seem to be everywhere. I did not own a stick blender, so it took forever to trace, stirring manually with a wooden spoon. Eventually a trace was reached. It was poured into an ice cream container, covered and put to bed and it turned out wonderfully and I have never looked back.

When Nature’s Mix was born, we could find very few suppliers. It seemed like Australia had been forgotten in the natural skincare department, this is why we also sell waxes, bases, raw materials etc.

I hope that you enjoy reading my little bits of wisdom, and until next installment enjoy where your skincare making journey takes you.