What Is Annatto Powder?

natural annatto powder in soap

Annatto powder is a natural coloring agent made from the seeds of the plant Bixa Orellana, which is also called the lipstick tree. History Traditionally, annatto powder was used for body painting, as sunscreen, and as an insect repellant. Moreover, throughout history, annatto powder has been primarily utilized as a coloring agent for makeup, textiles or to …

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What is Petitgrain Essential Oil?

petitgrain essential oil sparkling joy natural handmade soap

What is Petitgrain essential oil? Petitgrain oil is obtained from the bitter orange tree, Citrus aurantium, which produces three different essential oils: petitgrain, neroli (from the flowers) and bitter orange (from the rinds of the fruit). Petitgrain oil is steam distilled using the tree’s twigs and leaves. What does it smell like? Petitgrain has a refreshing, …

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Is Coffee Good for Your Skin? Or Why I Put Coffee in Soap (And Not the Other Way Round)

natural organic coffee scrub soap

Yes, coffee is good for your skin. Now that we have that settled, let’s see why. I know very few people who don’t enjoy a hot cup of coffee at least from time to time if not every day. And I am one of those very few. I never drink coffee. Or almost never. I …

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Curcuma or Turmeric

curcuma cold process soap natural colour

Spices are about traveling. They take you on journeys. And that is why we love them so much. Turmeric or curcuma has always been about sunny, faraway India to me. Although my feet have not touched the mysterious Indian land yet, my soul has been there many times. The turmeric we use comes from India …

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Alkanet Adventures

handmade natural alkanet lavender cold process soap savon à la lavande

Alkanet or Alkanna tinctoria is a plant used for naturally coloring cold process soap and other cosmetics, as well as candles. In cold process soap, if you’re in the Soap Fairy’s graces, you can get beautiful shades of purple. Or grey, equally beautiful. Being a natural colorant, you can never be 100% sure that the …

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Activated Charcoal

natural handmade artisan soap activated charcoal zinc oxide eucalyptus cedar wood chamomile

Not many things in life are as simple as black or white, but some things are. Such as activated charcoal or Night in the Forest, our black and white soap. The activated charcoal we use is a fine black powder made from coconut shells and activated through being processed at very high temperature. Coconut shells …

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Soap + Clay

clay in cold process soap

Since we use clay in three of our soaps and we are also collaborating with a ceramist who is making for us a collection of bath accessories using clay, we figured it’s a good moment to talk a bit about clay. What is clay? Clay forms under the action of nature, over long periods of …

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Essential Oils

essential oils

“You don’t need inspirational quotes, you need essential oils”. I don’t know who said this, but I find it… inspiring. Essential oils have been a part of my life for very many years and have accompanied me successfully through pregnancy, labor and birth with both my children, as well as throughout the postpartum period. Nothing …

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Many Shades of Oxides

natural mineral oxides

This is a class of colorants that have been used for centuries to color soap. Oxides or pigments are considered natural origin ways of coloring soap. They are obtained on the basis of minerals, which are technically all natural and come from the ground, and then they are purified and treated so that they become …

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The Wonders of Nettles

cold process soap with nettles

Since we are in full nettle season, why not talk a little bit about nettles? My very first memory of nettles are of them growing in my grandparents’ garden, bordering the corn field. No matter how careful I was when walking there, they always got my legs all red and itchy. Urtica dioica, the common …

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