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Ways to Replace Your Shaving Cream with these Soap Supplies!

Another Way to Use Leftover Soap Supplies

Summer has arrived, which means shaving-and-grooming-body-hair-season is here too!

I have tried several store-bought ones, but a lot of people knows that these products may not be that effective, with all the chemicals that can do your skin more harm than good. A lot of women like myself want some rest from the frequent nicks, cuts, and burns from shaving, so I found a solution to silky smooth shaved face or legs for days.

This is just what I do to get the easiest and most affordable ways to get a new shaving cream fix. And that is using some soap making supplies! Because, why not use leftovers from my soap making kits. Below are some step by step guides on how to make soap, yes even handmade soap bars, and fragrance oils a better shaving choice than what you see in grocery stores.

COCONUT OIL AS SHAVING CREAM

Yes, you read that right! One of the easiest shaving cream alternatives ever is COCONUT OIL. While keeping the shaving process a breeze, it also helps reduce toxins from your body as it moisturizes. Whether you are a man looking for cheaper and faster shaving cream alternative, or a woman on the go who wants a quick way of keeping smooth, hair-free legs, coconut oil can do just that for you!

How to do it? Here’s how:

  • Make sure your skin is clean by washing with warm water (Warm water helps open up your pores) and handmade soap (To know how to make your own organic soap, click here.) Then dry the area that needs a shave by using a soft towel in patting motion.
  • Rub a small amount of coconut oil in between your palms, and massage the oil gently onto your skin. The clear nature of coconut oil makes it easy to see what you are shaving. Bye-bye nicks and cuts!
  • Use a sharp razor to shave (remember to shave in the direction of the hair growth to avoid burns) and enjoy the smooth glide of the razor onto your skin. Remember to rinse your razor from time to time for continuous smooth razor gliding experience.
  • Using a soft towel, pat your skin dry to remove excess oil from the skin. (Pat, pat, pat. Never rub.)
  • Enjoy your smooth and healthy skin for days!

START A PRE-SHAVE REGIMEN

What am I talking about? Is there such a thing? My answer is a big YES! If you’ve never heard of pre-shaving, you better read up and learn because this might just change your shaving experience for good.

Using pre-shave oil is not exactly a shaving cream alternative, but this can change your whole shaving situation. This might be the answer to your ingrown hairs and skin irritation problems.

So what does pre-shaving oil actually do? It is plain and simple. It softens all your unwanted hairs, so you can smoothly glide your razors onto your skin to get the hairs out easily and avoid ingrown hairs. Sounds great? Here’s more good news.

The best part is that you can use the pre-shave oil even when you have those dreaded nicks and cuts from your previous shaving nightmares. It is because it has anti-bacterial properties that can make the healing process faster.

Most of all, pre-shave oil creates some sort of protection for your skin by acting as a protective wall to your skin prior to shaving. Need I say more to convince you to start a pre-shave regimen?

DIY Pre-Shave Oil

Leftover ingredients in your soap making kit just got in handy. Just put all of these oils together and voila, your pre-shave oil!

  • 2.5 – 3 fl. oz. Castor Oil
  • 1 fl. oz. Olive Oil
  • 15 drops of Essential Oil for the skin
  • You may add Vitamin E oil for extra nourishment

How to use:

  • Clean the area that needs a shave with warm water and soap.
  • Add few drops of the oil mixture on the palm of your hand, and spread onto the area you want to shave. *Tip: Use moderately. You don’t need too much oil to make it work.
  • Leave the oil mixture on your skin for around 1 minute. If you have time, you can leave it longer for better results.
  • Apply and spread shaving cream and shave away. (Scroll down for DIY shaving cream recipes)

GET RID OF RAZOR BURNS

I know, I know. Razor burns are annoying. Who has never experienced them? Almost everyone in the shaving community has. Don’t you just hate it when you shave your legs for a special occasion to wear your newly bought dress, only to mess up the shaving part?

This nightmare might just end today! If you want to bid your razor burns goodbye, your probably should scroll up a little bit and follow the first two shaving tips I’ve already mentioned above (You might find shaving cream alternatives there).

