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Hand Sanitising Spray

We’ve had so many requests from people asking how to make your own hand sanitiser. The supermarkets and pharmacies are running out of stock due to COVID-19 awareness. The best thing that you can do to keep yourself safe is to practice good personal hygiene, wash your hands well and try not to touch your

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Basic Shampoo Bar

Myself and my family have been testing various shampoo bar recipes for literally months. We’ve had more than a few duds (a bar that turned to mushy goop as soon as it gets wet, or the bar with un-melted SCI noodles that look like worms to name a few) But now we have it. The

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Caffeinated Body Cream

REPOSTED 11 July 2019 This recipe was originally posted on our website waaay back in June 2015. Following some recent media coverage on how caffeine powder can be highly toxic and even deadly when ingested in large doses (which it absolutely is!), we thought we’d re-share the recipe and show the reason why WE sell

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Cocoa Butter Oatmeal Bath Bomb

Cocoa Butter Oatmeal Bath Bombs

Ingredients Powders420g (51.5%) baking soda210g (26%) citric acid130g (16%) epsom salts14g (1.7%) white kaolin clay8g (1%) colloidal oatmeal Oils12g (1.5%) cocoa butter12g (1.5%) polysorbate 80 8g | 1% essential oil blend (3g lavender, 3g ylang ylang, 2g patchouli) ExtrasDried cornflower petalsDried rose budsWitch hazel in a mister, if needed Tools & Equipment BowlSieveWhisk/Spatula/SpoonAluminium bath bomb

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Almond Milk, Oat & Honey Bastille Soap

I was excited to receive my copy of Milk Soaps by Anne-Marie Faiola. I have all of her books, which I refer back to quite a lot, to come up with inspiration and soap ideas. I love using milk in soap, but in the past I’ve only tried goat’s milk, and more recently, coconut milk.

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Coffee Candle… mmm Coffee!

I was browsing around the Salvation Army op shop last weekend, and came across this cute little coffee cup so I snapped it up for the grand old sum of $0.50. Seriously, if you have any op shops in your area they are a treasure trove for cheap old cups and bowls which make perfect

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Wild Musk Bath Salts

I’m not sure what the weather is like around the rest of the country, but here in Tauranga it’s horrible! It is definitely the kind of weather that is perfect for soaking in the tub. I’m usually a bubble bath kinda girl, but lately I’ve been using bath salts instead. The benefits of epsom salts

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Avocado Lip Shine

This lip shine not only gives your lips a nice shimmer, it also provides some beneficial moisturising which can be sorely needed during these winter months. Avocado oil contains a lot of Vitamin B which can help with skin damage,  skin protection, and cell generation. It also contains Vitamin A and Vitamin E which are

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Rebatching Soap Scraps

I’m sure this is a familiar sight for any cold process soap maker – the container (or boxes in my case) of soap shavings and off cuts which are left over when you cut and tidy your soaps. All of our bathrooms at work have my soap off cuts for hand washing, and you’ll more

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Swirly Melt & Pour Clamshell Soap

Melt and pour soap is a fun and easy way to make your own soap. You don’t have to worry about wearing safety gear or using caustic soda like you do with cold process soap. It can be a fun project to do with kids or adults alike. These little soaps are poured straight into our

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How to Make Hydrosol

When essential oils are made through steam distillation it involves a process of steaming the plant material, cooling the steam, then eventually extracting the oil from the condensed steam. Hydrosol is the left over steam (distilled water). Hydrosols are like essential oils but in far less of a concentration. Hydrosols can be used externally in skin

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Foaming Bath Truffles

Well it seems winter has well and truly arrived this week! Luckily here in Tauranga we usually don’t get hit with the worst of the weather, but I really feel for those of you in more southerly areas. My Mum lives in Christchurch and she sent a picture of the first snow fall this morning, brrr! It’s the

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