Sea Moss and Coconut Milk Soap

Sea moss, also called Irish moss or carrageen moss, is a type of edible sea algae that can be found along the coastlines of the Atlantic Ocean in North America, Europe and the Caribbean. There are different varieties but the most well-known are the red Chrondrus Crispus and gold Eucheuma Cottonii. Historically, sea moss rose […]

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Make Soap Without Lye

One of the questions I am frequently asked is, “How can I make soap without lye?” I completely understand it can be scary to work with sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide as they are caustic chemicals that need to be handled carefully. This keeps many people away from experiencing the wonderful craft that is soapmaking. […]

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How To Make Lotion

If you are a do-it-yourself enthusiast as I am, you will love making your own lotion at home. The process is not complicated at all. There are basically three main steps – weigh, heat and mix. Lotions and creams are essentially oil and water and since oil and water don’t mix, an emulsifying agent is […]

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Liquid Soap

Making liquid soap at home for yourself and your family is a very rewarding experience. It can be used for handwashing, as a body wash or even around the home… left unscented or infused with a refreshing blend of your favourite fragrances to excite your senses.  Since my first adventure into the world of handmade […]

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Activated Charcoal and Turmeric Handmade Soap

Activated charcoal and turmeric are two ingredients that are widely used in cosmetics due to their beneficial properties. Activated charcoal is known for its ability to absorb toxins and turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Both have been used in many cultures around the globe for cleaning and brightening of the skin. This soap recipe […]

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PVC Soap Mold

Today we will explore how you can create your own column PVC soap mold to achieve beautiful circular bars of soap. The great thing about using PVC for soap is that it is sturdy, can be cut to fit the size of your recipe and is relatively inexpensive.  Although PVC is sensitive to heat, the […]

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Amla Indian Gooseberry

Amla (Phyllanthus emblica), also known as Indian Gooseberry is considered to be one of the most sacred medicinal plants in India. In ancient writings, it is called sarvadosha hara – remover of all diseases. It is known to have an array of health benefits in Ayurvedic tradition as well as Chinese Medicine. This sour fruit […]

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Wine soap

Wine is one of the many additives that can be incorporated into soap to add benefits or improve the quality and feel of the final bar.  It promotes a stable, rich, and luxurious lather due to its natural sugars and may also contain antioxidants and vitamins that can be beneficial to the skin. Wine handmade […]

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Homemade coconut oil

Coconut was a staple in my childhood. We had two flourishing coconut trees in our backyard, from which we hung our hammock. On weekends, after doing the morning chores and raking up the leaves in the yard, Pappy, as we called my grandfather, would pick fresh coconuts for the family. He was skillful with a […]

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Christmas Soap

I always look forward to the Christmas season here in sweet T and T – parang music, poinsettia plants, pastelles, and of course, I get to make Christmas soap. The soap I had in mind was based on texture and confetti – not too much colour and swirls, but vibrant specks of green and red […]

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