Essential Oils for Razor Burns

Essential oils are not only for soap making.  Keep your soap supplies cabinet empty! Here are the top essential oils you can use to treat them razor burns.

Argan Oil

This glorious oil can help ease skin allergies and other skin irritations mainly because it contains polyphenols.

(What am I talking about? Polyphenols is a reducing agent and antioxidant that protects the body’s tissues from oxidative stress).

It also contains sterol, (another alien word, but what it does is to reduce the redness, itchiness, and inflammation on the skin.)

Tea Tree Oil

What can I say? Tea Tree Oil is the thing with almost everything nowadays, from pimple treatment to lice treatment and athlete’s foot treatment. Treatment of razor bumps is not an exception to the many benefits of tea tree oil.

First of all, it is a natural anti-bacterial agent. And, it is also a natural astringent, making it good for a treatment for any part of your body and even your face. So, rejoice everyone! You just found a new best friend.

Warning: Pure tea tree oil can be strong, so make sure you dilute few drops of tea tree oil first with water before applying to the skin.

Lemon

Essential oil extracted from lemon has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. Just like tea tree oil, it can also be an astringent. The cleaning characteristic of the lemon oil reduces oiliness (for the face) and tightens pores (which we all love.)

As it treats your razor burns, it has high Vitamin C content that helps boost your skin tone.

I must warn you though, that lemon oil can dry out your skin, so for men who are going to use lemon oil for the face, check your skin type first.

It is most suitable for those who have normal to oily skin only. If your skin type is normal to dry, you might want to try other razor burns solution, just like the next item, which is sandalwood oil.

Sandalwood

Sandalwood also moisturizes and rejuvenates the skin (which makes it glorious as well.) This oil is known for being a natural antiseptic just like the other essential oils mentioned above.

Sandalwood oil is also a natural skin conditioner along with its antibacterial and healing characteristics. So, this gives you an idea why this is one of the best solutions for razor burns.

Trivia: The soothing properties of Sandalwood oil coming from its warm, woody, and earthy aroma makes it known also as an aphrodisiac. That dual purpose might be of use for you too.

SHAVING CREAM ALTERNATIVES

A lot of times we may forget putting shaving cream on our shopping list. It’s a bummer if you can’t be bothered to line up the cash register for a single item. For this type of crisis, you can use shaving cream alternatives.

These alternatives are easily available at home. So, when you are in the shower and all ready for that battle with your razor, you can easily grab the following items in your bathroom that can actually be your temporary shaving cream.

Handmade soap

  • Soap has lubricating properties that can help to let you glide your razor smoothly on your skin. Just a word of advice, create a lot of foam first by rubbing your palms together, before applying to the skin. Shave your skin as usual and you have survived for the day. Remember, it is always best to use natural handmade soap. Find an all-natural soap you can use here.

Hair conditioner

  • If it can make the hair on your head softer, then it probably can soften the hair on your face or legs as well. Just spread some hair conditioner on the area of the skin you want to shave, and use it just as you use your usual shaving cream. Have an easy and quick shave while leaving a soft skin and smooth shave.

These two may temporarily suffice for a shaving cream, but I highly advice that you either stop forgetting to buy shaving cream or… make your very own shaving cream! Below are several recipes, so you can choose which ones are suitable for your skin or shaving commitment!

Read on for DIY shaving cream recipes.

MAKE A DIY SHAVING CREAM

While shaving creams are widely available in drugstores and supermarkets, the chemicals in those store-bought shaving creams may do you more harm than good as I mentioned earlier (You’ll never know what those chemicals you can’t read mean, right?) Always remember to check the ingredients in products that you use to make sure you are getting the best treatment for your skin.

One word of advice, if you are having a hard time reading the names of the ingredients, then they’re probably not good for you. So it is always best to use all-natural skin products.

So here are 10 easy all-natural homemade shaving cream recipes you can try at home, give as gifts, or even sell for your home-based business.

Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin

What you will need:

    • 2/3 cup shea butter
    • 2/3 cup coconut oil
    • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
    • 1/4 cup mild Castile handmade soap
    • A few drops Vitamin E oil
    • Glass bottle container (glass bottle container will help preserve the quality of oil longer than plastic bottle)

Procedure:

    • Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in low heat.
    • Pour the oil mixture into a bowl (ceramic or glass will do) and cool it down in the fridge.
    • Once it’s solid, remove the cooled down oil mixture from the fridge and add the sweet almond oil and the mild castile soap.
    • Mix up all the ingredients using an electric mixer and wait for it to be whipped.
    • Once whipped, it can be used as a regular shaving cream.

Homemade Shaving Gel

What you will need:

Procedure:

  • Dissolve the salt in warm water.
  • Mix all the remaining ingredients together.
  • Put the mixture in a container of choice with a lid.

Lavender Coconut Aloe Vera Shave Gel

What you will need:

Procedure:

  • Heat portions of coconut oil separately for 15 seconds each.
  • Combine the coconut oil with aloe vera.
  • Add vitamin E by poking a hole in a capsule and add the contents into your oil mixture.
  • Lastly, add an essential oil of your choice for additional aroma.
  • Place the mixture in an airtight container and always shake well before using.

Three- Ingredient DIY Shaving Cream for Your Legs

What you will need:

Procedure:

  • Combine all the ingredients.
  • Blend the mixture on high in a blender for 3-5 minutes until the mixture turns yellowish and creamy.
  • Place the mixture in a glass jar or bottle. Store the mixture in the fridge to preserve.

Homemade Shaving Cream with Shampoo

What you will need:

Procedure:

  • Mix the conditioner and shampoo in a glass bowl.
  • When fully mixed, you can add the oils gradually, and there you have it!

Two-ingredient Homemade Shaving Cream 

What you will need:

  • 1 cup oil (coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil may work)
  • 1/3 cup moisturizer (choose between aloe vera gel, honey or rosewater)

Procedure:

  • Blend your two ingredients in a blender.
  • Set the blender on high for a few minutes until mixed thoroughly. Expect a loose and creamy mixture. When this texture is achieved, you may stop mixing.
  • Store your shaving cream in a squeeze bottle. Keep in mind to store it in a cool dry place to keep it fresh.

Heavenly Shaving Cream with Coconut Oil

What you will need:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive, jojoba or sweet almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons liquid castile handmade soap

Procedure:

  • Melt the shea butter and coconut oil over low heat. Stir occasionally until shea butter is fully melted.
  • Add olive oil and stir until fully mixed. Remove the mixture from heat.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl or a jar and place in the fridge until it’s solid.
  • Remove the mixture from fridge and then whip it up using an electric mixer. Whip until fluffy for about 3-4 minutes then add castile soap and whip until fully mixed.
  • Place the shaving cream into an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.

Homemade Foaming Shaving Soap

What you will need:

  • 1/4 cup Natural Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1/4 cup Liquid Castile handmade Soap
  • 1 TBSP Olive or Almond Oil
  • 1/4 cup warm Distilled Water
  • Vitamin E or Grapefruit Seed Extract (to preserve)
  • Essential Oils of choice for aroma
  • Foaming Soap Bottle

Procedure:

  • Mix all the ingredients in your foaming bottle and shake gently until fully mixed.
  • Shake well before each use.

DIY Natural Bar Shave Soap

What you will need:

  • 1 bar of natural, handmade soap
  • 1 TBSP olive or almond oil or aloe vera gel
  • 1-2 TBSP white clay, french clay, kaolin, or cosmetic clay

Procedure:

  • Grate the handmade soap and melt it on low heat, with oil or aloe vera. It might take a while, so just check from time to time and stir often. (Patience is a virtue.)
  • Once melted, stir in the cosmetic clay to make a richer lather (great for the skin as well!)
  • Pour into molds or old mugs and wait for the soap to set. It might take several days until it re-hardens. (Again, patience will come in handy.) It pays to wait, so the long waiting time it will give you will last for months and will cure more over time. The long-lasting power of this bar soap saves your time, effort, and more bucks.

Want more handmade soap recipes? Click here!

