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  1. how do i sell my handmade soap and skincare_ lucys soap kitchen

    You've been making lovely soap and body butters for a while. Everyone says you should sell it. Can you? What do you need to know and do in order to legally sell your soap (or other skincare) within Ireland and Europe? What about the U.S.? How can you ensure that you are protecting yourself should someone have an allergic reaction to oneof your products?

  2. natural bath salts, lucys soap kitchen

    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 want to share why our bath salts blend is unique and the important reason why I make them this way. 

  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