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  1. Why Lucys Soap Kitchen Salt Salts are Unique for Your Bath Time!

    Rest? Relaxation? Soothe muscles? Me Time? Yes please!

    I've always found bathing really helps me unwind and also ease muscle and joint pain (mine stems from hypermobility - eds 3, coupled with weeding & picking up small people far too much). With the current halt in water charges it seems Ireland is relaxing and enjoying bathing again too.

    I've been blending our salt soaks for 4 years now and offer 6 varieties. I called them Salt Soaks rather than Bath Salts as it seems Bath Salts are another name for a particular kind of narcotic. Googling Bath Salts gave me all kinds of lovely images and an education I wasn't looking for, so Salt Soaks it became!    

    I wanted to share why our blend is unique and why I make them this way. 

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    Our Salt Soaks Contain Avocado Oil

    What's so special about that you ask? Avocado is a brilliant moisturiser for dry, irritated skin and eczema. It's also good for inflammation and a great oil for nut allergy sufferers. But it's not just beacuse I love Avocado Oil.

    It's why I use it.

    The essential oils are weighed and added to the avocado oil before blending with the salts.

    Why is this important?

    This is an excellent question. Epsom Salts and other salts alone do not disperse essential oil. Once added to water the essential oils will potentially sit on the surface of the bath water and to qoute Robert Tisserand...

    "...there is a high risk of irritation, since undiluted droplets of essential oil attach to the skin, often in sensitive areas. Because the oils are warmed up by the water, and also cannot evaporate, they often sting like crazy. This can happen with any essential oil..."

    I've added a brilliant bath safety infograph for easy reference in a link at the bottom of this page.

    If you have sensitive, allergy prone skin you can see why this is especially important.

    Would you like to try one of our unique blends of Therapeutic Salt Soaks, especially created for sensitive skin?

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    Bath Safety - How to use essential oils in the bath http://tisserandinstitute.org/safety/bath-safety/

    Bath Infograph - http://tisserandinstitute.org/learn-more/bath-safety/

  2. Luxury Lip Balm for dry and chapped lips, Lucys Soap Kitchen, Irish Skinca

    I'm certainly noticing that the colder weather means drier skin and lips for me. I'm making sure I have Chocolate Lips, Lip Balm, in my pocket wherever I go to protect and nourish my lips. Its my little sliding tin of lip smacking goodness! Have you tried it yet? 

    It gets its chocolate colour from raw unrefined organic Cacao which looks and smells just amazing with its earthy goodness. I've also used a virgin, organic and unrefined coconut oil that also retains its wonderful coconutiness and benefical properties ! This is blended with Jojoba, Organic Castor Oil,  and unbleached Beeswax and a beautiful quality tocopherol (Vitamin E).

    Importantly for very sensitive and reactive skin I have not added any essential oils to this luxurious lip balm. The lips are part of the oral mucosa and as such are extra sensitive. Anything in contact with the mucosa is transferred much quicker into the bloodstream. This means any sensitivities or allergies will have an increased possibilty of manifesting themselves. (Incidentally, this is why Lip Balms need a separate, different cosmetic safety assessment to a skin balm. The precentages of ingredients permitted in the formula are adjusted.) 

    I love the subtle aroma of the raw cacao and coconut but it will never be a strong as a synthetic fragrance or flavour oil. So if you are wanting a 'wham, bham, knock 'em dead' aroma then this probably isnt the product for you.

    The raw cacao also gives a natural, fabulous, lip tint that I don't need lipstick with it.  You can see the rich colour in this super short slow mo pouring video.  

     

    Were you watching this licking your lips, realising just how chapped, red and sore they are? Or were you (gulp - even worse) picking at that dry skin peeling on your lips that you just can't leave alone? (It happens to the best of us......)

    If the thought of a subtle chocolate and coconut aroma, a light glossy sheen from the organic castor oil AND a natural tint sounds all too delicious, then you'll find Chocolate Lips here!

    Yes, I am applying it now.....

    Natural Lip Balm with raw cacao and beeswax, made in Ireland

  3. What you need to make your own bath bombs - Bath-bomb Kit Tutorial #1

    Don't these bath bombs look fab?! They look so sweet and they smell amazing. 