Homemade Shaving Butter

What you will need:

Procedure:

  • Melt the coconut oil and Shea butter in a saucepan.
  • Remove from heat and then add in the Almond oil and other essential oils of your choice.
  • Let cool for several hours, and/or place in the fridge to harden. You may also opt to just let it solidify on its own by letting it stand for few hours.
  • Once it is solid, let it soften (if you refrigerated it) and you can whip with electric beaters for a few minutes it to give it that soft texture until it is creamy enough. If you let it harden on the counter, you can just stir it to get the same soft, creamy texture.

You can find the ingredients and materials you can use to complete your DIY and homemade products here.

SHAVING CAN NEVER BE THE SAME

So there you have it. Just a few soap making supplies needed and you can start making your own shaving creams at home. With low-cost ingredients for the recipes above, you can start homemade shaving cream business.

These recipes can also be perfect gifts for Father’s Day.

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The Secrets about Fragrance Oil Only a Handful of People Know

What Everybody Ought to Know About Scents and Useful Hacks behind

I visited this unique spa the other weekend, and it got me really hooked big time. It’s not your ordinary spa suite, there’s just something in there that brought back so many memories. It was amazing as I have just been there once. What makes it unique? Fragrance oil!

It must be the soaps and scents used during the treatment, which attracted me to get really interested in these fragrances altogether. Why not join me uncover bizarre details of fragrance oil and the many things that we can do with it. Yeah?  Because this is something that I badly need to know and so do you. Ready to unlock the secrets?

One distinct smell and scent can definitely remind us of special milestones in our lives! That first dance, first love, first heartbreak and more. The nostalgia of the place drives me nuts.

Go read on, as I will be sharing with you tutorials, bath bomb recipes and so much more as we go along. Discover the wonders and learn how you can earn extra out of it. Seriously, you’ll thank me for it.

Essential Oil and Fragrance Oil

Essentials oils (EOs) and fragrance oils are two different kinds, the first one is natural while the latter is synthetic. These EOs come from pure plant extracts and are mostly used for scenting, health and wellness and of course, for aromatherapy. It works best when used in a diffuser. The fragrance oils on the other hand, are synthetically made and mixed with chemical scent compound. As the name implies, this is basically mixed into solutions to add scent.  In terms of the price, EOs can be relatively expensive as compared with fragrance oils.

Though I am sure you will all agree, that both give lovely smell like that. Okay, so this got me wanting to go to the spa, right about now.

All-Natural Fragrance Oils?

Fragrance oils are made of essential oils, synthetic aroma chemicals, and aromatic resins. Imagine that eau-de-toilette that you are using now, the perfumer must have used over hundreds of fragrance ingredients just to achieve that one perfect scent. And hey, I can smell you from here.

These days all things organic, natural and earth-friendly are the way to go because it’s safe and chemical free. You have to be wary because not “all natural” claims can be safe. It is necessary to know the content very well before use and for goodness sake, you got to read the labels. Else, God knows what can possibly happen.

What They Never Told You About Fragrance Oil

While fragrance oils may be artificial, it doesn’t mean it’s bad and harmful.  Many natural ingredients if not used properly, may be harmful.

Synthetic ingredients have a long and proven record of being perfectly safe as long as it is within the acceptable volume. 

Most of the hair and skin care that we use every day contain fragrance oil.  Not convinced? Go check on your shower gel, shampoo, lotion and deodorant you have there.

Is Fragrance Oil Safe for Skin?

It is generally safe to use for the skin BUT keep in mind these two things — choose only those skin safe fragrances and must not exceed over five (5) percent in content.  For instance, the acceptable amount of fragrance oil for skin care products like soap and bath bombs ingredients must not be more than 5%.

Oh! And if you are suffering from sensitive and skin allergies, that’s a different kind of story. You have to be extra careful before, using anything to your skin.

 

Learn how to make essential oil face serum

Surprising uses of Fragrance Oil

You’ll be stunned to know that fragrance oils were wonderfully created and equally useful in so many ways.  It is basically one of the main bath bomb ingredients as well as for soaps, candles, slimes, and perfumes too.

