August 21, 2012
Borax is a natural, white powder, mineral of colorless crystals that dissolve in water easily. It was discovered in the dry lake beds of Tibet. Its chemical formula, Na2B407-10H2O, is a combination .
July 17, 2012
Avocado Oil, Persea Gratissima, is cold pressed from the pulp of the avocado fruit. It is relatively thick with a light, nutty, earthy aroma. It is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, D, E with ..
June 01, 2012
The coconut oil benefits are numerous! Many use it for making homemade soap since its properties are outstanding. What can it do for your homemade soap? It adds a rich, creamy, texture and generates .
May 03, 2012
Grapefruit seed oil is an acidic liquid citrus oil derived from the seeds, pulp and white membranes of grapefruit. It is also known as grapefruit seed extract or GSE. It is found in commercial and ..
April 20, 2012
Orange oil is a yellow-orange liquid with a tangy, fruity, aroma. It is extracted from the rind, (peel or skin), of oranges by steam distillation or a cold process method. It is a highly ..
April 07, 2012
Peppermint essential oil has healthy benefits for the body, skin and hair. Peppermint oil is extracted, by steam distillation, from leaves of the Mentha pipertita herb. This hybrid herb is a cross ..
March 29, 2012
Citronella oil is extracted from fresh or partially dried leaves of citronella grass, Cymbopogan Nardus and Cymbopogan Winterianus . Citronella grass is native to India and tropical Asia. It's a tall .
March 11, 2012
German Chamomile, (Matricaria recutita), is an annual herb. It looks similar to a daisy with small white petals circled around a yellow center. It has a strong aroma and blooms in the early to mid ..
October 11, 2011
Pomegranate oil is pressed from organic seeds of the pomegranate fruit, grown on Punica granatum trees. This deciduous tree has glossy, slender, leaves, bright red flowers and bears an edible fruit, ..
September 21, 2011
What is sodium lauryl sulfate, (SLS), ? It's a coarse powder used as a foaming agent. It's produced by combining the compounds sulfate and lauric acid. It's used in many commercial products ..
September 13, 2011
Banana oil offers numerous benefits. It's sweet fruity fragrance is used a variety of ways. It's found in soaps, lotions, creams, candles, paints, potpourri, shampoos, conditioners, foods and ..
August 22, 2011
Nutmeg oil is a volatile essential oil. It's produced by steam distillation from fresh, dried, ground nutmeg seeds. It has a colorless to light yellow tint, with a sharp, spicy, woody, aroma and a ..
August 18, 2011
The Cinnamomum Camphora, (camphor tree), is a large evergreen, growing up to one hundred feet tall with small white flowers and red berries. It can grow very old. At fifty years old it produces ..
August 13, 2011
There are numerous white tea benefits! White tea is almost exclusively grown in China. It comes from the delicate buds and young leaves of the Camelia sinuses plant. Only young tea leaves, with fine ..
August 10, 2011
Sandalwood essential oil is steam distilled from the wood of the evergreen tree, Sandalum album, native to India. The heartwood is the most precious part of this tree. The best heartwood is found in .
August 08, 2011
Clove oil is distilled, by steam, from the Syzgium aromaticum plant. This evergreen plant grows twenty-six to thirty-nine feet tall. It has square leaves and pink colorful flowers that grow in ..
August 06, 2011
Lemon essential oil has a pale yellow color. It's cold pressed from the peel of a yellow oval fruit, a lemon. Lemons grow on the, Citrus limonium, a small evergreen tree native to Asia. The exact ..
August 01, 2011
Bergamot oil is a pale emerald green oil, cold pressed, from the fruit peel of the Citrus Bergamia tree. This tree blooms colorful flowers of red, pink, purple or white. It grows a fragrant fruit ..
July 30, 2011
Chamomile tea benefits have been recognized for centuries. Chamomile looks similar to a daisy with its white petals and yellow disc florets. The flowers have a strong aroma and bloom in the early ..
July 27, 2011
Clary Sage oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Salvia sclera. This plant grows approximately 2 to 3 feet in height and width with square, hairy-like, stems. It blooms pink, white, pale ..
July 24, 2011
Lemongrass Oil is extracted from the fresh, or partially dried, leaves of the Cymbopogon citratus, by steam distillation. This perennial, aromatic, plant grows up to three feet in height and ..
July 22, 2011
Jasmine oil is extracted from the petals of the Jasminum officinale, of the Oleaceae, (olive), family. The delicate flowers are gathered at night to preserve their powerful scent. They're placed ..
July 20, 2011
Patchouli oil is extracted, by steam distillation, from the leaves of the perennial plant, Pogostemon cablin. This plant is a bushy herb standing two to three feet in height, originating in the ..
May 14, 2011
Because of the chemical and caustic nature of lye, you may not want to have to worry about it or handle it at all when you are beginning to start your own soapmaking hobby at home. But to be honest ..
May 14, 2011
If you want to learn cold process soap making from scratch then you should start with a goal and a commitment for why you want to make soap because it can be difficult in the early stages of ..