    The Bathbomb Making Kit is so easy to use. I made these bath bombs in just 10 minutes using the Lime & Orange pre-blended base and used the  organic calendula petals. Flower petals add such simple but beautiful decoration.

    This first video talks through What you will need to make your bath bombs and shows you the content of the bathbomb making kit!

    Equipment you will need

    • A medium sized bowl (for the pre-blended base)
    • 3 small bowls (for the flower petals you want to use)
    • A small fork and spoon
    • A large tray to catch any of the bath bomb base that spills (no wastage here!!)
    • Your little spray bottle of witch hazel

    In the video I show you the little spray bottle and recommend filling it with Witch Hazel. 

    What is Witch Hazel?

    Witch Hazel is clear natural liquid extracted from the witch hazel shrub using steam distallation. You can purchase it from most pharmacies in small bottles. Not only will it help your bath bomb stick together, it's also a really useful ingredient to have in your natural skincare kit. It is a good anti-oxidant and astringent wich makes it super useful for treating acne, and skin bruising and swelling. Excellent to have in your natural first aid kit (along with Emmy's Balm!)

    If you really can't find Witch Hazel then you can use water. It just means you will need use your bath bombs quickly, don't keep them for long, as they will potentially deteriorate due to the bacterial content of the water. (Any cosmetic product containing water must use a preservative to keep it safe).

    Ready to make natural bath bombs? You will find the bathbomb making kit here! 

    Let's open the kit and start to use it with bathbomb making kit tutorial #2

  4. This week has included the making of my favourite handmade soap bar "Honey Bee". Honey Bee has completely natural, plant based, ingredients including unrefined organic shea butter, organic honey and finely ground, certified, gluten free oats.

    Here's a short 'behind the scenes in the soap studio' video of me cutting the soap bars and explaining this soaps skin loving qualities. (Loving the afternoon sunshine in the video!)

     

     

    Did I mention at all it was my favourite soapbar? I did?! Well here are the reasons why.

    It's gentle and extra moisturising

    Unrefined and organic shea butter is added at the end of the soap making process. This means more of the shea butter is available to 'super-fat' the soap. This is what makes a bar more gentle and less drying on the skin. Organic honey also is a natural humectant. That's quite a fancy word but just means it draws moisture to the skin.   

     It's naturally antibacterial

    The organic honey is also good for skin healing and has antibacterial properties. To keep as much of these properties within the soap, Honey Bee is blended at the lowest possible temperature. It's also kept cool during the next 24 hours so the soap doesn't overheat.

    It's skin soothing and exfoliates gently

    Honey Bee natural handmade soap also contains finely ground gluten free oats. Oats are known to be soothing to dry skin conditions. For example, many people use preparations of oats in bath water to help soothe eczema prone skin. These oats are really finely ground so that within the soap they exfoliate gently. They are certifed gluten free as for some individuals their gluten intolerance is so high that even oats cause an immune reaction.   

     It's unscented

    If you are really sensitive skinned, like me, then unscented soap bars (and skincare products in general) may be better for you on a long term use basis. 

    Is your dry and sensitive skin ready to try Honey Bee Natural Handmade Soap?

    Honey, Oats and Shea Butter Handmade Soap, Gluten free

  5. We have entered a new phase in our eczema home. Our co-operative toddler, who used to love to help moisturise her itchy little body, has gradually been replaced. In her place is a fiercely independent little girl of almost 4 who knows excatly what she wants, or in this case what she doesn't want!

    I appreciate that she knows her own mind, as I grew up afraid to say boo to a goose, but in this case she is saying No to something that is good for her. Moisturising her eczema skin is vital to keep it in it's current, excellent conditon. I don't want to battle her all the time so what can practically can I do to keep skin moisturised in 'sneaky ways'?!

    Use a fish oil supplement or one high in Omega oils

    There have been many studies done to show how beneficial fish can be in the early years management of eczema, allergies and hayfever. (Not only that, it's believed to be important in the management of adhd). Choose one appropriate for your child and the best quality you can realistcially afford. 