These soaps and scents can be made in the comfort of your homes. You can create them for personal use, as gifts and who knows, something to start a business with.  We have compiled some simple recipes for you to try out.  So here we go:

DIY Scented Soap with Fragrance Oil

Ever wanted to have a hand in making soap but scared of it? There is actually a lot of simple homemade soap that you can follow. It’s not as complicated as you think. Soap making is a simple craft and art, as the potential mix of ingredients is endless. One of all-time favorite pairing is pumpkin spice fragrance oil with pumpkin pie soap. It’s a cold press soap recipe contributed by our reader Caroline.  She didn’t really use fragrance oil in the recipe but cinnamon powder. Since cinnamon powder is just sitting right there at our kitchen shelf and it will not discolor the ingredients,  we do like this alternative.  Aside from being knowing the exact ingredient you put into your bath product, it’s a whole lot of fun to do. 

For newbie soap maker like me, the process called “melt and pour” is the easiest method recommended. It’s pretty straightforward, from melting the premade base soap to adding your desired mixture and fragrances to pouring them onto the molds. When hardened, it’s ready for use.

What you will need:

  • a pound of melt and pour base (opaque)
  • ½ cup of goat or whole milk
  • a teaspoon of your chosen oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 20 drops of Vitamin E 250IU
  • 1 tablespoon of melted beeswax
  • a teaspoon of vanilla fragrance oil

Procedure:

1. Melt and beeswax with the opaque base on the double broiler.

2. Mix the honey, milk, vitamin E, and the extra oil and then stir.

3. Remove from the heat and allow cooling slightly before adding the vanilla fragrance oil.

4. Pour into the molds and unmold when harden.

Ta-dah!!! You now have you’re first ever DIY scented soap. Are you ready to take on another challenge? As I said, the combination and idea of soap making are endless. Fruits like avocado are not only healthy for the tummy, but equally good food for the skin too.  Find out the easy-peasy DIY avocado soap recipe here.

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fragrance oil handmade candle

 

Homemade Classic Candle

I am personally fascinated with pretty and unique home decors. However, some decorative pieces can be quite pricey. Enter scented candles.  It’s every crafter favorite. It’s customizable, classically gorgeous and easy to make. Add some trinkets and you’ll have a classy and unique decorative centerpiece.

What you will need:

  • a pack of candle making soy wax
  • 1 pack of candle wicks and candle dye pack 
  • a bottle of fragrance oil
  • spatula
  • a heatproof container
  • double broiler
  • thermometer
  • a pair of chopsticks or pencils

Procedure

1. Use a clean flat surface to work with. You may cover the area with newspapers or paper towels, whichever is available.

2. Measure how much wax you will need for your container and then double the measurement as that’s how much you need to melt.

3. Pour the wax into the double boiler and let it melt for 10 to 15 minutes max, stir frequently.

4. When the candle wax has melted, add a few drops of fragrance oils. Check the instructions found on your wax package as to how much oil to add.

a. Quick Tip: Fragrance oils mix well with melted wax if used with proper proportion; it won’t affect how the candle wax sets. The common rule of thumb for fragrance oils in soy wax should be one ounce (weight) fragrance oil is up to one pound (16 ounces by weight). This is a whole lot of math, so calculator will come in handy.

5. Secure the wick before pouring in the wax.  Simply attach the wick by dipping it in the melting wax and then stick it quickly to the bottom of your container. Wait about five minutes to harden.

6. Let the wax cool for a few minutes. When the temperature is at 140 degrees, it’s okay to pour. Slowly pour the wax into the jar.  Hold the wick but be sure not to pull it. Leave some wax in the boiler, as you will have to use that when you top off the candle in a little while.

7. Place the chopsticks across the top of the jar. Put the wick in between so it stays in place while the wax hardens.  Now let the wax set for a couple of hours or so at a room temperature. (Go cook and watch Netflix when you can, while waiting.)

