Category Archives: Cold Process Soap Making

4 Amazing Benefits of Hops in Skin Care

                                                hops21Recently, in one of our soap making classes, a student described how he was brewing his own beer and wondered if he could use his beer in soap making.  He was on to something a bit more complicated than our introduction class could handle, but we did make a goat’s milk soap with hops and comfrey which turned out delightfully!  Hops is used in some anti-aging skin formulas so this blog is dedicated to the benefits of this health-giving plant in skin care.  Hops flowers or seed cones are a cultivated crop use to give flavor and stability to beer.  They impart a bitter, citrus or tangy flavor depending on the plant variety.  Here are 4 compelling reasons to use hops for skin care:

If you drink beer, you surely have noticed the sedative and relaxing effects that hops has. Because of its’ phytoestrogens, this plant has been thought to help ease menopausal symptoms and some digestive issues.

Hops has powerful anti-inflammatory qualities for the skin that can reduce scarring. Salves are used in medicine as wraps applied to the skin to heal leg ulcers.

Hops extract have anti-bacterial benefits that researcher have discovered have been able to inhibited five different bacteria that cause acne. That’s good news for folks with oily or sweaty summer skin.

Hops or Humulus Lupulus flowers are loaded with phytonutrients, plant goodies that are great for toning and softening the skin.

It’s amazing to discover that nature has provided many important and useful plants to help us care for our bodies?

 

 

 

Soap Club Challenge~The Holly Swirl was Just Peachy

This month’s soap challenge, sponsored by Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks, was just plain fun and really worth doing a few  times. The color pairing is endless so I let my scent lead the inspiration for color on my first effort.  The fragrance used was Peach Bellini from Wholesale Supplies Plus.  I used a… Continue Reading

Sea Side Peacock Swirl-International Soap Challenge

The June 2013 International Soap Challenge brought The Peacock Swirl technique, a beautiful design with four colors and the freedom to create a unique representation from nature. Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks introduced a  “new” concept of dividing our soap batter into two separate layers, and scenting only the bottom layer.  Fragrance and essential… Continue Reading

Regal Bay Rum Mica Swirl Soap Challenge Week 3

Week three of the Great Cakes Soapworks Soap Challenge was much easier than the first two, I thought, but still fun.  The potential to be creative with multiple mica colors and designs is endless and of course we don”t need to relegate mica to only  toppings.  My little imagination is overflowing with ideas for the… Continue Reading

What’s All The Buzz About Beeswax In Skin Care

Last week we promised to continue the discussion about the wonderful products that honey bees bring to natural skin care.  We encouraged those with a pioneer spirit to try a honey-based facial mask recipe and let us know what you thought.  Here’s a picture of Emily from Seattle, Washington and one of her Honey and… Continue Reading

What’s All The Buzz About Honey Bee Products in Skin Care

You already know that honey is beyond yummy to eat, but did you know that honey bees have helped us achieve healthier skin for thousands of years?  Honey has antimicrobial properties, which means it doesn’t spoil, and it also means that the antibacterial qualities in this golden goodness can be use to tame acne and… Continue Reading

Fear Not! Unpronounceable Names

Essential oils have been mankind’s first medicine.  We can site 188 references to these special oils in the Bible for use as anointing, healing, costly gift giving, perfumes and others.  You may be familiar with frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, hyssop, spikenard and cinnamon, but every essential oil is a chemistry factory loaded with constituents that we… Continue Reading