    Don't over-bathe

    Children love to spend ages in the water and it will dry out the skin especially if you've gone heavy with the bubbles. Ensuring the bath water is not too hot is helpful as heat will make exzema skin more itchy.

    Use easy, moisturising peasy, bath melts

    Children love bubble baths, but it won't do your child with eczema any good at all. Our bath melts are solid pieces of shea and cocoa butter. Just add one to warm bath and it will melt and disperse in the water. These are an absolute life line for anyone whose child says "no" eczema treatments or whom wriggles and fights so much it makes the vital moisturising stressful.

    My girls splash away in the bath with their Barbies and Thomas & Friends engines, but little do they know they are also coating their bodies with the highly moisturising and protecting plant butters. They are moisturising themselves so that I don't need to. All I need to do then is lightly pat them dry and dress. It's super easy and no battles!   

    Beacause we realise that children still want to enjoy the bath and have fun we have melted the natural plant butters and created fun bath melt shapes. A bag of Baby Buff Bath Melts will contain a mix of cars, lego men, hearts, teddy bears and dinosaurs. They are unscented so ideal for the most sensitive skinned children (and sensitive skinned adults beacuse, lets face it, a bath with a dinosaur is way more exciting!).

    The unscented "Baby Buff Bath Melts" come in a sample trial size. Click here if you'd like to try them! Be warned...you may have too much fun!

    Natural Baby Bath Melts for Dry, Itchy Skin   

  6. Using your bath bomb kit - Bath-bomb Kit Tutorial #2

     Now you have your equipment ready, lets start using your kit and make bath bombs!

    This is bathbomb making kit tutorial #2 


    Using your bathbomb making kit

    Wash your hands & make sure your 'making' space is clean.

    Empty some of the bath bomb mixture into your bowl & mix thoroughly, breaking up any clumpy bits with your fork. If you don't use the full bag of pre-blended base be sure to reseal it to stop air or moisture getting in and 'setting' your unused ingredients.

    Spray some of your witch hazel in, mix well and press it together in your hands. When the mix is ready to make your bathbomb it should stay together like damp sand. In this first photo, the mix is too crumbly. It will just break up when you unmould. 

     bath bomb mix too dry  

     If it is too dry spray more witch hazel into the mixture. Try 3-4 sprays. If it fizzes a little just mix quickly and it will stop. When it feels like damp sand you are ready to make your bath bomb! In this image the consistency of the mix is just right...

     bath bomb mixture ready

    Put the botanicals (flower petals) you would like to use for decoration in one of your small bowls.

    Now you are ready to watch Bathbomb Making Kit Tutorial #3 

      

       

  7. Making Your Own Bath Bombs - Bath-bomb Kit Tutorial #3

    Your pre-blended bathbomb base is the right consistency and you have your flower petals so now it's time to use the bath bomb mould and make your bath bombs!

    Here is bathbomb making kit tutorial #3

    You don't need to use a purpose made bath-bomb mould. In the image below Gracie is using some chocolate moulds from Lakeland (keep me away from that shop...so many lovely things!). She simply pressed her bath-bomb mix into the  moulds firmly and let them dry. Then out they pop, easy peasy. 

    Childrens Bath-bomb Making Kit, Lucy's Soap Kitchen

    Sometimes she is witch hazel spray happy. This means the mix is really too wet (and is sometimes fizzing a little still) when she pushes it in the mould. If this happens don't worry at all. The bath-bomb will swell and dry 'bubbled up' a little (as you can see in the above image). They will still smell amazing and be completely useable.

    For me, it's more important that she is so proud of herself for making them and enjoys this activity than me telling her she's done it wrong. 

    The image below are mini bathbombs that Gracie (7.5years old) made with the pre-blended Lavender base. Once at the right consistency she pressed the base firmly into Ikea ice-cube moulds. They came out prefectly and she needed no help.

    Handmade natural bathbombs, Lucys Soap Kitchen, Ireland 

    So...you've made your bathbombs and you'll want some ideas for wrapping them. 

    How To Wrap You Bath-bombs - Bath-bomb Making Kit Tutorial #4