8. If the candle hardened with some cracks and holes on top, just reheat and add the remaining wax. Wait until harden.

9. The length of the wick should be less than half an inch. If it flickers or has a tall flame when lit, trim the wick.

Voila! You have your very own classic scented candle. You can also make colored scented candles by adding skin safe colorants. Pair these scented candles with DIY bath bombs, and a glass of wine and you are in for a spa treatment right at home. Is there anything more relaxing than that?

DIY Fluffy Slime with Fragrance Oil

Slime makes a great sensory play for kids and adding up a few drops of fragrance oils make it even better. We made our very own slime and scented with a few drops of Amber Vanilla and Citron yellow skin safe colorant too.

Making the slime from scratch is also a great bonding activity with our kids. My child enjoyed mixing everything together. Forget about the mess, allow your child to help and see their face light up as the slime come to life.

What you will need:

  • 2 bottles of clear school glue
  • 1 cup of liquid starch
  • 3-5 drops of Citron Yellow Skin Safe colorant
  • 3-5 drops Fragrance oil (Warning: Make sure it is safe for the child’s skin.)
  • Bowl
  • Wooden Spoon

Procedure:

1. Pour two bottles of glue into the bowl.

2. Add 3-5 drops of fragrance oil and citron yellow skin safe colorant and then mix together with the spoon.

3. Add the cup of liquid starch and stir. It won’t look like slime right away so no need to worry.

4. Stir until everything is fully mixed and becomes a ball. Let it sit for a few minutes and allow it to gel.

5. Knead it using your hands until you get your desired consistency.

My kids loved it and they spent a good two hours of fun play.  That’s two solid hours of rest time for the tired Momma, added a warm cup of coffee and my favorite book. Try it, Man it works big time!

DIY Homemade Unicorn Whipped Body Butter

Use Fragrance Oil on Bath Bombs 

Have you ever imagine diving in a bathtub filled with a frothy cappuccino? Yeah, I mean bath really, and not just a cup of it. Sounds crazy but it’s not. I will help you achieve that frothy, rather fizzy and yummy smelling bath bombs. Intrigued? Go on and read some more.

 

These DIY bath bombs are the hard packed combination of dry ingredients that fizz when wet. They are a lot fancier and more expensive version of bubble bath. Little did you know that just like soap, we can also DIY it. The materials and procedure are really simple. It’s pricey these days, and my frugal self -encourages me to create my own soaps and scents at a fraction of the cost. Coz why not?

What you will need:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup Epsom salt
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • Any fragrance oil scent
  • Cherry red skin safe colorant
  • Water in a spray bottle
  • Soap Mold

Procedure:

1. Pour all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix.

2. Add few drops of fragrance oil and mix.

3. Add several drops of cherry red skin safe colorant.

4. Spray water into the mixture and stir until moist. (Do not spray too much water as it will take the fizz off the bomb)

5. Press into the soap mold firmly.

6. Allow to dry for several hours or even overnight.

Bath bomb recipes are fun and easy to make. It’s a nice gift for moms, neighbors, loved ones or anyone who loves bathe! I also discovered how easy it is to make rose bath bombs, you can find how to here.

 

Essential Oils for Bath Bombs

Alternatively, there are essential oil bath bombs recipes available for you to go. Here are a few of the best essential oils that can be added to your bath bomb recipe. The procedure is the same as the one I shared above except that we used essential oils instead of fragrance oils.

Rosemary –invigorates and energizes.

Peppermint – stimulates and uplifts.

Lavender – relaxes and calms.

Green Tea – relaxes and contains antioxidant.

Lemon Balm – calms and relaxes

 

Homemade Perfume and Fragrance Oil

Homemade perfume recipes can get you a wonderful product that is simple and affordable. When you get the hang of making your own, you will never want to shop for perfume from department stores again. It’s quite easy to make, although if you intend to pursue this as a hobby or a business you might want to invest in special equipment. Wouldn’t it be great to be your own Jo Malone? I do fancy the scent: The English Pear and Freesia cologne.

Here’s a simple perfume recipe that you can start with.

