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Coconut Oil

     Coconut oil is misunderstood a lot.  Many think that the suntan oil that smells like coconuts is coconut oil.  There may be some in it.  I have not looked at the ingredients, but mostly, it is a sales technique.   Natural coconut oil has NO smell.  If it does then it is likely that it is not pure. A fragrance oil has been added, not even an essential oil!    Coconut oil is extracted from the meat of the coconut palm.  In many cultures it is highly prized for its medicinal uses. I use coconut oil in most of my products.  It has many attributes that are beneficial to natural skin care.     The oil itself is solid at...

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Aloe Vera Gel

     The Egyptians regarded this plant as “The plant of immortality”.  I am not sure I would go quite that far, but it does have a long list of benefits! Soothing and healing for burns and sunburns.  Said to help heal damaged skin up to 8 days faster. Protects, nourishes and helps improve natural firmness therefore can help slow the aging process naturally. Nourishes dry flaky skin. Helpful in healing oily skin and blemishes without being greasy Relieves and heals rashes, eczema and psoriasis. Encourages healthy new growth of skin.      The list is a bit longer, but this covers the reason I use it in my moisturizing cream.  Along with the glycerin, goat milk and coconut oil...

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ALL NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS VS. FRAGRANCE OILS - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

   As you have likely figured out by now, I only use essential oils in my products. Fragrance oils are widely used in the homemade soap world, and are often marketed as Natural.  They are not!  I am bothered by this practice because I feel it is very misleading.  It may be lack of knowing on the part of the producer, because these oils are marketed as “natural”.  While some may have some essential oils in the list of ingredients, their benefits are overcome by the chemical and synthetic ingredients. Here is a list of the differences between the two oils:   Fragrance oils Always synthetic but may have some natural ingredients Have no true floral essence, so they only add...

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HOW DOES GLYCERIN BENEFIT YOUR SKIN?

  Glycerin can be made from either vegetable oils or animal fat.   I use raw vegetable glycerin in my moisturizers and facial creams, but the soap is full of natural glycerin on its own.  In its natural state it is a thick sweet syrupy liquid.  Even though it is syrupy, it is not sticky rather it is smooth and sliky. Here are some of the benefits of using glycerin on your skin: It helps retain moisture, therefore keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day.  This is why the soap is hydrating also. This quality of retaining moisture also helps heal oily skin and the problems that come with it.  (Once again, both soap and moisturizer will be helpful). Helps aging skin! ...

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