Back to basics: Wrap up and link-o-rama

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of posts on anhydrous products. These recipes are great for beginners or those who wish to avoid using preservatives. And if you’re a veteran, why not try your hand at these products again? I know I’ve been reminded of how decadent a rich, whipped butter can feel or how…...

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Back to basics: Modifying the oil based scrub

We can all use a little exfoliation, so it doesn’t hurt to have a few different scrub recipes lying around the house. The scrub bar is great for throwing into a make-up bag for travelling and the oil based one is great for bath time exfoliation and moisturization, but we can always use more scrubby…...

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Back to basics: Oil based scrubs

I do love my manicure scrub – and yes, I have made more since the original post, but I keep forgetting to take pictures! (Click on the link to see my manicure scrub idea…) The basic idea behind an oil based scrub is to combine some oils together, add a generous helping of salt as…...

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Back to basics: Solid scrub bars

If you can make a lotion bar or bath melt, you can make a solid scrub bar. This recipe is rated E+ for everyone – beginners who are a little more adventurous, those who don’t wish to use preservatives, and those who are seeking an all natural product. The shelf life of this product is…...

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Back to basics: Oil based body sprays – using exotic oils

Oil based sprays are a great way to play with exotic oils to see how you like the feeling of them on your skin. Most of these oils are expensive, so using them at 10% to 20% in a body spray with a carrier oil you already know and like gives you a chance to see if…...

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Back to basics: Oil based body sprays

Oil based body moisturizers are best used after showering or cleansing as they can trap the water against your skin for maximum emolliency. Think of them as lotions without water, like a liquid lotion bar. As they are oil based, we won’t use a preservative or other water based ingredients in our mix. This recipe…...

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Back to basics: Dispersing bath oils

A dispersing bath oil is a liquid version of the bath melt – you bottle it, and add it to your bath as you need it. We add the emulsifier to the oils to help them disperse through the water, rather than floating in a greasy mess on top of the water. There are a…...

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Back to basics: Bath melts

If you have some butters around and still have some supplies left over from making bath bombs, why not try making some bath melts? These are like bath bombs in that they contain the citric acid and baking soda necessary to make them break apart (with little to no fizzing), but they contain the butters…...

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Back to basics: Bath bombs

Bath bombs seem like a really simple concept – a little citric acid, a little baking soda, some fragrance oil, and you have a wonderful acid-base reaction in the tub that brings happiness to the bather. But they can cause such headaches to even the most seasoned bath and body creator! As a point of…...

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Back to basics: Lotion bars – tweaking the butters and oils

I could probably start a blog called “modifying your oils and butters for lotion bars” and write posts every single day for a year going over every single possible combination – but since I already have a blog that I enjoy writing and since the whole point of this series of back to basics is…...

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