What you will need:

  • Glass Measuring Cups
  • Plastic funnels
  • Glass droppers
  • Bottle for perfume
  • Glass rod
  • Essential Oils – 8 drops bergamot, 4 drops frankincense, 3 drops Sandalwood and 2 drops clove bud
  • Fragrance Oils- 14 drops rose absolute
  • Vodka – 100 proof

Word of caution: Vodka will be needed for this one. Friendly reminder, this is not meant to be consumed, friends. You do not want to be tipsy while mixing. Okay? Maybe you can indulge a little, right after!

 Procedure:

1. Put 1/8 of 1 ounce of vodka in the glass bottle.

2. Mix all the essential oils and fragrance oils and shake well.

3. Let it mature for two weeks before using.

A word of caution – never place essential oils directly on to your skin. You must dilute these oils with the carrier oil, like sweet almond oil or jojoba oil. Dilute the perfume mixtures with oil or alcohol. Keep the essential oils and your mixtures in a cool, dark place as heat and light may damage them.

What makes Fragrance Oils Fragrant?

Fragrance oils are composed of various artificial and natural aroma components. These are grouped into top, middle and bottom notes.  These notes describe the fragrances which are based on the evaporation rate of the oils. These fragrance oils are beautiful and unique on their own, but the complexity increases when they are combined with other scents.

  • Blending fragrance oils is tricky. Some do not smell good when mixed. Though there is no right or wrong way to blend them but note that every scent is a personal preference. What works for you, may not work for me. Below are some helpful tips:
  • The type of scent: there are general categories of fragrances, from floral, clean, masculine, sweet and fruity. The best way to start when combining fragrances is to define the fragrance oil you wish to blend. Arrange your oil collection according to a scent. This way when mixing it is easier to identify the scent profile the fragrance oil contains.
  • All the Notes of each fragrance: those fragrances with larger categories have plenty of sub-categories. For instance, citrus scents are categorized as fruity. But citrus takes many forms, which can be “clean fresh” and “zesty citrus”
  • Consider How Strong the fragrance: there are some fragrance oils that have stronger notes than the rest. When mixing fragrances, the ones with strong notes tend to override fragrance with subtle notes. As you work with fragrance oils that are extremely strong, mix less in order to keep the integrity of the weaker scent. What’s the point of putting fragrances together when one covers the other!
  • Record it down: mixing these oils can be trial and error, be sure to have paper and pen with you to take note of the scent that you find good for you. Imagine mixing that exact kind of scent that you want, but will not be able to replicate it. Epic fail!

Fragrance Oil Blends Cheat Sheet!

I looked up on some list of fragrance oils that tend to smell really good when mixed with other scents; this can be your go-to blends too:

  • Vanilla Fragrance Oil ( sweet, masculine and fruity )
  • Champagne Fragrance Oil (fruity, clean, sweet and some floral)
  • Baby rose Fragrance Oil (floral, fruity and some sweet)
  • Green Tea Fragrance Oil ( clean, fruity, floral, and masculine)
  • 10x Orange Essential Oil( fruity, clean, sweet, floral and masculine)
  • Sandalwood Fragrance Oil (sweet, masculine and some floral)

Let’s add a little snippet of history here. A perfumer, named Michael Edwards came up with a fragrance wheel in 1983 to simplify the relationship across each fragrance category. Hence below:

  • The side by side fragrances on the wheel blends well.
  • Choosing the opposite are complimentary.
  • Selecting three (3) fragrances that form a triangle while looking at the wheel complement each pleasantly.

Maybe it will be more helpful if someone can also create a periodic table of fragrances too. Remember the ones we use in our Chemistry class before?

Do not be afraid to mix and match. Go and experiment with different fragrances until you discover the scent that suits you. Just be creative and have fun, you will definitely end up with something wonderful.

Business Opportunities and Fragrance Oils

See, a lot can be done with fragrance oils. That’s why it’s stapled oil for every crafters and momma who find happiness with DIYs crafts.  These DIY bath bombs, soaps, and perfumes make lovely giveaways for birthdays, weddings and more.

I am not a fan of souvenirs for display, as they only collect dust from the shelves. That’s just me though, how about you? I love those useful goodies.

