Category Archives: New York State

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?

 

 

 

Bloomin’ Lilac and the March Soap Challenge

I really love this months’ drop swirl technique and no one does it better than Celine Blacow from Iamhandmade.  I’ve spent hours on YouTube watching Celine’s videos, along with her sidekick Titch Holland, as they create delightful and delicious looking goodies…er, um, soap.  It’s almost as yummy as watching a master pastry chef. Amy Warden,… 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

3 Reasons Why Pumpkin is Not Just Your Average Veggie

Excitement is in the air as the nights cool down and the days shorten, here in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region in Upstate New York.   Grape harvesting has started as well as many other crops of late summer and fall.  We couldn’t wait to pull out the Spiced Pumpkin Pie soap recipe and get… Continue Reading