One more thing, these can also help you start your own business. No worries as the ingredients and materials are easy and cheap. Maybe starting a bath bomb business is something that you can explore today; I promise you will never regret it. And when it flies, you can expand your product line with selling soap and then some.  Start small, dream big!

Among the amazing things that we can do with Fragrance Oils, Shaved Cream, DIY Bath Bombs or Salt Bar and scented soap are my best bet. Make sure you read these tips and tricks before making the batch of the soaps too. 

What about you? If you have tried out something with fragrance oils not listed above, do let us know loves by adding a comment down below. We’ll definitely try them out.  Feel free to share this article with your friends too so we multiply the fun with DIY soaps and scents.

avocado handmade soap

This Avocado Soap Recipe Will Put Your Friend’s Guac Recipe Packing

I was given avocado soap from our buyer who used our colorant for a lot of fab stuff that was way beyond my own DIY imagination. So I dug online to see what the recipes are out there!

Plus,  avocados in California where we live are rather affordable.  Years back I was on a biz trip to Bejing, one avocado was a whopping $12 each !” It means, my very own preferred avocado handmade soap recipe is made with real avocados, fragrance oils, and every basic thing from a soap making supplies store.

Below is a very easy-to-follow, beginner-friendly cold process soap recipe.

Want more tutorials on how to make soap? Click here.

Why Avocado?

 

In case you need more convincing that this DIY soap hobby (who knows, you may eventually turn it into a business) is worth venturing into, here are four beauty benefits of avocado:

 

1) It is a great moisturizer.

2) It smoothens the skin.

3) It has a good anti-aging property.

4) It can treat acne.

Convinced yet? Then let’s stop dilly-dallying and move on to the how to make soap tutorial. There are loads of avocado handmade soap recipes out there, but here’s one that we feel is best to get you started.

First, here’s what you’ll need:

Materials

  • 10″ silicone mold
  • Stick blender
  • Food processor

Ingredients

  • 8oz Avocado Oil
  • 7oz Olive Oil
  • 3oz Shea Butter
  • 2oz Lemongrass Essential Oil
  • Kiwi or Jade Green skin-safe colorant
  • 4oz avocado slices
  • 7.2oz distilled water
  • 5oz lye

(Remember, this list of materials stay the same with any cold process soap recipe. You may play on essential oil combinations to suit your taste.)

Now, let’s get on to creating your avocado handmade soap. But first, make sure your work area is clean, you are wearing goggles, and you are wearing gloves.

PREP WORK

 

Use a food processor to puree your avocado. Then, make a lye solution by pouring lye slowly and carefully into the water. Gently mix until clear.

THE GROUNDWORK

 

Combine the pureed avocado, the avocado and olive oils, shea butter, and the lemongrass oil. Stick blend well.

We are using shea butter in this recipe to enhance the hardening of our handmade soap. This also adds as a moisturizer for the skin.

When the mix is well-blended, add the lye solution and again stick blend until the solution is emulsified.

Next, pour in the green colorant then thoroughly mix.

Finally, pour your mixture into your mold of choice. Tip: Pour the mix 6 inches within the mold to not accidentally overflow the mold. If you want to create a bit of texture, drag a spoon on the top.

TADAH!

 

After pouring the soap mix in the mold, leave the soap for 12 to 24 hours to dry.

Once dried, take the soap out of the mold and get ready to use your soap. If it’s still too soft after 24 hours, leave it to rest longer.

There you go. Easy cold process soap recipe. Now you won’t have to shop for an avocado handmade soap because you’ve already made one.

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TRY THESE DIYs!

 

So we mentioned several shea butter uses and here’s another one: avocado shea butter hair mask! It’s perfect for moisturising and nourishing your hair. And if this bath soap recipe has made you confident enough to try another DIY project try this avocado shea butter hair mask recipe from Beauty Munsta  Once you use it, you’ll be truly amazed at the wonders of shea butter uses.

If you’re looking at more essential oil combinations and would like a shampoo avocado handmade soap bomb recipe. 

Did this make you want to check out other soap recipes? Click here for more!

Will you be trying out this avocado handmade soap bomb recipe? What essential oil combinations are you excited to try? We’d love to see your masterpieces. 

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